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Becoming a Teacher (7TH 07 - Old Edition)by Forrest W. Parkay
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Becoming a Teacher, Eighth Edition provides future teachers with a motivational and realistic look at what it means to be a teacher today. Through its inviting prose, glimpses into real classrooms, and hallmark Dear Mentor feature, Becoming a Teacher places readers in the shoes of real teachers, helping them determine: is teaching for me ?
Presents the Realities of Teaching Today. Take a look inside real classrooms through the following features:
Presents the Latest Trends in Technology and Teaching. Take a look at new advances in teaching technology through the following features:
Offers Innovative Learning Technology. Take control of your learning through MyEducationLab, a research-based learning tool that brings teaching in today’s classrooms to life. Through authentic in-classroom video, student artifacts, research articles and more, MyEducationLab prepares you for your teaching career. MyEducationLab for this text includes:
Current and comprehensive, Becoming a Teacher, Eighth Edition, takes a straightforward look at what it means to be a professional teacher in today's climate of accountability, high-stakes testing, and new government legislation by covering key issues in a personal, interactive, and no-nonsense style.
Building upon a strong “mentoring” message that has long been the tradition of Becoming a Teacher, the eighth edition helps students make difficult decisions about their teaching future by fostering an awareness of the realities of teaching in America today. This down-to-earth and straightforward approach provides students with the tools and information necessary to answer the questions, “What does it take to become a high quality teacher?” and “Do I want to teach?” Along the way, the authors provide practical perspectives for meeting the challenges of teaching. Organized into four parts, the book addresses both functional and foundational topics to give readers a well-rounded view of the teaching profession.
The new eighth edition contains even more features that the book has long been known for — numerous boxed features authored by experienced teachers and directed to future teachers. The new edition also includes an increased focus on technology and how teachers can engage their students by utilizing and integrating the most current technologies into the classroom.#LINK
“It is readable, up-to-date, and very practical in its’ application. It covers a variety of topics in an interesting manner that is hard to find in other texts.”
–John A. Beaupre, Illinois Central College
“All of the chapters are important and deal with content that is vital for students to know.”
–Anthony J. Coletta, William Patterson University
Becoming a Teacher, Seventh Edition, takes a straightforward look at what it means to be a professional teacher in today's rapidly changing, high-stakes environment of education. Building upon a strong “mentoring” message that has long been the tradition of Becoming a Teacher, the Seventh Edition helps students make difficult decisions about their teaching future by fostering an awareness of the realities of teaching in America today. This no-nonsense approach provides students with the tools and information necessary to answer the questions, “What does it take to become a professional teacher?” and “Do I want to teach?” Along the way, the authors provide practical perspectives for meeting the challenges of teaching.
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Table of Contents
I. THE TEACHING PROFESSION.
1. Teaching: Your Chosen Profession.
Why Do You Want to Teach?
Desire to Work with Children and Young People
A Passion for Teaching
Influence of Teachers
Desire to Serve
Practical Benefits of Teaching
What Challenges Will I Confront as a Teacher?
Classroom Management and Increasing School Violence
Social Problems That Impact Students
Inadequate Family and Community Support
Long Working Hours and Job Stress
Gaining Professional Empowerment
What Is It Like to be a Teacher?
Reality 1: Unpredictable Outcomes Reality 2: Assessing Students’ Learning
Reality 3: Limited Influence on Students’ Behavior
Reality 4: The Importance of Teachers’ Attitudes
Reality 5: The Unpredictability and Immediacy of Teaching
Reality 6: The Uniqueness of Teaching
What Will Society Expect of Me as a Teacher?
The Public Trust
Teacher Competency and Effectiveness
How Do Accomplished Teachers View Their Work?
A Way of Being
A Creative Endeavor
A Live Performance
A Form of Empowerment
An Opportunity to Serve
Keepers of the Dream
2. Learning to Teach.
What Knowledge Do You Need to Teach?
Knowledge of Students
Knowledge of Subject
Knowledge of How to Use Educational Theory and Research
Reflection and Problem Solving
What Are Five Views of the Teacher Knowledge Base?
A Personal Development View
A Job-Analysis Approach
How Do Reforms in Teacher Education Affect You? Increased Academic Preparation
Expanded Role for Schools
State Standards Boards
What Can You Learn from Observing in Classrooms? Technology and Classroom Observations
How Can You Gain Practical Experience for Becoming a Teacher?
Gaining Experiences in Multicultural Settings Induction and Internship Programs
How Can You Develop Your Teaching Portfolio?
Using a Portfolio
How Can You Benefit from Mentoring Relationships?
What Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development Will You Have?
Self-Assessment for Professional Growth
Professional Development Schools
Supervision and Mentoring of Student Teachers
Study on the Internet
II. FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING.
3. Ideas and Events That Have Shaped Education in the United States.
What Determines Your Educational Philosophy?
