Narratives from the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching introduces the reader to many of the important classroom issues surrounding the field of teaching. This book is unique in that it is a collection of personal accounts and ideas written by the teachers and teacher educators who lived those experiences. Because this is an introduction to teaching, each chapter addresses a different topic, ranging from the purpose of schools and teachers, issues about policies and programs in the school, and various practices found within the classroom walls. There is also a section that addresses preparation for the job market and what the first year of teaching is like. This book deliberately avoids being prescriptive and encourages the reader to form his or her own conclusions about the presented issues.

Narrative in Teacher Education

Narrative in Teacher Education

Narrative in teacher education

This book presents experiences and ideas about teaching in a different form from that to which the reader may be accustomed. Narratives provide a rich, detailed experience that is often ignored in teacher education courses. Narrative also offers information that other forms of writing do not. Dr. Phillion describes what narrative is, explains why it is important for future teachers to read narratives, and offers suggestions for getting the most out of the narratives that are read in this book or in others.

As a classroom teacher, first in Japan, then later in Canada, I found that my fellow teachers often told me stories. These stories were full of the richness of experience and practice, full of the struggles ...

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