The Student Teacher's Handbook

The Student Teacher's Handbook

The Student Teacher's Handbook

The Student Teacher's Handbook

Excerpt

We wrote this third edition because of the changes that have taken place in education, psychology, and our society at large in recent years. These changes are very much related to student teaching and to teaching in general. In updating the book, we were influenced by the helpful recommendations we received from the many college/university supervisors and student teachers who used the last edition.

This edition, like the earlier ones, was written for student teachers. It is designed to be practical and useful, especially during the weeks of student-teaching assignment, but also throughout the early years of teaching.

We are aware that there is no substitute for the instruction, advice, and counsel that student teachers obtain from their college/university supervisor. The personal/professional relationship with one's supervisor cannot be duplicated or replaced by a book. The book can only supplement, and perhaps maximize, the potential of that relationship.

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 how to successfully confront the exciting new challenges, and turn the concerns and anxieties into the experience of personal and professional growth. It is also about new ideas concerning classroom management and discipline, cooperative learning, legal issues, special-needs students and mainstreaming, multicultural education and sensitivity to ethnic, gender and racial issues, relating to cooperating teachers, working collaboratively with parents, and other topics.

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