Description : These classroom-ready lesson plans—complete with literature lists, directions, sample forms, assessments, and adaptations—connect literacy learning with students' lives and the community.
Description : Make literacy meaningful in your classroom for students of all cultures! Field-tested for K-8 teachers, this book introduces students to the cultural diversity in their own classroom communities through a wealth of teaching and learning strategies. This resource celebrates awareness of individual, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity, and addresses all aspects of studies within the context of culturally responsive teaching. Strategies, easily adapted to the learner’s level, are linked to six major themes: Classroom community Home, community, and nation Multicultural literature events Critical media literacy Global perspectives and literacy development Inquiry learning and literacy learning
Description : Teaches educators how to help their students develop skills in interpreting photographs, charts, diagrams, figures, labels, and graphic symbols. --from publisher description
Description : "The intent of this handbook is to provide a comprehensive, forward-looking, research-based resource for teachers, teacher-educators, and researchers on the key, inter-connected components of effective literacy instruction. The book is designed so that it is a readily useable resource for pre-service and practicing teachers as well. Every chapter in sections I, II, III, and IV includes substantial suggestions for implementing research-based practices in the classroom and for engaging in professional learning to help teachers increase their effectiveness as literacy instructors. Every chapter in section IV also includes substantial suggestions for fostering collaboration among staff and, when applicable, parents within schools"--
Description : Appropriate as a supplemental text for K-8 Methods courses in Language Arts, Reading, Writing, or Literacy. This practical book is designed to equip K-8 teachers with an array of computer tools they can use to promote reading, writing, and critical thinking in their classrooms. It focuses on the major concerns that teachers face when integrating computer technology into the classroom and provides realistic suggestions and lessons that can be easily implemented. By incorporating pertinent coverage of how to become a facilitator who helps students use technology, how the Internet can enhance students' literacy education, and how to help students write and publish their work, this is an ideal resource for all teachers who are interested in improving their instruction with technology.
Description : This text gives prospective and practicing teachers a comprehensive understanding of how to teach multiple literacies in elementary and middle school classrooms. All of the literacies--dance, music, visual arts, popular culture, media, and computer technologies--are integrated with reading and writing. Balanced treatment is given to theoretical perspectives and practical applications. The text features authentic cases written by preservice teachers, and commentaries on the cases from practitioners and university professors. The cases are designed to prepare future teachers for the PRAXIS teacher certifying exam and others offered in many states. Three theoretical chapters support the practical applications: *Chapter 1 addresses the benefits of writing and analyzing cases and the specific attributes of exemplary teaching cases, and offers guidelines for teachers to author their own case narratives and questions for analyzing and discussing case issues with peers. *Chapter 2 discusses the role of electronic symbol making and multiple sign systems in children's literacy and how children use symbols to receive and express meaning. *Chapter 3 offers a theoretical framework that helps define and enable teachers to use the new literacies of Internet technology, and provides a strong rationale for expanding traditional definitions of literacy. The practical applications chapters (chaps. 4-12) gradually lead readers toward a deeper understanding of how to conceptualize and structure more complex, integrated lessons. In each of these chapters: *An "Overview" provides up-to-date information about the particular form of literacy discussed in the chapter. *A helpful "What Do You Need to Know and How Do You Begin" section offers ideas and tasks for teachers who wish to nurture their artistic and technological aptitudes, expand their understanding of popular culture media, and increase their knowledge about integrating diverse communication forms into cohesive themed units or instruction. *Exemplary cases--the heart of these chapters--present preservice teachers' candid descriptions of their reflections, confusions, and concerns as they support K-8 students writing and writing development through multiple literacy approaches. *Case-specific questions encourage readers to take an active part in analyzing, documenting, and discussing the particular issues raised. *"Commentaries" by skilled practitioners and university professors provide sound teaching suggestions, scholarly perspectives, and sometimes contrasting solutions to the dilemmas described in the cases. *"Reflections and Explorations" activities help teachers become more actively involved in thinking and learning about multiple literacies. *"Practical Applications" questions engage teachers in considering their own teaching environments and goals as they integrate multiple literacy lessons into their curriculum. *"Suggested Readings" support teachers in constructing more in-depth knowledge about the chapter topics.
Description : This book is designed to provide teachers with an array of computer tools to promote reading, writing, and critical thinking in their classrooms. It can be used by teachers who recognize the need to continue their education by becoming adept at using computers in their classrooms. In short, this book covers the major concerns K-8 teachers face as they integrate computer technology into their classrooms and provides numerous suggestions for applying the ideas described in the book in real classrooms. The discussion of literacy topics and pedagogy is grounded in research literature, best practice for teaching, and current successful technology integration strategies. FEATURES: Provides teachers with theoretical information--gives teachers the assurance that the information conveyed is based on solid research. Focuses on major issues and gets to the point--allows teachers to save time by looking at the significant issues without getting bogged down in the details. Computer Classroom Snapshots--provide real-life examples of how teachers are integrating technology into the K-8 literacy curriculum. Lists of electronic sources--provide teachers with easy access to Web addresses that can give them more materials for their classes. Techno-Teacher Tips--provide important pointers on using technology in the classroom. Print sources cited throughout the book--provide numerous resources, inlcuding References at the end of each chapter that identify sources to promote the integration of technology and literacy in the classroom. Figures throughout the book--provide screen captures of well-known and well-respected software applications, Web sites, and technology integration examples
Description : When the goal is supporting excellent teaching, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. This popular practitioner resource and text helps readers navigate the many choices involved in developing and fine-tuning a coaching program that offers the best fit for a particular school. The authors draw on current research as well as their extensive experience in K-8 settings. They provide clear guidance (with helpful reproducibles) on: *Major coaching models and how to choose among them. *Applying principles of adult learning and motivation. *The role of reading assessment in coaching. *Balancing classroom-level, grade-level, and whole-school tasks. *Special considerations in middle school coaching. See also The Literacy Coach's Handbook, Second Edition, which offers a complete primer on the role of the literacy coach and what coaches need to know to get started.
Description : Inviting students and teachers into a fascinating literary community, this innovative guide helps teachers use the Web sites of favorite children's book authors to deepen student engagement in learning.