Finding the Teacher Self

Finding the Teacher Self : Developing Your Teacher Identity through Critical Reflection

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Finding the Teacher Self offers a foundation to begin and sustain a discussion with preservice and in-service teachers about the role of teacher identities in the classrooms, what their teacher identity is, and how they can continue to develop it. The book is intended to create a backdrop to deepen conversations with and between teachers and administrators on topics that are often avoided or devalued in the contemporary education discourse. Through the delineation of background information from scholarly sources and related discussion prompts and questions, real and constructive conversation can be fostered across the educational landscape including undergraduate and graduate classes, faculty meetings, professional development workshops, or ongoing district-based or school-based reflective teaching projects.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 153 x 219 x 11mm | 200g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Text Boxes; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1475853203
  • 9781475853209
  • 2,147,226

Table of contents




Selected Works to Use Along with this Book

Part I

Chapter 1- The Teaching Mirror: What is Reflective Teaching and Why Is It Important?

Chapter 2- Who Am I Really? Framing and Forming Your Teacher Identity

Chapter 3- The Stories We Tell: Narratives and the Formation of our Identities

Chapter 4- The Space Between Us: Administrators and Creating a Culture of Reflection

Chapter 5- The Necessity of Diversity: Pinning Down Cultural Bias

Part II

Chapter 6- Us and Them: Cultural Responsiveness and the Reflective Teacher

Chapter 7- Making Peace with Ourselves: Peace Education and the Reflective Teacher

Chapter 8- Thinking and Acting: The Teacher as Scholar Activist

Chapter 9- What Don't I Know Yet: Engaging Perpetually as a Reflective Teacher

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Eric Shyman's Finding the Teacher Self: Developing Your Teacher Identity Through Critical Reflection provides a cogent reminder that we all understand, interpret, and interact with our world through deeply-situated perspectives or frames. As such, the process of knowing the world around us must begin with a critical examination of the various frames and identities that comprise the self. Shyman's book provides a fresh take of the importance of critical self-reflection as a vehicle to better understand ourselves, our craft as educators, and the lived realities of the students, parents, and communities with whom we work and interact on a daily basis.--Gerardo Lopez, Michigan State University; co-author of Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latino/a Students
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About Eric Shyman

Eric Shyman is an Associate Professor of Child Study at St. Joseph's College on Long Island, NY. He received his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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