The Exceptional Teacher. Transforming Traditional Teaching Through Thoughtful Practice

  • ID: 2214693
  • Book
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Path to Becoming an Exceptional Teacher

"The most important knowledge base of teacher education is the teacher. The next most important knowledge is that there are options other than the ones we may have been raised with. We have choices, and we have the obligation to use those choices responsibly for children."
Elizabeth Aaronsohn

"This book, full of wonderful strategies and inspirations on becoming the kind of teacher we all strive to be, gives me hope for the future of teaching. Aarohnson writes with honesty and authority on how to become a truly effective educator."
William A. Howe, president, National Association for Multicultural Education

"At a time when teacher education has come under sharp attack, this book offers an exciting and challenging blueprint for preparing the teachers we need for the schools our children deserve. Anyone willing to think outside the box and challenge their own assumptions about

teacher education should read this book parents, future and current teachers, school administrators and other educational change agents."
Mara Sapon–Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education, Teaching and Leadership Programs, Syracuse University

"Using inspiring stories from her own classroom, heartfelt student responses, and current educational research, Liz Aaronsohn challenges readers to prepare a new generation of teachers who dare to know themselves, love their students, question the system, and rock the boat. If we heed her advice, we will all teachers, students, and teacher educators be better as a result."
Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Preface.

Introduction.

The Author.

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?

Appendix.

References.

Index.

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Elizabeth Aaronsohn is an associate professor of teacher education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. She has taught eight years each at three levels: high school English; college English, speech, and women’s studies; and early elementary school. She is the author of Going Against the Grain: Supporting the Student–Centered Teacher.
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