What does it take to become a teacher today and how does one become a teacher? With Grit and a Big Heart: A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching covers the ins and outs on becoming a teacher from receiving a teaching license, working with students, colleagues, and parents, and confronting some of the social and political issues that dominate American society today. This book covers urban, suburban, and rural school settings and is intended for both teachers and anybody interested in the teaching profession.
Theodore (Ted) G. Zervas PhD, is a former high school teacher and is currently professor of education and MAT coordinator at North Park University in Chicago. He is the author of numerous books and articles on teaching and education.
Preface: What the UEFA Soccer Tournament and Teaching Have in Common
Chapter One: Defining Success
Chapter Two: On Teaching, Education, and Schools
Chapter Three: My Kids
Chapter Four: A Short History of Teachers
Chapter Five: Democracy and Education
Conclusion: The Ideal(ist) Teacher
Zervas interweaves multiple facets of teaching for educators. Teachers need hopes amid the challenging times of being and becoming teachers. Zervas’s book offers the importance of grit, empathy, and equity-oriented teaching practices drawing from historical, philosophical, and political approaches to them.
Through history, educational research, teaching anecdotes, and personal story, Zervas rigorously and passionately examines why teaching matters. He emphasizes that it is teachers through their daily decisions in response to and in partnership with their students teach them “what it means to be a human being.” All those concerned about education and the state of teaching will find this an engaging read worth their time. It will be of special interest to those preparing to be teachers and current teachers as they consider or reconsider the choices they make related to their students and the curriculum.