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Activating the Learner’s Brain promotes a “Learner’s Brain Model,” using brain research to understand the nature to the learner. This book goes beyond lesson planning as it addresses instructional delivery, use of assessments, Consolidation for Closure, reflection and includes rubrics for professional growth. The first chapter is devoted to addressing planning and executing instructional delivery answering the question: do I teach for competency or performance? Following lesson execution, the subsequent chapter discusses assessments. Are assessments of learning or for learning, or both? Assessments are used to collect data as well as a strategy called “Consolidation for Closure” Once the data is collected, the data is analyzed and used for subsequent lessons. A critical component for success is reflection and the last chapter provides reflective questions teachers and students can use.
The basic purpose of this book is to help policy makers at all levels of government understand that (1) widespread adolescent under-achievement is not susceptible to solution by educational interventions no matter how much money is allocated to public education; and (2) there are unidentified educational and civic costs to focusing on low achievement and to expecting public institutions of education (for K-12 and college) to solve a growing social problem. Many policy makers seem to think (1) that all Hispanic and African American students are low achievers even though only 25 percent of this country’s 15 year-olds are designated by tests as low achievers and Hispanic and African American children constitute 41% of our public school population; (2) that most children in low-income families are Hispanic or African American even though more “white” children are; or (3) that teachers/schools are the cause of low achievement. Educational institutions still cannot solve a non-education-caused problem and haven’t done so for over 50 years despite all the public and private money that has been allocated.
In today’s education climate, parents, teachers and school leaders are often confused about the direction of education and what and how children are learning. For anyone interested in the minefields that young people navigate in schools today, this book exposes the ills, questions the status quo, engages the reader in a common-sense way, and provides solutions to the confusion created in schools. The culmination of over exposure of young children to Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) topics, the banning of religion in schools, and the runaway train of illegal immigration creates confusion that won’t soon pass. In addition, the trend for politicians to appoint superintendents of schools, commissioners of education (at state and federal levels), and other education leaders who do not have experience or formal training in education is confusing and disturbing. Would anyone visit a doctor who was not experienced in medicine? It’s not likely. There are gray areas in schools that are becoming standard practice. This top–down confusion leads everyone to ask the question: Is Gray the New Pink in Education?
Technology and multimodal texts must be included as part of the literacies we teach in 21st century schools. Implementing multiple modes of literacy requires that teachers shift their focus toward multiple genres and modes of text. This shift to the visual requires that teachers consider how students read images in the classroom, address visual literacy, and engage students in constructing visual texts. Students already live and communicate in a virtual world connected by expansive networks, and many also read young adult literature. Given this, researchers and practitioners in the field examine ways texts written for students can be combined with digital tools to craft more critical conversations around literary response and digital media consumption and production. This book explores ways adolescents read, engage, and construct meaning within the world around them and examines how teachers can leverage the use of young adult literature with digital practices within their classrooms.
Families as Partners: The Essential Link in Children’s Education is a useful guide for families and a resource for education professionals who want to promote increased parental involvement at home and school. The book examines research and includes examples, illustrations, case studies, practices, policy issues, and successful projects that schools have accomplished with a community of families and students. These situations provide information to develop productive family-school partnerships with families, schools, and communities, to advance student achievement.
Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education is also available as an ebook.Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education is a comprehensive textbook for pre-service and practising educators. Focusing on language and literacy development and learning in children from birth to the age of eight, the book encompasses four main early childhood settings: the family and community, childcare, the preschool years, and the early years of school. Making explicit links to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum, this text is based on current research and theoretical perspectives, and includes practical strategies and activities to equip educators with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively support young children’s learning of language and literacy.Key FeaturesEmphasis on the key areas of oral language, reading, writing and children’s literatureClearly presented links to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian CurriculumToolboxes of teaching strategies and ideas that can be implemented in a range of settingsReview questions and activities for each topic, to encourage self-assessment.New to this editionAppendix A: Compendium of Teaching Strategies and Activities for Language and LiteracyAppendix B: Test Your Language and Literacy KnowledgePause and reflect sections: questions to prompt readers to stop and reflect on important topicsProfessional insights features: relevant examples from theory, research and practiceAdditional learning activities and questions to promote deeper understanding and improved practiceNew references to international research in all chaptersAdditional material on children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgroundsCoverage of contemporary trends in literacy education such as visual literacy, multimodal and digital literacyRevised chapters on ICT and Children’s Literature.
