Wayside Teaching: Connecting with Students to Support Learning

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Defining wayside teaching as teachers’ formal and informal connections with students that can significantly boost learning, this book provides research-based strategies and specific examples for K–12 educators.
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Editorial Reviews

Kristie Betts Letter
“At last! A book that pushes past the idea that students should be test-taking machines by emphasizing relationship building and providing practical advice to teachers.”
Sandi Phair
"It was refreshing to read about what I truly believe in and work at every year in my classroom."
Jude A. Huntz
"Atopic whose time has come and is perhaps long overdue. Teachers know how to teach, but they want to connect with their kids to make that teaching effective. This book empowers teachers to complete what is missing in their work."
Patricia Bowman
“I loved the premise of the book. It touched my soul.”
Marilyn Steneken
"Wayside teaching is not taught as an educational strategy, yet its impact is undeniable. The book defines the concept and demonstrates how teachers can implement this tangential form of learning on a regular basis."
Jennifer Y. Cheng
"If teaching has left you wrung out academically and dried out emotionally, this book is for you. By using studies proving the power of wayside teaching, Powell has freed teachers to create meaningful relationships with students that will not only inspire them to greater academic achievement, but help them become emotionally healthy and resilient adults."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972901
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Davis Powell is a teacher—from elementary, middle, and high school classrooms to teacher preparation as a professor and chair of the Department of Education at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. She is an advocate of active student engagement, emphasizing a balance of theory and developmentally responsive and academically rigorous practice. She is involved in local classrooms through the facilitation of professional development, supervision of clinical interns, and research and writing about a variety of education issues. She is also a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, where her enthusiasm for teaching and students has proven contagious.

Powell’s PhD in educational administration, supervision, and curriculum development is from the University of Colorado at Denver. Her most recent books include An Introduction to Education: Choosing Your Teaching Path (2009) and Introduction to Middle School (2nd ed., in press).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
About the Author
Introduction: What Is Your Current Wayside Teaching Profile?
Graphic View of Your Current Wayside Teaching Profile
1. What Is Wayside Teaching, and Why Does It Matter?
What Is Wayside Teaching?
Why Does Wayside Teaching Matter?
Concluding Reflections
2. 12 Components of Wayside Teaching: Attitudes, Approaches, and Actions
Component 1: Know Your Students
Component 2: Practice Little Gestures That Matter
Component 3: Reveal Your Personal Self
Component 4: Create and Maintain an Inviting Classroom
Component 5: Promote a Culture of Acceptance and Compassion
Component 6: Help Students Find Their Voice
Component 7: Learn to Listen
Component 8: Speak Carefully
Component 9: Teach Skills That Help Students Become Autonomous, Not Anonymous
Component 10: Build Resiliency
Component 11: Encourage Imagination and Creativity
Component 12: Infuse Humor
3. What Does Wayside Teaching Look Like in Elementary School?
Development of Elementary Learners
Wayside Teaching Practices for Elementary Learners
4. What Does Wayside Teaching Look Like in Middle School?
Development of Young Adolescent Learners
Wayside Teaching Practices for Young Adolescent Learners
5. What Does Wayside Teaching Look Like in High School?
Development of Adolescent Learners
Wayside Teaching Practices for Adolescent Learners
6. Wayside Teaching: The Power of One
Looking Back at Theory and Practice
Reform in Perspective
Goals for Wayside Teachers
Final Thoughts
Resource A: Surveys
Resource B: Annotated Book List for Promoting Acceptance and Compassion
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