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Confessions of a First-Year Maestro: A Guide for Your First Year of Teaching Hardcover – April 1, 2004
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This book also sets a good example to be a reflective practicioner. Keeping a journal is probably the best, and easiest, way to reflect on daily teaching activities and improve as a teacher.
Having just met Ms Robertson, I know that she is very sincere in her teaching and the publication of this book. I urge all music educators to read this book -- even mature teachers will be able to gain knowledge from it.
Included in the back is a resource guide that has some forms, etc., that can be modeled after for use in your own classroom.
My one complaint, and it doesn't deserve any less stars because it deals not with the content, is that GIA typically tends to release books without catching every typo. Mistakes do happen, but all of the books I've gotten from GIA have had some sort of glaring grammatical error. Like I said, though, this does not detract from what Kate wrote in this book.
Ms Robertson was able to bring these teaching challenges to life by use of her actual daily journal entries. And her retrospective follow up comments on each entry gave an added fresh perspective with the additional benefit of both time and her gained experience.
Her tenacity in the handling of the daily ups and downs of teaching, all while maintaining a positive attitude, is certainly impressive. She always seemed to be able to see the brighter side and humor in otherwise stressful situations. She obviously enjoys teaching music and looks forward to the challenges it bring each day.
Her book is both easy and fun to read. I would encourage any new teacher or person interested in going into teaching, to read, enjoy, and learn from Ms Robertson's experiences.
I was a little disappointed after reading this book. Though Bell does touch on lots of topics like maintaining a personal life, dealing with parents and fundraisers, I expected to take more away from it. It was a quick read, mostly because of its journal style--separated by months. I wanted more advice as I'm approaching my first year of teaching. I've found many other of the books in this category had more information to take away from them. This one had potential, but never really took off.
I credit Bell for sharing her thoughts and feelings, and would like to see a sequel with more information to be taken from it.
Until then, I would recommend this as a quick read, but be prepared that there aren't any fireworks or epiphanies.
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Should be required reading material for new instrumental music teachers! This is the most realistic look at your first year or two than any other book I have read.Published 20 months ago by Kevin Peterson
(This was a gift to our daughter from us. I am reporting on this based upon our daughter's comments. Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by J. Bitney