Beliefs About Teaching and Learning
Beliefs About Students
Beliefs About Knowledge
Beliefs About What Is Worth Knowing
What Are the Branches of Philosophy? Metaphysics
What Are Five Modern Philosophical Orientations to Teaching? Perennialism Essentialism Progressivism
What Psychological Orientations Have Influenced Teaching Philosophies? Humanistic Philosophy
How Can You Develop Your Educational Philosophy?
What Were Teaching and Schools Like in the American Colonies (1620-1750)?
The Origins of Mandated Education
Education for African Americans and Native Americans
What Were the Goals of Education during the Revolutionary Period (1750-1820)? Benjamin Franklin’s Academy
Sarah Pierce’s Female Academy
Thomas Jefferson’s Philosophy
Noah Webster’s Speller
How Was the Struggle Won for State-Supported Common Schools (1820-1865)? Horace Mann’s Contributions Reverend W. H. McGuffy’s Readers
Justin Morrill’s Land-Grant Schools
How Did Compulsory Education Change Schools and the Teaching Profession (1865-1920)?
Higher Education for African Americans
The Professionalization of Teaching
What Were the Aims of Education during the Progressive Era (1920-1945)?
John Dewey’s Laboratory School
Maria Montessori’s Method
Education of Immigrants and Minorities
How Did Education Change during the Modern Postwar Era (1945-Present)? The 1950s: Defense Education and School Desegregation
The 1960s: The War on Poverty and the Great Society
The 1970s: Accountability and Equal Opportunity
The 1980s: A Great Debate
The 1990s: Teacher Leadership
The New Century: Continuing the Quest for Excellence
4. Social Realities and Today’s Schools.
What is the Role of Schools in Today’s Society?
Schools and Prosocial Values
Schools and Socialization of the Young
Schools and Social Change
Schools and Equal Educational Opportunity
How Can Schools Be Described?
Metaphors for Schools
Schools and Social Class
What Are Schools Like as Social Institutions?
The School as a Reflection of Society
The Culture of the School
The Culture of the Classroom
What are the Characteristics of Successful Schools?
Measures of Success
Research on School Effectiveness
What Social Problems Affect Schools and Place Students at Risk?
Identifying Students at Risk
Children and Poverty
Violence and Crime
Suicide Among Children and Youths
How Are Schools Addressing Societal Problems?
Peer Counseling and Peer Mediation
Full-Service Community Schools
School-Based Interprofessional Case Management
Alternative Schools and Curricula
How Can Community-Based Partnerships Address Social Problems That Hinder Students’ Learning?
The Community as a Resource for Schools
Schools as Resources for Communities
5. Struggles for Control of Schools in the United States.
Classroom Case: Educational Politics and Schools
Who Struggles for Control of Schools in the United States?
How Does the Local Community Influence Schools?
Local School District
Superintendent of Schools
The Role of Parents
What Powers and Influence Do States Have In Governing Schools?
The Roles of State Government in Education
State Board of Education
State Department of Education
Chief State School Officer
How Do Regional Education Agencies Assist Schools?
How Does the Federal Government Influence Education?
U.S. Department of Education
How Are Schools Financed in the United States?
What Are Some Trends in Funding for Equity and Excellence?
Tax Reform and Redistricting
How Will the Privatization Movement Affect Equity and Excellence in Education?
6. Ethical and Legal Issues in U. S. Education.
Why Do You Need a Professional Code of Ethics?
Ethical Teaching Attitudes and Practices
Ethical Dilemmas in Classroom and School
What Are Your Legal Rights as a Teacher?
Teachers’ Rights to Nondiscrimination
Due Process in Tenure and Dismissal
Do Student Teachers Have the Same Rights?
What Are Your Legal Responsibilities as a Teacher?
Avoiding Tort Liability
Reporting Child Abuse
Observing Copyright Laws
What Are the Legal Rights of Students and Parents?
Freedom of Expression
Due Process in Suspension and Expulsion
Reasonable Search and Seizure
Students’ Rights to Nondiscrimination
What Are Some Issues in the Legal Rights of School Districts?
III. THE ART OF TEACHING.
7. Teaching Diverse Learners.
How Is Diversity Reflected in the Culture of the United States?
The Meaning of Culture
Ethnicity and Race
The Concept of Minorities
Stereotyping and Racism
What Does Equal Educational Opportunity Mean?
Education and African Americans
Education and Latino and Hispanic Americans
Education and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Education and Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
What Is Meant by Bilingual Education?
Research and Debate on Bilingual Programs
Advice for Monolingual Teachers
What Is Multicultural Education?
Dimensions of Multicultural Education
Multicultural Instructional Materials and Strategies
How Is Gender a Dimension of Multicultural Education?
Gender and Education
Gender-Fair Classrooms and Curricula
8. Addressing Learners’ Individual Needs.
How Do Students’ Needs Change as They Develop?
