Realize, refresh, and awaken the passionate, caring, motivated teacher inside!
Who was the best teacher you ever had? Can you remember the excitement and joy that this teacher brought to learning? Do you want to be "the best teacher ever" for your students? Understanding yourself and how you relate to others is the first step in becoming the enthusiastic, inspirational teacher to whom students respond best.
On Being a Teacher links teaching to the unique human characteristics that each of us possesses. Written with the preservice, beginning, and veteran teacher in mind, the authors help educators discover their own special traits that make them superlative teachers. This newly revised third edition includes the addition of:
- Research-based teaching strategies
- Professional development activities
- An in-depth look at parent-teacher conferences
- Ideas for getting involved in your school and district to further your professional growth
- Information on learning styles and multiple intelligences
- Guides for individual and group reflection
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About the Author
Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural settings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People.
She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.
Table of ContentsPreface
About the Authors
1. On Being a Teacher
2. On Being a Learner
3. On Being a Relationship Specialist
4. On Being an Effective Communicator
5. On Being a Helper
6. On Struggling With the Challenges of the Profession
7. On Avoiding Burnout and Rustout
8. On Being Reflective
9. On Being Passionately Committed
Ellen Kottler has been a teacher for more than thirty years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.