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The exceptional teacher : transforming traditional teaching through thoughtful practice /
by Elizabeth Aaronsohn.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2002.
description
xxi, 274 p.
ISBN
0787965766 (alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2002.
isbn
0787965766 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5082373
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-263) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elizabeth Aaronsohn is an associate professor of teacher education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.
Excerpts
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The Exceptional Teacher offers new approaches to preparing teachers so they will be able to break free from outmoded habits and methods, and become teachers who encourage their students to learn independently, creatively, and collaboratively. In The Exceptional Teacher, veteran K-12 teacher Elizabeth Aaronsohn examines three important questions: What do our teachers really want our children to get out of school? How do their own schooling experiences inhibit them from achieving these goals? How can a teacher education program give beginning teachers a framework for thinking differently about the whole process of teaching? The Exceptional Teacher offers the guidance that teacher educators need to help their students become teachers who are knowledgeable and skillful practitioners, while also developing the ability to be reflective, imaginative, courageous, and flexible in the classroom-a model for the students they are instructing. In this inspiring book, Aaronsohn shows that becoming an exceptional teacher can be a difficult but rewarding journey. She explains that success begins in understanding one's self and societal and cultural experiences. Based on qualitative research from student writings and workshops, the author offers practical advice to help beginning teachers move beyond their own internalized assumptions, and become educators who will transform their classrooms. Aaronsohn encourages teachers to develop the practice of honest reflection on their attitudes, thinking, and practices, and especially to develop the capacity to assume the perspective of another person. These practices can be nurtured through the process of in-depth writing, which helps to make meaning of experiences and brings teachers to a new level of consciousness about themselves, the world, and the mission of teaching.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
Aaronsohn's examination of the transformation of traditional teaching constitutes a different approach to teacher education. It is critical that teacher educators embrace and employ the constructivist aspects of teacher preparation. Clearly, the author has provided research and practical experiences important to the preparation of teachers. Her approach, which combines her experiences as a teacher within the K-12 school system and higher education, are invaluable and provide credibility. Particularly interesting are the sections "Falling into the Role of Traditional Teaching, and Climbing Out of It, " "Justice, Mutual Respect, and Caring Instead of Control," and "The Courage and Freedom to Color outside the Lines." Each of these chapters shares the importance of support, collegiality, and change. There is great interest in teacher quality and change at the present time. This book is an excellent contribution to the debate and might be useful not only to teacher educators but to professional development in education. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above. H. B. Arnold University of the Pacific
Reviews
Review Quotes
"The most important knowledge base of Teacher Education is the teacher. The next most important knowledge is that there are options other than the ones we may have been raised with. We have choices, and we have the obligation to use those choices responsibly for children." - Elizabeth Aaronsohn"This book, full of wonderful strategies and inspirations on becoming the kind of teacher we all strive to be, gives me hope for the future of teaching. Aarohnson writes with honesty and authority on how to become a truly effective educator." - William A. Howe, president, National Association for Multicultural Education"At a time when teacher education has come under sharp attack, this book offers an exciting and challenging blueprint for preparing the teachers we need for the schools our children deserve. Anyone willing to think outside the box and challenge their own assumptions about teacher education should read this book- parents, future and current teachers, school administrators and other educational change agents." - Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education, Teaching and Leadership Programs, Syracuse University"Using inspiring stories from her own classroom, heartfelt student responses, and current educational research, Liz Aaronsohn challenges readers to prepare a new generation of teachers who dare to know themselves, love their students, question the system, and rock the boat. If we heed her advice, we will all- teachers, students, and teacher educators- be better as a result." - Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"The most important knowledge base of Teacher Education is the teacher. The next most important knowledge is that there are options other than the ones we may have been raised with. We have choices, and we have the obligation to use those choices responsibly for children." - Elizabeth Aaronsohn "This book, full of wonderful strategies and inspirations on becoming the kind of teacher we all strive to be, gives me hope for the future of teaching. Aarohnson writes with honesty and authority on how to become a truly effective educator." - William A. Howe, president, National Association for Multicultural Education "At a time when teacher education has come under sharp attack, this book offers an exciting and challenging blueprint for preparing the teachers we need for the schools our children deserve. Anyone willing to think outside the box and challenge their own assumptions about teacher education should read this book- parents, future and current teachers, school administrators and other educational change agents." - Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education, Teaching and Leadership Programs, Syracuse University "Using inspiring stories from her own classroom, heartfelt student responses, and current educational research, Liz Aaronsohn challenges readers to prepare a new generation of teachers who dare to know themselves, love their students, question the system, and rock the boat. If we heed her advice, we will all- teachers, students, and teacher educators- be better as a result." - Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Summaries
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Using personal narrative and extensive research, Elizabeth Aaronsohn shows how reflective practice can provide students with a more innovative individual learning experience.
