Why We Teach
Teachers College Press, Jun 25, 2005 - Education - 242 pages
Why teach? Listen to the voices of both veteran and new teachers as they share their most heartfelt and thoughtful replies to this simple but important question. Sonia Nieto, a distinguished teacher in her own right, has gathered the insights and inspirations of K 12 classroom teachers as they examine how and why they find purpose and value in the work they do.
The teachers in this book, like so many across the country, do the kind of work that may not grab headlines but is far more important than even the highest test score: These teachers listen closely to their students. They share in their students' struggles and successes. They create a classroom climate that encourages growth, direction, and purpose. They help students develop into thoughtful, engaged citizens. The teachers in this book show us the kinds of learning that really matter, and the kinds of lessons that students can take with them for their entire lives.
This inspirational book focuses on the quintessential values of teaching, challenges current notions that focus on only accountability, testing, and standardization, and provide a compelling message of hope for public education.
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Public Schools and the Work of Teachers
TAKING THE LONG WAY
The Accidental Teacher
Im Not Sure I Want to Be a Teacher
Who Invited That Guy?
On ReBecoming a Teacher
Waiting Tables and Juggling Motherhood Taking the Road Less Traveled
TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD
Opening Their Eyes to a New and Bigger World
Teaching to Engage
Teaching Means Taking Risks
Always Another Beginning
TO BECOME MORE FULLY HUMAN
Saving the World One Child at a Time
Confessions of an Underperforming Teacher
Becoming a LifeToucher
Looking Back in Wonder
Teaching to Affirm
Teaching Through Light and Darkness
Teaching as a Spiritual Journey
Being on a Moving Train
Teaching Outside the Lines
TO HELP STUDENTS NAME AND CLAIM THE WORLD
Teaching for Empowerment Love and Mentorship
The Colors and Strands of Teaching