Roberta L. Sejnost offers an alternative to the usual lecture format to help teachers create coherent, effective lessons for extended blocks of instructional time, no matter what the subject or grade level. This book provides teachers with a four-phase lesson planning framework and numerous teaching strategies to build higher-level thinking skills and increase student learning.
Teachers can use practical, research-based methods and tools such as cooperative learning, quality questioning, and graphic organizers to reach secondary students. The author includes reproducible blackline masters for classroom use, plus activities for:
Preparing students for learning by fostering their prior knowledge, helping them set a purpose for reading and learning, and teaching the vocabulary necessary for understanding
Helping students actively interact with and process what they have learned
Clarifying and reinforcing content and taking learning to the next level
Tools for Teaching in the Block enables educators to take advantage of block scheduling to promote reading, writing, and critical thinking in adolescents.
Roberta L. Sejnost is a university professor and literacy consultant who has taught secondary-level courses in social studies, reading, and English, and college-level courses in literacy, authentic assessment, brain-based learning, multiple intelligences, and cooperative learning. A nationally recognized staff developer and certified trainer, Sejnost has presented at over 200 educational conferences across the country. In 2003, she received the Reading Educator of the Year award from the Illinois Reading Council. Sejnost received a master of education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate of education in curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, Chicago.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Preparing to Teach the Adolescent Learner The Adolescent Learner : A Profile What Can Teachers Do to Facilitate Adolescent Learning? A Method to Facilitate Adolescent Learning The First Steps: Curriculum Mapping and Lesson Planning Chapter Summary Blackline Masters 2. Tools for Teaching in the Block What Are the Tools? What Constitutes a Brain-Compatible Classroom? The History of Cooperative Learning Effective Strategies for Cooperative Learning Multiple Intelligence Theory Effective Questioning Techniques Constructing Good Questions Questioning Strategies Graphic Organizers Chapter Summary Blackline Masters 3. Entice the Learner The First Phase: Enticement Strategies and Activities to Use to Entice the Learner Vocabulary Strategies to Entice the Learner Chapter Summary Blackline Masters 4. Enlighten the Learner The Second Phase: Enlightenment Strategies and Activities to Use to Enlighten the Learner Chapter Summary 5. Engage the Learner The Third Phase: Engagement Strategies and Activities to Use to Engage the Learner Strategies for Monitoring the Reading Strategies for Guiding the Reading Chapter Summary Blackline Masters 6. Extend the Learner The Fourth Phase: Extension Strategies and Activities to Use to Extend the Learner Conversations Extended-Format Responses Creative After-Learning Strategies Employing Different Perspectives Reflections Chapter Summary Blackline Masters 7. Enact the Learning The Culmination: Enactment Strategies and Activities to Use in Each Phase of the Lesson Plan Format Lesson Ideas for Content Area Disciplines Some Parting Thoughts Chapter Summary References Index