My cousin worked many years as an engineer before being laid off in a fashion that was devastating and life changing. He moped around for a while crying in his beer and living off his severance pay.
He was a classical nerd in the sense that he was talented at solving difficult problems, very weak at explaining what he was doing or verbalizing how he was tackling, for example, a fluid flow problem in a refinery. He used a ladder logic program that only he understood well enough to benefit his employer.
So the extended family was quite concerned if he would land on his feet finding gainful and fulfilling employment in the technical realm. Imagine our surprise and shock when he declared that he wanted to be an English teacher! I mean my cousin was known to go a couple of days without taking a shower or brushing his teeth AND now he was suddenly motivated to work in a profession dominated by women who generally have an acute olfactory sense.
Enter the textbook that changed his life:
Levin, F. A., & McCullough, M.A. (2012). Guide for alternate route teachers: Strategies for literacy development, classroom management, and teaching and learning,k-12( 2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Pearson Education, Inc.
I think he also used books by Kathleen Montgomery and Diane Hart that my sister had used coming straight out of college training to be an instructor.
His first course at a small University in southeastern New Mexico provided guidelines for alternative licensure teachers OR teachers who came from the real world wanting to quickly establish their credentials as a teacher. He was definitely an aspiring alternate route teacher despite the extreme skepticism and doubt of those closest to him.
He had to become familiar with the lexicon of the trade like tactile and kinesthic learning styles, brain hemisphericity, formative assessment, authentic assessment, common core standards. He preferred reading to listening, so the book by Levin and McCollough became his bible for around two years.
We lost touch with cousin due to a family feud, but I Google him and he appears to be doing well as a teacher in Albuquerque, NM working near what was Pollos(Meth distributor front(black man who also starred in Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee)) in Netflix series Breaking Bad.
Finally, cuz was not that great at expressing affection or appreciation, but had deep respect for the professor at the small University in Portales named Jack Hartford or it may have been Harmon. I don’t think he ever met the professor face to face because the training was distance learning over the internet I believe. Fascinating that strong bonds and respect can be created nowadays without even knowing what somebody looks like or sounds like! If you read this Jack, I hope you will reply as I am sure cuz would like to know how you are doing.