In the Middle

A Lifetime of Learning about Writing, Reading, and Adolescents

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325028132

Category: Education

Page: 629

View: 5549

With 80 percent new material, In the Middle, Third Edition brings Nancie Atwell's methods up to date. Nancie guides newcomers to a rich, satisfying practice while sharing her latest innovations and refinements with those who have made In the Middle their teaching touchstone.
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In the Middle

Writing, Reading, and Learning with Adolescents

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Boynton/Cook Pub

ISBN: 9780867091632

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 295

View: 7056

Relates the experiences of an eighth grade teacher and her students who abandoned skill-drill approaches and became collaborating readers and writers.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

In the Middle

New Understandings about Writing, Reading, and Learning

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Boynton/Cook Pub


Category: Education

Page: 546

View: 5899

The author describes what she has learned about teaching, writing, and reading over twenty-five years as an English teacher, focusing on her experiences after she freed herself and students from a regimented curriculum.
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Lessons That Change Writers

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Firsthand Books

ISBN: 9780325088303

Category: Education

Page: 296

View: 5640

In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as "the best of the best." The lessons fall into the following four categories that provide the structure for this book: Lessons about Topics: ways to develop ideas for pieces of writing that will matter to writers and to their readers Lessons about Principles of Writing: ways to think and write deliberately to create literature Lessons about Genre: in which we observe and name the ways that good free verse poems, formatted poetry, essays, short stories, memoirs, thank-you letters, profiles, parodies, and book reviews work and Lessons about Conventions: what readers' eyes and minds have been trained to expect, and how marks and forms function to give writing more voice and power and to make reading predictable and easy.
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Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325042664

Category: Education

Page: 115

View: 5594

Save 15% with our Book Study Bundle! Watch out a one-minute preview of Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School. "There are steps teachers and administrators can take-tweaks, if you will-that make a classroom or school a place that's safe for children, one where every student feels noticed and known, one that challenges kids and entices them with the intrinsic rewards of real work done well." -Nancie Atwell Since 1990, Nancie Atwell and the faculty of the K-8 Center for Teaching and Learning have charged themselves with a mission. "Our job is to innovate for the good of children," Nancie writes, "and then to pass along to other teachers the lessons we learn about instruction that makes a difference." Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School makes CTL's powerful innovations accessible to every teacher and administrator. Nancie and her colleagues have created a culture of engagement and excellence by combining smart practices and policies with rich, community-building traditions and rituals. Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School introduces essential practices such as CTL's: daily morning meetings student-generated bill of rights school-wide "You can't say you can't play" rule outreach to parents spiraling K-8 curriculum in science and history student-and teacher-self-assessment and goal-setting student-led evaluation conferences systems for school and classroom management workshop approaches to teaching math, reading, and writing-including warmups, mini-lessons, conferences, and rigorous yet kid-friendly expectations based on the research and experience of a faculty of master teachers. Nancie invites you to: reflect on your own practice and goals view CTL's systems at work on the accompanying DVD read about her school's solutions to common problems of teaching access resources-forms, guidelines, and protocols-developed by the CTL faculty. "If we want students to feel a sense of belonging to something that's bigger than they are," Nancie observes, "it's essential that their teachers feel that way, too." Join your own colleagues, along with long-distance colleagues at the Center for Teaching and Learning, to discover how Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School can help turn your teaching ideals into a practical, successful reality. Read a sample chapter, and watch a sample video clip. Book study groups, save 15% when you buy 15 copies with our Book Study Bundle.
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Teaching Reading in Middle School

Author: Laura Robb

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590685603

Category: Education

Page: 318

View: 2385

In this resource, you'll get the "big picture" of teaching reading in the middle school, including research, as well as the practical details you need to help every student become a better reader. Veteran teacher Laura Robb shares how to: teach reading strategies across the curriculum; present mini-lessons that deepen students' knowledge of how specific reading strategies work; help kids apply the strategies through guided practice; support struggling readers with a plan of action that improves their reading motivation; helps kids choose books that are at their instructional level; organize a reading-writing workshop, and much more. For use with Grades 5 and Up.
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Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research

Author: Leila Christenbury,Randy Bomer,Peter Smagorinsky

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606239945

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 452

View: 2866

The first comprehensive research handbook of its kind, this volume showcases innovative approaches to understanding adolescent literacy learning in a variety of settings. Distinguished contributors examine how well adolescents are served by current instructional practices and highlight ways to translate research findings more effectively into sound teaching and policymaking. The book explores social and cultural factors in adolescents' approach to communication and response to instruction, and sections address literacy both in and out of schools, including literacy expectations in the contemporary workplace. Detailed attention is given to issues of diversity and individual differences among learners. Winner--Literacy Research Association's Fry Book Award!
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Time for Meaning

