Conversations with Great Teachers

Conversations with Great Teachers

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In the spirit of Studs Terkel's Working, Bill Smoot interviews master teachers in fields ranging from K-12 and higher education to the arts, trades and professions, sports, and politics. The result suggests a dinner party where the most fascinating teachers in America discuss their various styles as well as what makes their work meaningful to them. What is it that passes between the best teachers and their students to make learning happen? What are the keys to teaching the joys of literature, shooting a basketball, alligator wrestling, or how to survive one's first year in the U.S. Congress? Smoot's insightful questions elicit thought-provoking reflections about teaching as a calling and its aims, frustrations, and satisfactions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025322361X
  • 9780253223616
  • 1,525,620

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Smoot seeks to capture the universal underpinnings that animate that mysterious mixture of art, science, and intuition that every effective teacher brings to his or her classroom. As these teachers try to describe the ways that they bring their students to understanding, whether that understanding is of history, surgery, acting or prison counseling, one cannot help but be moved by their creativity and passionate commitment.November, 2010 * Klingbrief * Smoot's precise questions and thought-provoking follow-ups capture the essence of teaching from those who do it best.August 26, 2010 * ForeWord Reviews *
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About Bill Smoot

Bill Smoot teaches English at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, where he has received the Outstanding Teacher Award.
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Table of contents


1. Teaching in the School Room
John Faggi, prep-school English teacher
Lynette Wayne, first-grade teacher
Steven Levy, fourth-grade teacher
Kathleen Engle, middle-school physical-education teacher
Deirdre Grode, seventh- and eighth-grade language arts and social studies teacher
Paul Karafiol, high-school math teacher
Mike Auerbach, high-school biology and chemistry teacher
David Lazerson, special-education teacher

2. Teaching in the College Classroom
Eric Mazur, physics professor
Ellen Peffley, horticulture professor
Father Thomas Buckley, theology professor
William Gass, philosophy professor
Susan Moeller, journalism professor
Jack Metzgar, teacher, adult education

3. Teaching the Healers
Leslie Hilger, teacher of residents in dermatology
Allan Friedman, professor, undergraduates and neurosurgery residents
Craig Campbell, teacher, psychiatry residents

4. Teaching the Creators and Performers
Alexandre Sacha Pavlata, teacher, circus arts
Suki Schorer, ballet teacher
Keith Carter, photography teacher
David Kelsey, piano and voice teacher
Lan Samantha Chang, creative writing teacher
Martin Landau, acting teacher

5. Teaching the Fixers and Makers
Kina McAfee, instructor, apprentice carpenter program
Ralph Salemme, high-school teacher, heating and plumbing
Dieter Schorner, professor of baking and pastry arts
Doug Butler, teacher of farriery

6. Teaching the Athletes
Tom Nordland, teacher of basketball shooting
Arthur Lane, fencing teacher
Mike Hileman, alligator wrestling trainer
Mark Wolocatiuk, racecar driving instructor
Ron Washington, major league baseball manager

7. Growing the Body and Spirit
Lokita Carter, Tantra teacher
Jan Chozen Bays, Zen teacher
Robert Smith, professor, divinity school
Catherine Rose, exotic dance teacher
Tlahuitollini (Ernesto Colin
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