Reform the schools, improve teaching: these battle cries of American education have been echoing for 20 years. So why does teaching change so little? Arguing that too many would-be reformers know nothing about the conflicting demands of teaching, Mary Kennedy takes us into the controlled commotion of the classroom, revealing how painstakingly teachers plan their lessons, and how many different ways things go awry. Teachers try simultaneously to keep track of materials, time, students, and ideas. In their effort to hold all of these things together, they can inadvertently quash students' enthusiasm and miss valuable teachable moments.
Mary M. Kennedy is Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.
1. The Mysterious Gap between Reform Ideals and Everyday Teaching 2. How Teachers Think about Their Practices 3. Creating a Tranquil Environment 4. Managing Conversations about Content 5. Constructing the Day's Agenda 6. Sources of Problems in Teaching 7. Sources of Improvements in Teaching 8. The Problem of Reform Appendix on Method Notes References Index