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Best Practice for Teaching

Best Practice for Teaching

"You can easily adapt these practical lessons for your own classroom. Each chapter shows how social studies can be tied to a multiplicity of disciplines, including history, geography, math, science, and technology." (Lindy G. Poling, Social Studies Department Chair 2008-01-04)"Randi Stone has assembled an exciting collection of teaching methods to benefit all learners. The book brings together an esteemed group of teachers who are to be congratulated for sparking interest in a subject that is too often taught solely from a textbook." (Heather E. Robinson, Fifth-Grade Teacher 2008-01-11)Randi Stone is the author of nine Corwin Press books: Best Practices for Teaching Reading: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Social Studies: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Writing: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Mathematics: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, and Best Practices for Teaching Science: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do. She is a graduate of Clark University, Boston University, and Salem State College. She completed her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Powerful Lesson Planning

Powerful Lesson Planning

Every teacher's goal is to create a rich instructional environment for their students, and thoughtful, informed lesson planning is a key element in that process. Janice Skowron's jump-start of a book offers novice and experienced teachers step-by-step, essential guidance in this challenging and oftentimes highly complex task. It brings into focus the decisions teachers face as they plan instruction and provides four progressively complex and nuanced models: basic, integrated, differentiated, and problem-based instruction. Descriptive information, numerous examples, and tools such as key questions, planning guides, and templates help educators develop proficiency in planning instruction.This revised edition will:Help teachers incorporate the best practices for lesson planning, Build the lesson-planning skills and repertoire of new teachers, Revitalize instruction for veteran teachers, Strengthen teachers' abilities to plan standards-based lessons, Help teachers focus on assessment in the initial phases of lesson planningPowerful Lesson Planning will increase teachers' competence and confidence--and help them master the skills needed to advance their practice and improve learning for all students.

You Are the Teacher

You Are the Teacher

Resolve classroom management challenges with more than 300 field-tested insights, tips, and strategies!In the third edition of this bestseller, teacher, trainer, and keynote speaker Renee Rosenblum-Lowden and school counselor Felicia Lowden Kimmel offer beginning and experienced teachers an abundance of techniques for dealing with everyday classroom management issues. Blending their professional knowledge, common sense, and wit, the authors provide new strategies for

(1) Avoiding confrontations, defusing difficult situations, and encouraging honest communication.

(2) Empowering students by building their confidence and cultivating responsible behaviors.

(3) Getting students to complete homework assignments, come prepared, and stay on task.

(4) Working with parents and staff.

This timeless collection of innovative ideas and teacher-tested methods is an ideal "mentor-in-a-book" that educators will use again and again throughout their careers.

The Art of Teaching

The Art of Teaching

The noted classicist presents his educational methodology, within the context of history, from the Sophists to modern teaching.This book is one of the best books on teaching that I have yet read. Highet's style is engaging and charming. As he meanders his way through various references to the Classics, personal anecdotes, and humorous stories to argue and elucidate each of his points, the reader is drawn in. It is difficult to put this book down.Highet lays out in detail, with examples, and with practical guidance just what it takes to be a teacher; in short: an expert with a passion for both his subject and his students. Of particular interest to his reader was Highet's exploration of the methods of some of the greatest teachers in history (Jesus, Plato, and Aristotle, among others). I recommend this book to teachers and parents

The Homework Myth

The Homework Myth

A compelling exposé of homework – how it fails our children, why it's so widely accepted, and what we can do about it.Death and taxes come later; what seems inevitable for children is the idea that, after spending the day at school, they must then complete more academic assignments at home. The predictable results: stress and conflict, frustration and exhaustion. Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs.But what if they don't? In The Homework Myth, Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework – that it promotes higher achievement, "reinforces" learning, teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience.So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil – or even demand a larger dose? Kohn's incisive analysis reveals how a mistrust of children, a set of misconceptions about learning, and a misguided focus on competitiveness have all left our kids with less free time and our families with more conflict. Pointing to parents who have fought back – and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework -- Kohn shows how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children's love of learning.

