What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?: An Instructional Guide for the Urban Educator / Edition 2

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This second edition provides strategies to increase student engagement, develop cognitive skills, and empower students to take responsibility for their own learning.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Rudiak

"I appreciated the opportunity to read this book. It is quite powerful and adds to the literature on teaching students the skills to learn."

Rosanne G. Henderson
"What Is It About Me You Can’t Teach? clearly explains best instructional practices and will be an excellent resource for me and my teachers. The lesson plans are great examples of the instructional practices presented and are very useful for teachers in the classroom."
Yvonne L. Allen

"Educators who choose to employ these strategies have the potential to become architects of an achievement renaissance within their learning communities."

Dennis Kowalski

"This resource provides 'real' application of theory into practice. The strategies help enrich learning through student-friendly approaches that strengthen students’ skills and promote self-direction. After reading this book and applying the strategies, my students are better learners, and I am a better teacher."

Diana Daniels

"This book is extremely valuable for its application to African-American students’ achievement. A must-have resource for every educator in teaching and learning."

The Bookwatch
"Blends classroom expectations and standards with research-based practices to show teachers how to deliver high-quality education in any environment."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412937641
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 444,671
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor Renée Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a professional developer with Rodriguez and Associates, and has provided consulting services and training to school districts, national associations and state departments in 48 of 50 states, and abroad. Her concentration is research-based teaching and leadership strategies. She has served in positions from substitute teacher to superintendent, with assignments including pre-K through adult education, and an emphasis on meeting the needs of students with special needs. In addition, Eleanor Renée has directed, reviewed, and evaluated seminars and institutes for the American Association of School Administrators. Her mission is to eliminate the achievement gap and to help educators believe, behave, and achieve so “all” truly means “all.”

James Bellanca founded SkyLight Professional Development in 1982. As its president, he mentored more than a dozen author-consultants as he led SkyLight in pioneering the use of strategic teaching and comprehensive professional development. Prior to meta-analyses that marked the effectiveness of cooperative learning, graphic organizers, and other cognitive strategies on student achievement, Bellanca coauthored more than a dozen texts that advocated the application of these tools across the curriculum, with the theme, “not just for the test but for a lifetime of learning.” Currently, Bellanca is building on the theories of cognitive psychologist Reuven Feuerstein to develop more effective responses to the learning needs of low-performing students whose academic achievement continues to lag behind those who have greater learning advantages.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
A Special Note
1. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
The Challenge of Urban Education
Reform Efforts
Focus on Research
Student Achievement and Teacher Expectations: More Than Words
Urban Children and the Challenges They Face
The Task Ahead
2. High Expectations for All
All Children Can Learn
TESA: The Tried and True
The Fifteen Behaviors
Restoring Children of War: The Mediated Learning Experience
Multiple Intelligences
Authentic Assessment
Two Decades of Research
High Expectations and Professional Development
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
3. Intentionality and Reciprocity
Intentionality: A Filter With a Purpose
Designing Intentionality and Reciprocity in Every Lesson
Tactics to Promote Intentionality and Reciprocity
Two Sides of a Coin
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
4. Meaning
The Mediation of Meaning
Strategies for the Mediation of Meaning
Adapting the Standard Curriculum
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
5. Transcendence
Getting to the Heart of the Thought
Seeking the Transcending Idea
Recognizing Patterns
Formulating Principles
Learning for a Lifetime
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
6. Self-Regulation and Control of Behavior
Discipline and Intrinsic Motivation
Interrupting Impulsive Behavior
Instrumental Enrichment
Stop, Think, Achieve
The Standard Instruments Described
Getting to the Basics
The Basic Instruments
A Sample Primary Lesson: Bridging Self-Regulation Into the Curriculum
Promoting Self-Regulation
Tactics for Fostering Self-Regulation
Bridging Self-Regulation Into Every Lesson
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
7. The Feeling of Competence
Strengthening the Will to Succeed
Students Who Feel Incompetent
Mediating the Feeling of Confidence
The Right Way to Ask the Right Questions: Tactics for Success
The No-Hide Tactics
Seeing Is Believing
This One Is Just Like the Other One
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
8. Sharing Behavior
Looking Back: The Advocates of Sharing Behavior
Sharing Behaviors in the Home and Family
Cooperative Learning: A Strategy for the Development of Sharing Behaviors
Cooperative Team Skills
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
9. Individuation
The Mediation of Individuation
The Multiple Intelligences: Many Ways to Solve a Problem
Applying Gardner’s Theory
Differentiating Instruction in a Multiple Intelligences Framework
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
10. Goal Planning
The Mediation of Goal Planning
Four Aspects of Goal Setting
The Rubric for Goal Planning: Standards and Criteria
Reflective Goal-Setting Strategies
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
11. Challenge
The Mediation of Challenge
Creating Challenges
Three Things Not to Do
Integrating Thinking Across the Curriculum
Using the Three-Story Intellect Model
Other Question-Asking Strategies
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
12. Self-Change
Mediating Self-Change
Quick-Start Tactics
Key Points to Remember
Sample Lessons
13. The No-Frills Pathway to High Achievement
Maintaining the Dream
Making Simple Changes . . . Simply
No-Frills Professional Development for All
Critical Elements in the No-Frills Model
Building a History of Improvement: A Yearbook of Progress
Key Points to Remember
In Conclusion
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