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Teaching in a Nutshell

Navigating Your Teacher Education Program as a Student Teacher, 1st Edition

By Clare Kosnik, Clive Beck


144 pages

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Designed to help student teachers develop an approach to teaching that is both theoretical and practical, this text focuses on key aspects of teaching rather than trying to "cover the waterfront." Based on extensive research on teachers’ views, their own long experience as teacher educators, and other sources, the authors recommend 7 priorities for teaching and teacher education:

  • program planning
  • pupil assessment
  • classroom organization and community
  • inclusive education
  • subject content and pedagogy
  • professional identity
  • a vision for teaching

Each chapter deals in turn with one of these priorities, using a common format. Activities throughout help readers understand what the priority means in both theory and practice.

This text is a companion to the authors’ 2009 book for teacher educators, Priorities in Teacher Education: The 7 Key Elements of Pre-Service Preparation. By making these 7 priorities and related knowledge explicit, it helps student teachers to acquire essential knowledge and skills, to understand the teaching/learning process more fully, and above all to be as prepared as possible for the demanding work of teaching.


"The title Teaching in a nutshell sums up the intent of the book – a kind of complete, straight-talking manual for student teachers. Its matter-of-fact, accessible tone and lay-out is user-friendly and it is easy to imagine its use in teacher education programs as a textbook in practicum-related units."

Teaching Education

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Program Planning

Chapter 2. Pupil Assessment

Chapter 3. Classroom Organization and Community

Chapter 4. Inclusive Education

Chapter 5. Subject Content and Pedagogy

Chapter 6. Professional Identity

Chapter 7. A Vision for Teaching


About the Authors

Clare Kosnik is Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.

Clive Beckis Professor, Centre for Teacher Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Professional Development