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Introduction to Teaching

Introduction to Teaching
Making a Difference in Student Learning

Second Edition
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© 2017 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning, Second Edition is the ideal text for aspiring teachers. Acclaimed authors Gene Hall, Linda Quinn, and Donna Gollnick thoroughly prepare teacher education candidates to make a difference as teachers, presenting first-hand stories and evidence-based practices while offering a student-centered approach to learning. The authors target one of the biggest challenges facing many of today’s schools—making sure that all students are learning—and help teachers make student learning the primary focus in all that they do. From true-to-life challenges that teachers will face (high-stakes testing, student learning assessments, low teacher retention, Common Core Standards) to the inspiration and joy they will discover throughout their teaching careers, this text paints a realistic picture of the real life of a teacher in today’s schools .  

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Part I: Today’s Teachers, Students, and Schools
Chapter 1: Becoming a Teacher
Why Teach?  
What Do Teachers Need to Know?  
What Do Teacher Education Candidates Need to Do?  
How Do You Keep Track of Your Growth as a Teacher?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Becoming a Teacher  
Chapter 2: Today’s Students
How Racially and Ethnically Diverse Are Our Schools?  
How Do Economics Affect Students and Schools?  
What If Students’ Native Languages Are Not English?  
What Is the Relationship of Gender and Education?  
How Is Sexual Orientation Addressed in Schools?  
What Do the Religious Beliefs of Students Have to Do With Schools?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Today’s Students  
Chapter 3: Addressing Learners’ Individual Needs
What Are Key Characteristics of Students With Disabilities?  
What Are Some Ways of Distinguishing Students in Terms of Academic Ability?  
Do All Students Develop in the Same Way?  
How Do Class and Culture Affect Teaching and Learning?  
Characteristics of Students as Learners  
Field Guide for Learning More About Addressing Learners’ Individual Needs  
Chapter 4: The Social Context of Schools
How Does Social Context Challenge Educators?  
How Does Social Context Influence What Is Taught?  
How Are Students Affected by Social Context?  
Field Guide for Learning More About the Social Context of Schools  
Chapter 5: Families and Communities
How Do the Public and Educators View Education?  
In What Types of Families Do Students Live?  
How Does Culture Influence Families and Their Children?  
What Happens When Students’ Cultures Come to School?  
How Should Teachers Work With Parents and Communities?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Families and Communities  
Part II: The Foundations of Education
Chapter 6: History of Schools in the United States
How Did Public Schools Come to Be?  
How Did Schools Become Designed Based on the Age of Students?  
What Has Influenced the School Curriculum?  
How Has the Educational System Contributed to Equality?  
How Has Teaching Evolved?  
Field Guide for Learning More About the History of Schools in the United States  
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?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Developing a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning  
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, and How Is the Money Spent?  
How Do Schools Spend the Money?  
Organization and Finance Issues and Challenges?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Organizing Schools for Learning  
Chapter 9: The Law as It Relates to Teaching and Learning
Contemporary Legal Issues and Their Deliberations  
Continuing Legal Dilemmas Related to Education  
Students’ Rights and Protections  
Teachers’ Responsibilities, Rights, and Liabilities  
Field Guide for Learning More About the Law as It Relates to Teaching and Learning  
Part III: Teaching for Student Learning
Chapter 10: Standards, Curriculum, and Accountability
What Are Standards and Benchmarks?  
Standards for Content  
Keeping Track of Benchmarks and Standards in Lesson Planning  
What Is Curriculum?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Standards, Curriculum, and Accountability  
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?  
Four Stages of Classroom Life That Influence Behavior  
How Do Teachers Manage the Stress of Managing a Classroom?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Managing the Classroom and Student Behavior  
Chapter 12: Teaching Strategies
What Are Teaching Strategies?  
What Makes Teaching Strategies Work?  
How Are Different Strategies Used for Different Purposes?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Teaching Strategies  
Chapter 13: Assessing Student Learning and Results
Why Is Assessing So Important?  
What Are Some Ways to Test Student Learning?  
Teacher Questioning  
How Do Teachers Use Formative Assessments to Adjust Instruction and Improve Student Learning?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Assessing Student Learning and Results  
Part IV: Becoming Tomorrow’s Highly Effective Teacher
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?  
In What Ways Can Candidates and Teachers Be Leaders?  
Career Path Options for Teachers  
How Does a Master Teacher Think About the Joy of Teaching?  
Field Guide for Learning More About Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program, and Beyond  


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Key features


  • Reorganized into 14 chapters, this edition is well aligned with a typical 15 week academic semester.
  • New Teacher Interviews at the beginning of each chapter grant students a glimpse into the real lives of teachers by posing questions to teachers and school leaders from across the country and relating their responses directly to the chapter content.
  • Six new Teachers’ Lounge stories offer students inspirational, joyful, or humorous stories from real teachers about issues raised in the chapter.
  • New probing questions have been added to the Challenging Assumptions feature to encourage deeper critical thinking.
  • Expanded discussions of diversity including the section on Native Hawaiians and other South Pacific Islanders, as well as the importance of the identification and safety of LBGT students.
  • Updated content with the latest research expose students to current issues, such as the changing views of public education, reauthorization of ESEA, a.k.a. NCLB, and the “opting out” of testing movement.
  • Revised Tables, Figures, and Sources illustrate the most recent information about funding, court cases, new federal and state statutes, as well as new approaches to curriculum and instruction.


  • An Interactive eBook is available for this text, providing a more contemporary, multimedia-integrated presentation for learning. It offers integrated links to engaging video and audio as well as access to complete academic and professional articles, all from the same pages found in the printed text. Study tools such as highlighting, bookmarking, and note-taking are also included.
  • Video Case features have been custom-developed for this text, featuring classroom footage and interviews with today's teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Accompanying questions help tie each video back to the chapter’s learning objectives.
  • 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.
  • Cartoons are inserted throughout to illustrate humorous moments in teaching.
  • Focus questions encourage critical thinking about the primary chapter concepts.
  • End-of-chapter pedagogical features include chapter summaries, discussion questions, self-assessments, field guides, tips for building a portfolio, and more.  
  • Full color treatment includes a wide range of striking photographs to bring the concepts to life and keep students engaged in the topics.

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