Piaget’s Model of Cognitive Development
Erikson’s Model of Psychosocial Development
Kohlberg’s Model of Moral Development
Maslow’s Model of a Hierarchy of Needs
Developmental Stresses and Tasks of Childhood
Developmental Stresses and Tasks of Adolescence
How Do Students Vary in Intelligence?
How Do Students Vary in Ability and Disability?
Students with Disabilities
Students Who Are Gifted and Talented
What Are Special Education, Mainstreaming, and Inclusion?
Special Education Laws
Meeting the Mainstreaming Challenge
The Debate Over Inclusion
Equal Opportunity for Exceptional Learners
How Can You Teach All Learners in Your Inclusive Classroom?
Collaborative Consultation with Other Professionals
Working with Parents
Assistive Technology for Special Learners
9. Authentic Instruction and Curricula for Creating a Community of Learners.
What Determines the Culture of the Classroom?
How Can You Create a Positive Learning Environment?
The Caring Classroom
The Physical Environment of the Classroom
What Are the Keys to Successful Classroom Management?
The Democratic Classroom
Effective Responses to Student Behavior
What Teaching Methods Do Effective Teachers Use?
Methods Based on Learning New Behaviors
Methods Based on Child Development
Methods Based on the Thinking Process
Methods Based on Peer-Mediated Instruction
What Is Taught in Schools?
Kinds of Curriculum
How Is the School Curriculum Developed?
The Focus of Curriculum Planning
Student-Centered versus Subject-Centered Curricula
The Integrated Curriculum
Who Plans the Curriculum?
What Influences Curricular Decisions?
10. Curriculum Standards, Assessment, and Student Learning.
What Role will Standards Play in Your Classroom?
What Is Standards-Based Education?
Content and Performance Standards
Standards Developed by Professional Associations
“Aligning” Curricula and Textbooks with Standards
What Controversies Surround the Effort to Raise Standards?
Arguments in Support of Raising Standards
Concerns About Raising Standards
Standards, Testing, and Accountability
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
High Stakes Testing
What Methods Can You Use to Assess Student Learning?
Purposes of Classroom Assessment
Emerging Trends in Classroom Assessment
How Can You Develop High-Quality Classroom Assessments?
Validity and Reliability
Multiple Measures of Student Learning
11. Teaching with Technology.
How Is Technology Transforming Teaching and Learning?
Technology and the Challenge to Schools
E-Learning and Virtual Schools
What Technologies Are Available for Teaching?
The Television in Classrooms
The Computer Revolution
The “Magic” of Media
How Do Teachers Use Computers and the Internet?
Communicating with Other Educators
Posting Information and Student Work on the Web
Facilitating Students’ Learning Via Computers and Cyberspace
Does Computer Technology Enhance Student Learning?
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow Project (ACOT)
Findings from Other Research Studies
Should Technology Lead the Way in Improving U. S. Schools?
The Opposition: Computers Will Not Improve Education
The Advocates: Computers Will Improve Education
What Are the Challenges of Integrating Technology Into Schools?
Broadband Internet Access for All Schools
Digital Quality Educational Software and WWW Sites
High Quality, Continuous Training in Technology for Teachers
IV. YOUR TEACHING FUTURE.
12. Teachers as Educational Leaders.
To What Extent Is Teaching a Full Profession?
Institutional Monopoly of Services
Years of Education and Training
Provision of Essential Service
Degree of Self-Governance
Professional Knowledge and Skills
Level of Public Trust
Prestige, Benefits, and Pay
What Is Professionalism in Teaching?
Involvement in the Profession
To What Professional Organizations Do Teachers Belong?
The National Education Association
The American Federation of Teachers
The NEAFT Partnership
Other Professional Organizations
What New Leadership Roles for Teachers Are Emerging?
Teacher Involvement in Teacher Education, Certification, and Staff Development
Dimensions of Teacher Leadership Beyond the Classroom
How Do Teachers Contribute to Educational Research?
Sources of Educational Research
Government Resources for Research Application
Conducting Classroom Action Research
How Are Teachers Providing Leadership for School Restructuring and Curriculum Reform?
Leadership and Collaboration for School Reform
Collaborative School Reform Networks
13. Your First Teaching Position.
How Will You Become Certified or Licensed to Teach?
State Certification Requirements
The Praxis Series
Will You Have Difficulty Finding a Teaching Job?
Demand by Geographic Region and Specialty Area
Other Career Opportunities for Teachers
How Will You Find Your First Teaching Job?
Finding Out About Teaching Vacancies
Preparing Your Résumé
Writing Letters of Inquiry and Applications
Participating in a Job Interview
Accepting an Offer
What Can You Expect as a Beginning Teacher?
The First Day
Advice from Experienced Teachers
How Can You Become a Part of Your Learning Community?
Relationships with Students
Relationships with Colleagues and Staff
Relationships with Administrators
Relationships with Parents
How Can You Participate in Teacher Collaboration?
How Will Your Performance as a Teacher Be Evaluated?
Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation
What Our Readers Are Saying
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