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Ask the Teacher : A Practitioner's Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom

Ask the Teacher : A Practitioner's Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072420135

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2000
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Ask the Teacher : A Practitioner's Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072420135

Mark Ryan

ISBN13: 978-0072420135
ISBN10: 0072420138
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Ask the Teacher: A Practitioner's Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom is designed as a down-to-earth guide to success in the classroom. Chapters relating to educational foundations, applied psychology, curriculum, methodology, technology, as well as family involvement in the learning process make this a real ''hands on'' handbook for enhanced school achievement. The Q&A format presents all kinds of useful research-base information about the learning process in ''bite size'' chunks. Dozens of illustrations, a topic based color scheme, and a ''can do'' attitude about teaching and learning, in a society ever more diverse, add another dimension to the book.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foundations
Preface to Part 1

Schools should celebrate ethnic diversity
Ebonics enters the language debate
'Two-way' system solves bilingual problem
'Two-way' bilingual education benefits all
Roots of intolerance
Decisions that concern disabled students
Ways to test disabled students
What is sexual harassment?
Is your child lazy--or learning disabled?
Parents, teachers can help all students succeed
Multicultural education the right way to go
Inclusive schools see diversity as a strength
Some kids develop skills faster than others
School's vision begins with educational platform
Teaching the bilingual student
Girls still getting short end of education stick
Multilingual heritage
The United States: an English speaking nation or a multilingual nation?
Teaching special education students in the regular classroom--a team approach
Being ''Politically Correct'' in a school
Four steps to enhance academic achievement
Setting up learning environments for students with Attention Deficit Disorder
Nurturing children of mixed heritage
Gender in children's literature: Cinderella or Cinderfella?
How public education began
'Slow learners' deserve full curriculum
What has to happen for standards to work
What U.S. schools could learn from Japan
Students will rise to the challenge
How can all students experience success?
A high school design flaw: Six classes day, five days a week
Small-scale schools offer a consistently better education
There's more than one way to be smart
Does the size of your brain matter?
Don't abandon the academic ship
Mixed-age grouping works
Collaboration is formula for better education
Working in groups can yield positive results
Struggling students aren't bad students
Not all students work at the same pace
What are critical-thinking skills?
Solving the dropout problem
The future of education needn't be bleak
Programs for at-risk kids do pay off
An answer to the diversity gap in high schools
A game plan to enhance student achievement
Effort is the key to success in school
Parents and teachers must work together
Why do some schools just work well?
Four requisites to academic accomplishment
The competent and caring teacher
America's schools need an educational philosophy for a democratic society

Part 2 Applied Psychology
Preface to Part 2

Performance assessment
Best tests
Traditional tests aren't best way to assess
Take a positive thought
What is self-esteem?
Help your child beat fear of school
What to do on the day of an exam
Small classes yield big results
What are standardized tests?
Bell curve isn't best learning indicator
Classroom discipline
What constitutes appropriate discipline?
How to cope with 'at-risk' students
School size is crucial to child's success
Negative thoughts lead to poor self-image
Behavioral standards in the classroom
Tackling school violence
Preparing for short-answer and essay tests
Which works better--punishment or reward?
Students should rate their professors
What is test bias?
When a teacher should call a student's home
There's lots of hope for your shy child
How to prepare for standardized tests
How to solve the 'bully' problem
Is spanking ever a good idea?
How to test children in lower grades
College athletes don't always have it so easy
Self-esteem is everything
Will all non-gifted students please raise their hands?
Mutual respect is key to preventing violence
Kids will behave with proper motivation
Student Motivation
IQ tests only one tool in measuring intelligence
Tests should measure development, not limit a student's opportunities
Experiences affect how and what we learn
Social promotion or being held back--are these the only choices?
A formula for success on quizzes, tests, and examinations
Nutrition affects intellectual performance
The gang problem and a solution
Understanding a misunderstood notion--student motivation
How to set up an environment that fosters motivated students
An answer for unsuccessful learners--cognitive retraining
Learning requires a dual investment: time and effort
Classroom discipline that really works
The disadvantages of punishment in the classroom
Punishments and rewards: one in the same?
A poor educational choice: grade retention
Alternative solutions to grade retention
Best effort tops exceptionality
Teacher expectations a self-fulfilling prophecy
Pro-social behavior: a product of positive expectations

