Title: Conversations with Great Teachers.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition, 8vo, xvi, 247pp, yellow cloth binding, blue lettering to spine, Fine hardcover in Fine dustjacket. Inscribed and signed by author on half title page. "In the spirit of Studs Terkel's Working, Bill Smoot interviews master teachers in fields ranging from K-12 and higher education to the arts, trades and professions, sports, and politics. The result suggests a dinner party where the most fascinating teachers in America discuss their views of teaching and what makes their work meaningful to them." - from the dj flap. Bookseller Inventory # 2704
Synopsis: In the spirit of "Studs Terkel's Working", Bill Smoot interviews master teachers in fields ranging from K-12 and higher education to the arts, trades and professions, sports, and politics. The result suggests a dinner party where the most fascinating teachers in America discuss their various styles as well as what makes their work meaningful to them. What is it that passes between the best teachers and their students to make learning happen? What does it take to teach fire-fighters to run in to burning buildings? Can the neurosurgeon's 'sense of surgery' be taught? What does it mean to teach or learn inside a prison? What are the keys to teaching the joys of literature, shooting a basketball, alligator wrestling, or how to survive one's first year in the U.S. Congress? Smoot's insightful questions elicit thought-provoking reflections about teaching as a calling and its aims, frustrations, and satisfactions.
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