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Ask the Teacher: A Practitioner's Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom / Edition 1

Ask the Teacher: A Practitioner's Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom / Edition 1

by Mark Ryan, Ryan Mark


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ISBN-13: 9780205370764
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 09/26/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Mark Ryan has taught at all grade levels, from elementary classes to university seminars. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, and a Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University at Tempe.

From 1994 through 1997 he wrote the Ask the Teacher column syndicated by Copley News Service and was regularly published in such newspapers as the Boston Herald, the Denver Rocky Mountain News, and the San Diego Union Tribune. In 2004 Dr. Ryan received the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award from National University. He recently co-authored Writing Effective Lesson Plans: The Five-Star Approach, with Peter Serdyukov.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Corner Stones

The Competent and Caring Teacher

America's Schools Need an Educational Philosophy for a Democratic Society

What Early Schools Taught

How Public Education Began

The Enduring Legacy of Structured Inequality in America’s Public Schools

Philosophical Roots of American Education

The Contemporary Debate in 21st Century American Education

How Teachers Stay Good

The Best Way to Teach a Class

Become a Nurturing Teacher

Mentors Help Students Succeed at High School

Why Are Some Teachers Better Than Others Are?

A Classroom Conducive to Learning

Professional Development: Who Teaches the Teachers?

The Mesh of Theory and Practice in Professional Education

Programs for At-Risk Students Do Pay Off

Quality of Charter Schools Depends on Many Factors

Small-Scale Schools Offer Consistently Better Education

School Size is Crucial to Child's Success

Small Classes Yield Big Results

Why Do Some Schools Just Work Well?

How Schools Can Get More “Bang for their Buck”

Solving the Dropout Problem

Effort Is the key to Success in School

Nutrition Affects Intellectual Performance

Teachers as Leaders

A Teacher’s Legal, Ethical and Moral Responsibility

The Future of Education Needn't Be Bleak

Unit 2: Culture to Culture

21st Century Roll Call

Schools Should Celebrate Ethnic Diversity

Ebonics Enters the Language Debate

Two-Way System Solves Bilingual Problem

Two-Way Bilingual Education Benefits All

Roots of Intolerance

Teachers and Parents Can Help All Students Succeed

Multicultural Education the Right Way to Go

Inclusive Schools See Diversity As a Strength

Some Children Develop Skills Faster Than Others

School's Vision Begins with Educational Platform

Teaching the Bilingual Student

Multilingual Heritage

The United States: An English Speaking Nation or a Multilingual Nation?

What Has to Happen for Standards to Work

Meeting Standards

What U.S. Schools Could Learn from Japan

How Can All Students Experience Success?

Fostering the Bilingual Child

Nurturing the Bilingual Child

Attracting Minority Students to Science and Math

Mathematics for the English as a Second Language Student

Changing Public Schools to Serve All Students

Girls Getting the Short End of The Educational Stick

Gender in Children's Literature: Cinderella or Cinderfella?

Students Will Rise to the Challenge

Being “Politically Correct” in School

Unit 3: The Why and How of Classroom Psychology

There's more Than One Way to Be Smart

Bell Curve Isn't the Best Learning Indicator

Teachers Don't “Give” Grades

Halting Grade Inflation

Does the Size of Your Brain Matter?

Brain Growth: A Second Bite of the Apple

Disposition Drives Cognition

Don't Abandon the Academic Ship

Mixed-Age Grouping Works

What Is Self-Esteem?

Help Your Student Beat the Fear of School

Self-Esteem Is Everything

Students Will Behave with Proper Guidance

Student Motivation

Understanding a Misunderstood Notion–Student Motivation

How to Set Up an Environment Where Students Choose to Become Motivated

An Answer for Unsuccessful Learners–Cognitive Retraining

Learning Requires a Dual Investment: Time and Effort

Best Efforts Are More Important Than Being Exceptional

Teacher Expectations a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Pro-Social Behavior: A Product of Positive Expectations

Sidelined Athletes Grumble about Grades

Grouping by IQ

The Fear of Making Mistakes

Educational Research and Common Knowledge

A Poor Educational Choice: Grade Retention

Social Promotion or Being Held Back–Are These the Only Choices?

