Let's face it: learning is a high-stakes venture. True learning - the kind that stays with students long after the grades are in - requires risk. Ownership. Change. But what does it look like for students to really understand your subject? How can you structure assignments so that Googling becomes an asset, not a threat, to demonstrating knowledge? Veteran teacher Mickey Kolis invites you to reflect on how you "do learning" in your classroom. Real-life classroom examples demonstrate how you can shift the drive for learning into students' hands - while still meeting your learning benchmarks. From making assignments meaningful to students to assessing the results, Rethinking Teaching explores key ideas for creating environments where students want to learn.
Mickey Kolis, author of Student Relevance Matters, draws upon his work with public school students, pre-service and professional teachers to talk about some Powerful Ideas that matter in teaching and learning. He would like to thank all the teachers who have shared their powerful ideas about what works in their classroom so that others can benefit from those hard won lessons!
Foreword Acknowledgements Preface Section 1: Collaborative Leadership Explained /Defined Chapter 1: Why Collaborative Leadership? Chapter 2: What is "Teacher as Collaborative Leader?" Chapter 3: What does "Teacher as Collaborative Leader" look like? Section 2: To Really Change Chapter 4: Growth toward "Teacher as Collaborative Leader" Chapter 5: Dispositions First! Chapter 6: Decision Points Chapter 7: Leaderful Actions Chapter 8: 3 Leaderful Actions in 30 Days (3 in 30) Section 3: Questions First Chapter 9: Relevant Essential Questions Chapter 10: 5 Relevant Essential Questions for Content Learning and Nurturing Relationships Chapter 11: Relevant Essential Question 1: Where are we going? Chapter 12: Relevant Essential Question 2: Where are we at this moment in time? Chapter 13: Relevant Essential Question 3: How will we know how we are doing? Chapter 14: Relevant Essential Question 4: How do we get there? Chapter 15: Relevant Essential Question 5: What have we learned? Section 4: Getting Concrete Chapter 16: TCL Template with Explanations Chapter 17: Template Examples Chapter 18: Conclusion Appendix