Part 1 PART 1: EXISTENCE Chapter 2 First-Year Teaching Chapter 3 Job Conditions Chapter 4 Failure Chapter 5 Success Chapter 6 I May Only Be a Teacher, But I Am a Teacher Chapter 7 The Curriculum Chapter 8 Every Teacher Has Memorable and Favorite Students Chapter 9 Certain Administrators Chapter 10 Dilemmas Chapter 11 Honor and Betrayal Chapter 12 At Risk Chapter 13 Joys of Teaching Part 14 PART 2: ESSENCE Chapter 15 The Essence of What It Means To Be a Teacher Chapter 16 Appendix A: Recommendations to Improve Teaching Chapter 17 Appendix B: Quiz
The stories, anecdotes, humor, and insights found in this book capture what it means to be a teacher. The book begins with common encounters that are the hallmark of the new-teacher experience, but continues into equally entertaining tales that come with years of working with students, parents, staff, faculty, and administrators. What it Means to Be a Teacher mirrors a teacher's playful sense of irony and a deep appreciation of the old wisdom about feeling "the impact of the great, occasional and accidental joy" which comes with teaching. Whether a teacher, principal, or administrator, readers will relate to the profound sense of what it means to be a teacher.