For many student teachers the prospect of facing their first classroom experience is overwhelming. This book presents a realistic viwe of what they will face in the classroom, but also provides them the skills they need to become reflective, profesisonal teachers in their own right. To Teach Well is a combination of an informational text and workbook-like exercises that encourage self-reflection and ways for each student to get the most out of their fieldwork experience. It includes features from real student teachers as well as from current mentor teachers. Developmentally and culturally appropriate practices are woven throughout the text to ensure readers are aware of national stndards for programs and practices.
The text addressses current topcis and trends in early childhood education such as team teaching, observation and assessment, diversity, professionalism and ethics, curriculum and environment, and working with families. It is the only text to give in-depth coverage to team teaching and offer specific examples of the challenges of team teaching along with tips for working well with other adults.
Written in an accessible and lively style, this text guides student teachers from the frist days of getting started in their fieldwork through the many responsibilites they will encounter as they teach. Each chapter stresses throuhgtful consideration and reflection - both in chapter content and throughout multiple activities that help students gain insight into their teaching experiences.