The Human Side of Teaching focuses on thoughts that give the new teacher a realistic view of the teaching and school communities in which they are entering. For the veteran teacher, it attempts to be a reminder of why they entered teaching and why it is a profession in which they want to remain. The book focuses on the teacher as a person, the role one plays in the classroom, as well as a member of an organization and a community. These areas of focus take the reader through the various levels of the teaching profession and offer both new and veteran teachers a focus on the reality with which they will and have been dealing. The writing at times is philosophical, seemingly ‘pie in the sky’ and at other times it is bluntly honest. In this, the writing gives neophytes some realistic aspects of their new profession as well as reminds veteran teachers, in moving through their many frustrations, why they enjoy (or wish teaching children of any age.
Francis J. Gardella’s career as a classroom teacher, a district mathematics Supervisor, K to 12 and now an Associate Professor at Hunter College have consistently involved him in issues faced by new teachers (of which he was one himself) and veteran teachers facing the frustrations that they meet. He continues to work with these professionals offering to them a view of the reality of the world of teaching that he has developed throughout his career.
Chapter 1: About You
Chapter 2: Leading As a Classroom Teacher
Chapter 3: About Your Teaching
Chapter 4: Your Students
Chapter 5: The Content
Chapter 6: Your Supervisors
Chapter 7: Other Teachers
Chapter 8: Parents
Chapter 9: What Others in the School Can Offer
This is not only a beautiful book about teaching, but also, about life. Dr. Gardella's book is a must-read for any new teacher. He gives numerous practical teaching tips and also sage life advice that will serve teachers throughout their careers and beyond. In this time of change and transition in the profession, Dr. Gardella writes about how to navigate the challenges of teaching, rise above them, and cultivate an enduring love for one's career.
The Human Side of Teaching shares the tacit knowledge obtained from an expert in the craft. A career’s worth of lessons for the new teacher also serves as a quick pick me up or refocus for the veteran pedagogue. The perfect playbook of the elements of good teaching. A must read for first-years and established educators alike!