Inspiring Meaningful Learning
This remarkable book explores the essential steps for planning lessons that grab the attention of students and make them care about their learning, from activating prior knowledge and sparking curiosity; to focusing on content, skills, and inquiry; to reviewing work and finding students’ next steps. The content of the book is built around the three key areas that are most important to meaningful learning: content, pedagogy, and building rapport with students. This practical book shows teachers how to make every lesson engaging, impactful, and even fun!
Ready, Set, Learn
For the vast majority of students, the skills and work habits that are crucial for successful learning are not in place when they arrive at the school door. These skills must be explicitly taught by teachers who recognize the unique learning styles, preferences, and interests of their students. Ready, Set, Learn focuses on the importance of encouraging students to set their own personal learning goals and persevere to achieve them. Along with organizers, prompts, and specific activities, this timely book includes lessons that explicitly teach organization, collaboration, communication, independence, memory, and initiative.
Literacy Smarts introduces simple activities and tasks that use interactive whiteboard technology to bring a new vitality to classroom lessons. Based on extensive classroom experience, the authors argue that interactive whiteboards can create numerous possibilities for teaching and learning and describe how interactive whiteboards can lead us into the future of learning—interpreting, managing, exploring, and expanding our students' thinking.