Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

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Overview

"I believe in the power of collaborative classroom communities where everyone's ideas are valued and respected. But had you been in my classroom that day, you'd have never known it. You'd have thought I believed that I was the one with all the answers."

Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers -- including Debbie Miller -- struggle to make sure that their classroom practice consistently reflects their core convictions. In Teaching with Intention, Debbie shares her process of defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure that children are the true beneficiaries of her teaching. As Peter Johnston writes, "Through this book we have Debbie's teaching mind on loan. She engages us in the details of a teaching life from inside her mind, showing the thinking behind her teaching and the consequences of her actions."

While Debbie's previous book, Reading with Meaning, chronicled a year in her own classroom, Teaching with Intention brings us into classrooms of teachers and children she has met over the last five years in her work as a literacy consultant. From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why. At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning, and includes key questions to guide them in this important process.

In an environment where the handing down of scripted programs and "foolproof" curricula is increasingly the norm, Teaching with Intention offers a compelling reminder that truly transformative teaching is built from the ground up, and is rebuilt every year, by every teacher, in every classroom, with every new group of students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103871
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 149
  • Sales rank: 109,441
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Welcome, reader! 1

Ch. 1 Picture perfect : how does your ideal classroom look, sound, and feel? 9

Ch. 2 Defining beliefs and aligning practices 15

Ch. 3 Environment, environment, environment 23

Ch. 4 Creating classroom cultures that support and promote student thinking 43

Ch. 5 Swimming with sharks : teaching for understanding and engagement 65

Ch. 6 Lesson design : creating lessons based on principles and practices you believe in 79

Ch. 7 Assessment, reflections, and next steps 97

Ch. 8 The thoughtful use of time 105

Conclusion And remember ... 125

Commentary Peter Johnston Johnston, Peter 129

App Lesson design tool 137

Children's literature 141

References 143

Index 145

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Debbie Miller hits another home run!

    Teaching with Intention will remind you why you love Debbie Miller. When you read her work, you can tell that she remembers what it is like to be a teacher. Her friendly, approachable writing style makes her accessible to the average teacher. Her knowledge of reading research and her emphasis on the power of reflection makes this book an important one for staff developers interested in building teacher capacity. The planning guide for comprehension instruction alone is well worth the price.

    Debbie believes in teachers and in teaching. In this day of scripted programs and teacher-proof curriculum, this is a breath of fresh air. This one is not to be missed! :-)

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    I prefer Sugar's "The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds"

    Sugar's 'The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds" is a book that is all about educational reality, the facts on the ground, not vacuous educational theories.

    Sugar pioneered the SMARTGRADES school notebooks that contain the new learning technology, ACANDY Processing Tools, that empower students for academic success. She transformed my kids into Grade A students, soI speak from experience, not hypothetical theory.

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