We love teaching. Both your authors and you, the readers, love the classroom experience. We accept that the students don’t always learn as much or as readily as we might have hoped, and we accept that we might not have executed a planned lesson as smoothly as we had hoped. But we still love the excitement of the first day, the thrill of seeing a student learn, and the satisfaction of a project well done.
Loving the experience as we do, we are always trying to do it better. That is what this book is all about: helping dedicated teachers develop new and better strategies to meet the unending need for stronger students. Whether you teach at the elementary, secondary, community college, or university level, you will find ideas and methods here that suit your classroom. Beginning teachers and graduate teaching assistants will be inspired to “act” the part of a confident, experienced teacher, and those with more years in the classroom will be supported in expanding the “roles” in their repertoire.
In this second edition, we have brought the ideas and pedagogical principles of the first edition into the twenty-first century by including new chapters covering instructional technology and classroom entrances and exits. In addition, each chapter has been revised to include the conclusions from recent pedagogical research and the experiences of award-winning K–12 teachers.
Read, experiment, enjoy!