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Wiley
Published by
Wiley (2003-11-14)
Current material
Hardback
Original language
English
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The Exceptional Teacher

Transforming Traditional Teaching Through Thoughtful Practice

by Elizabeth Aaronsohn

The Exceptional Teacher offers new approaches to preparing teachers so they will be able to break free from outmoded habits and methods, and become teachers who encourage their students to learn independently, creatively, and collaboratively.

In The Exceptional Teacher, veteran K—12 teacher Elizabeth Aaronsohn examines three important questions: What do our teachers really want our children to get out of school? How do their own schooling experiences inhibit them from achieving these goals? How can a teacher education program give beginning teachers a framework for thinking differently about the whole process of teaching?

The Exceptional Teacher offers the guidance that teacher educators need to help their students become teachers who are knowledgeable and skillful practitioners, while also developing the ability to be reflective, imaginative, courageous, and flexible in the classroom–a model for the students they are instructing. In this inspiring book, Aaronsohn shows that becoming an exceptional teacher can be a difficult but rewarding journey. She explains that success begins in understanding one’s self and societal and cultural experiences. Based on qualitative research from student writings and workshops, the author offers practical advice to help beginning teachers move beyond their own internalized assumptions, and become educators who will transform their classrooms.

Aaronsohn encourages teachers to develop the practice of honest reflection on their attitudes, thinking, and practices, and especially to develop the capacity to assume the perspective of another person. These practices can be nurtured through the process of in-depth writing, which helps to make meaning of experiences and brings teachers to a new level of consciousness about themselves, the world, and the mission of teaching.

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