Main Description
In The Exceptional Teacher , veteran K-12 teacher Elizabeth Aaronsohn examines three important questions: What do our teachers really want our children to get out of school? How do their own schooling experiences inhibit them from achieving these goals? How can a teacher education program give beginning teachers a framework for thinking differently about the whole process of teaching? The Exceptional Teacher offers the guidance that teacher educators need to help their students become teachers who are knowledgeable and skillful practitioners, while also developing the ability to be reflective, imaginative, courageous, and flexible in the classroom- a model for the students they are instructing. In this inspiring book, Aaronsohn shows that becoming an exceptional teacher can be a difficult but rewarding journey. She explains that success begins in understanding one's self and societal and cultural experiences. Based on qualitative research from student writings and workshops, the author offers practical advice to help begining teachers move beyond their own internalized assumptions, and become educators who will transform their classrooms. Aaronsohn encourages teachers to develop the practice of honest reflection on their attitudes, thinking, and practices, and especially to develop the capacity to assume the perspective of another person. These practices can be nurtured through the process of in-depth writing, which helps to make meaning of experiences and brings teachers to a new level of consciousnesses about themselves, the world, and the mission of teaching.
Main Description
In The Exceptional Teacher, veteran K-12 teacher Elizabeth Aaronsohn examines three important questions: What do our teachers really want our children to get out of school? How do their own schooling experiences inhibit them from achieving these goals? How can a teacher education program give beginning teachers a framework for thinking differently about the whole process of teaching?The Exceptional Teacher offers the guidance that teacher educators need to help their students become teachers who are knowledgeable and skillful practitioners, while also developing the ability to be reflective, imaginative, courageous, and flexible in the classroom- a model for the students they are instructing. In this inspiring book, Aaronsohn shows that becoming an exceptional teacher can be a difficult but rewarding journey. She explains that success begins in understanding one's self and societal and cultural experiences. Based on qualitative research from student writings and workshops, the author offers practical advice to help begining teachers move beyond their own internalized assumptions, and become educators who will transform their classrooms.Aaronsohn encourages teachers to develop the practice of honest reflection on their attitudes, thinking, and practices, and especially to develop the capacity to assume the perspective of another person. These practices can be nurtured through the process of in-depth writing, which helps to make meaning of experiences and brings teachers to a new level of consciousnesses about themselves, the world, and the mission of teaching.
Main Description
The Path to Becoming an Exceptional Teacher " The most important knowledge base of teacher education is the teacher. The next most important knowledge is that there are options other than the ones we may have been raised with. We have choices, and we have the obligation to use those choices responsibly for children." - Elizabeth Aaronsohn " This book, full of wonderful strategies and inspirations on becoming the kind of teacher we all strive to be, gives me hope for the future of teaching. Aarohnson writes with honesty and authority on how to become a truly effective educator." - William A. Howe, president, National Association for Multicultural Education " At a time when teacher education has come under sharp attack, this book offers an exciting and challenging blueprint for preparing the teachers we need for the schools our children deserve. Anyone willing to think outside the box and challenge their own assumptions about teacher education should read this book- parents, future and current teachers, school administrators and other educational change agents." - Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education, Teaching and Leadership Programs, Syracuse University " Using inspiring stories from her own classroom, heartfelt student responses, and current educational research, Liz Aaronsohn challenges readers to prepare a new generation of teachers who dare to know themselves, love their students, question the system, and rock the boat. If we heed her advice, we will all- teachers, students, and teacher educators- be better as a result." - Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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The Path to Becoming an Exceptional Teacher "The most important knowledge base of teacher education is the teacher. The next most important knowledge is that there are options other than the ones we may have been raised with. We have choices, and we have the obligation to use those choices responsibly for children." -Elizabeth Aaronsohn "This book, full of wonderful strategies and inspirations on becoming the kind of teacher we all strive to be, gives me hope for the future of teaching. Aarohnson writes with honesty and authority on how to become a truly effective educator." -William A. Howe, president, National Association for Multicultural Education "At a time when teacher education has come under sharp attack, this book offers an exciting and challenging blueprint for preparing the teachers we need for the schools our children deserve. Anyone willing to think outside the box and challenge their own assumptions about teacher education should read this book-parents, future and current teachers, school administrators and other educational change agents." -Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education, Teaching and Leadership Programs, Syracuse University "Using inspiring stories from her own classroom, heartfelt student responses, and current educational research, Liz Aaronsohn challenges readers to prepare a new generation of teachers who dare to know themselves, love their students, question the system, and rock the boat. If we heed her advice, we will all-teachers, students, and teacher educators-be better as a result." -Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Introductionp. ix
The Authorp. xxiii
The Grading Game: Reading the Teacher Instead of the Textp. 1
Breaking the Conditioningp. 14
Seeing the Possibilities of a Different Paradigmp. 29
Falling into the Role of Traditional Teaching, and Climbing Out of Itp. 52
Justice, Mutual Respect, and Caring Instead of Controlp. 78
Moving from Right Answers to Multiple Perspectivesp. 103
Reserved Seats for Musical Chairsp. 126
The Reluctance of High School Teachers to Use Cooperative Learningp. 140
The Pressure of Traditionp. 166
The Courage and Freedom to Color Outside the Linesp. 189
What Would Success Look Like?p. 216
Appendixp. 243
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 263
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