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Overview

How do you measure greatness in education? Neither the length of a vita nor the number of citations can tell the full story of an important figure like George Hillocks, Jr. The best way to understand his ideas and influence is to go inside classrooms where followers channel his passion for inquiry-based learning into dynamic language-arts lessons that support student success.

In Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning twenty-one of Hillocks' former graduate students share how they apply his principles to encourage adolescents to become critically engaged readers, writers, and speakers. But far from a simple celebration of a master educator's work, Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning describes specific, practical activities that create authentic, active learning through inquiry, meaningful peer interaction, and reflection. These activities can be put to immediate use as either additions to your existing lessons or as patterns for building new curricular and instructional models.

In an era when teachers face more pressures and scrutiny than ever, Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning provides compelling testimony to what thoughtful, reflective language-arts teachers can accomplish. Read Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning and discover that greatness in education is measured one student success at a time.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Sometimes we find our teachers, and sometimes our teachers find us. If you do not know George Hillocks, Jr. and his work, then this volume will make you his student in ways that will be transformative.”–Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Coauthor of Reading Dont Fix No Chevys
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It has been a while since a single book has so powerfully changed this reviewer's thinking about teaching, making her reconsider how she teaches. The book at first seems a bit of a "love fest" among the editors as it is founded on the principles presented by George Hillocks's Teaching Writing as a Reflective Practice (Teacher's College Press, 1995). The editors frequently mention his work and influence as well as each other. Readers will get over this reaction as soon as they recognize the valuable insights on teaching and learning. Interest will pique in Chapter 2 where Markham claims "education is essentially an ethical endeavor." The next chapter solidifies interest by offering an idea that teachers will immediately want to use; Flanagan presents a game to teach students the elements of an argument to enhance their writings. But it was repeated references to what Csikszentmihalyi and Larson describe as "the flow of academic experiences" that truly change perspectives. Smith offers suggestions for using student's "literate activities outside of school" to give control and competence back to students so that they might in fact enjoy what they do at school. This book offers a wealth of practical teaching and learning activities founded on sound research. Each chapter starts with the author's reflection on a teaching practice and offers solutions to problems. Almost every chapter models Hillocks's "instructional scaffolding," and they are grouped into inquiry, writing, discussion, and literature instruction. Recommend this book to both novice and veteran teachers, as suggested in the introduction, "as a means for initiating dialogue with their peers about how to teach English." 2005,Heinemann, 223p., $25 pb. Ages adult professional.
—Ann T. Reddy-Damon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008523
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas M. McCann, Larry R. Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, Peter Smagorinsky, and Michael W. Smith were all graduate students of George Hillocks, Jr. at the University of Chicago. They have explored ways to engage critical readers, writers, and speakers in more than 30 books, in over 300 articles, and in hundreds of presentations all over the world. Together, they have over eighty years experience as secondary English teachers, and as university faculty they have taught hundreds of preservice and practicing teachers. They've been friends and collaborators for years.

Thomas M. McCann, Larry R. Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, Peter Smagorinsky, and Michael W. Smith were all graduate students of George Hillocks, Jr. at the University of Chicago. They have explored ways to engage critical readers, writers, and speakers in more than 30 books, in over 300 articles, and in hundreds of presentations all over the world. Together, they have over eighty years experience as secondary English teachers, and as university faculty they have taught hundreds of preservice and practicing teachers. They've been friends and collaborators for years.

Thomas M. McCann, Larry R. Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, Peter Smagorinsky, and Michael W. Smith were all graduate students of George Hillocks, Jr. at the University of Chicago. They have explored ways to engage critical readers, writers, and speakers in more than 30 books, in over 300 articles, and in hundreds of presentations all over the world. Together, they have over eighty years experience as secondary English teachers, and as university faculty they have taught hundreds of preservice and practicing teachers. They've been friends and collaborators for years.

Peter Smagorinsky is the coauthor of The Dynamics of Writing Instruction (2010) and author of Teaching English by Design (2007). Peter taught high school English from 1976 to 1990 in public schools outside Chicago and now teaches in the program in English Education at The University of Georgia. In 2007 he was presented with the UGA Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award in Humanities and Fine and Applied Arts. Peter is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including the Heinemann title Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning, which he coedited in 2006.

Michael Smith is coauthor with Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith of Get It Done!; Oh, Yeah?!; and So, What's the Story?. Michael, a professor in Temple University's College of Education, joined the ranks of college teachers after 11 years of teaching high school English. He has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on understanding how experienced readers read and talk about texts as well as what motivates adolescents' reading and writing out of school. He uses that understanding to think about how to devise more effective and engaging reading and writing instruction for adolescents in school. Michael has cowritten or coedited three other Heinemann books, Going with the Flow; Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning; and "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys". For Chevys he and coauthor Jeff Wilhelm received the NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. When he's not working, Michael's likely to be watching or talking about sports, reading, or playing with his granddaughter.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey Wilhelm

Introduction

Preface by George Hillocks, Jr., What I've Tried to Teach My Students

An Introduction to Inquiry "At-risk" Students and the Use of Inquiry by Julianna Cucci and Jamie Kowalczyk Inquiry Versus Naive Relativism by Jeff Markham Writing Instruction Dialogue Folders: Creating Space to Engage Students in Conversation about Their Writing by Kevin Perks Inquiry, Dialogue, and the Teaching of Writing by Joseph Flanagan The Other Writing Process by Tim Pappageorge Discussion and Activity The Role of Play in Activity-Based Instruction by David A. Ragsdale and Peter Smagorinsky Engaging Students in Authentic Discussions of Literature by Larry R. Johannessen and Elizabeth Kahn It's Always Something: Planning for Sustained Discussion by Thomas M. McCann Literature Instruction Lessons from Chevys by Michael W. Smith Reading Level Guide by Declan Fitzpatrick Cultural Modeling in the Hillocks Tradition by Carol D. Lee Critically Thinking about Harry Potter by Joanne M. Marshall Inquiry, Learning, and Reflection Learning Strategies and Knowing Oneself by Kierstin Thompson and Jennifer Roloff Welch Increase the Peace by Steven Gevinson

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