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.

The Inner Workings of the School

The Inner Workings of the School

The inner workings of the school

Regardless of one's stance on politics, whether at the federal, state, or local level, a teacher cannot avoid becoming a part of them. The federal government is taking more of an interest in education, which at one time was left more or less in the hands of each state. State and local governments and elected school boards also have a stake in the education of their children. This chapter discusses the various indirect roles of politics in the life of the teacher based on the personal experiences of Ms. Underly. She addresses many controversial issues from her own perspective. As you read the chapter, think about how you might agree or disagree and think ...

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