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Students Taking Charge

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 17, 2011

Teaching the 3Cs: Creativity, Curiosity, and Courtesy: Activities That Build a Foundation For Success, by Patricia A Dischler.

Part 1. addresses creativity, that is allowing for creative moments to happen and expanding on them when they do.  Discusses what makes a creative person and what attributes can enhance and bring out creativeness in all children.  Includes activities.

Part 2. focuses on curiosity.  Discusses the importance of curiosity and how it supports further learning.  Explores the connection between curiosity and creativity.  Includes activities that foster creativity.

Finally courtesy is explored.  Teachers and parents are key in supporting this attribute through our modeling.  Activities included that promote courtesy in children. 

The purpose is to create a basis for further learning.

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Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active Technology-Infused Classroom, by Nancy Sulla.

Intended as a guide to designing an Authentic Learning Unit and structures and strategies to support its implementation.  The early chapters delve into designing an appropriate core problem for students to solve and the analytic rubic to provide them with clearly articulated expectations.  Chapter 4 introduces the notion of “participatory structures”, or ways in which students participate in the learning process.  Chapter 5 addresses differentiation techniques.  Chapter 6 offers a variety of structures and strategies for creating an environment in which students take responsibility for their own learning and thus engage more fully in the learning process.  Chapter 7 offers a look at facilitating learning in this environment.  Chapter 8 addresses physical classroom design. 

The ten principles of the “Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom” are woven throughout and then addressed in the final chapter.

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Making Math Accessible To Students With special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grade 3-5.

Each chapter offers informed choices for an array of understandable, doable, best-practice instructional procedures.  Four students are followed throughout with opportunities for reflection to increase personal awareness of both the teacher’s role and students’ needs in the mathematics classroom, tasks to provide interaction with the content of the book, and tips for ideas applicable to real-world classroom situations.  Reflections and tasks in each chapter will actively engage readers and can be used as a self-study professional development tool or as a group book study.

Aims to provide useful tools to provide high-quality, research-based instruction and support for students with special needs.  Includes reproducibles.  Easy-to-read resource, full of practical strategies and lessons based on best practices.  Explains the 5E instructional model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate – and provides a sample 5E lesson plan with clear objectives and materials checklists.

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Activities for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum, Grades K-5, by Stephen A. White. 

Designed to provide educators with diverse classroom activities that will help meet English language learners educational needs.  Includes a variety of strategies that support opportunities for the following: building academic vocabulary, increasing comprehension, developing oral language, developing socialization, cooperative learning, building and activating prior knowledge, and informal assessment with progress monitoring.  The classroom-tested activities are based on students’ language proficiency needs and the key to success with these activities is to know the proficiency level of the students and the appropriate questions to ask students at that proficiency level.

An interactive-Whiteboard-compatible CD is included that contains reproducible teacher resource materials and student activity pages for use with either Macintosh or Windows.  Activities are provided for reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The included list of questions is based on new Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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