Relationships have always been an integral component of teaching and learning. In today's diverse school settings, it is critical to build healthy connections with students, parents, coworkers, and community members. Improving Teaching and Learning provides educators with the necessary tools to meet this need. Developing a better "relationship quotient" will not only empower teachers to become exceptional educators, but it will also allow them to serve as positive role models for the next generation of culturally competent citizens. Features Include: * A balanced mix of current theory * Practical applicable tips and techniques * Stories about real educational situations * A "Classroom Conundrum" at the end of each chapter to aide in application of key concepts * A "Multicultural Matters" component for each chapter allowing readers to think about issues of diversity and apply them in their own school settings Teachers will quickly discover that young people can improve communication, cultivate cultural understanding, and connect within the diverse community that surrounds them.
In addition, by honing the simple, yet strategic skills detailed in this book, educators will experience more successful and satisfying lives-both personally and professionally!
Rebecca Wilke is president of LEADon, Inc. She has been a university professor and an educational and leadership consultant. For over 20 years, she has interacted with children and adults in public and private school settings.
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 Relationships Are the Center of the Universe Chapter 3 2 Connecting with Kids in the Diverse Classroom Chapter 4 3 Connecting with Special Kids Chapter 5 4 Connecting with Fellow Teachers Chapter 6 5 Connecting with Your Administration Chapter 7 6 Connecting with Parents Chapter 8 7 Connections with Other Key Players in and around Your School Chapter 9 8 Welcome to Our Global Future Chapter 10 9 Staying Connected to Yourself, Your Family, and Your Career Part 11 Appendix A: Potential Solutions for Classroom Conundrums Part 12 Appendix B: Seven Steps to Plus All Students into Learning Part 13 Appendix C: "Have You Seen Stephanie?" Part 14 References Part 15 Additional Resources Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Author