Teacher: Mastering the Art and Craft of Teaching

Teacher: Mastering the Art and Craft of Teaching

by Tom Bennett


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Most teacher manuals talk about what teachers need to do. That's useful enough, especially for new teachers. But no list, however long, can anticipate every circumstance, and in teaching unusual circumstances are an integral part of everyday life. But how do experienced teachers know what to do?

Successful teachers develop a Teaching Character; they've worked on the qualities and personality traits that they need in order to cope successfully with the full spectrum of situations that being a teacher can involve. Veterans don't ask themselves, 'What does the teaching guide book tell me?' when confronted with difficult situations - they react instinctively, based on the character skills they've developed over time. Unfortunately, for most people this process of learning is unguided, and unconscious. It's time for a self-help manual that actually helps.

This book includes case studies and anecdotes, chapter summaries and humorous illustrations to help teachers reflect on what it means to be a teacher, and why it is the most rewarding profession there is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441114358
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/09/2012
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tom Bennett is a teacher in East London, the chair of an independent group advising the Department of Education on behaviour, and the founder of the grass-roots and teacher-led researchED movement.

Table of Contents

Section One: What does it Mean to Be a Teacher? \ 1. Why You Need to Read this Book \ 2. The Hidden History of Teachers \ 3. How Policy is Made \ 4. Teachers of the World \ 5. Get Me to the Greeks \ Section Two: Developing Your Own Teaching Character \ 6. I am the Law: Judgement \ 7. Lion Taming: Courage \ 8. I am Waiting: Patience \ 9. I am the Adult: Wisdom \ 10. If at First you don't Succeed: Perseverance \ 11. They are Only Children: Compassion \ 12. The Dangers of the Profession \ Section Three: The Workout \ 13. Pumping Iron: Continual Character Development and Sharing Good Practice \ 14. Keeping in Shape: Perpetual Professional Development and Following the Right Career Path \ Index

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