Language is at the heart of the learning process. We learn through language. Our knowledge about the world is constructed in language—the worlds of home and the community, the worlds of school subjects, the worlds of literature, the worlds of the workplace, and so on. It is through language that we interact with others and build our identities. Teachers’ explanations, classroom discussions, assessment of student achievement, and students’ understanding, composition, and evaluation of texts are all mediated through language. In this book, we will be exploring how an explicit understanding of how language works enables students to make informed choices in their use and understanding of texts.
As educators, our job is to make sure that all students have a good command of the language needed to succeed in school and beyond. In order to do this, teachers need to know about language and how it works. This book is intended as an introduction to the language that students encounter in the various curriculum areas as they move through the years of schooling, and it will enable teachers to:
– plan units of work that are sensitive to the language demands placed on students
– design activities with a language focus
– select texts for reading at an appropriate level
– analyse texts to identify relevant language and visual features
– create teaching materials that integrate an awareness of language
– help students to access meanings created through a variety of media (written, spoken, visual, multimodal)
– provide explicit support in developing students’ writing and composing
– assess students’ written work
– extend students’ ability to articulate what they are learning.
Teaching literacy with a balance of theory and applications. Integrating the best of what we currently know about teaching reading and writing, as well as ideas that will lead us into the future, Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach provides the balance of pedagogy and application that teachers need to be successful in the classroom. It covers the fundamental components of literacy, illustrates how to teach skills and strategies, identifies how to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students today, and supports digital teaching and learning. An emphasis is placed on preparing readers to become teachers who will ensure their students meet grade-level standards. The Seventh Edition provides the theoretical background and most contemporary and practical approaches for literacy instruction-everything readers need to create a classroom climate that allows all students to flourish. NOTE: Before purchasing, check with your instructor to ensure you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson’s products exist for each title*, and registrations are not transferable. This title is also available in Revel, which may be required by your instructor. Please check with your instructor prior to purchasing. To purchase this title packaged with Revel, use this package ISBN: 0134813650 / 9780134813653, Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, with Revel Package consists of: 0134303202 / 9780134303208 Revel for Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach –Access Card 0134813103 / 9780134813103 Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach * Revel features such as embedded videos, exercises, and quizzes are only available in the Revel format. They are not available in third-party eTexts or downloads.
Personal Well-Being Lessons For Secondary Schools: Positive Psychology In Action For 11 To 14 Year Olds$68.40
This book offers practitioners working with 11-14 year olds, a highly practical education resource for running well being lessons.
