A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning contains a compilation of fifteen main ideas or concepts that will help teachers to become better at what they do to help learners reach their potential. Each concept is a common sense approach that is backed by research and provides an understanding of what a teacher should know and be able to do as an effective professional in their classroom. Ultimately, it is the teacher behaviors that have an impact on the student behaviors, and each chapter provides sound suggestions and tips to set the teaching and learning relationship up for success. At the end of the chapters, there are Reflection Scenarios to assist the reader in thinking through possible issues and assist the reader in applying the concept to situations in their own practice. There are also guiding questions to stimulate personal reflection and may be helpful if using the book for a book study for professional learning community dialog and discussion.
Oran Tkatchov, M.Ed. is a former middle school teacher, high school teacher, charter school director, and provider of professional development and school improvement resources at a state level. Through his experiences in education, Mr. Tkatchov has been able to record practical yet effective educational practices. Michele Kraynak Pollnow holds a M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has spent her education career in Arizona. She is pursuing her doctorate from Arizona State University where topics of interest include effective implementation of professional development at the classroom practice level.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Quality Classroom Leaders & Setting the Stage for a Successful School Year 2.What are you Going to Teach Them? 3.High Expectations and Differentiation -The Closest Thing to a Silver Bullet 4.Assessing School and Classroom Climate 5.Student Mobility and Attendance 6.Time on Task and the Importance of Student Engagement 7.Understanding the Multiple intelligences 8.Accessing Background Knowledge 9.Vocabulary: All teachers need to teach it and teach it well 10.Did they learn it? What Evidence do you have? 11.Struggling Students: What Is RTI, and what does it have to do with my teaching? 12.The Role of "Coaching" in Education and Why Teachers need to be Open to it 13.Essentials in Writing - Another thing every teacher needs to know how to do 14.Professional Development for Teaching and Learning 15.How to Present Information to your Peers Appendix 1 Important Vocabulary Teachers Need to Know Appendix 2 Templates Bibliography About the Authors
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