"It is not unusual for teachers to feel overwhelmed when their school shifts from a traditional bell schedule to a 90-minute block. Sejnost guides teachers from feelings of apprehension and nervousness to those of confidence and excitement by giving them tools and research-based strategies to reach their students in new and challenging ways."
—Nancy W. Sindelar, Instructor and Consultant
California State University, San Bernardino
"Sejnost presents strategies that enable students to locate, synthesize, evaluate, retain, and utilize information as successful adolescent learners and as successful adults in our fast-paced, knowledge-driven society."
Nancy K. MaGill, Program Director, Our American Voice
Barat Education Foundation
Effectively use extended class periods to enhance student achievement!
Roberta L. Sejnost offers an alternative to the usual lecture format to help teachers create coherent, effective lessons for extended blocks of instructional time, no matter what the subject or grade level. This book provides teachers with a four-phase lesson planning framework and numerous teaching strategies to build higher-level thinking skills and increase student learning.
Teachers can use practical, research-based methods and tools such as cooperative learning, quality questioning, and graphic organizers to reach secondary students. The author includes reproducible blackline masters for classroom use, plus activities for:
- Preparing students for learning by fostering their prior knowledge, helping them set a purpose for reading and learning, and teaching the vocabulary necessary for understanding
- Helping students actively interact with and process what they have learned
- Clarifying and reinforcing content and taking learning to the next level
Tools for Teaching in the Block enables educators to take advantage of block scheduling to promote reading, writing, and critical thinking in adolescents.
|The Adolescent Learner : A Profile|
|What Can Teachers Do to Facilitate Adolescent Learning?|
|A Method to Facilitate Adolescent Learning|
|The First Steps: Curriculum Mapping and Lesson Planning|
|What Are the Tools?|
|What Constitutes a Brain-Compatible Classroom?|
|The History of Cooperative Learning|
|Effective Strategies for Cooperative Learning|
|Multiple Intelligence Theory|
|Effective Questioning Techniques|
|Constructing Good Questions|
|The First Phase: Enticement|
|Strategies and Activities to Use to Entice the Learner|
|Vocabulary Strategies to Entice the Learner|
|The Second Phase: Enlightenment|
|Strategies and Activities to Use to Enlighten the Learner|
|The Third Phase: Engagement|
|Strategies and Activities to Use to Engage the Learner|
|Strategies for Monitoring the Reading|
|Strategies for Guiding the Reading|
|The Fourth Phase: Extension|
|Strategies and Activities to Use to Extend the Learner|
|Creative After-Learning Strategies|
|Employing Different Perspectives|
|The Culmination: Enactment|
|Strategies and Activities to Use in Each Phase of the Lesson Plan Format|
|Lesson Ideas for Content Area Disciplines|
|Some Parting Thoughts|