Inside Mrs. B’s Classroom

Inside Mrs. B’s Classroom

With high ideals and great expectations, the author was soon teaching in one of Chicago's toughest South Side neighborhoods--and quickly learned that noble ideas would go only so far. "In reality, my classroom was just one deck chair on the Titanic," she comments. Overcrowded classrooms, little if any infrastructure, and more than enough derision and contempt to go around added up to a problem extending well beyond her educational training. It would take determination, persistence, and, perhaps above all, a sense of humor to make a practical difference in the lives of these students.Inside Mrs. B's Classroom is Baldacci's extraordinary memoir of life in the trenches of inner-city teaching. She takes us inside the classroom, and introduces us to a colorful cast of characters--both students and teachers alike. With wry wit and a sharp sense of irony, Baldacci relates her story with the grace and ease one needs to manage the days in a classroom such as hers. Developing strong (and absolutely essential) bonds with her fellow teachers proves to be her saving grace, but surprisingly, her students become her greatest inspiration. "Leaving school to walk home after gunfire had spit bullets through the neighborhood they were my role models. As long as they kept coming to school, so would I," she says.

Divasvapna

Divasvapna

In most schools of India, the teachers work with sole motive of preparing students for the examinations, focusing more on cramming up everything rather than learning. Divasvapna (Daydream)is the story of a teacher who experiments with new ideas on his class IV students, discarding conventional methods of teaching. From these experiments he tries to develop and implement a pedagogy which is more interesting and learning oriented.The book is a good one time read, but don't expect it to be humorous. You may also feel that the story is not very close to reality.

Good Teachers Crazy

Good Teachers Crazy

A refreshingly honest look inside the teaching profession, Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy? is a captivating collection of hilarious stories and unreserved observations from one man's odyssey in the classroom. With equal parts humanity, insanity, and profanity, Frank Stepnowski, a twenty year veteran of the academic wars, offers unique insight into a world everybody knows about but very few understand. "Step" as he was re-christened by his students, pulls no punches in the classroom, and takes no prisoners in his writing debut. The title, which comes from a line that the author heard many times throughout his career, is both a confession and a confirmation. "I wanted a book," he explains, "that would make people laugh out loud but also open their eyes to just how insane the teaching profession can get. With that in mind, the book is a riotous success, providing searing insight into the classroom and giving an iconoclastic voice to a profession that often goes unheard. Why Are All the Good teachers Crazy? is a wakeup call for some, a rallying cry for others, and an invitation to laugh and learn for everyone.Based on actual events, the vivid imagery, colorful characters, and incendiary dialogue of this nuclear powered novel will take readers on a roller coaster ride that they will be talking about long after the ride is over.

What Great Teachers Do Differently

What Great Teachers Do Differently

In the second edition of this renowned book, you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration from one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, aker describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and explains what they do differently. New features include:o Meaning what you say o Focusing on students firsto Putting yourself in their position.

Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire

Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire

In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by poverty and violence, there is an exceptional public school classroom called Room 56. The fifth-graders inside are either immigrants or children of immigrants; most live in poverty and few speak English as a first language. They also play Vivaldi, perform unabridged plays by Shakespeare, and go on to attend the finest universities in the country. Rafe Esquith is the teacher who helps them achieve these accomplishments.In this book, Esquith gives any teacher and parent the tips, techniques, exercises, innovations, and visions that have made him one of the most celebrated teachers in the world. Instead of ruling with an iron fist, Esquith asks his ten-year-old students to "be nice and work hard," and encourages them to embrace personal codes of behavior. His students voluntarily come to school at 6:30 A.M. and stay well after five; they come during vacations too. They learn to handle money with an in-class economic system. They read great literature, tackle algebra, take field trips all over the world, and play baseball and rock 'n' roll. Above all, the students in Room 56 are treated with respect and given license to engage in the world of ideas.Mediocrity has no place in Room 56, and the children in it dare to defy society's expectations. This is their story. It is a strange feeling to write this book. I am painfully aware that I am not superhuman. I do the same job as thousands of other dedicated teachers who try to make a difference. Like all real teachers, I fail constantly. I don't get enough sleep. I lie awake in the early-morning hours, agonizing over a kid I was unable to reach. Being a teacher can be painful.

