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Teaching Is an Art
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Teaching Is an Art
An A-Z Handbook for Successful Teaching in Middle Schools and High Schools


June 2002 | 200 pages | Corwin

"I re-read this book every summer to help me maintain a balanced perspective as I plan for a new school year."
Gary Tsuruda, Math teacher
Jordan Middle School
Palo Alto, CA

"Teaching Is an Art can help new teachers adjust more smoothly into the education profession and can provide new ideas and insights for veteran teachers."
John Thompson, Assistant Principal
El Camino High School
South San Francisco, CA 

If you read only one book on teaching, make it this one! A practical, direct, and humorous guide to teaching—you won't be able to turn the pages fast enough.

Drawing upon close to 30 years of teaching experience, the author provides teachers with practical information that is not always taught in teacher education courses. New and veteran teachers alike will find useful advice for managing their work both in and out of the classroom. The book covers 82 essential topics, including Cooperative Learning, Parents, Staff Meetings, Tests, Portfolios, Rules, and many more.

Teaching ability, wisdom, and fervor are not inborn; teachers learn the elements of their art. With that in mind, Spreyer provides information, games, book recommendations, specific lesson plans, and straightforward advice on all aspects of teaching, ranging from Back-to-School Night to Power in the Classroom, from Principles to Principals, from Homework to Substitute Teachers. And he does it in a reader-friendly style, with easy-to-follow lists, examples, and suggested resources.

Highlights include:

  • Practical advice on over 80 subjects, to apply both in the classroom and out
  • Book suggestions and games for the classroom
  • For veteran teachers, suggestions for staying motivated and avoiding burnout
  • For new teachers, specifics you can't get anywhere else, such as tips on the First Day and First Week of School, and gaining Respect in the classroom

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
The Art of Teaching
 
Assessment
 
Back-to-School Night
 
Books
 
Calculators
 
Career Path
 
Cheating
 
Class Management
 
Classroom Talk
 
Colleagues
 
Computers
 
Confidence
 
Contests
 
Cooperative Learning
 
Curriculum
 
Discipline
 
Einstein Points
 
Field Trips
 
First Day of School
 
First Week of School
 
Games
 
Getting Along
 
Getting Out More
 
Grades
 
Guest Speakers
 
Homework
 
How to Become Hated
 
Improvise
 
Individual Needs
 
Jobs in the Classroom
 
Knowledge
 
Last Days of School
 
Learning Is a Process
 
Lesson Plans
 
Lies
 
Making Yourself Accessible
 
Media
 
Mentoring
 
Mistakes
 
Modeling
 
Movies About Teachers
 
New Students
 
New Stuff and Neat Stuff
 
New Teacher
 
Nonverbal Communication
 
Openers
 
Organizing for Success
 
Parents
 
Photocopying
 
Pizzazz
 
Portfolios
 
Power in the Classroom
 
Principals
 
Principles
 
Quotations in the Classroom
 
Recognizing Students
 
Respect
 
Room Environment
 
Rules
 
School Reform
 
Special Education
 
Staff Meetings
 
Standards
 
Substitute Teachers
 
Support Personnel
 
Talking to Parents
 
Talking to Students
 
Teacher Evaluation
 
Teaching: A Look Back
 
Teaching Teachers to Teach
 
Team Teaching
 
Tests
 
Textbooks
 
"That's a Shame!"
 
"This Is Boring!" and Other Ego Traps
 
Timing
 
Units of Study
 
Veterans and Rookies
 
Videos in the Classroom
 
Why You Should Not Teach
 
Why You Should Teach
 
Zeal
 
Index

"I re-read this book every summer to help me maintain a balanced perspective as I plan for a new school year." 

Gary Tsuruda, Math teacher
Jordan Middle School; Palo Alto, CA

"Teaching Is an Art can help new teachers adjust more smoothly into the education profession and can provide new ideas and insights for veteran teachers." 

John Thompson, Assistant Principal
El Camino High School, South San Francisco, CA

Where was this book when I was teaching? I’m going to show or tell every teacher I know about this book. I wish Leon Spreyer could win teacher of the millennium award (and I mean this new millennium not the last one)!"

Barbara Piano
University of Colorado

"Spreyer’s experiences with students and colleagues form the core of the book. It includes humor, quotations, poetry, samples, and examples for practitioners to try within their classrooms."

Harriett Arnold
University of the Pacific

"[It] is a practical and informative guide which is accessibly arranged . . . a very highly recommended supplemental resource for art educators of all experience, skill, and grade levels."

Midwest Book Review's Library Bookwatch, March 2003

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