This collection of original essays is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in methods of teaching. While speaking to all the topics covered in traditional methods textbooks, the author also reflects on his own experiences as a student and teacher. He adopts a unique conversational and reflective style that integrates concerns for the well-being of teachers and their professional development, as well as for the role of students in the learning process. Engaging and informed, this book will be a resource for practicing teachers and those in training.
Contents: Introduction. Teaching As Work. The Self-Surpassing Classroom. Our Values Matter. A Focus On Studenting. Getting Students to Think for Themselves. What Is a Good Student Like? The Importance of Language. What Can a Good Student Do? Teaching Values: The Early Years. What Can Get in the Way of Being a Good Student? Curriculum. Becoming a Good Student in School. Discussions, Lectures, and Textbooks. Motivation. Style Counts. Advice to a Student on Achieving in School. Teaching Values: The Later Years. Thoughts on Discipline. Helping Students Become More Effective in School. Evaluation. Planning. Teaching and You.