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ERIC Number: ED525927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 160
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4994-X
Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments: Practicing Teacher Research in Urban Classrooms. Practitioners Inquiry Series
Ballenger, Cynthia
Teachers College Press
In her new book, bestselling author Cynthia Ballenger explores the intellectual strengths of students that teachers find "puzzling"--poor, urban, immigrant, or bilingual children who do not traditionally excel in school. Ballenger challenges the assumption that these children--whose families in many cases have less formal education, read fewer storybooks, and talk less with their children about school-like topics--have fewer intellectual or academically relevant experiences. This practical book offers a detailed roadmap for traversing the daily work of teaching today's diverse population, helping educators to refine their work as it unfolds in the classroom. Ballenger guides the reader as she analyzes what the children said, what this indicates about their thinking, and how her dialogues with them informed her teaching. Book features include: (1) Detailed portraits of the daily routines of teaching and learning; (2) Rich depictions of bilingual children doing serious work with science and literature; (3) Directions for how to listen to children's ideas and how to analyze classroom discussions; and (4) Guidance for following the practices of good teacher research.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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