“Boniwell and Ryan provide an excellent synopsis of the current state of wellbeing literature focusing on evidence-based studies and how these link into contemporary public policy. This underpins the work that Boniwell and Ryan have done to ensure that the ‘hands-on’ methodology outlined throughout the text is underscored by science that highlights the importance of each exercise. Students are encouraged by this design to take a long term view of their development. Boniwell and Ryan’s text is a significant contribution to the growing area of Wellbeing and Positive Education literature. Its teacher friendly format and engaging exercises will stimulate many classroom discussions.” Dr Mathew A White, Director, Wellbeing & Positive Education, St Peter’s College, Australia and Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia “This book is a much welcomed addition to the field of student well-being. The authors have captured the science and practice of positive psychology and have brought together an array of evidence-based practices and exercises that will allow teachers to explicitly incorporate well-being into their curriculum and pastoral care. The 6 areas of well-being are scientifically validated and the book provides excellent resources and teaching tips. The comprehensive list of classroom activities will positively impact upon the well-being of secondary students. This book is an asset to any teacher who believes in ‘whole-student’ learning.” Lea Waters, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia “This book does exactly as promised by the title. Providing practical, exciting, creative, and stimulating lesson plans for students, on the subject of well-being and, indeed, life skills, informed by the best available evidence from Positive Psychology. The lessons are comprehensive, excellently presented for teachers, all supported by clear explanations of the research evidence and concepts, and have the benefit of active student engagement and participation. This book provides a flexible and accessible source book of wonderful ideas and activities. Given the importance of student well-being, and their emotional, social and personal development, as well as their basic happiness, this book would be valuable for every Secondary School and Academy.” Professor Irvine S. Gersch, University of East London, UK “Ilona Boniwell and Lucy Ryan’s book is exactly what teachers require. “It fits with the teachers’ needs in terms of how and what to teach when positive education is a concern.The different aspects of their program are detailed in 36 lessons, with theoretical background and practical tips, the “Lesson Plan” and “How to” parts, which are very useful. This structure is very convenient. This is not only a book but also a very interesting tool designed for each teacher in charge of pupils aged from 11 to 14.” Dr Charles Martin-Krumm, University Western Brittany, France “A very useful compendium of PSHE-type activities” Guy Claxton, University of Winchester, UK This book offers practitioners working with 11 to 14 year olds a highly practical education resource for running personal well-being lessons, backed up by scientific research from the field of positive psychology. The book is divided into six subject headings, with six lessons offered per subject area. This will allow you to run a programme with between 6 to 36 lessons. The six core concepts within positive psychology for young people are: Positive Self, Positive Body, Positive Emotions, Positive Mindsets, Positive Direction and Positive Relationships. The authors ensure that the lessons are easy to understand, to lead and to manage by ensuring each lesson contains: A suggested 60 minute outline lesson plan The main body or the ‘how-to’ of running the lesson Suggested homework where appropriate Academic references and resources This is a must-have resource for PSHE teachers, SEAL co-ordinators, educational psychologists and youth and community workers looking to deliver a personal well-being curriculum.
An engaging book for professional educators and an ideal textbook for certificate, masters, and doctoral programs in educational technology, instructional systems and learning design, Foundations of Educational Technology, Second Edition offers a fresh, interdisciplinary, problem-centered approach to the subject, helping students build extensive notes and an electronic portfolio as they navigate the text. The book addresses fundamental aspects of educational technology theory, research and practice that span various users, contexts and settings; includes a full range of engaging exercises for students that will contribute to their professional growth; and offers the following 4-step pedagogical features inspired by M. D. Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction: * TELL: Primary presentations and pointers to major sources of information and resources * ASK: Activities that encourage students to critique applications and share their individual interpretations * SHOW: Activities that demonstrate the application of key concepts and complex skills with appropriate opportunities for learner responses * DO: Activities in which learners apply key concepts and complex skills while working on practice assignments and/or projects to be created for their electronic portfolios The second edition of this textbook covers the core objectives addressed in introductory educational technology courses while adding new sections on mobile learning, MOOCs, open educational resources, “big data,” and learning analytics along with suggestions to instructors and appendices on effective writing, professional associations, journal and trade magazines.
The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is used by admissions staff as part of the application process for entry to a number of medical and veterinary schools in the UK. Places for these courses are heavily oversubscribed so it is vital that applicants excel in this test. Advanced preparation is key to ensuring that you know what to expect and to achieve the best score possible. This interactive guide, which contains detailed guidance, practice questions and a complete mock test, aims to help applicants, parents and teachers alike to prepare for and successfully complete the BMAT. In this guide, Nicola Hawley and Matt Green: Describe the context of the BMAT within the application process Set out how to approach the three sections of the BMAT – namely the Aptitude and Skills, Scientific Knowledge and Applications and the Written task Provide practice questions for each section to work through as part of the learning process Explore time management techniques to ensure optimal performance In addition provide a full mock exam for readers to complete under test conditions This engaging, easy to use and comprehensive guide is essential reading for anyone serious about excelling in their BMAT examination and successfully securing their place at university. Written by graduates studying medicine as a second degree, this book provides in detail everything you need to know about succeeding in your application to Graduate Entry Medicine.