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In The Best Interest Of Students

Author : Kelly Gallagher
ISBN : 9781625310446
Genre : Education
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What is in the best interest of our students? Is it teaching to the newest standards movement, like the Common Core? Teaching that prepares students to take a test? Or is it something more meaningful and authentic? In his new book, In the Best Interest of Students, Kelly Gallagher notes that there are real strengths in the Common Core standards, and there are significant weaknesses as well. He takes the long view, reminding us that standards come and go but what remains constant is the need to stay true to what we know works in the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Instead of blindly adhering to the latest standards movement, Kelly advocates: · Dialing up the amount of reading and writing students are doing. · Balancing rigorous, high-quality literature and non-fiction with high-interest, student-selected titles. · Giving students much more choice when it comes to reading and writing activities. · Encouraging readers to deepen their comprehension by moving beyond the "four corners of the text." · Using modeling to enrich students' writing skills in the prewriting, drafting, and revision stages. · Helping young writers to achieve more authenticity through the blending of genres. · Resisting the de-emphasis of narrative and imaginative reading and writing. · Providing students with more opportunities to sharpen their listening and speaking skills · Planning lessons that move beyond Common Core expectations. In this provocative and insightful new book, Kelly surveys the teaching landscape since the publication of his highly regarded book Readicide, and finds that although some progress has been made, more needs to be done. Amid the frenzy of trying to teach to a new set of standards, Kelly Gallagher is a strong voice of reason, reminding us that instruction should be anchored around one guiding question: What is in the best interest of our students?

Teaching Adolescent Writers

Author : Kelly Gallagher
ISBN : 9781571104229
Genre : Education
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"Describes strategies for teaching writing to adolescents, including teaching the reasons writing is important, meeting student needs in learning writing, modeling good writing by the teacher, using real-world models of writing, giving students choice, writing for authentic, real-world purposes, and assessing student writing"--Provided by publisher.

Navigating The New Pedagogy

Author : Jeff Halstead
ISBN : 9781610480239
Genre : Education
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Navigating the New Pedagogy: Six Principles that Transform is written to give teachers a vision of current, best 21st century classroom practice. Teachers, administrators, and education professors will find ideas that will help transform classrooms into positive, productive learning environments.

Reading Reasons

Author : Kelly Gallagher
ISBN : 1571103562
Genre : Education
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"Why should I read?" Can your students answer that question? Do they have trouble seeing the importance that reading may have in their lives? Are they lacking motivation, both in academic and recreational reading? Do you think you can effectively teach reading strategies if students don't understand the benefits of literacy? In Reading Reasons, Kelly Gallagher offers a series of mini-lessons specifically tailored to motivate middle and high school students to read, and in doing so, to help them understand the importance and relevance reading will take in their lives. This book introduces and explains in detail nine specific "real-world" reasons why students should be readers. The book contains forty practical, classroom-tested and reproducible mini-lessons that get to the heart of reading motivation and that can be used immediately in English (as well as other content-area) classrooms. These easy-to-use motivational lessons serve as weekly reading "boostershots" that help maintain reading enthusiasm in your classroom from September through June. The mini-lessons, ranging from five to twenty minutes in length, hit home with adolescents, and in turn, enable them to internalize the importance reading will play in their lives. Rather than telling students reading is good for them, the lessons in this book show them the benefits of reading.

Reading Writing And Rising Up

Author : Linda Christensen
ISBN : 9780942961256
Genre : Education
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Give students the power of language by using the inspiring ideas in this very readable book.

Write Like This

Author : Kelly Gallagher
ISBN : 9781571108968
Genre : Education
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Recognizing the importance that modeling plays in the learning process, high school English teacher Kelly Gallagher shares how he gets his students to stand next to and pay close attention to model writers, and how doing so elevates his students' writing abilities. --from publisher description.

Building Adolescent Readers

Author : Kelly Gallagher
ISBN : 1571104216
Genre : Education
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A series of three video programs featuring a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, including whole class, small group, and individual instruction. In these settings Gallagher models a number of strategies to help students make sense of difficult text.

Readicide

Author : Kelly Gallagher
ISBN : 9781571107800
Genre : Education
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Argues that the decline in reading by children in the United States is furthered by schools by focusing on test-taking and focusing solely on academic texts with guidance for educators on how to conteract this trend.

Untangling Urban Middle School Reform

Author : Cynthia D. Urbanski
ISBN : 9780807774823
Genre : Education
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At Rosa Parks, a middle school in a crime-ridden neighborhood, students are advised to “do as they are told” and they will succeed. Unfortunately, “doing what they are told” often translates into repeating information given to them by the teacher, especially when it comes to writing. Meanwhile, students in an affluent neighborhood nearby are encouraged to be creative and think critically. This book examines the experience of one school’s resistance to the deficit model of education and how it represents the overall story of urban school reform. Highlighting the consequences of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in literacy, the author weighs the perspectives of teachers, National Writing Project consultants, and administrators. Her up-close analysis illuminates how rigid accountability structures shift power away from the teachers and administrators who know the students best. As such, it illustrates the complex nature of writing instruction in urban schools. Book Features: Provides valuable lessons learned that can be applied throughout the United States to improve urban schools.Offers rich portraits of students and teachers who resist the deficit identities placed on them by the dominant narrative of urban school reform.Presents a forum for those who are often silenced and talked about where they can speak for themselves. “This is a story of life at Rosa Parks Middle School as teachers, administrators, and consultants take up a school improvement project, but it is also the story of life in an urban middle school under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its larger operational context of generalized, bureaucratized distrust.” —From the Foreword by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, executive director, National Writing Project “Teachers and administrators who are trying to untangle new college- and career-ready standards and district curricular and assessment requirements, which is to say almost everyone in education, will find this book extremely useful.” —Tom Fox, California State University “This important and timely book is a valuable contribution to the field of education. It provides a critical view of the effects of current educational reform on teachers and students working in an ethnically and linguistically diverse urban middle school.” —Jessica Early, Arizona State University

Language Learners In The English Classroom

Author : Douglas Fisher
ISBN : PSU:000061083899
Genre : Education
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Provides practical, research-based strategies for how to integrate teaching of vocabulary, grammar, fluency, and comprehension into the grade-level content of middle and high school English classrooms for English language learners.

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