The Exceptional Teacher offers the guidance that teacher educators need to help their students become teachers who are knowledgeable and skillful practitioners, while also developing the ability to be reflective, imaginative, courageous, and flexible in the classroom - a model for the students they are instructing. In this inspiring book, Aaronsohn shows that becoming an exceptional teacher can be a difficult but rewarding journey. She explains that success begins in understanding one's self and societal and cultural experiences. Based on qualitative research from student writings and workshops, the author offers practical advice to help begining teachers move beyond their own internalized assumptions, and become educators who will transform their classrooms.
Aaronsohn encourages teachers to develop the practice of honest reflection on their attitudes, thinking, and practices, and especially to develop the capacity to assume the perspective of another person. These practices can be nurtured through the process of in-depth writing, which helps to make meaning of experiences and brings teachers to a new level of consciousnesses about themselves, the world, and the mission of teaching.
1. The Grading Game: Reading the Teacher Instead of the Text.
2. Breaking the Conditioning.
3. Seeing the Possibilities of a Different Paradigm.
4. Falling into the Role of Traditional Teaching, and Climbing Out of It.
5. Justice, Mutual Respect, and Caring Instead of Control.
6. Moving from Right Answers to Multiple Perspectives.
7. Reserved Seats for Musical Chairs.
8. The Reluctance of High School Teachers to Use Cooperative Learning.
9. The Pressure of Tradition.
10. The Courage and Freedom to Color Outside the Lines.
11. What Would Success Look Like?