ISBN-10:
1412949971
ISBN-13:
9781412949972
Pub. Date:
12/06/2007
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Cultivating the Learner-Centered Classroom: From Theory to Practice / Edition 1

Cultivating the Learner-Centered Classroom: From Theory to Practice / Edition 1

by Kaia A. Tollefson, Monica K. Osborn

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ISBN-13: 9781412949972
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/06/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kaia Tollefson’s career in education began in Kodiak, Alaska, in 1983. She was a middle school teacher there for nine years and worked in administration for the next five—first as a curriculum and staff development coordinator and then as an elementary school principal. She discovered a passion for teacher education while pursuing her doctoral degree in language, literacy, and sociocultural studies, awarded by the University of New Mexico in 2004. Her most recent experience in teaching children was in 2002, when she returned to the classroom to teach fifth grade. One of her professional goals is to find ways to refresh and reground her roots in the public schools, never getting too far away from knowing what it means to be a classroom teacher. She is currently an assistant professor of education at California State University Channel Islands, working in teacher education, coaching a Critical Friends Group, and exploring the relationship between the concept of voice and the processes of teaching and learning.

Monica Osborn has been teaching at Puesta del Sol Elementary School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, since 1994. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of New Mexico in 1994 and 1995, respectively, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership in 2007. She is a certified Reading Recovery teacher, currently teaching grades K–2 in a multiage inclusion classroom. She is also certified through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is recognized as a Level III teacher-leader in the state of New Mexico. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher, Monica serves as an educational consultant with the New Mexico Education Network Center and with the National School Reform Faculty, specializing in facilitating the implementation of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs), professional learning communities for educators. She is a CFG coach at her school and has been teaching the process to teachers and administrators in several regions of the United States for the past eight years.

Table of Contents

Preface
Time to Learn
Fighting for Hope
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction: Progressivism and Traditionalism—A Continuum of Educational Thought
1. Facilitating Community Development in the Classroom
The Teacher’s Essential Attributes: Confidence and Humility, Compassion and Faith
The Basis of the Teacher-Student Relationship: Motivation or Coercion?
Who Decides Who Belongs? A Note on Inclusive Education
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Facilitating Relationship and Community
2. Classroom Organization
Finding You in Your Classroom
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Organizing a Learner-Centered Classroom
3. Observing and Assessing What Students Know and Can Do
Understanding Terminology
Assumption #1: You Can’t Teach Someone You Don’t Know
Assumption #2: You Will Assess What You Value
Assumption #3: You Will Never Finish Learning How to Assess Students’ Knowledge
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Assessing What Students Know and Can Do
4. Planning Instruction
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Planning Instruction
5. Evaluating and Reporting Student Growth
Common Assumptions About Grades
A Brief History of Grading
Evaluation as Grading: Critiquing Traditional Purposes of Letter Grades
Learner-Centered Evaluation: Reframing the Purpose of Grading
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Evaluating and Reporting Student Progress
6. Facilitating Community Development With Parents
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Facilitating Community Development With Parents
7. Holding On: Leading With Heart
On Becoming a “Real” Leader
Democratic Faith: The Final, Essential Component of Leadership
From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Holding On and Leading With Heart
References
Index

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