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

Mark Ryan, Walden University


Using a straightforward and versatile question and answer approach,
Ask the Teacher presents concise, positive, down-to-earth advice about teaching and learning in the diverse classroom.

The book is geared to answer the most frequently asked questions that come up in the daily life of a teacher. The answers are based on up-to-date learning theory as well as research-based best practice. As you ask along with author Mark Ryan, you’ll uncover a wealth of information about educational issues in foundations, educational history and psychology, language and culture, classroom management, curriculum, methodology, inclusion, and family involvement in the learning enterprise–all of the signposts on the road of a professional education program. The eleven content-based units let you quickly and easily find answers to numerous questions facing the new teacher. All in all, this volume is an easy to understand, useful off-the-shelf handbook for the 21st century teacher.

New in the Second Edition

  • Updated material on education standards, grade inflation, assessment, and evaluation
  • New content to address critical classroom concerns such as No Child Left Behind and online access to high school education
  • Increased philosophical and historical coverage of American public schools and greater emphasis on the role of the educator in today’s classroom
  • More relevant sections for pre-service and in-service teachers on teaching students with ADD, parent-teacher conferences, and responding to student concerns
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072510447
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/10/2001
  • Edition description: CUSTOM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 9.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ryan has taught at all grade levels, from elementary classes to university seminars. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, and a Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University at Tempe.

From 1994 through 1997 he wrote the Ask the Teacher column syndicated by Copley News Service and was regularly published in such newspapers as the Boston Herald, the Denver Rocky Mountain News, and the San Diego Union Tribune. In 2004 Dr. Ryan received the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award from National University. He recently co-authored Writing Effective Lesson Plans: The Five-Star Approach, with Peter Serdyukov.

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Table of Contents

Unit 1 Corner Stones 1
Unit 2 Culture to Culture 41
Unit 3 The Why and How of Classroom Psychology 69
Unit 4 Discipline: Rules of the Road 95
Unit 5 Testing: Getting It Right 123
Unit 6 Curriculum: What to Teach 137
Unit 7 Methodology: How to Teach 157
Unit 8 Learning to Read, Reading to Learn 187
Unit 9 Inclusion and Service: Yes, That Means Everyone 215
Unit 10 Tools of the Trade 237
Unit 11 Parents and the School 265
Unit 12 Education: A Family Affair 291
Glossary 311
Index 313
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    A Guide Worth Keeping for All Teachers, Student, Professional, and or Parents

    I have had the pleasure of having Mark Ryan as my professor at N.U. He knows the subject inside and out! I will keep this practitioner's guide for advice as my career blossoms as an educator. I recommend this book to new teachers and one's that have been in the field for years because life-long learning is the key to success!

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