The Student Teacher's Handbook

The Student Teacher's Handbook

The Student Teacher's Handbook

The Student Teacher's Handbook


The Student Teacher's Handbook, Fourth Edition is a practical, user-friendly text that employs scientific research, sound advice, and student journal entries to encourage, sustain, and challenge the readers to function at their best during the crucial days of student teaching. Their needs--both professional and personal--during this stressful period guide the book's content. Student teachers' relationships--with students, cooperating teachers, and supervisors--are seen as being at the core of their teaching assignment. The authors draw on research in education and psychology that has practical application in the classroom and that helps student teachers cope with some of the tough problems connected with classroom management, including maintaining order and motivating students to learn. The book features: *practical, step-by-step assistance in helping student teachers make the most of their experience; *inclusion of the voices of many real student teachers who describe their difficulties and frustration--and how they overcome them; *in-depth discussion of the ways in which student teachers can make best use of cooperating teachers and university supervisors; *advice on making a smooth and successful transition from student teacher to teacher; and *attention to cutting-edge issues, such as multicultural education, effective use of technology, psychologically-appropriate methods of discipline, parent involvement in children's education, relevant education law, and other issues that challenge teachers at all levels. New in the fourth edition: *This popular text has been thoroughly updated and reorganized to eliminate repetition and make for a tighter narrative. *Increased attention has been given to the uses of technology in the classroom and to the pressures of school- or state-wide testing. *This edition includes additional journal entries from student teachers working at the middle and high school level, an expanded critical issues section, a refined description of problem-solving methods, and an updated discussion of multicultural education issues. This is an ideal text for the student teaching seminar at all levels of primary and secondary education, as well as a valuable resource for professors supervising student teachers and cooperating classroom teachers.


We wrote this fourth edition at the dawn of a new century. It is a time when the population of American youth is growing steadily, and is projected to continue to grow throughout the coming decades. It is a time when television sets, video games, popular music, and the Internet are transmitting violence into children's homes. It is a time, like many in the past, when K–12 test scores have raised alarms across the country, emboldening calls for higher academic standards and an end to social promotion. It is a time when teachers—not just good teachers, but exceptional teachers—are desperately needed. It is a time when you can make a tremendous difference.

This edition of The Student Teacher's Handbook, like earlier ones, was written expressly for student teachers. It is designed to be practical and useful, especially during the weeks of the student-teaching assignment, but also throughout the early years of teaching. in the pages that follow we hope to encourage, instruct, guide, and cheer you as you begin the journey of becoming the kind of exceptional teacher who makes a real difference in students' lives.

We are aware that there is no substitute for the instruction, advice, and counsel that student teachers obtain from their cooperating teacher and, in particular, from their college/university supervisor. the personal and professional relationships with those individuals cannot be duplicated or replaced by a book. the book can only supplement, and perhaps maximize, the potential of those relationships.

Over the years, student teachers have told us what the student-teaching assignment meant to them: excitement and challenge, concern, and anxiety. They shared that information with us in personal conversations, in their written journals, and during discussions in student-teaching seminars. What they shared forms the heart of the book. in essence, they reported to us that they were experiencing the normal and typical human reactions to a brand new undertaking.

This book is about those reactions and how best to cope with them. It is about turning concerns and anxieties into opportunities for personal and professional growth. This book is also about the challenges facing educators in the 21st century: classroom management and discipline, special-needs students and inclusion, multicultural education, gender equity, technology integration, standardized test scores, legal issues in the classroom, partnership building with parents, and more.

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