Four Steps to Enhance Academic Achievement

Unit 4: Discipline: Rules of the Road

Classroom Discipline That Really Works

The Disadvantages of Punishment in the Classroom

Punishments and Rewards: One and the Same?

Classroom Discipline

What Constitutes Appropriate Discipline?

Effective Classroom Discipline

Homework Helper

How to Cope with At-Risk Students

Negative Thoughts Lead to Poor Self-Image

Behavioral Standards in the Classroom

Tackling School Violence

Which Works Better–Punishment or Reward?

When a Teacher Should Call a Student's Home

There's Lots of Hope for Your Shy Student

How to Solve the “Bully” Problem

Is Spanking Ever a Good Idea?

Mutual Respect is Key to Preventing Violence

The Gang Problem and a Solution

Changing Student Behavior

Dealing with Truancy

What is Sexual Harassment?

How to Deal with Verbal Abuse in the Classroom

Sarcasm Has No Place in School

Teaching Children How to Behave

Habitual Tardiness Is a Symptom, Not a Problem

One Size-Fits-All Dress Code Can Seem Like a Straightjacket

Unit 5: Testing: Getting It Right

Assessment and Evaluation: Knowing the Score

Performance Assessment

Best Tests

What to Do on the Day of an Exam

What Are Standardized Tests?

What’s Behind No Child Left Behind?

How to Prepare for Standardized Tests

Preparing for Short-Answer and Essay Tests

What is Test Bias?

How to Test Children in Lower Grades

IQ Tests Are Only One Tool in Measuring Intelligence

Tests Should Measure Development, Not Limit a Student's Opportunities

A Formula for Success on Quizzes, Tests, and Examinations

How to Prepare Students for a Test

Using Portfolios to Assess Math Progress

Types of Math Portfolio Assessment

Six Steps to Better Grades

Unit 6: Curriculum: What to Teach

Slow Learners Deserve Full Curriculum

An Answer to the Diversity Gap in High Schools

Where in the World Is Geography?

What about Science?

Evolution Theory has Roots in Science

Why is Spelling So Hard?

Finding Out about the World Around You

What's the Point of Reading Shakespeare?

The Arts are Undervalued

What's Going on with Art Programs?

Does Pronunciation Matter?

Are Physical Education Programs Worth the Time, Effort, and Money?

Why is Physical Education taught in Secondary School?

The Jump to Junior High or Middle School

Middle School Selection of Crucial Importance

Are High Schools Getting Tougher?

Oral History Project

Students Learn a Lot on Field Trips

Television has a Place in the Classroom

Parents Are Right to Limit TV

TV or Not TV, That Is the Question

Is PBS a National Treasure?

Economics is a Vital Element of Citizenship Education

The Language of Mathematics

What Is a Portfolio?

The Evolution of Literacy

Unit 7: Methodology: How to Teach

Collaboration is a Formula for Better Education

Working in Groups Can Yield Positive Results

Cooperative Learning Leads to Results

The Essay Menu

A High School Design Flaw: Six Classes a Day, Five Days a Week

Replacing the Six-Period School Day

A Game Plan to Enhance Student Achievement

What is Andragogy?

Experiences Affect How and What We Learn

Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom

Children Learn Best from Self-Initiated Activities

Students Balk at Assignments

Getting Homework Done on Time

Mixed-Age Activities

How to Get Students to Turn in Their Homework

The Self-Directed Student

Teachers Should Distribute Lecture Notes

Real-World Thinking and Problem Solving

Collaborative Skills: Teamwork That Lasts a Lifetime

How to Teach Conventional Math Classes in a Short Period of Time

Teaching Mathematics to Children

Four Requisites to Academic Accomplishment

Struggling Students Aren't Bad Students

Not All Students Work at the Same Pace

What are Critical Thinking Skills?

