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Wise Women : Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life - Phyllis Freeman

Wise Women

Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life

Hardcover Published: 15th June 2000
ISBN: 9780415923026
Number Of Pages: 286

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Wise Womenis a collection of autobiographical essays by important and renowned teachers at mid-life. The essays, which are deeply personal, will focus on how these women negotiate the psychological, physical, and social changes brought on by menopause and how the aging process affects their lives as professionals, feminists, writers, mentors, and instructors in the academy. The book addresses such questions as the following: What challenges are left for the feminists who came of age during the women's movement and now have achieved academic success? How do women teachers experience their aging selves in the classroom? What legacy will mid-life women leave their younger women colleagues? All of these questions, as well as many others, are covered in this insightful and groundbreaking work.

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"b"Wise Women will appeal to anyone, male or female, who has an interest in the educational experience from the instructor's perspective and should be in any educator's professional development library.Human interactions; increasing understanding of self and others; adapting teaching techniques to changing students and changing times; learning to balance personal and professional needs; these are the things which this book deals with so effectively, and it is an essential read for anyone who is, has been, or desires to become that much maligned, but very essential professional - a teacher.." -Canadian Social Studies, Winter 2002, Volume 36, Number 2. "This collection of essays or stories, written by female teachers and professors, captures the mood and thoughts of women entering their fifties. It is so honest, thoughtful, funny and engaging that even just skimming the chapters will bring enjoyment.." ---Vancouver Public Library Online "I loved this book...I had this book on my bedside table. I read it, reread it, underlined it, listed my favorite essays inside the front cover and so far have bought five copies for friends....[T]his book will make you a richer person and put you in touch with the complexities of academic life....Teaching captures our attention with details; there is no time to think, to reflect, to wonder, and to put things in a larger context. Let this book bring that gift to you this summer.." -Maryellen Weimer, The Teaching Professor "Rarely has an anthology chronicled the joys and miseries of the professorate with such clarity and transparency as this book on female professors at midlife. Freeman and Schmidt have assembled a widely varied groupof professors from many regions of the country in order to reach a large group of college professors. What makes this book so successful is its editorial bluntness combined with a wonderful flow of stories and characters. It reads like personal diaries of professionals who cannot (and will not) separate their professional and personal lives. And-- the other success of this book-- the writers seamlessly weave their stories so that readers have a complete understanding of the writers "dual" lives. Recommended for every college professor and aspiring future professors." -L.B. Gallien, Spelman College, "Choice

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Body and Time
Teaching Where I Was Taught: Coming Homep. 11
Game Plansp. 17
"Pregnant with [Myself], at Last": Images of Midlife/A Journal Entryp. 23
"Saturating Language with Love": Variations on a Dreamp. 27
The Time of Our Lives: The Public Life of Teachingp. 37
Ripening and Rootedness
Reveriep. 47
Goodbye, Ms. Chipsp. 49
But Tell Me, Do You Like Teaching?p. 61
Me, Myself, Menopause, and Ip. 69
Reflections on Teaching (and Life in General) Once You've Become a Grandmotherp. 81
Mud Poniesp. 87
Unsettled Weatherp. 95
Feisty and Girls
Academic Witchery: Snakes and Snails and Scholarly Talesp. 109
Choice Points and Couragep. 117
I Can't Hear ... I Can't See ... I Can't Remember Anythingp. 125
Memories of a "First Woman"p. 135
Rant for Old Teachersp. 147
Teaching in Time
A Teaching Lifep. 157
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smartp. 167
Ecstasy: Teaching and Learning without Limitsp. 173
Re-viewing Our Professional Lives: Talking (and Listening) for a Livingp. 179
On Statutes and Dogs, Poems and "Regs," and Life inside the Classroomp. 191
Exploring Critical Feminist Pedagogy: Revelations and Confessions about Teaching at Midlifep. 197
Community and Generativity
Themes That Link through Timep. 213
Naming, Sharing, Speaking: Teaching in Midlifep. 221
"Thinking Back through [My] Mother": Reclaiming Anger, Advocacy, and Pleasure in Teachingp. 231
Charis = Light = Gracep. 241
Notes and Referencesp. 245
Selected Bibliographyp. 251
Contributorsp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
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ISBN: 9780415923026
ISBN-10: 0415923026
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 15th June 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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