Why We Teach

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Sonia Nieto
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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Contents

Public Schools and the Work of Teachers
3
TAKING THE LONG WAY
13
The Accidental Teacher
15
Im Not Sure I Want to Be a Teacher
23
Who Invited That Guy?
31
On ReBecoming a Teacher
41
Waiting Tables and Juggling Motherhood Taking the Road Less Traveled
49
TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD
59
Opening Their Eyes to a New and Bigger World
134
Teaching to Engage
142
Teaching Means Taking Risks
150
Always Another Beginning
156
TO BECOME MORE FULLY HUMAN
167
Saving the World One Child at a Time
169
Confessions of an Underperforming Teacher
178
Becoming a LifeToucher
183

Looking Back in Wonder
61
Teaching to Affirm
71
Teaching Through Light and Darkness
81
Teaching as a Spiritual Journey
87
Being on a Moving Train
97
Teaching Outside the Lines
105
TO HELP STUDENTS NAME AND CLAIM THE WORLD
115
Teaching for Empowerment Love and Mentorship
117
The Colors and Strands of Teaching
127
We Shall Have to Begin with the Children
189
CONCLUSION
201
Qualities of Caring and Committed Teachers
203
NOTES
221
REFERENCES
229
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND THE CONTRIBUTORS
233
INDEX
239
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About the author (2005)

Sonia Nieto is Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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