Part 3 Curriculum
Preface to Part 3

Where in the world is geography?
What about science?
Why is spelling so hard?
Finding out about the world around you
School to work transition
What early schools taught
What's the point of reading Shakespeare?
Are high schools getting easier?
The arts are undervalued
Does pronunciation matter?
Sidelined athlete grumbles about grades
Why is physical education taught in secondary school
Eliminating drug abuse requires team approach
Encourage young readers by reading aloud
Language skills are key to intellectual development
Revision is important part of assignment
Oral history project
Students learn a lot on field trips
Television has a place in the classroom
After-school programs to entertain kids
Employable skills
Learn to read, then read to learn
Integrated approach to language arts pays off
How to turn students into good citizens
How teachers stay good
How to tell kids about world of work
Replacing the six-period day
Newspapers in the class encourage reading
Economics a vital element of citizenship education
What's going on with art programs?
Evolution theory has roots in science
Like, how come kids, you know, can't communicate?
Quality of charter schools depends on many factors
Children learn best from self-initiated activities
Are physical education programs worth the time, effort and money?
Oral history project a winner from first question to final presentation
The most popular class is the one least taught

Part 4 Methodology and Technology
Preface to Part 4

Methodology:
Students balk at assignments
Summer school approach to learning
Getting homework done on time
Grouping by IQ
Having friends at school
Mixed age activities
The best way to teach a class
Find a nurturing teacher
What is a portfolio?
Learning to read and reading to learn
How to get students to turn in their homework
Communicating with parents
Mentors help students succeed at high school
The self-directed student
How to deal with verbal abuse in the classroom
Why are some teachers better than others?
Your child's teacher doesn't 'give' grades
Sarcasm has no place in school
Is your child's classroom conducive to learning?
Teaching children how to behave
Take these steps toward writing good essays
Habitual tardiness is a symptom, not the problem
Mix of teaching strategies is key to reading success
Teachers should distribute lecture notes
Ways 'poor students' can learn to read
'Cooperative learning' leads to results
Learn grammar without drills
Five ways to become an exemplary listener
Dealing with dyslexia
Professional development: who teaches the teachers?
Q&A sessions need the right kind of questions
Real world thinking and problem solving
One size fits all dress code can seem like a straightjacket
Educational research and common knowledge
Finding that inner voice to make reading enjoyable
Collaborative skills: teamwork that lasts a lifetime
Technology:
Getting started on computers
It's important to travel the information highway
Computers impact on education
Why every student isn't on the information highway
Computers in the classroom
Internet has high profile in schools
Why computers are important
Are computers worth the expense?
How to distribute computers on campus
What is technology, how is it used in today's schools?
'ComputerAge' changes librarian's roles
Learning on the Internet
The best kind of school technology plans
Technology offers big plus to the instructional process
The potential of distance education
Is e-mail changing scholarly dialogue?
Online classes change the concepts of time and space
How to teach an online course
What makes a quality educational web site experience

Part 5 Parent and/or Family Involvement
Preface to Part 5

How to get involved in school reform
How to help your child with homework
How to prepare your child for a test
Your child's self-esteem
Help your child love to read
The jump to junior high
Is PBS a national treasure?
Reform movements
Dealing with ADD
How to choose the best preschool
Preparing a child for kindergarten
How to encourage reading
Use this trick to get your child to read
Preschool checklist
Helping your children read at home
Helping your children with homework
Questions to ask about school's reading program
Parents are right to limit TV
When is a conference with a teacher appropriate?
Your child's success is a joint mission
What kinds of questions are appropriate at open house?
Unhappy with your teacher?
The fear of making mistakes
What to expect from a student teacher
Start teaching your child about nature now
What about home-schooling?
Early reading builds lifetime habit
Helping the unsuccessful student
How to help your child overcome social inhibitions
Parents' role in the education of their children
New learning tools for your children
How parents can help with homework
Parent involvement that pays off
Review child's work to improve performance
Reading starts with identifying sounds
Story time helps kids learn to read
Classroom visit may help concerned parent
Reading and writing work hand in hand
How parents should deal with teachers
Middle school selection of crucial importance
Father's involvement is very significant
Six steps to better grades
The powerful effect of a father's involvement on his children's education
Parents are their child's most important teachers
Let the child be the author
Changing schools requires a community effort
The first lesson in reading can be an experience
TV or not TV, that is the question does involved in classroom learning experiences


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