The Teachable Moment: Seizing the Instants When Children Learn

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The "aha" moment, the moment you know a student really gets it-that's what many teachers live for. But such transformational moments are rarely easy to come by. They're the product of long hours in and out of the classroom and of teachers' unyielding faith in students who seem determined to prove them wrong.

In this candid collection, Rebecca Branstetter brings together the voices of educators who strive every day for these breakthrough moments. They share their triumphs, as ...

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Overview

The "aha" moment, the moment you know a student really gets it-that's what many teachers live for. But such transformational moments are rarely easy to come by. They're the product of long hours in and out of the classroom and of teachers' unyielding faith in students who seem determined to prove them wrong.

In this candid collection, Rebecca Branstetter brings together the voices of educators who strive every day for these breakthrough moments. They share their triumphs, as well as their frustrations. One teacher envisions her 12th grade English students hopping on desks and quoting poetry, Dead Poet's Society-style-only to be confronted with the reality that her students can barely read Whitman. Another teacher works to find an inner mathematician in a student better known for his detention attendance.

From the poignant to the hilarious, these essays take us into the classroom and give us hope that there's a teachable moment out there for all of us.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781427799678
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Kaplan Voices: Teachers Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Educational Psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Branstetter assesses and counsels children and adolescents with learning and emotional challenges in the public schools and in private practice. Dr. Branstetter writes about her experiences in her blog, Notes From The School Psychologist (www.studentsgrow.blogspot.com). 

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Harvest Rebecca Branstetter IX

Section 1 In Search of the Academic "Aha!" 1

Teaching Is Hard Mrs. Mimi 3

Alleviating Shakes-fear Damian Bariexca 15

An Ode to Small Victories Valerie Braimah 25

The Noun Lesson Tisha Riccio 33

Trickery in History Tiffany Grizzle 37

I'm Good at This Stuff! Vicki Lautsch 43

Section 2 The Art of The Relationship in Teaching 51

The Day Austin Found His Inside Voice "Miss D" 53

From Tennessee, Here to Model Sheri A. Castro-Atwater 59

How the Sperm Gets to the Egg Lin Cerles 65

I'm Not Doin' Any Work Today! Randy Howe 69

The Gift of Literacy Erika Childs 81

Section 3 Reaching the Special-Needs Student 91

The Unexpected Joys of Teaching Jill Hare 93

Ryan's Fragility Jan Hasler 99

The Square Dude Sam Janeway 107

From Station Time to Mother's Day: Tales of Teaching First Words Amber Mackenzie Taylor 117

Which Fraction Does the Alligator Eat? Elisabeth Berkson 123

Section 4 The Teacher Becomes The Student 129

It's What You Answer To Susan DeMersseman 131

Getting Another Chance Kathy A. Briccetti 137

The Field Trip Rosemary Taylor 147

The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy Alistair Bomphray 151

Taming the Wild Dinosaur Rebecca Branstetter 159

The Bodyguard Shawna Messina 167

Acknowledgments 177

About the Editor 179

About the Contributors 181

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