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ERIC Number: ED447079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 181
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Community of Learners: Using the Teacher as Facilitator Model.
Elam, Kathleen G., Ed.; Duckenfield, Marty, Ed.
This handbook presents the anecdotes of exemplary facilitative teachers representing a broad range of grade levels and disciplines. Teachers share how their philosophical paradigms evolved; how these emerge in daily teaching practice; what happens intrinsically and extrinsically in their classroom learning environment; and how students benefit from their facilitative models. There are 20 chapters in 5 parts. Part 1, "The Teacher's Philosophy," includes (1) "Facilitating a Natural Way: The Native American Approach to Education" (McClellan Hall); (2) "The Accidental Theorist: Constructivist Foundations and Applications in a Teacher's Odyssey" (Robert Johnson); (3) "Facilitating the 'Lost Student'" (Bill Nave); and (4) "Creating the Classroom Climate" (Kathleen G. Elam). Part 2,"The Learning Environment," includes (5) "Building Social Skills in a Learning Environment" (Greg Brigman); (6) "Empowering Students With the Cooperative Edge" (Kathleen G. Elam); (7) "Creating Community Through Class Meetings" (Evelyn Schneider); (8) "Answering a Question With a Question" (Anna L. Sumner); and (9) "The Teacher as an Intellectual and Moral Guide" (Lynda Tredway). Part 3, "Student Activities and Practices, "includes (10) "What a State We're In!" (Diane Sloan); (11) "Math for the Fun of It!" (Kathleen G. Elam); (12) "Music for Life" (Marilyn Kimbrell); (13) "Science Empowerment Through Creative Facilitation" (Michael Hughes); (14) "Writing for a Real Audience" (Janet T. Atkins); (15) "Stimulation Through Simulation: How to Interest Students in High School History" (Tony Pattiz); and (16) "From the Courtroom to the Classroom" (Teri Johnson Waldoff). Part 4, "Beyond the Classroom Connections," includes (17) "Middle Schoolers ACT-ing Out for the Betterment of Their Community" (Cynthia K. Stout); (18) "Digging Into Their Studies" (Michael C. Papritz); (19) "Connecting Students and Communities Requires a New Role for Teachers" (Robert D. Shumer); (20) "Moving From Content Teacher to Content Coach" (Edward E. Grunden); and (21) "Relating the Education of Business to the Business of Education" (Glen R. Carson). Part 5, "Some Final Thoughts," includes: assessment of one's own facilitative teaching; topical index; meet the editors; about the authors; and acknowledgement. (Some chapters contain references.) (SM)
National Dropout Prevention Center, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, 209 Martin Street, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29631-1555; Tel: 864-656-2599; E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.