Teaching is a complex profession, made more complex by many of the myths about teaching told by teachers themselves. This lively new book by veteran teacher educator Peggy Deal Redman identifies eight of the most powerful and longstanding myths about classroom teaching, and explains the classroom realities too often hidden by the myths. Explore the real truth about such myths as "Good teachers are born, not made"; "Good teachers don't make mistakes"; "Teaching is a dead end job"; "They can't learn, they belong to special education," and more. Each chapter explores the reality behind the myth against the backdrop of today's professional learning communities, where teachers and teacher leaders know that every child can learn and that every teacher is a lifelong learner who grows through caring, collaboration, and reflection. All chapters include classroom stories, reflective questions, how-to tips and strategies, and inspirational quotations. In the words of Peggy Redman, "Smile as early on and as often as you can to build a healthy classroom climate."
Peggy Deal Redman is director of teacher education and professor of education at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.
Foreword Preface Acknowledgements About the Author 1. Myth #1: Don't Smile Until December Reality: Smile as Early On and as Often as You Can to Build a Healthy Classroom Climate 2. Myth #2: Teaching Is a Cushy Job Reality: Teaching Is Hard Work and Requires Year-Round Planning in Addition to Daily Preparation and Professional Development 3. Myth #3: Good Teachers Are Born, Not Made Reality: Teachers Are Lifelong Learners Continually Growing in Their Profession From Their "Aha" Moments Through Their Veteran Mentoring Years 4. Myth #4: Good Teachers Don't Make Mistakes Reality: Good Teachers Learn From Their Most Dramatic Mistakes 5. Myth #5: Good Teachers Teach Facts Reality: Good Teachers Teach the Whole Child How to Think and Learn 6. Myth #6: They Can't Learn; They Belong in Special Education Reality: Every Child Can Learn and Is Legally Entitled to the Best Education 7. Myth #7: Teaching Is a Lonely Job Reality: Teaching Is a Collaborative Profession and Today's Schools Are Professional Learning Communities 8. Myth #8 Teaching Is a Dead End Job Reality: The Rewards of Teaching Are Unending Afterword References Index
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