Teaching Outside the Box

Teaching Outside the Box

This book is for new and experienced teachers who want to try a different approach to teaching -- one that makes school enjoyable for both teachers and students. The Table of Contents includes:Are You Teacher Material?Do Your Homework: things to consider before you step into the classroom. Developing your personal philosophy of teaching, discipline and grading.Preparation, Preparation, Preparation: preparing your classroom, your paperwork and yourself. Includes tips for organizing and arranging your room, student seating, lesson plans, etc.Discipline is Not a Dirty Word: how to create a positive discipline program that eliminates the Teacher VS Student dynamic that can undermine your efforts and lead to a constant cycle of misbehavior and consequences.Reading, Reading, Reading: how to motivate nonreaders to give books a chance. How to teach Shakepeare to reluctant readers.Motivation and Inspiration: practical advice for creating a dynamic classroom where students actually enjoy learning and participate in their educationQ&A from teachers and from students.Twenty Years from Now: people write letters about their own teachers.Resources: a few of my favorite books and web sites.

Teaching the Best Practice Way

Teaching the Best Practice Way

In Teaching the Best Practice Way, Harvey Daniels and Marilyn Bizar present seven basic teaching structures that make classrooms more active, experiential, collaborative, democratic, and cognitive, while simultaneously meeting "best practice" standards across subject areas and throughout the grades. Each section begins with an essay outlining one key method, providing its historical background and research results, and then describing the structure's vital features. Next, several teachers representing different grade levels and school communities explain how they adopted the basic model, adapted it to their students' needs, and made it their own. Teaching the Best Practice Way adds the stories of twenty more celebrated teachers, including James Beane, Donna Ogle, Franki Sibberson, and others from around the country. A brand-new chapter focuses on reading as thinking, detailing the ways teachers can nurture strategic readers—readers who not only deeply understand the printed materials they encounter in school, but who also bring these cognitive strategies to their "reading" of film, art, music, and their experience of the world. The book also shares new research studies that validate the principles and activities of best practice teaching, along with lists of recommended materials that support each of the seven methods.Unique in the field, Teaching the Best Practice Way speaks to all teachers, K–12, with stories, examples, and practical classroom materials for the teachers of all children. This is the book for teachers, schools, and districts that believe the big ideas about teaching really do cross all grade levels and subject areas. Education professors will also find this an ideal resource for use in methods courses

Teach Like A Champion

Teach Like A Champion

Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom. These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day. Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice. Among the techniques:Technique #1: No Opt Out. How to move students from the blank stare or stubborn shrug to giving the right answer every time.Technique #35: Do It Again. When students fail to successfully complete a basic task, from entering the classroom quietly to passing papers around, doing it again, doing it right, and doing it perfectly, results in the best consequences.Technique #38: No Warnings. If you're angry with your students, it usually means you should be angry with yourself. This technique shows how to effectively address misbehaviors in your classroom.

Inquire Within

Inquire Within

"A one-stop-shopping resource for any educator seeking a better understanding of how to develop curriculum materials, plan for instruction, and assess student learning within classrooms that are undeclared by inquiry. An amazingly clear and broad synthesis of virtually every important topic associated with inquiry." (Richard H. Audet, Associate Professor 2006-07-04)"Enables teachers and other education professionals to reconceptualize the teaching of science. An invaluable resource for all those committed to achieving and surpassing world standards in the science education of present and future teachers and their students." (Hubert M. Dyasi, Professor 2006-09-04) Douglas Llewellyn is director of science at the Rochester City School District, a professor of undergraduate- and graduate-level science education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, a former middle school science teacher, and a former junior high school principal. He is a frequent guest speaker at local and national science conferences and has been involved with numerous National Science Foundation grants on systemic reform.

The Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

The Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

Engaged teaching recognizes that educators need to offer more than lesson plans and assessments for students to thrive in the 21st century. Equip your students to be resilient individuals, able to communicate effectively and work with diverse people. The authors contend that students must develop their emotional and social skills as thoroughly as their academic skills, and that teachers must cultivate this growth.Benefits- Gain practical, classroom-ready teaching techniques that are supported by research.- Discover how to incorporate meaningful classroom practices that support each of the five dimensions.- Learn to collaborate with fellow educators to optimize engaged teaching outcomes.

The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of ?unteachable, at-risk? students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust?only to be met by uncomprehending looks. So she and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata?s Diary: A Child?s Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the ?Freedom Writers? in homage to the civil rights activists ?

Frustrations Teaching Math

Frustrations Teaching Math

Frustrations teaching math, gives the student an opportunity to see how basic math ideas are solved. Sometimes, I give two scenarios in solving a problem. Other times, a "cheating way" is shown, so that math can be understood and also be fun. Some of the topics covered are the various ways to factor a binomial, trinomial, or polynomial. Another favorite is grasping the concept of greatest common factor or least common multiple. Right triangle trigonometry for the middle school student is explained using boating as the source of frustration. How much to tip at a restaurant? What does a half-off sale really mean? Let us not forget the "story" or word problems that really cause concerns. Distance! Rate! Time! All these ideas plus games and many more mathematical topics are reviewed on my 45 day road trip from Delaware to Florida. Coming back, with several stops on the way home, we'll explore these "frustrations."

Love and Logic

Love and Logic

Love and Logic is a method of working with students which was developed by educational expert Jim Fay, and child psychiatrist Foster W.Cline, M.D. The "Love and Logic" tecniques: Put teachers back in control of the classroomResult in students who are internalized in their discipline rather than dependent upon external controlsRaise the level of student responsibillityTeach students to think for themselvesPrepare students to function effectively in a world filled wiht temptations, decisions, and consequencesReturn a teacher's joy of teaching! Jim Fay has more than 31 years experience as an educator and principal. He is recognized as one of America's top educational consultants and has won many awards in the educational field.David Funk has been involved in education at both public school and university levels since 1969. He has experience as a teacher, administrator, associated professor and conference speaker

Teaching English Language Learners

Teaching English Language Learners

Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners (4th Edition) (Teaching Strategies Series) by Adrienne L. Herrell and Michael Jordan, includes a rich assortment of practical strategies aligned to TESOL standards which have been field-tested in diverse classrooms. Each strategy includes a brief explanation, step-by-step instructions on how to plan and use the strategy, and two classroom scenarios demonstrating how the strategy can be adapted for different grade levels and content areas. Herrell and Jordan have included additional language and literacy development strategies, technology strategies, and assessment strategies to support both pre-service and inservice teachers.

Instructional Strategies for Middle and …

Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School

Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School is an accessible, practical, and engaging methods textbook that introduces pre-service teachers to various instructional strategies and helps them to decide how and when to use these methods in the classroom. Classrooms are comprised of diverse learners, and aspiring teachers will face complex decisions about the assessment of student learning and classroom management. Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School equips pre-service teachers with the methodological tools to promote understanding, conceptual awareness, and learning for every child in the classroom.Features include: (1) clear, step-by-step descriptions of seven instructional techniques that pre-service teachers can realistically implement within the classroom setting (2) practical suggestions for ways to integrate effective classroom management and valid assessment techniques with each instructional strategy (3) concrete examples to illustrate each concept or teaching method described (4) guidelines for deciding which instructional methods are most appropriate to different classroom situations and for diverse learners (5) guides for creating lesson plans

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