"This one will be dog-eared, highlighted intensely, and readily accessible on the corner of my desk. However, in the spirit of this book's call for independent thinking, don't take my word for it. Read and judge for yourself. You won't be disappointed."
—Rick Wormeli, Columnist
Middle Ground Magazine, National Middle School Association
Learner independence = student success!
While every teacher's goal is to help students become independent thinkers, determining exactly how to lead students toward self-sufficiency can be a challenge. This straightforward resource invites teachers to reflect on their philosophy of teaching and learning, and helps identify the key ingredients for creating a classroom that promotes student success and independence.
Teachers will discover how to build on student strengths and interests and provide authentic learning experiences. The book includes checklists, examples, and tips, and shows readers how to:
- Identify practices that hinder independence as well as those that foster student self-sufficiency
- Engage learners so they can contribute information about how and what they want to learn
- Promote development of good work habits, self-motivation, resiliency, and peer-to-peer problem solving
- Strengthen students' critical thinking and inquiry skills
- Incorporate differentiation and formative assessments
Infused with research and real classroom experiences, this readable handbook helps educators develop students who can solve problems and learn independently.