Leading Connected Classrooms: Engaging the Hearts and Souls of Learners

Leading Connected Classrooms: Engaging the Hearts and Souls of Learners

By: Robert W. Dillon (author)Paperback

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As we move past an era of education completely dominated by high stakes testing, educators are looking for a counter narrative and fresh road forward to bring authentic learning to the classroom. This book looks at student engagement as central to excellent learning and growth for students, and it weaves into its fabric the essential nature of connected learning for teachers to maximize the four tenets of engagement. Those tenets are: giving students' choice in showcasing their learning, having student voice amplifying through their work, providing an authentic audience for the projects and work product in the classroom beyond the teacher, and showing students that their work can change their school, community, and planet. There is growing demand by teachers and school leaders for resources and ideas surrounding student engagement as the infusion of technology, complexity, and increased rigor has made the need for engagement in classroom an even more essential element for successful schools.

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About Author

Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He looks for ways to ignite positive risk taking in teachers and students and release trapped wisdom into the system by growing networks of inspired educators. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is supported by his wife, Sandra and two daughters, Emily and Ellie. Dr. Dillon is also an avid runner, reader and cyclist.


Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Chapter 1 Sharing and Collaboration: The Engine for the Connected Classroom Chapter 2 Respecting the Power of Student Choice Chapter 3 A Passion for Learning Chapter 4 Knowing the Core of Your Learning Chapter 5 Learning That I Never Expected Chapter 6 From the Mouths of Babes Chapter 7 Everyone Listens to a Kid Chapter 8 Student Voice Breeds Opportunities to Change the World Chapter 9 The Final Resting Place for Student Work Chapter 10 Engaging Your Community as Listening Partners Chapter 11 The World as the Playground for Learning Chapter 12 Authentic Audience Grows Innovative Learners Chapter 13 When Communities See Students as Assets Chapter 14 Schools as Idea Incubators Chapter 15 Service Learning: A Catalyst for Community Change Chapter 16 Connecting the Pieces Chapter 17 Educational Leaders as the Catalysts of Change Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/06/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483316802
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9781483316802
  • weight: 204
  • ISBN10: 1483316807

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