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It's Never Too Late is a research chronicle that offers not only proven methods but also inspiration. Anyone working with "at risk" students - those for whom school has not been a place of success - will find here a reflection of their own experiences, plus thoughtful and creative strategies for making those experiences positive ones.
When Janet Allen, a respected lecturer, researcher, and award-winning teacher, began teaching in 1972, she was wholly unprepared for the challenges she encountered: motivating the unmotivated, developing a curriculum with no models to draw from, building an environment that supported strategic learning, finding creative resources with limited means, and dealing with reluctant, even rebellious students. More daunting, perhaps, was the challenge of constantly rekindling her own fervor for teaching. But she persevered and found ways to break through those obstacles.
It's Never Too Late is at once a story and a "how to" book. Readers will find absorbing case studies, photographs, quotes from educators, surveys, activities, and step by-step strategies for teaching reading and writing to the most reluctant middle and secondary school students. Most important, they will find affirmation for the powerful role they play as teachers.
The View in the Rearview Mirror
New Understanding - Same Challenges
Creating a Literate Environment
Meeting the Students Where They Are
Voices Within and Without
The World Is Our Textbook
Supporting Real Choices
Going Around the Edges
"It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times . . ."
"That One Wonder of a Child . . ."
Living a Meaningful Life
A. Research Methodology
C. Assessment: Samples of Assessment/Evaluation Prompts
D. Students as Researchers: Student-Generated Reading Interview Survey
Posted May 30, 2000
One of the first books on adolescent literacy that I have truly enjoyed reading. Janet Allen writes with humor, sensitivity and compassion for both the teaching profession and the students we work with. I particularly enjoy her annecdotal records of the readers she worked with, and how she managed to assist them in opening the doors to the wonderful world of reading. Highly recommended for any secondary teacher, administrator or parent!!! I'm buying copies for every teacher in my building for professional development sessions next year.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.