Unit 8: Learning to Read, Reading to Learn

Encourage Young Readers by Reading Aloud

Language Skills are Key to Intellectual Development

Taking Steps toward Writing Effective Essays

Revision Is an Important Part of an Assignment

Learn to Read, Then Read to Learn

Integrated Approach to Language Arts Pays Off

Newspapers in Class Encourage Reading

Like, How Come Kids, You Know, Can't Communicate?

The First Lesson in Reading Can Be an Experience

Helping Beginning Readers

Reading Starts with Identifying Sounds

Finding That Inner Voice to Make Reading Enjoyable

Help A Child Love to Read

Mix of Teaching Strategies Is Key to Reading Success

Ways “Poor Students” Can Learn to Read

Learn Grammar without Drills

Five Ways to Become an Exemplary Listener

Q&A Sessions Need Right Kind of Questions

Understanding the Textbook

How to Encourage Reading

Use This Trick to Get a Child to Read

Helping a Child Read at Home

Questions to Ask about School Reading Programs

Early Reading Builds a Lifetime Habit

Story Time Helps Children Learn to Read

Reading and Writing Work Hand in Hand

Unit 9: Inclusion and Service: Yes, That Means Everyone

Decisions that Concern Disabled Students

Ways to Test Disabled Students

Does Your Student Have a Learning Disability?

Teaching Special Education Students in the Regular Classroom–a Team Approach

Setting Up Learning Environments for Students with Attention Deficit Disorder

Will All Non-Gifted Students Please Raise Their Hands?

An Inclusive Educational Strategy: Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English

Having Friends at School

Dealing with Dyslexia

Dealing with ADD

What is Service Learning?

Linking Students in the Classroom with their Communities through Service Learning

Nurturing Children of Mixed Heritage

Extending the School Day

The Most Popular Class Is the One Least Taught

Oral History Project a Winner from First Question to Final Presentation

A Child's Success a Joint Mission

Eliminating Drug Abuse Requires Team Approach

After-School Programs to Entertain Children

How to Turn Students into Good Citizens

Let’s Get Down to Cases

3…, 2…, 1…, Action!

Unit 10: Tools of the Trade

It's Important to Travel the Information Highway

Computers' Impact on Education

Why Every Student Isn't on The Information Highway

Computers in the Classroom

Why Computers Are Important

Getting Started on Computers

How to Distribute Computers on Campus

Are Computers Worth the Expense?

Technology in Today's Schools

Computer Age Changes Librarians' Roles

Learning on the Internet

The Best Kind of School Technology Plans

Technology Offers a Big Plus to the Instructional Process

The Potential of Distance Education

Is E-Mail Changing Scholarly Dialogue?

Online Classes Change the Concepts of Time and Space

How to Teach an Online Course

What Makes a Quality Educational Web Site Experience

Quality Online Learning

Testing by E-Mail

Andragogy meets Online Education

Online Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Online Education

Online Access to High School Education

Unit 11: Education: A Family Affair

Parents and Teacher Must Work Together

Communicating with Parents

How to Get Involved in School Reform

Reform Movements

How to Choose the Best Preschool

Preparing a Child for Kindergarten

Preschool Checklist

Appropriate Teacher Conferences

Appropriate Questions at an Open House

Unhappy with Your Teacher?

What to Expect from a Student Teacher

Classroom Visit May Help Concerned Parent

How Parents Should Deal with Teachers

Father's Involvement Is Very Significant

The Powerful Effect of a Father's Involvement on His Children's Education

Changing Schools Requires a Community Effort

Summer School Approach to Learning

School-to-Work Transition

Employability Skills

Parents are Their Child's First and Most Important Teachers

How to Help a Child with Homework

A Child's Self-Esteem

Helping Your Children with Homework

Start Teaching a Child about Nature Now

What about Home Schooling?

Helping the Unsuccessful Student

How to Help a Child Overcome Social Inhibitions

Parents' Role in the Education of Their Children

How Parents Can Help with Homework

Parent Involvement That Pays Off

Review a Child's Work to Improve Performance

Families Involved in Classroom Learning Experiences

Specific Kinds of Family Involvement Really Work

Parents’ role in Science and Math Education

How to Tell Youngsters about the World of Work


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