Teachers' Reading/Teachers' Lives

By Mary Kay Rummel & Elizabeth P. Quintero

Subjects: Education
Series: SUNY series, Urban Voices, Urban Visions
Paperback : 9780791434864, 225 pages, August 1997
Hardcover : 9780791434857, 225 pages, August 1997

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Table of contents



Part I: Introduction and Voice Matters: Autobiographical Sketches of Teacher-Authors

1. Introduction: Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions

2. Voice Matters: Autobiographical Sketches of Mary Kay Rummel

3. Voice Matters: Autobiographical Sketches of Elizabeth Quintero

Part II: The Teachers' Stories

4. Bill Simpson

5. Pamela Russell

6. David Haynes

7. Lisa Boehlke

8. Tracy Montero

9. Donn Renee Morson-McKie

10. Wayne Wazouko

11. Dell Tideman

12. Vicki Brathwaite

13. Kathryn Mongon

14. Mary Tacheny

15. Raúl Quintanilla

16. Judith Borer

Part III: Reflections

Introduction to Reflections

17. Metaphor and Art as Frameworks for Living

18. Nurturance Past and Present (Self and Others)

19. Family History

20. Resisting Reader/Teacher



Investigates teachers' classroom personal reading histories and how they influence the development of one becoming a resisting reader/teacher.

Mary Kay Rummel is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Rummel is coeditor of Elementary Language Arts Instruction. Elizabeth P. Quintero is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Quintero is coeditor of Immigrant Learners and Their Families: Literacy to Connect the Generations.


"The premise of this book is important: that teachers' literacy experiences not only make a difference in their literacy instruction but also in their professional judgment and actions related to curriculum decisions, and their resistance to prescribed methods and materials which do not allow children's literacy to flourish. The teachers' own words in the autobiographical chapters offer powerful testimony supporting approaches to literacy that encourage and support the job of reading and writing, rather than pedantic and meaningless curriculum methods that emphasize isolated skills and drills.

"The topic is very significant. There is currently a backlash against the whole language approach, which through the years has had other titles but has always emphasized the creative, responsive teaching described in meaningful, individual, integrated and joyful approaches to the teaching of reading and writing. This book could have a positive influence on the current discussions about the teaching of literacy.

"The authors are insightful in their recognition and appreciation of the significance of teachers' literacy and literacy experiences to their approach to teaching. They provide poetic, scientific, and intellectual support for this recognition." -- Harriet Alger, Director, Miller Research Learning Center, Edinboro University

"What I like most about this book is that it provides a dynamic forum for teachers to examine the overlap of their own lives and their pedagogues. I believe that Teachers' Reading/Teachers' Lives is both important in itself as well as to the field of teacher education. This book compels readers, whether they are teachers or teachers-to-be to truthfully examine their own teaching and learning experiences in light of those from a diverse group of educators. These examinations may put teachers more in touch with their students' lives leading toward the creation of more positive learning communities that foster growth for the teachers as well as the students. I felt myself being intellectually challenged, and simultaneously being emotionally moved. Teachers'Reading/Teachers' Lives is a vital addition to teacher education at all levels." -- Rashidah Jaami Muhammad, Governors State University