ERIC Number: ED489012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Teaching for Real Learning: Classroom Applications, Grades 4-12
Rowman & Littlefield Education
Here is a roadmap to success affecting the growth and achievement of all students. This book integrates research about teaching and learning using a variety of sources, both popular and academic, to create a readable text. The author offers: (1) A description of current practices in schools that successfully promote positive relationships; (2) Strategies to handle persistent and difficult discipline problems effectively; (3) Examples of observations of teachers-in-action and materials developed by preservice and novice teachers in their first three years of teaching; (4) A discussion on building rapport and conducting successful tutoring sessions; (5) Results of tutoring programs; (6) Interactive teaching strategies based on models of teaching that improve student engagement and performance with examples from different subject fields; and (7) Technology applications, including virtual field trips and webquests that promote critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity are described. Accountability is a natural concern for beginning and experienced teachers. "Teaching for Real Learning" offers practical informal strategies to assess what students learn from discussions. The text relates guidelines for developing teacher-made tests, essay questions, performance-based tasks, portfolios and affective measures, and provides classroom samples. Steps to develop checklists, rating scales, and rubrics are offered with content-related examples. Rubric banks and generators are cited for immediate use. Following a preface, this book is organized into the following thirteen chapters: (1) Tutoring for Learning; (2) Observing Teaching and Learning; (3) Building and Keeping Relationships; (4) Preparing for Learning; (5) Instructional Strategies: The Heart of Teaching; (6) Technology Teaches, Too!; (7) Using Humor in Lessons; (8) Assessing Learning; (9) Homework Pros and Cons; (10) Contests and Competitions; (11) Preservice Stories; (12) Classroom Bound; and (13) Professional Learning. Appended are: (1) Museum Sites; (2) WebQuest; (3) CyberGuide; and (4) Performance-Based Task. A list of figures, list of tables, and an index are also included.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Student Evaluation, Homework, Observation, Preservice Teachers, Humor, Professional Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Educational Games, Discipline Problems
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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