A comprehensive guidebook for anyone with a desire to teach. Dr’s Bevis and Bailey provide a roadmap for the many details required of entry into and completion of an Educator Preparation Program. Key elements such as teacher disposition, professionalism, test preparation, and entry requirements are explored. This guide is designed to be used both individually and in an early career preparation course as a key text. The guidebook provides opportunities to complete some classroom research, gain insight into the importance of teacher dispositions, and to ensure an appreciation of all students. This guide hopes to encourage more students to see the need for great teachers across all states, all cities, and all neighborhoods in the United States.
Karen L. Bevis has completed both a bachelor and a masters degrees in elementary education, a masters in administration and supervision, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership-Curriculum and Instruction. Over a 38-year career in education, after 12 years of elementary and middle school teaching, Karen became a K-8 administrator then chose to teach and lead at the collegiate level. Karen has become a leader in education with a knack for visualizing creative solutions.
Dustin A. Bailey holds a BS and MS in Education, along with an EdD in Educational Leadership with experience as a high school teacher and administrator, college professor and administrator. Throughout his experience, Dr. Bailey has advocated for increased professionalism and preparation around early-career educators.
Chapter 1: Unlocking the Teacher inside of YOU!
Chapter 2: Education in the United States
Chapter 3: Attitude: What It’s All About
Chapter 4: Importance of High School
Chapter 5: Beyond Being Admitted to the University
Chapter 6: Overview of Teacher Preparation
Chapter 7: “Where the rubber Meets the Road’
Chapter 8: Accreditation
Chapter 9: Knowledge v. Understanding
Chapter 10: So...Are YOU Ready to Teach?
About the Authors
Dr. Bevis and Dr. Bailey have crafted a thorough examination of the teaching profession for anyone interested in becoming a teacher! Through a practical, realistic view of the required traits of effective teachers, this book covers the history of our profession as well as a glimpse into the future of what strong teaching may look like. Dr.’s Bevis and Bailey encourage self-examination and reflective practice by potential teaching candidates through checklists, reflective questions, and problem-solving scenarios. This book encourages aspiring and beginning teachers to practice collaboration, professionalism, and ethical behavior, and provides specific strategies to help them do so. I wish I had this book when I was a beginning teacher candidate, and feel it should be required reading for anyone considering becoming an educator or wanting to improve their teaching practice.
In Compass to the Future: Navigating the Process to become a K-12 Educator, Drs. Bevis & Bailey don't simply outline the process of becoming a teacher; rather, they engage and inspire future educators to reflect deeply on their own calling to be educators, thus igniting the fire and excitement needed in every 21st century classroom. The exercises in this book not only teach the reader about how to be a future educator, but they also compel him or her to become a global citizen, prepared to respect and engage their fellow citizens in and out of the classroom. Highly recommend!
Compass to the Future is a must-read for anyone who is thinking about becoming a teacher. This book provides a practical and real world insight to not only the history of the teaching profession but also about the skill set needed to be successful in the classroom. The content is universal for all levels K-12 and the authors demonstrate an experienced working knowledge of teaching. In my job I talk to many people who are interested in being a teacher. This book should be required for all pre-term teacher candidates and I will always recommend that they read this book first before choosing a licensing program as that this book will provide the reader with a view into the teaching profession to determine and help them decide if this is right for them.