An essential guide for over-scheduled teachers Maia Heyck-Merlin helps teachers build the habits, customize thetools, and create space to become a Together Teacher. Thispractical resource shows teachers how to be effective and have alife! Author and educator Maia Heyck-Merlin explores the key habitsof Together Teachers—how they plan ahead, organize work andtheir classrooms, and how they spend their limited free time. Theend goal is always strong outcomes for their students. So what does Together, or Together Enough, look like? To someteachers it might mean neat filing systems. To others it might meanusing time efficiently to get more done in fewer minutes.Regardless, Together Teachers all rely on the same skills. In sixparts, the book clearly lays out these essential skills.Heyck-Merlin walks the reader through how to establish simple yetsuccessful organizational systems. There are concrete steps thatevery teacher can implement to achieve greater stability andsuccess in their classrooms and in their lives. Contains templates and tutorials to create and customize apersonal organizational system and includes a companion website:www.thetogetherteacher.com Recommends various electronic or online tools to make ateacher's school day (and life!) more efficient and productive Includes a Reader's Guide, a great professional developmentresource; teachers will answer reflection questions, make notesabout habits, and select tools that best match individual needs andpreferences Ebook customers can access CD contents online. Refer to thesection in the Table of Contents labeled, Download CD/DVD Content,for detailed instructions.
Streamline your workflow and bring your vision to life The Together Leader is a practical handbook for the busy mission-driven leader. With an emphasis on time management, the book provides all of the tools, templates, and checklists necessary for leaders to stay organized and keep on top their responsibilities. Maia Heyck-Merlin describes step-by-step a set of habits and systems that help leaders to keep everything running smoothly and, most importantly, achieve their mission-driven goals. By learning how to plan for the predictable, leaders can face the unexpected head-on, going off-plan while keeping their eye on the objective. Education leaders will learn how to prioritize quickly and efficiently, and gain access to hands-on tools that take the turbulence out of their days, allowing them to truly become a Together Leader. Mission-driven leaders are often required to multi-task; it's part of the job. This book gives leaders the tools and information they need to streamline their workflow, to take the day one task at a time without sacrificing productivity. The book includes lessons on how to: Prioritize effectively and work efficiently Get organized and stay prepared no matter what Manage time, staff, and resources Develop the habits of an effective leader A leader's time is valuable, as is that of their staff. There's no room for waste. The Together Leader prepares leaders to truly lead their teams, with the tools and strategies that make real, effective mission-driven leadership possible.
Education policymakers often demonstrate surprisingly little awareness of how popular reforms impact teaching and teacher education. In this book, well-regarded scholars help readers develop a more robust understanding of the nature of teacher preparation, as well as an in-depth grasp of how popular policies, practices, and ideologies have taken root domestically and internationally. Contributors include Deron Boyles, Anthony Cody, Kerry Kretchmar, Carmen Montecinos, Beth Sondel, and Christopher Tienken. “This book will help readers consider the possibilities of democratic visions in the teaching profession and in public education, particularly in this time of intense political polarization when critical citizen engagement with our public institutions and policies is deeply needed.” —Janelle Scott, University of California, Berkeley “The chapters in this book make clear that ongoing policy disconnects cannot be ignored and that now is the time to elevate the teaching profession for students who have faced historical inequities.” —Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean, University of Kentucky College of Education “Public teaching and teacher education in the U.S. and in many other parts of the world are under assault by concerted efforts to deregulate and marketize them. This collection of essays examines the consequences of these privatization efforts in the U.S., Chile, and Singapore and should be required reading for those wanting to understand their complexity and consequences for teaching and teacher education today.” —Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education, University of Washington
Teachers' Experiences with Transnational, Telecollaborative Language Learning Projects
Author: Robert O'Dowd
This book provides a nexus between research and practice through teachers' narratives of their experiences with telecollaboration. The book begins with a chapter outlining the pedagogical and theoretical underpinnings of telecollaboration (also known as Virtual Exchange), followed by eight chapters that explain telecollaborative project design, materials and activities as well as frank discussions of obstacles met and resolved during the project implementation. The projects described in the volume serve as excellent examples for any teacher or education stakeholder interested in setting up their own telecollaborative exchange.
This book is not a memoir but a compilation of actual journals that the author kept as her children were born and growing from infants to young adults. It captures the funny sayings of young children we all wish we had written down at the time. It also captures the very real problems of parenting, sibling rivalries, and settling into new neighborhoods. The author writes with her heart and records the ordinary moments so they won’t be forgotten. She also writes with a very young voice, and we see her mature along with her children over the fifteen years that this book encompasses.
Timothy Rasinski, Nancy Padak, Rick M. Newton, and Evangeline Newton
Author: Timothy Rasinski, Nancy Padak, Rick M. Newton, and Evangeline Newton
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
Building Vocabulary from Word Roots provides a systematic approach to teaching vocabulary using Greek and Latin prefixes, bases, and suffixes. Over 90% of English words of two or more syllables are of Greek or Latin origin. Instead of learning words and definitions in isolation, students learn key roots and strategies for deciphering words and their meanings across all content areas. Building Vocabulary from Word Roots: Level 6 kit includes: Teacher's Guide; Student Guided Practice Book (Each kit includes a single copy; additional copies may be ordered in quantities of 10 or more); Assessments to support data-driven instruction; and Digital resources including modeled lessons, 50 bonus activities, and more.
Using Performing Arts to Improve Writing Skills and Test Scores
Author: Hope Sara Blecher-Sass
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Improve students’ writing skills and boost their assessment scores with lessons that are aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for English language arts. Students learn how to use acting and visualization as prewriting activities to help them produce lively, personalized responses. Easy-to-use checklists guide students to include specific elements in their writing and to demonstrate skills that are assessed on standardized tests. Add fun while infusing 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, collaboration, and communication. A detailed chapter on differentiation helps teachers reach all students, and dozens of complete writing prompts and reproducible forms make this a ready-to-use resource for anyone charged with preparing students for state-mandated standardized tests. Digital content includes all of the customizable reproducible forms from the book.
This book provides both preservice and seasoned music educators with a unique and powerful way of teaching. The premise of the book is to offer a pedagogical approach that emphasizes focus on conceptual learning that is sensory oriented. From the musical concepts we teach_melody, harmony, rhythm, and form_the teacher targets one concept per lesson (e.g., melody), and provides learning experiences in singing, listening, performing, moving, reading/writing, and improvising/composing that are all focused on only that concept. Essentially, the learners are bombarded visually, aurally, and kinesthetically, gaining a firm grasp of the concept because they have heard, sung, moved, performed, written, and created in that class, all in small time segments. The teacher has a greater ability to reach all students' learning needs and engage them in active learning in each class. The book not only offers background information about the learning process, but also specific lesson templates that serve as conceptual models for music classes.
Teachers and Administrators Improving Student Outcomes
Author: Jonathan Eckert
Publisher: Corwin Press
It’s about the work, not the position. Leadership is what is done, not who is doing it. The leadership work blurs the lines between teachers and administrators. Leading Together introduces a collective approach to progress, process, and programs to help build the conditions in which strong leadership can flourish and student outcomes improve. Explore the Collective Leadership Development Model for School Improvement. ? Break down this innovative model and discover the significance and interdependence of each proven and tested component. ? Ask fearless reflection questions that both challenge and demand deliberate practice. ? Learn from case study insights from an urban, rural, and suburban school.
Illustrates how teachers can participate in reading groups, shared staff study, professional networks, and more to create successful learning communities that translate into academic achievement for students.