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.

Assessment for Learning: Its Effect on the Classroom and Curriculum

Assessment for Learning: Its Effect on the Classroom and Curriculum

Assessment for learning: Its effect on the classroom and curriculum
Magdalena MoChing Mok

An important issue that future teachers must consider is how to determine whether or not students are learning. Throughout the world, legislative bodies have established standardized tests in an effort to make such a determination, and classroom teachers implement daily their own forms of assessment. Dr. Mok addresses many of the concerns surrounding the issue of assessment and how it affects education around the world. After this chapter was submitted, Dr. Mok brought to my attention an editorial submitted on May 3, 2004, to the Hong Kong newspaper, Oriental Daily, which demonstrates an issue that is often overlooked: the students' feelings about high-stakes tests. ...

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