The Heart of Teaching: Creating High Impact Lessons for the Adolescent Learnerby Audrey J. Sirota
The Heart of Teaching offers practical guidance in designing lessons and classroom activities that are powerfully effective for all types of students, including those placed at risk of educational failure due to linguistic, socioeconomic, racial, and geographic factors. The approach is easily geared to standards and can be used to strengthen and enrich scripted lessons or mandated curricular units. With a strong emphasis on literacy, the book shows teachers how to assess a lesson plan and then how to design activities and exercises that can meaningfully engage all students, even those who have difficulty in school. The book also shows teachers how to use learning centers for differentiating lessons and for breaking the classroom into small, participatory settings.
What People are saying about this
From the Foreword by Roland Tharp, founding director of the Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence
"Audrey Sirota has fashioned a high school/middle school guide for educators utilizing practical idealism on how to achieve positive results with multilevel students. Teachers in any classroom will benefit from Sirota’s concise distillation of five essential teaching principles."
Krissy Bartlett, high school English teacher, Virginia
"This is a must-have book for teachers in any content area, at any grade levelespecially teachers of second language learners. It provides specific, practical information and ideas using critical elements for developing language and higher-level thinking skills."
Maria Elena Garcia, school improvement administrator, Educational Service District 123, Pasco, Washington
"This book serves as a guide for teachers and teacher mentors at the middle school and secondary level as to how to teach so that all of our students can be successful in our schools."
Noni Mendoza Reis, chair, Department of Education Leadership, San Jose State University, College of Education
"As a standards- and assessment-based system, I find this book to be a must-read for teachers at every level."
Andrea Buchtel, computer applications instructor and businesswoman
Meet the Author
Audrey J. Sirota is a veteran teacher, educational consultant, trainer, and staff developer. She served with the Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence (CREDE), where she conducted training programs for in-service and pre-service teachers and advised districts on staff development approaches.
Laura Ianacone Taschek, a daughter, granddaughter, and niece of teachers, teaches social studies at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she also serves as a mentor teacher. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked at the National Clearing House for Bilingual Education. She received her master’s degree in secondary education from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1998, also serving as a teaching assistant for Audrey Sirota and others, and began her teaching career at Half Moon Bay High School in the Cabrillo Unified School District in Half Moon Bay, California.
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