"Teacher" offers a new approach to professional development that focuses on building an individual teaching personality, rather than following a rule book. Most teacher manuals talk about what teachers need to do. That's useful enough, especially for new teachers. But no list, however long, can anticipate every circumstance, and in teaching unusual circumstances are an integral part of everyday life. But how do experienced teachers know what to do? Successful teachers develop a Teaching Character; they've worked on the qualities and personality traits that they need in order to cope successfully with the full spectrum of situations that being a teacher can involve. Veterans don't ask themselves, 'What does the teaching guide book tell me?' when confronted with difficult situations - they react instinctively, based on the character skills they've developed over time. Unfortunately, for most people this process of learning is unguided, and unconscious. It's time for a self-help manual that actually helps.
This book includes case studies and anecdotes, chapter summaries and humorous illustrations to help teachers reflect on what it means to be a teacher, and why it is the most rewarding profession there is.
Tom Bennett is the Behaviour Guru on the TES advice forum and a teacher at Raines Foundation - an inner-city state secondary school in London, UK. Tom is Head of Humanities, Religious Studies and Philosophy.
Section One: What does it Mean to Be a Teacher?; 1. Why You Need to Read this Book; 2. The Hidden History of Teachers; 3. How Policy is Made; 4. Teachers of the World; 5. Get Me to the Greeks; Section Two: Developing Your Own Teaching Character; 6. I am the Law: Judgement; 7. Lion Taming: Courage; 8. I am Waiting: Patience; 9. I am the Adult: Wisdom; 10. If at First you don't Succeed: Perseverance; 11. They are Only Children: Compassion; 12. The Dangers of the Profession; Section Three: The Workout; 13. Pumping Iron: Continual Character Development and Sharing Good Practice; 14. Keeping in Shape: Perpetual Professional Development and Following the Right Career Path; Index.