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Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher / Edition 1

Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher / Edition 1

by Dave F. Brown, Eugene Garcia


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What every urban teacher should know could take years of experience and plenty of mistakes, discouragement, and frustrations along the way. Or it could simply mean learning from other teachers who have been there, done that, and succeeded. Veteran teacher Dave Brown has set out to make the lives of new urban teachers easier by sharing the stories of thirteen successful urban educators from grades one through twelve. These teachers provide practical advice on everything from effective instructional strategies, gaining students' cooperation, and managing a classroom, to developing curricula that match the interests and academic levels of the students they serve.

Sensitive to the day-to-day challenges of urban teaching, Brown takes a micro perspective on its practical aspects so that novice teachers have a clear picture of how to establish a comfortable learning environment from the start-and how to maintain it. Integrating these stories into every chapter, Brown addresses particular pedagogical and philosophical concerns. He adds his own voice too by describing specific tactics for:

  • assisting students who are reading below grade level
  • addressing differences in ability
  • fitting in with veteran faculty
  • satisfying local administrators
  • handling the pressure of standards.

    For urban teachers, this book will renew the joys of teaching in diverse and challenging environments and reinforce the notions that brought them to teaching in the first place, how promising, exciting, and personally and professionally satisfying urban teaching can be.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780325003610
    Publisher: Heinemann
    Publication date: 02/05/2002
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 288
    Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.58(d)
    Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

    About the Author

    A former teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels, Dave Brown is coathor of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, Second Edition (Heinemann, 2007) and the author of Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher (Heinemann, 2002). He is a former middle school teacher with years of experience teaching and coaching sixth through eighth graders. He regularly conducts research with middle-level teachers and young adolescents as a professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and provides in-service sessions nationally on young-adolescent development, appropriate middle-level design, and culturally responsive teaching.

    Table of Contents

    Why Teach in an Urban School?

    Rethinking Your Culture of Education

    The First Year of Urban Teaching

    Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment

    Choosing Appropriate Curricula

    Responsive Instruction

    Language Considerations in Instructional Processes

    The Real Meaning of Assessment

    Reasonable Expectations or Impossible Standards

    Garnering Support from Colleagues, Parents/Caregivers, and Administrators

    Conclusion: Is this the Right Teaching Job for You?

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