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Teaching Matters : Stories from Inside City Schools | Teaching matters : stories from inside city schools, Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich with Adesina Abani ... [et al.], (overdrive ebook)

Teaching matters : stories from inside city schools
Teaching matters
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stories from inside city schools
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Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich with Adesina Abani ... [et al.]
As public schools become increasingly embattled by budget shortfalls, crowded buildings, and ever-more-rigid curricula, the burden of these restrictions has drastically changed the way children are expected to learn. Nowhere is this more obvious or more devastating than classrooms in high-need urban areas. Drawing upon teachers' firsthand experiences in some of today's most demanding schools, leading education experts Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich provide an enlightening account of what our students really need--and how teachers are stepping up to provide what state standards and political
Teaching matters
Drawing upon teachers' first-hand experiences, provides an account of what inner-city students need in order to learn and what is being done to satisfy those needs
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  • Like Marcus A. Winters's similarly titled Teachers Matter , this book is about the importance and value of good teachers. Falk (early childhood education, City Coll. of New York; Teaching the Way Children Learn ) and Blumenreich (childhood education, Sch. of Education, City Coll. of New York; The Power of Questions ) feature the stories of teachers who have succeeded in challenging environments. Each of the 15 chapters is based on a single teacher's study of his or her own classroom or school environment with the aim of better understand an issue he or she was facing and to propose solutions. These studies were done as part of a project that Falk and Blumenreich assign in their teacher-preparation course each year. The chapters are organized into four broad categories that mirror the focus of the teachers' inquiries: culturally responsive teaching, school/family partnerships, differentiated teaching, and constraints of urban teaching. VERDICT This informative look at the process as well as the practical results of action research in the classroom will be of interest to practicing teachers and those pursuing (or thinking about) a career in education.— Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal, Quebec --Sara Holder (Reviewed August 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 13, p107)
  • Educators Falk and Blumenreich (The Power of Questions: A Guide to Teacher and Student Research, 2005) present case studies of kindergarten and elementary school classrooms that, although located in economically stressed urban areas, have found creative and intelligent means of making education effective. Few cultural and social arenas have managed to dodge the divisiveness that has overtaken modern political discourse, and education is not one of the exceptions. Standardized testing, long proven to be ineffective at best and incredibly damaging at worst, remains the driving force behind assessing student progress; the distractions of technology and social media continue to spread further into kids' lives; the promise of a decent, reliable job based on academic performance is no longer taken for granted. The difficulty in crafting a solution is that one solution won't suffice. Falk and Blumenreich compile case studies that approach some of the problems from a micro, rather than macro, perspective. Whereas educational policy might suggest that one particular methodology is superior in a majority of situations, these case studies provide a more eclectic set of approaches to dealing with issues. A handful of the case studies, and the conclusions from those studies, overlap each other in content; this ties into the overall thrust of the book. Issues of immigration sensitivity in children just starting school tie into the importance of drawing from the strengths of a multicultural classroom. The authors take the studies further than standard liberal boilerplate issues, however, wading into the animosity of parent-teacher relationships and providing constructive insight into the failings and strengths of both groups. Flying in the face of national standardized testing, three studies explore the strengths of differentiated teaching. As often happens with thoughtful consideration of a problem, the solutions raise more questions, which the authors strive to explore without getting lost down a rabbit hole. A valuable book for urban educators.(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2012)
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non fiction
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stories from inside city schools
stories from inside city schools
Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich with Adesina Abani ... [et al.]
Teaching Matters : Stories from Inside City Schools | Teaching matters : stories from inside city schools, Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich with Adesina Abani ... [et al.], (overdrive ebook)
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Immigrant children's earliest schooling experiences: Adesina Abani -- Celebrating diversity in the classroom: Beatrice Tinio -- Breaking the silence: countering homophobia in schools: Joleen Hanlon -- A white teacher's quest to become a culturally responsive teacher: Mary Williams -- Bridging the language gap: Evelyn Chang -- Addressing the unspoken: Joan O'Brien -- Incorporating families' funds of knowledge into the classroom: Kanene Holder -- Bridging differences: Rory Scott -- Parental supports for early literacy: Kisha Pressley -- Supporting children's diverse needs and strengths: Neurys Bonilla -- Science inquiry and differentiated instruction for students with learning differences: Travis Sloane -- Supporting the literacy development of young English language learners: Carol Castillo -- What is happening to our children's garden?: Hazel Veras-Gomez -- Incorporating physical activity into the public school pre-kindergarten day: Lisa Schaffner -- What can a teacher do to improve the climate for learning in a school?: Laurie Jagoda
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