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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.

Power, Identity, and the Third Rail
Power, identity, and the third rail

Tracking is an issue that raises much debate among students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Mr. Au tackles the issues related to tracking through his personal experiences as a student who was tracked and as a classroom teacher who has observed the effects of tracking. It is important that the reader note that there are many people in favor of tracking. For example, some argue that it is actually more advantageous for students to be grouped by like academic ability for their own psychological benefit (e.g., self-esteem, etc.). It is also often believed that teachers can be more effective if they teach students that are grouped in this manner. Mr. Au focuses on evidence in ...

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