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What Should I Do? Confronting Dilemmas of Teaching in Urban Schools

Title 2:
(Series on School Reform)
By:
Anna Ershler Richert
Details:
Paperback
Year:
2012
Pages:
144
Size:
6" x 9"
ISBN:
9780807753255
Item Code:
WSID
Price: $29.95
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When new teachers first step into the classroom, they often feel as if they should have all the answers to their students’ problems. They find out very quickly that they do not. Those teaching in urban schools are especially likely to feel the frustration and strain of teaching students living in poverty, or those who exhibit at-risk behavior.

What Should I Do? Confronting Dilemmas of Teaching Urban Schools focuses on the challenges of teaching and learning to teach in urban schools. Author Anna Ershler Richert, a professor in the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland, CA, confronts the fact that teaching in urban schools presents unique challenges not confronted by those teaching in rural or suburban communities. Richert explores four categories of dilemmas:

  • Professional identity
  • Caring for students
  • What and how to teach
  • Assessing student learning

The author uses narratives written by new teachers to help readers experience these dilemmas. By analyzing the cases, readers see that there are no clear-cut right or wrong solutions to working with at-risk children, reducing the potential for frustration and despair often felt by new teachers. This practical resource will empower teachers to transform the unpredictable world of troubled schools into places of learning and hope.

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