Engaging the Disengaged: How Schools Can Help Struggling Students Succeed
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Engaging the Disengaged: How Schools Can Help Struggling Students Succeed

by Lois E. Brown Easton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412949998

ISBN-13: 9781412949996

Pub. Date: 10/09/2007

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Based on Lois Brown Easton's experience working with disengaged learners, this insightful resource helps educators make positive connections with youngsters of all ages who are at risk of failing or dropping out. Featuring the voices of educators and students, this invaluable text covers methods for improving the schoolwide climate in ways that support all students

Overview

Based on Lois Brown Easton's experience working with disengaged learners, this insightful resource helps educators make positive connections with youngsters of all ages who are at risk of failing or dropping out. Featuring the voices of educators and students, this invaluable text covers methods for improving the schoolwide climate in ways that support all students and for creating a learning environment that promotes academic, personal, and social growth. The author illustrates how to make meaningful changes in curriculum and instruction and examines the importance of: Teacher-student relationships, Innovative teaching strategies for struggling learners, Developing self-directed learners, Using appropriate assessments for students with learning difficulties. Easton's book inspires teachers to make a significant change in their school's culture to engage developing minds and champion all learners, regardless of socioeconomic factors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412949996
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,130,543
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
A Portrait of Struggling Students     ix
A Nation's Problem     xiv
The Focus of This Book: Engagement     xix
Experience With Struggling Students     xx
Voices in This Book     xxi
The Reader's Responsibility     xxi
The Organization of This Book     xxii
An Overview of the Chapters     xxiii
Acknowledgments     xxvii
Introduction: The Importance of Culture     xxix
Culture as Mission and Vision     xxxiii
Culture as Beliefs     xxxv
Examining Beliefs     xxxvi
Examining Culture Using Metaphors     xliii
Examining Culture Through Artifacts     xliv
Examining Culture Through Practice     xlvi
Students and Culture     l
Ensuring That Culture Is Lived     lii
So What     liii
Now What     liv
About the Author     lv
List of Vignettes     lvii
Improving the Culture for Struggling Students
"What About Test Scores?" From a Testing to a Learning Culture     2
Testing Today     4
An Example of Doing No Harm     9
Reasons Students Might Do Poorly on Tests     11
Reasons Students Might Do Well on Tests     12
Testing and Learning     13
Conclusion     16
So What     16
Now What     16
"What Do You Mean, Build Relationships? My Job Is to Teach History:" Relationships Are as Important as Content     19
Why Relationships Are Important     20
How to Focus on Relationships     25
Different Kinds of Smallness     26
How to Build Relationships Whether You're Small or Not     32
Conclusion     37
So What     37
Now What     38
"What's Community Got to Do With Learning?" Intentional Learning Communities Foster Learning     41
The Importance of Community     42
Students in Community     44
How Well Learning Communities Work     47
Adults in Community     49
Organizations That Support PLCs     53
The Next Step: A Whole-School Learning Community (WSLC)     57
Conclusion     59
So What     60
Now What     60
"So, What About Discipline?" How Principles Govern a School Better Than Rules     62
Principles     62
System of Use      69
Why Principles Work     79
Conclusion     84
So What     85
Now What     85
"What's Democratic About Schools?" A Democratic School Helps Students Learn     86
Schools and Democracy     88
Democratic Schools in Action     91
Conclusion     106
So What     106
Now What     106
Improving Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Struggling Students
"What About Standards?" Developing Curriculum According to the Right Standards     110
Using Standards as the Basis of Curriculum     112
The Process of Developing Standards-Related Curriculum     121
Benefits of a Standards-Related Curriculum     131
A Few More Examples     134
Conclusion     136
So What     136
Now What     136
"How Do You Get Them to Learn?" Innovative Instructional Strategies Help Students Learn     138
The Instructional Impact of Previously Mentioned Strategies     139
What We Really Want: Self-Directed Learners     144
Conclusion     160
So What     161
Now What     161
"How Do You Know They've Learned?" Learning From Assessing Learning      163
Two Ways of Evaluating Learning     169
The Presentation of Learning     172
Documentations of Learning     180
What Happens When Assessments Show That Students Haven't Learned?     185
Conclusion     187
So What     188
Now What     188
Conclusion: The Importance of Looking at the Student as a Whole Person     189
A Whole Student     191
Thinking About the Whole Person     197
How Schools Promote Personal Growth     201
The Bottom Line     207
Conclusion     207
So What     210
Now What     210
About Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center     211
Purposes of Eagle Rock     211
Bare Facts     212
History and Background     212
The Students     214
Admissions Process     215
Test Score Data From Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center     218
References     222
Index     230

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