Crafting Literate Lives in Middle and High School

Author: Randy Bomer

Publisher: Boynton/Cook

ISBN: 9780435088491

Category: Education

Page: 234

View: 9809

Time for Meaning brings a bold curriculum to the writing workshop, a curriculum that honors literary thinking and the study of literature. Randy Bomer speaks eloquently and honestly about his own experiences in the classroom: his successive stages of revision, his growth from a good to a better teacher. He encourages inquiry into more reflective practice, inviting you to examine your ways of thinking, your relationship to the "subject of English," your standards for good teaching, your place in the professional community, and most significant, your attitude toward time. Time for Meaning is both thoughtful and practical. It confronts the realities of today's classrooms: overcrowded curriculums, unfriendly colleagues, choppy schedules, and resistant learners. Bomer suggests ways to transform these obstacles into opportunities to rethink the true purpose, meaning, and design of literacy education. He offers guidelines for: helping students choose topics that are important to them- so important that they'll have the energy to work through the writing process prompting initial responses to literature and moving toward polished pieces of writing using writing as a tool for thinking and inquiring-an essential habit of mind for students to develop understanding what makes for poor student research writing and how to improve it planning curriculums that focus on story in fiction and memoir. Since time is so often the crucial issue in teaching, Bomer asks you to examine your attitudes toward time and the way you use it. He writes, "What we do with time is what we do with our lives. When we are 'unable' to spend time on what we most value, it is because we have not found a clarity of purpose. We have lost our maps, lost our rudder, and we drift aimlessly, as if time were not passing, as if this teaching life were not ours to live." Bomer is specific and persuasive without being prescriptive. Time for Meaning is a snapshot of his current thinking, a report on work that has already benefited many teachers. It speaks as powerfully to experienced reading/writing process teachers as it does to newcomers.
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Adolescent Rationality and Development

Cognition, Morality, and Identity, Third Edition

Author: David Moshman

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136854207


Page: 302

View: 9483

Frequently cited in scholarly books and journals and praised by students, this book focuses on developmental changes and processes in adolescence rather than on the details and problems of daily life. Major developmental changes associated with adolescence are identified. Noted for its exceptionally strong coverage of cognitive, moral, and social development, this brief, inexpensive book can be used independently or as a supplement to other texts on adolescence. Highlights of the new edition include: expanded coverage of thinking and reasoning. a new chapter on metacognition and epistemic cognition. expanded coverage of controversies concerning the foundations of morality. a new chapter on moral principles and perspective taking. a new chapter on the relation of personal and social identity. a new chapter addressing current controversies concerning the rationality, maturity, and brains of adolescents. more detail on key studies and methodologies and boldfaced key terms and a glossary to highlight and clarify key concepts. Rather than try to cover everything about adolescence at an elementary level, this book presents and builds on the core issues in the scholarly literature, thus encouraging deeper levels of understanding. The book opens with an introduction to the concepts of adolescence, rationality, and development and then explores the three foundational literatures of adolescent development - cognitive development, moral development, and identity formation. The book concludes with a more general account of rationality and development in adolescence and beyond. Appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on adolescence or adolescent development offered by departments of psychology, educational psychology, or human development, this brief text is also an ideal supplement for courses on social and/or moral development, cognitive development, or lifespan development. The book is also appreciated by scholars interested in connections across standard topics and research programs. Prior knowledge of psychology is not assumed.

Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Author: Victor C. Strasburger,Barbara J. Wilson,Amy B. Jordan

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483315886

Category: Psychology

Page: 672

View: 8599

Children, Adolescents, and the Media, Third Edition provides a comprehensive, research-oriented overview of how the media impact the lives of children and adolescents in modern society. The approach is grounded in a developmental perspective, focusing on how young people of different ages and levels of cognitive, emotional, and social development interact with the media. Incorporating the most up-to-date research available, Authors Victor C. Strasburger, Barbara J. Wilson, and Amy B. Jordan target areas most controversial and at the heart of debates about the media and public health—equipping students to approach the media as critical consumers.
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Crafting Authentic Voice

Author: Tom Romano

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325005973

Category: Education

Page: 227

View: 7010

In a compelling and manageable text, the author makes the case for giving special time and attention to voice as a means to get students involved and improve their writing.
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Naming the World

