This Teaching Life: How I Taught Myself to Teach


reviewed by Jessica Fitzsimons Riccio & Angela Calabrese Barton 2006

coverTitle: This Teaching Life: How I Taught Myself to Teach
Author(s): Selma Wasserman
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745006, Pages: 176, Year: 2004
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Miss Stellwagon, my first grade teacher, was my “first teacher”. She taught me about favorites (I was not one) and about talking in class (I was one)… She taught me that discipline meant humiliation and loss of self-esteem, which diminished you” (p. 5-6). Reflecting on her lifetime in schools – as a student, a teacher and a researcher – Selma Wasserman situates both the complexity of the relationship between teacher and student and the importance of self-reflection or “looking at self” in her autobiographical account This Teaching Life: How I Taught Myself to Teach (Teachers College Press, 2004).  One of the central themes presented in this text is Wasserman’s lifelong struggle of “coming to know teaching” as an educative art rather than simply a skill in which to be trained. Using stories from her life in the classroom, Wasserman demonstrates that education is about understanding and using that understanding to make... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 174-179
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12013, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 8:29:34 AM

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