Notes on Teaching: A Short Guide To An Essential Skill by Shellee Hendric and Russell Reich is an important primer for anyone in the teaching field looking to succeed. The authors explain a plethora of things to do to improve your work and how to go about handling students.
According to the authors, teachers must enter the classroom prepared but not over-prepared. Teachers must be respectful to students without talking down or ignoring important concerns. Lectures should be varied, employing technology, group discussions, lecturing and critical problem analysis.
The book sets out how teachers should assign relevant homework that is challenging but not too difficult. Tests should be fair and teachers should present students with the good news first while introducing criticisms later.
Most importantly, teachers should take notes on highlights of the class so that they can improve their communications with students over time.
The authors also spend some time discussing the dynamics of teacher-parent communications. Here, teachers can gain a wealth of pertinent information and perspectives that may not be ascertainable in a classroom.
According to the authors, teachers should let the parents discuss the needs of their children initially. After teachers become fully aware of the concerns of parents, then teachers can offer their opinions and observations usually based upon classroom observations, participation and student performance in exams.
Notes on Teaching is an important book for both novice and experienced teachers. The authors are offering good advice on the pitfalls and joys of teaching.
This book would be very useful for teachers, parents and school administrative staff. The presentation is concise; easy to read and understand.Powered by Sidelines