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Introduction to Teaching

Introduction to Teaching
Making a Difference in Student Learning

Third Edition
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January 2019 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
An ideal introductory text for aspiring teachers, Introduction to Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning is grounded in the realities and complexities found in today’s schools. Acclaimed authors Gene E. Hall, Linda F. Quinn, and Donna M. Gollnick thoroughly prepare students to make a difference as teachers, presenting firsthand stories and evidence-based practices while offering a student-centered approach to learning. The authors focus on how to address one of the biggest challenges facing many of today’s schools—ensuring that all students are learning—and help teachers prioritize student learning as their primary focus. From true-to-life challenges that future teachers will face, such as high-stakes testing, reduced funding, low retention, and Common Core State Standards, to the inspiration and joy they will experience throughout their teaching careers, the Third Edition paints an importantly authentic picture of the real life of a teacher.

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About the Authors
Chapter 1. Becoming a Teacher

Why Teach?

What Do Teachers Need to Know?

What Role Does Technology Play in the Lives of Teachers?

What Do Teacher Education Candidates Need to Do?

How Do You Keep Track of Your Growth as a Teacher?


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Chapter 2. Today’s Students

How Racially and Ethnically Diverse Are Our Schools?

How Does Family Income Affect a Student’s School Experience?

What If Students’ Native Languages Are Not English?

What Is the Relationship of Gender and Education?

How Is Sexual Orientation Addressed in Schools?

How Does Religion Impact the Classroom?


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Chapter 3. Exceptional Learners

Do All Students Develop in the Same Way?

Who Are Exceptional Students?

How Should Schools Serve Students With Disabilities?

How Can We Identify and Support Struggling Students?

How Can Schools Meet the Needs of All Students?


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Chapter 4. The Social Context of Schools

How Does Social Context Impact Students’ Physical, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development?

How Does Social Context Influence Learning?

How Does Social Context Influence What Is Taught?


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Chapter 5. Families and Communities

How Does the Public View Education in the Public Schools?

Who Are the Families of Our Students?

What Does Culture Have to Do With Education?

How Are Students’ Cultures Reflected in Schools?

How Does School Choice Open Options for Parents?

How Can Teachers Work Effectively With Families and Communities?


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Chapter 6. History of Schools in the United States

How Did Public Schools Come to Be?

How Has the Educational System Contributed to Equality?

Why Are Schools Designed Around the Age of Students?

What Has Influenced the School Curriculum?

How Have Teachers Evolved?


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Chapter 7. Developing a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

How Do Teachers Develop Personal Philosophies Toward Teaching and Learning?

How Do Students Learn?

How Does Educational Psychology Help Teachers Understand Student Learning?

How Do Philosophical Perspectives Help Teachers Understand Student Learning?


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Chapter 8. Organizing and Financing Schools for Learning

How Are Schools Staffed and Organized?

What Is the Relationship of Schools to School Districts and the State?

What Is the Role of the Federal Government in Education?

How Is Governance Different From the Structures of Government?

How Are Schools Paid For?

How Do Schools Spend the Money?

What Are Some of the Key Organization and Finance Issues and Challenges?


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Chapter 9. The Law as It Relates to Teaching and Learning

Legal Issues and Their Deliberations: Uses of Technology and Social Media

Continuing Legal Dilemmas: Religion, School Finance, and Segregation

Students’ Rights and Protections

Teachers’ Rights, Responsibilities, and Liabilities


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Chapter 10. Standards, Curriculum, and Accountability

What Are Standards and Benchmarks?

Why Are There Standards for Content?

What Is Curriculum?


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Chapter 11. Managing the Classroom and Student Behavior

What Is Classroom Management?

How Do You Build a Personal Philosophy of Classroom Management?

What Constitutes a Well-Managed Classroom?

What Is the Connection Between Discipline and Management?

How Do Teachers Manage the Stress of Managing a Classroom?


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Chapter 12. Teaching Strategies

What Are Teaching Strategies?

What Makes Teaching Strategies Work?

How Are Different Strategies Used for Different Purposes?


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Chapter 13. Assessing Student Learning and Using the Results

Why Is Assessing So Important?

What Are Some Ways to Test Student Learning?

How Do Teachers and Students Use Formative Assessments to Adjust Instruction and Improve Learning?

Assessment Issues and Challenges


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Chapter 14. Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program, and Beyond

What Are Keys to Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program?

What Are the Keys to Being Hired as a Beginning Teacher?

What Are Career Path Possibilities for Teachers?

In What Ways Can Candidates and Teachers Be Leaders?

Where Are Places to Find the Joy of Teaching?


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“This text takes a holistic approach to introduce the teaching profession to students. The textbook is progressive and current. It is much more than a traditional textbook in its ability to challenge students to think about topics from multiple perspectives and truly facilitates learning.”

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rsity of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Naomi Jeffery Petersen
Central Washington University

We found the textbook to be well written and it corresponded well with our syllabus. The staff voted to continue using the Powell textbook and include the Revel online component since we found that our students were not reading the Powell book as assigned. The Revel system has changed that but we do look forward to considering this book in the future.

Nancy Moreau
HSS, Northampton Cmty Clg-Monroe
February 27, 2019

I will not teach the course this fall.

Dr Jamalee Stone
College Of Education, Black Hills State University
December 10, 2018
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  • 16 New Teacher Interviews at the beginning of each chapter grant students a glimpse into the real lives of educators by posing questions to teachers and school leaders and relating their responses directly to the chapter content.
  • Expanded discussions of diversity cover key topics, including the importance of the identification and safety of LGBT students.
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  • Teachers’ Lounge stories offer students inspirational, joyful, or humorous stories from real teachers about issues raised in the chapter.
  • Challenging Assumptions boxes use scholarly research to help debunk many of the myths about teaching.
  • Understanding and Using Evidence boxes help readers examine a set of data, develop an interpretation, and offer a recommendation. Teachers in today’s schools are expected to be able to understand and use data. This feature is designed to help them learn more about ways to organize and interpret data.
  • Field Guide for Learning sections conclude each chapter and help students develop the knowledge and skills found in expert educators and provide suggestions for classroom observation activities, reflection questions to promote journaling, portfolio builders, and more.
  • Cartoons are inserted throughout to illustrate humorous moments in teaching.
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Chapter 1: Becoming a Teacher

Chapter 2: Today's Student

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