A Year of Poems and Lessons

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Firsthand Books

ISBN: 9780325089140

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 2409

Harnessing the power of poetry, Nancie Atwell's Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons empowers adolescents to make sense of their personal place in the world while honing their critical reading and writing skills. Naming the World's 200+ poems and accompanying five-to-ten-minute lessons are used by Nancie every day to jumpstart her reading and writing workshops. Poetry is the foundation upon which her students build excellences as writers in every genre. This is your chance to make the first few minutes of your Language Arts class really count! The 200+ Poems: are compiled from contemporary poets were nominated by Nancie's students as their favorites speak to adolescent interests and issues include poems by Nancie's kids to teach and inspire yours. The 150 Lessons: are used daily by Nancie to jumpstart her reading-writing workshop apply a range of interactive and independent learning strategies present the language Nancie uses with her students.
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Smart but Scattered

The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Author: Peg Dawson,Richard Guare

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781606238806

Category: Psychology

Page: 314

View: 3819

There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there's a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how. See also the authors' Smart but Scattered Teens and their self-help guide for adults. Plus, an academic planner for middle and high school students and related titles for professionals.
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Yellow Brick Roads

Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading 4-12

Author: Janet Allen

Publisher: Stenhouse Pub

ISBN: 9781571103192

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 3530

Provides teachers with research, practical methods, detailed strategies, and resources for read-aloud, shared, guided, and independent reading.
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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition

A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

Author: Peg Dawson,Richard Guare

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606235729

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 7039

This book has been replaced by Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition, ISBN 978-1-4625-3531-6.
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Learning About Learning Disabilities

Author: Po-Zen Wong,Bernice Wong

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483295397

Category: Education

Page: 540

View: 2422

This is the first textbook to give equal attention to the intellectual, conceptual, and practical aspects of learning disabilities. Topical coverage is both comprehensive and thorough, and the information presented is up-to-date. Provides a balanced focus on both the conceptual and practical aspects of learning disabilities (LD)**The research covered is far more comprehensive and of greater depth than any other LD textbook**The work is distinctive in its treatment of such important areas as consultation skills and service delivery
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The Reading Zone, 2nd Edition

How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers

Author: Nancie Atwell,Ann Merkel

Publisher: Scholastic Professional

ISBN: 9780545948746


Page: 160

View: 6747

Long an advocate of frequent, voluminous reading in schools, the author draws on evidence gathered in twenty years of classroom teaching to make the case for reading workshop more powerful than ever. The book establishes the top ten conditions for making engaged classroom reading possible for students at all levels and provides the practical support and structures necessary for achieving them.
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Handbook of Writing Research, Second Edition

Author: Charles A. MacArthur,Steve Graham,Jill Fitzgerald

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462529313

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 464

View: 7004

The definitive reference in the field, this volume synthesizes current knowledge on writing development and instruction at all grade levels. Prominent scholars examine numerous facets of writing from sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, neuroscience, and new literacy/technological perspectives. The volume reviews the evidence base for widely used instructional approaches, including those targeting particular components of writing. Issues in teaching specific populations--including students with disabilities and English learners--are addressed. Innovative research methods and analytic tools are clearly explained, and key directions for future investigation identified. New to This Edition *Chapters on genre instruction, evaluation and revision, argumentative writing, computer-based instruction, and professional development. *Chapters on new literacies, out-of-school writing, translation, and self-regulation. *Many new topics and authors, including more international perspectives. *Multiple chapters connect research findings to the Common Core writing standards. See also the editors' Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Second Edition, an accessible course text and practitioner's guide.
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Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits

Author: Peg Dawson,Richard Guare

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1462505473

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 7650

This practical manual presents an evidence-based coaching model for helping students whose academic performance is suffering due to deficits in executive skills, including time and task management, planning, organization, impulse control, and emotional regulation. In just a few minutes a day, coaches can provide crucial support and instruction tailored to individual students' needs. From leading experts, the book provides detailed guidelines for incorporating coaching into a response-to-intervention framework, identifying students who can benefit, conducting each session, and monitoring progress. Special topics include how to implement a classwide peer coaching program. More than three dozen reproducible assessment tools, forms, and handouts are featured; the large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials. This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman. See also the authors' Work-Smart Academic Planner: Write It Down, Get It Done, designed for middle and high school students to use in conjunction with coaching, plus the authoritative Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition. Also from Dawson and Guare: Smart but Scattered parenting guides and a self-help guide for adults.
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 8938

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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