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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 6: A Student Teacher Faces the Challenges of the Classroom

A Student Teacher Faces the Challenges of the Classroom
A student teacher faces the challenges of the classroom

In this case, when a teacher is away, a teacher candidate gains insight into students, colleagues, and herself. At the moment of acquiring this self-knowledge, the school bell rings and interrupts her from transferring this insight into immediate action. The case commentators Tom Russell, William J. Hunter, D. Jean Clandinin, and Janet L. Miller, along with two new teachers, examine the challenges that new teachers experience, namely, classroom management, lack of support, power struggles, and crises of identity When gender issues confound the situation, teacher assumptions must be reexamined.

Thinking Ahead

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

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