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Inspiring Middle and Secondary Learners
Honoring Differences and Creating Community Through Differentiating Instructional Practices



April 2007 | 272 pages | Corwin

"Excellent book! A must-read for teachers and administrators who are truly interested in quality teaching and student success."
Paul Gmelin, Principal
White Lake Middle School, MI

"As an administrator, this book provides me with meaningful direction for my staff. Implementing practices from this book will empower both students and teachers alike."
Sammie Novack, Vice-Principal
Washington Middle School, Bakersfield, CA

"A wealth of advice and activities for secondary teachers who wish to transform the adolescent's need for independence into empowerment, motivation, and inspired learning."
Belinda Lazarus, Professor of Education
University of Michigan, Dearborn

"Succinctly proposes an approach designed to generate in students the internal desire to learn! Promises to be a significant resource for teachers who truly wish to leave a legacy."
—Sallie M. Noel, Associate Professor of Biology
Austin Peay State University

"Enables teachers to reach students where they are while helping them to strive for more."
—Angela D. Steffke, Secondary Resource Teacher
John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor, MI

Foster a community of students inspired to discover their unique ability to learn!

One of the most effective methods for engaging students is to relate subject matter to learners' interests and experiences. The challenge many secondary teachers face is how to accomplish this goal across an increasingly diverse student body. In this field-tested resource, Kathleen Kryza, S. Joy Stephens, and Alicia Duncan guide educators toward achieving this objective by presenting differentiated lessons that simultaneously engage and inspire students.

Inspiring Middle and Secondary Learners gives readers a step-by-step process for gathering the student data necessary to inform their instructional approach. Offering easy-to-implement strategies for differentiated lessons, this research-based book also provides in-depth model lessons and rubrics in content areas to inspire learning. The end result is engaging and meaningful instruction that stirs students to construct their own approach to learning by applying their experiences to relevant subject matter. Readers will also benefit from:

  • Case studies and student work samples
  • Lesson frameworks and planning guides to help teachers develop standards-based differentiated lessons and units
  • Tips, tools, and reproducible materials for assessing student learning styles and preferences
  • Sample lessons, activities, and more

Discover how to inspire students by building a community of learners who honor themselves and each other.


 
List of Figures
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Part 1: Inspiring Middle and High School Learners
 
1. The Inspiring Classroom
Motivation vs. Inspiration  
Foundations of the Inspiring Classroom  
Honoring Our Role as Teacher  
Honoring Our Fellow Teachers  
Honoring Our Students  
What is the Inspiring Classroom?  
 
2. The Inspiring Classroom: Theory Into Practice
Three Foundations of an Inspiring Classroom  
Five Elements to Differentiate  
 
3. Honoring Individuals, Building Community
Gathering Data About Students  
Honoring and Inspiring All Learners  
Building Community and Honoring Diversity  
 
4. Creating Lifelong Learners: An Apprenticeship Approach
Maintaining a Balance  
Vital Know-Hows for Student Success  
How to Teach the Vital Know-Hows  
 
Part 2: Activities and Designs to Inspire Middle and High School Leaners
 
5. Lite-n-Lean Learning Activities: Beginning Steps for Inspiring Learners
Investigations for Advanced Learners  
Questions for Discussing and Journaling  
Offering Student Choices  
Graphic Organizers  
Vocabulary Instruction for Different Learning Profiles  
Learning Profile Projects  
Interest Based Projects  
Varying Text Levels  
Memory Techniques  
 
6. Teaching for Meaning
What is C U KAN?  
Why C U KAN?  
How to Write a C U KAN  
C U KAN Sample  
C U KAN: Teaching Tips for All Lesson Designs  
How C U KAN Will Help You Differentiate  
Deep and Dynamic Lesson Designs  
 
7. Deep and Dynamic Design #1: Choice Menus
Teacher Overview  
Sample Content Subject Examples  
Choice Design: Teaching Tips  
 
8. Deep and Dynamic Design #2: RAFT Plus
Teacher Overview  
Sample Content Subject Examples  
RAFT Plus: Teaching Tips  
 
9. Deep and Dynamic Design #3: Tiered Lesson
Teacher Overview  
Sample Content Subject Examples  
Tiered Lesson: Teaching Tips  
 
10. Deep and Dynamic Design #4: Contracts
Teacher Overview  
Sample Content Subject Examples  
Learning Contracts: Teaching Tips  
 
11. Deep and Dynamic Design #5: Learning Stations
Teacher Overview  
Sample Content Subject Examples  
Learning Stations: Teaching Tips  
 
12. Deep and Dynamic Design #6: Compacting
Teacher Overview  
Sample Content Subject Examples  
Compacting: Teaching Tips  
 
Part 3: Evaluating and COmmitting to the Inspiring Classroom
 
13. Assessment and Grading in the Inspiring Classroom
On-Going Assessment  
Grading in the Inspiring Classroom: Now They Get It!  
Assessing Our Own Growth  
 
Opening the Door
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"The authors succinctly propose an approach designed to generate in students the internal desire to learn! This text promises to be a significant resource for teachers who truly wish to leave a legacy."

Sallie M. Noel, Associate Professor of Biology
Austin Peay State University

"Fantastic read for anyone interested in implementing differentiated instruction into their classrooms.  Relevant for both beginning and seasoned teachers."

Cheryl L. Peters, Science Coordinator
White Lake Middle School, MI

"Provides a wealth of advice and activities for secondary teachers who wish to transform the adolescent's need for independence into empowerment, motivation, and inspired learning."

Belinda Lazarus, Professor of Education
University of Michigan, Dearborn

"Excellent book! A must-read for teachers and administrators who are truly interested in quality teaching and student success."

Paul Gmelin, Principal
White Lake Middle School, MI

"Enables teachers to reach each child where they are, while helping them to strive for more.  As a person who's struggled with dyslexia, I wish this book had been available for my teachers to have used with me."

Angela D. Steffke, Secondary Resource Teacher
John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor, MI

"As an administrator, this book provides me with meaningful direction for my staff. Implementing practices from this book will empower both students and teachers alike."

Sammie Novack, Vice-Principal
Washington Middle School, Bakersfield, CA

"This book is outstanding. I had several teachers review it and they found it very helpful. We will be providing it for our teachers."

Kathy Quick-Gunther, Director of Professional Development
Bethel Public Schools, WA

"If I were just browsing in a bookstore or at a convention and picked up your book, I would buy it just for the quotes. They are the first thing to catch my attention and they are powerful, well-selected quotes. They clearly set the tone of your book; you can tell from them that this is a book of essence and inspiration.”

Billie Jo Crouse, Third-Grade Teacher
Greensburg Public Schools, PA
Key features

Research-based and informed by the work of Glasser, Tomlinson, Wolfe, Jensen, Calkins, Atwell, Gardner, Armstrong, Weinbrenner among others, this rich reference offers:

  • Numerous case studies and student work samples
  • Lesson frameworks and planning guides to help teachers develop standards-based differentiated lessons and units
  • Sample lessons—low-prep "Lite-n-Lean" activities and more comprehensive "Deep-n-Dynamic" units
  • Tips and tools for assessing student learning styles and preferences
  • Teacher tips for managing and assessing lessons
  • Rubrics

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