"Belmonte reminds us that teaching is not always about what you teach, but how and why you teach."
—Katherine Hogan, Founding Lead Teacher
Social Justice High School, Chicago, IL
"This book is unique. The author invites potential and experienced teachers to think more deeply about numerous facets of teaching we encounter but seldom consider. I learned a lot!"
—Barrie Bennett, Professor of Education
OISE/University of Toronto
Establish a teaching philosophy of your own with these insightful principles!
The world needs its next generation of quality teachers. This reader-friendly and entertaining guide helps preservice and beginning teachers dive into the deep end of today's classroom challenges not ordinarily covered in traditional teacher induction courses.
Combining theory with anecdotes from the author's extensive teaching experiences, Teaching From the Deep End guides readers through the process of finding their own way as educators. Dominic Belmonte encourages teachers to reflect on why they chose teaching as a profession and prompts them to think, to question, to observe, and to anticipate as they develop their teaching philosophy. Revised throughout, this updated edition of the bestseller:
- Includes suggestions for navigating school politics
- Offers ways to survive a culture of "testmania"
- Provides recommendations for working with colleagues and parents
- Gives expanded job-seeking advice for new teachers
Teaching from the Deep End, first published in 2005, was revised, updated and expanded in 2009 to offer more insight and advice to prospective teachers on matters both relevant to the classroom and to issues adjacent to the classroom that can impact one's introductory years in teaching.
The author added a chapter on how a new teacher applying for a position should study the school to be considered to determine its atmosphere, challenges and potential fit. Another chapter emphasizes the value in being perceived as a team player in a new faculty setting. A third introduces the concept of schools as having a political climate and how new teachers should be attuned to that climate and not be adversely swayed into it to the detriment of the work with students. The author also added a chapter of perspective on the current national mania for high stakes multiple-choice timed testing and how one can keep true to one's teaching tenets in the midst of such pervasive influence.
More germane to the teaching life, the author suggested several "unchangeable truths" in teaching that one should aspire to model. He introduced the concept of deficit thinking and how it detracts from one's success in teaching students, especially students of color or who come from low-income family circumstances. He added a section on working with parents to make them allies to your cause, he detailed common blunders new teachers make and explained how to avoid repeating them. And, he added a new chapter on the uses of technology in the classroom.
The aim of this expansion is to make the book more relevant and applicable to assuaging the stresses and challenges one faces prior to or newly in the teaching life.