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Tools for Teaching in the Block

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April 2009 | 248 pages | Corwin
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.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Preparing to Teach the Adolescent Learner
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

 
Chapter Summary

 
Blackline Masters

 
 
2. Tools for Teaching in the Block
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

 
Questioning Strategies

 
Graphic Organizers

 
Chapter Summary

 
Blackline Masters

 
 
3. Entice the Learner
The First Phase: Enticement

 
Strategies and Activities to Use to Entice the Learner

 
Vocabulary Strategies to Entice the Learner

 
Chapter Summary

 
Blackline Masters

 
 
4. Enlighten the Learner
The Second Phase: Enlightenment

 
Strategies and Activities to Use to Enlighten the Learner

 
Chapter Summary

 
 
5. Engage 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

 
Chapter Summary

 
Blackline Masters

 
 
6. Extend the Learner
The Fourth Phase: Extension

 
Strategies and Activities to Use to Extend the Learner

 
Conversations

 
Extended-Format Responses

 
Creative After-Learning Strategies

 
Employing Different Perspectives

 
Reflections

 
Chapter Summary

 
Blackline Masters

 
 
7. Enact the Learning
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

 
Chapter Summary

 
 
References
 
Index

"You know that schools are getting serious about school improvement when they are willing to adjust school schedules and address how time can be used more effectively to increase student learning. This book provides teachers with a manageable framework for lesson planning, utilizing extended learning time, and selecting and using specific classroom-level activities that can help all students become motivated and successful learners."

Douglas Johnson, Regional Superintendent
Kane County Regional Office of Education, Geneva, IL

"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 within the block."

Nancy W. Sindelar, Teacher and Consultant
California State University, San Bernardino

"Sejnost presents strategies that teach the skills students will need well into the 21st century, 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

"Teachers who have block scheduling will develop their expertise by using this text. This book provides a four-phase lesson plan format that sets the purpose for learning and offers several strategies to foster critical and creative thinking."

Sharon Thiese, Teacher, Consultant
Lewis University

"I strongly recommend this book to both preservice and practicing teachers. Sejnost has achieved the perfect balance between theory and practice through research-based strategies and a useful four-phase lesson planning framework. We are excited to make this practical, hands-on guide a permanent part of our teacher preparation curriculum."

Timothy U. Kaufman, Chair, Professional Program in Education
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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