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With the recent and increasing attention to accountability and standards, teacher preparation programs are more than ever in need of tools that vicariously acquaint future teachers with the difficult situations they will face. Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is the perfect catalyst for this sort of teacher development. The cases encourage students to immerse themselves in classroom situations before they begin their practice, helping them link theory and experience. All of the cases present relevant situations that replicate the complicated, multitasked, and interrelated realms of the teacher.

Chapter 11: Challenges Teachers Face When Reentering the Classroom

Challenges Teachers Face When Reentering the Classroom
Challenges teachers face when reentering the classroom

In this case, a teacher who returns to teaching after several years of absence finds that she has difficulties controlling the classroom behavior until she unexpectedly receives support from one student. Case commentators Patrick M. Jenlink, Margaret Olson, and A. G. Rud confront a variety of issues in this case: effective classroom preparation, mentoring self-confidence, and student support.

Thinking Ahead

As you read this chapter, reflect on the following questions and issues:

  • Compare the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience of the departing teacher and the permanent substitute teacher.
  • Why is the permanent substitute teacher resentful of the original teacher's “mentoring”?
  • Consider the differences in classroom management between the departing teacher and the permanent substitute teacher.
  • What staff ...
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