Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach uniquely addresses three problems that frequently concern pre-service and beginning teachers: classroom control, satisfying state and federal mandates, and figuring out exactly what is the role of the teacher. Integrating practical, theoretical, and critical teaching considerations, it presents a model student-centered approach for designing lessons, developing personal connections with students, and building classroom communities: PRO/CLASS Practices (Planning, Relationships, Organization, Community, Leadership, Assessment, Support, Struggle). Pre-service teachers are encouraged to reinterpret the principles and continually redefine them as they develop their own reflective practice.
Changes in the Second Edition
• Updates throughout with attention to the Common Core State Standards, high stakes testing, the possibilities and limitations of technology use in the classroom, and preparing for the job market\
• Fully revised chapter on literacy
• New interviews with teachers
• Companion Website: Supplemental planning, teaching, and assessment materials; 32 extended essays including a number of the author’s widely read Huffington Post columns; interviews with beginning and veteran teachers; Ideas for Your Professional Portfolio, Resume, and Cover Letter; Recommended Websites for Teachers
"… forces readers to confront their own attitudes and prejudices and leads them to a truer understanding of what it means to teach and learn in today’s society."
Dennis Banks, State University of New York-Oneonta, USA
"This book is a must for every teacher…. It provides a framework for forcing readers to ask questions that promote self-reflection about their choices for becoming a teacher, how their experiences have created individual mental models of what teaching is about, and how they can become a member of the learning community."
Felica Hirata, Baruch University, USA
BOOK I: GOALS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR TEACHERS
A Letter to Future Teachers
Why I Knead the Bread
1. Goals: Why Do You Want to Be a Teacher?
2. Responsibilities: What Is a Teacher?
BOOK II: PRO/CLASS PRACTICES–PLANNING, RELATIONSHIPS, ORGANIZATION, COMMUNITY
3. Planning: How Do You Plan a Lesson?
4. Relationships: Why Are Relationships With Students Crucial to Successful Teaching?
5. Organization: How Are Classrooms and Schools Organized?
6. Community: How Do You Build Classroom Communities Committed to Educational Goals?
Concluding Thoughts for Book II: A PRO/CLASS Practices Approach to Dealing With Classroom and Other Professional Problems
BOOK III: PRO/CLASS PRACTICES-LITERACY, ASSESSMENT, SUPPORT, STRUGGLE
7. Literacy: How Can Teachers Encourage Student Literacies?
8. Assessment: How Should Teachers Assess Student Learning and Their Own Performance?
9. Support: How Can Teachers Provide Support for Students Having Difficulty in School and Life?
10. Struggle: How Can We Struggle to Be More Effective Teachers and Build Better Schools?