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Introduction to Teaching

Introduction to Teaching
Making a Difference in Student Learning

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January 2019 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
An ideal introductory text for aspiring teachers, Introduction to Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning is grounded in the realities and complexities found in today’s schools. Acclaimed authors Gene E. Hall, Linda F. Quinn, and Donna M. Gollnick thoroughly prepare students to make a difference as teachers, presenting firsthand stories and evidence-based practices while offering a student-centered approach to learning. The authors focus on how to address one of the biggest challenges facing many of today’s schools—ensuring that all students are learning—and help teachers prioritize student learning as their primary focus. From true-to-life challenges that future teachers will face, such as high-stakes testing, reduced funding, low retention, and Common Core State Standards, to the inspiration and joy they will experience throughout their teaching careers, the Third Edition paints an importantly authentic picture of the real life of a teacher.

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About the Authors
Chapter 1. Becoming a Teacher
Why Teach?  
What Do Teachers Need to Know?  
What Role Does Technology Play in the Lives of Teachers?  
What Do Teacher Education Candidates Need to Do?  
How Do You Keep Track of Your Growth as a Teacher?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 2. Today’s Students
How Racially and Ethnically Diverse Are Our Schools?  
How Does Family Income Affect a Student’s School Experience?  
What If Students’ Native Languages Are Not English?  
What Is the Relationship of Gender and Education?  
How Is Sexual Orientation Addressed in Schools?  
How Does Religion Impact the Classroom?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 3. Exceptional Learners
Do All Students Develop in the Same Way?  
Who Are Exceptional Students?  
How Should Schools Serve Students With Disabilities?  
How Can We Identify and Support Struggling Students?  
How Can Schools Meet the Needs of All Students?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 4. The Social Context of Schools
How Does Social Context Impact Students’ Physical, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development?  
How Does Social Context Influence Learning?  
How Does Social Context Influence What Is Taught?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 5. Families and Communities
How Does the Public View Education in the Public Schools?  
Who Are the Families of Our Students?  
What Does Culture Have to Do With Education?  
How Are Students’ Cultures Reflected in Schools?  
How Does School Choice Open Options for Parents?  
How Can Teachers Work Effectively With Families and Communities?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 6. History of Schools in the United States
How Did Public Schools Come to Be?  
How Has the Educational System Contributed to Equality?  
Why Are Schools Designed Around the Age of Students?  
What Has Influenced the School Curriculum?  
How Have Teachers Evolved?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 7. Developing a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
How Do Teachers Develop Personal Philosophies Toward Teaching and Learning?  
How Do Students Learn?  
How Does Educational Psychology Help Teachers Understand Student Learning?  
How Do Philosophical Perspectives Help Teachers Understand Student Learning?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 8. Organizing and Financing Schools for Learning
How Are Schools Staffed and Organized?  
What Is the Relationship of Schools to School Districts and the State?  
What Is the Role of the Federal Government in Education?  
How Is Governance Different From the Structures of Government?  
How Are Schools Paid For?  
How Do Schools Spend the Money?  
What Are Some of the Key Organization and Finance Issues and Challenges?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 9. The Law as It Relates to Teaching and Learning
Legal Issues and Their Deliberations: Uses of Technology and Social Media  
Continuing Legal Dilemmas: Religion, School Finance, and Segregation  
Students’ Rights and Protections  
Teachers’ Rights, Responsibilities, and Liabilities  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 10. Standards, Curriculum, and Accountability
What Are Standards and Benchmarks?  
Why Are There Standards for Content?  
What Is Curriculum?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 11. Managing the Classroom and Student Behavior
What Is Classroom Management?  
How Do You Build a Personal Philosophy of Classroom Management?  
What Constitutes a Well-Managed Classroom?  
What Is the Connection Between Discipline and Management?  
How Do Teachers Manage the Stress of Managing a Classroom?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 12. Teaching Strategies
What Are Teaching Strategies?  
What Makes Teaching Strategies Work?  
How Are Different Strategies Used for Different Purposes?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 13. Assessing Student Learning and Using the Results
Why Is Assessing So Important?  
What Are Some Ways to Test Student Learning?  
How Do Teachers and Students Use Formative Assessments to Adjust Instruction and Improve Learning?  
Assessment Issues and Challenges  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  
Chapter 14. Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program, and Beyond
What Are Keys to Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program?  
What Are the Keys to Being Hired as a Beginning Teacher?  
What Are Career Path Possibilities for Teachers?  
In What Ways Can Candidates and Teachers Be Leaders?  
Where Are Places to Find the Joy of Teaching?  
Key Terms  
Class Discussion Questions  


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“This text takes a holistic approach to introduce the teaching profession to students. The textbook is progressive and current. It is much more than a traditional textbook in its ability to challenge students to think about topics from multiple perspectives and truly facilitates learning.”

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Chapter 1: Becoming a Teacher

Chapter 2: Today's Student

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