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An Introduction to Standards-Based Reflective Practice for Middle and High School Teaching

Elizabeth Spalding Jesus Garcia Joseph A. Braun

224 pages
Teachers College Press
This easy-to-use introductory guide to teaching in contemporary middle and high schools provides teachers with the tools to become reflective practitioners. It shows pre- and inservice teachers how to use standards to choose instructional materials and methods that are appropriate with particular students at a particular time in a particular setting for a particular purpose. While the authors are specialists in English and social studies, this resource is appropriate for aspiring middle and high school teachers of any subject. With a personal voice that will appeal to readers, this book: Links directly to the most recent version of standards for beginning teachers published by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Illustrates how teachers can be reflective about, rather than reactive to, standards. Features an autobiographical approach to help readers understand how prior educational experiences may shape their future teaching. Contains numerous reflective vignettes by practicing teachers.
Author Bio
Elizabeth Spalding is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jesus Garcia is professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and former President of the National Council for the Social Studies. Joseph A. Braun, Jr. teaches on-line courses for the University of Missouri and serves as the coordinator of Professional Development for the National Council for the Social Studies.