Über den Autor
Dexter Chapin has been teaching Biology and Anthropology for 35 years. He has been a student-teacher and superintendent Along the way, he has had extraordinary teachers, each of whom changed his life. However, his greatest debt is to his fellow teachers, and his students, each of whom opened a door to a new world; a world often beautiful, and always complex, uncertain, and on the edge of chaos. How to create a classroom that serves those worlds is the challenge at the core of the teaching profession, and the question to which Chapin has dedicated his career.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Becoming a Teacher Chapter 3 What to Teach Chapter 4 How to Teach Chapter 5 Managing the Classroom Chapter 6 Managing the Process Chapter 7 Beyond the Classroom
The No Child Left Behind legislation, by legitimizing a stark, one-size-fits-all, industrial model of education, has denied the inherent complexity and richness of what teachers do. Discussing teaching in terms of Chaos Theory, Chapin explains that while excellent teaching may occur at the edge of chaos, it is not chaotic. There are patterns common to master teachers that connect the components of effective teaching to give meaning and stability to the classroom, allowing master teachers to get up morning after morning, and make a genuine, positive difference in students' lives. Master Teachers presents teaching as a complex, adaptive exercise undertaken at the edge of chaos where creativity and invention are maximized.