How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders
Author: Alexis Wiggins
The best classes have a life of their own, powered by student-led conversations that explore texts, ideas, and essential questions. In these classes, the teacher’s role shifts from star player to observer and coach as the students Think critically, Work collaboratively, Participate fully, Behave ethically, Ask and answer high-level questions, Support their ideas with evidence, and Evaluate and assess their own work. The Spider Web Discussion is a simple technique that puts this kind of class within every teacher’s reach. The name comes from the weblike diagram the observer makes to record interactions as students actively participate in the discussion, lead and support one another’s learning, and build community. It’s proven to work across all subject areas and with all ages, and you only need a little know-how, a rubric, and paper and pencil to get started. As students practice Spider Web Discussion, they become stronger communicators, more empathetic teammates, better problem solvers, and more independent learners—college and career ready skills that serve them well in the classroom and beyond. Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that’s both revolutionary and truly inspiring.
One part practical guide, one part interactive journal, this book provides the opportunity to do inquiry as you read about it. You’ll learn what inquiry-based instruction looks like in practice through five key strategies, all of which can be immediately implemented in any learning environment. This resource offers Practical examples of what inquiry looks like in the classroom, and how to do it Opportunities for reflection throughout the book, including self-surveys, templates, and tools A user-friendly handbook format for quick reference and logical progression through your inquiry journey Fifty practical inquiry experiences that can be used individually, with students, or in small groups of teachers
Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior
Author: Mike Anderson
We all want our students to feel safe, collaborate well with others, feel ownership for their learning, and be joyfully engaged in their work. Nevertheless, many teachers end up using language patterns that undermine these goals. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? We want students to take responsibility for their learning, yet we use language that implies teacher ownership. We want to build positive relationships with students, yet we use sarcasm when we get frustrated. We want students to think learning is fun, yet we sometimes make comments that suggest the opposite. We want students to exhibit good behavior because it's the right thing to do, yet we rely on threats and bribes, which implies students don’t naturally want to be good. What teachers say to students—when they praise or discipline, give directions or ask questions, and introduce concepts or share stories—affects student learning and behavior. A slight change in intonation can also dramatically change how language feels for students. In What We Say and How We Say It Matter, Mike Anderson digs into the nuances of language in the classroom. This book's many examples will help teachers examine their language habits and intentionally improve their classroom practice so their language matches and supports their goals.
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Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right
Author: Timothy P. Jackson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Category: Family & Relationships
Much has been written about the rights owed to children: the right to live, the right to be nurtured and cared for, the right to an ample measure of health and happiness and, especially, the right to be loved. Here, twenty scholars from across sociological, psychological, historical, philosophical, theological, and legal disciplines argue that the right of children to be loved can best be fulfilled by teaching them how to love others. The Best Love of the Child explores and celebrates many aspects of family, culture, religion, and society and fosters a more nuanced understanding of that love which is truly at the heart of a child s best interest: love that flows freely not only to children but also from children.
Step into a world peopled by folk of myth and faery tale; a world where transportation is by one's own hoofs or wings or the wings of the great-moth, and long distance communication is by 'speaking mind.' In this world the only villian is life itself, and the quest is for a renewal of all that is dear to the heart of the people. Travel with a pair of tiny, six-winged Faery as they go to seek the illusive, wingless riders of the great-moth to learn, if they can, the secret of the moth. Follow Gormaak, the Centaur, as he guides the Faery and the Mothfolk across the Storming Desert and into the Black Valley to claim from the two-hoofed Satiree that which they, in their dire need, have taken. Visit the mountain home of the Centaur and his sons and cross the mountain glaciers to the edge of the high plateau where the winged and the wingless, led by black-winged Sorro of the many dreams and her grieving brother, Clay of the earth-red wings, plunge into the unknown and come again to the ancient City-on-the-Edge-of- the-World, the forgotten home of their common ancestors. Return, then, renewed and refreshed, to a joyful homecoming and, of course, a splendid (double) wedding.