Engaging Adolescent Learners: A Guide for Content-Area Teachers / Edition 1

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Steeped in research and chock-full of learning ideas with titles to support instruction, Engaging Adolescent Learners is a must-have for principals, teachers, and staff developers.
- Cris Tovani, Author of I Read It, But I Don't Get It
Engagement is the missing link to all student learning, and Releah Lent has nailed it. A compelling, moral, practical, exciting book whose ideas are immediately ready for use. Devour this book, put the ideas into effect and reap the benefits.
- Michale Fullan, Author of Leading in a Culture of Change
In an educational environment fraught with federal and state mandates, high-stakes testing, overcrowded classrooms, and dense curriculum, taking the time to engage every student in learning might seem impossible. Yet, not only is it possible, it's doable and in every discipline - with the right learning conditions in place. In this groundbreaking new book, Releah Lent describes these conditions and what they look like in practice.

Engaging Adolescent Learners is both a practical resource and an ideal tool for professional development. Using Brian Cambourne's Conditions of Learning as her framework, Lent invites you to assess your learning, your practice, and your beliefs about key aspects of student motivation:

  • Does the amount of responsibility you extend to students match your expectations for them?
  • Do you offer adolescents supportive feedback?
  • Do you give students sufficient opportunities to use their newfound knowledge and skills?
Then Lent offers specific suggestions for tailoring your classroom practices to the motivational needs of each and every learner. She provides resources such as example activities for your classroom, study-group questions for ongoing professional reflection, and ideas for action research and coaching to improve your understanding of engagement.

Examine what it means to engage young adults in their learning and find out what classrooms with engaged students look, sound, and feel like. Let Releah Lent help you transform your classrooms into places where students have the freedom to satisfy their natural inclination to explore. With Engaging Adolescent Learners at your side, you'll have everything you need to help even the most reluctant students find a way to learn that works for them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008431
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/20/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 897,626
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

ReLeah Cossett Lent was a middle and high school teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. She is now an international consultant, writing and speaking about adolescent literacy, Common Core, and school leadership. Her latest book is Overcoming Textbook Fatigue: 21st Century Tools to Invigorate Learning (ASCD). ReLeah's work with Jimmy Santiago Baca, award-winning poet and writer, led to a book and CD for reaching at-risk adolescents, Adolescents on the Edge, Stories and Lessons to Transform Learning (Heinemann). She has also written Keep Them Reading: An Anti-Censorship Guide for Educators and Literacy for Real: Reading, Thinking and Learning in the Content Areas (Teachers College Press), Engaging Adolescent Learners and Literacy Learning Communities (Heinemann). ReLeah's first two books, co-authored with Gloria Pipkin and published by Heinemann won the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award and the NCTE/Slate Intellectual Freedom Award. ReLeah was also the recipient of the PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award in 1999. You can find her at www.releahlent.com.
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Table of Contents

1 Learning through engagement 3
2 Learning with Cambourne 14
3 Immersion in learning 19
4 Demonstrating learning 34
5 Expecting learning 50
6 Responsibility for learning 60
7 Using learning 74
8 Learning by approximation 89
9 Learning through response 99
10 Engagement through study groups 117
11 Engagement through action research 129
12 Engagement through coaching 138
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