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 2: Is the Teacher's Gender an Issue in a Kindergarten Classroom?
Is the Teacher's Gender an Issue in a Kindergarten Classroom?
In this case, a new teacher wonders if the problems he encounters are gender related. The case commentators Ellen Moir, Barbara B. Levin, Kristopher Wells, Jerry Lee Rosiek and Becky M. Atkinson, and Paul Axelrod engage in a case discussion by examining present issues of gender, stereotyping, school, and societal concerns.
As you read this chapter, reflect on the following questions and issues:
- Consider the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience of the teacher. How does he prepare for his new assignment?
- Consider the contextual elements of the school and the class that affect the dilemmas this teacher faces. [Page 36]
- What challenges does Hannah pose for this teacher? What conflicts ...