Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction

Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction

ISBN-10:
0807756997
ISBN-13:
9780807756997
Pub. Date:
07/27/2015
Publisher:
Teachers College Press

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Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction

How do teachers and schools create meaningful learning experiences for students with diverse skills, abilities, and cultures? How can teachers authentically assess the learning of their students and build on their strengths and interests in ways that enrich the larger community? How can schools be turned into places where everyone is learning from each other? These are the big questions that guide the work of teachers at the well-known Mission Hill School in Boston and that are addressed in this book. Teaching in Themes will help schools incorporate a whole-school, theme-based curriculum that engages students across grade levels K-8. The authors provide detailed descriptions of four thematic units: What's Baking? Learning Together about Bread and Bakeries, The Impact of Nature and Play, The Struggle for Justice: U.S. History Through the Eyes of African-Americans, and Astronomical Inquiries. Readers will see how teachers and students design ''emergent inquiries'' within the themes and create artwork, music, presentations, and a variety of hands-on learning experiences that support differentiated instruction across the curriculum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807756997
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 07/27/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Deborah Meier ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction Deborah Meier Matthew Knoester Katherine Clunis D'Andrea 1

2 Reflections on Mission Hili School's Early Years… and Before Deborah Meier 9

3 What's Baking? Learning Together About Bread and Bakeries Katherine Clunis D'Andrea 27

4 The Impact of Nature and Play Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin 48

5 The Struggle for Justice: U.S. History Through the Eyes of African Americans Jenerra Williams 61

6 Astronomical Inquiries Matthew Knoester 69

7 Art at Mission Hill School Jeanne Rachko 85

8 Assessment: A Tool for Learning Heidi Lyne 99

9 Building a School Culture of Learning to Educate Children… and Adults Ayla Gavins 112

10 Teaching in Themes at Mission Hill and Beyond: Collaboration and the School Culture Connection Emily Gasoi 125

11 Conclusion Deborah Meier Matthew Knoester Katherine Clunis D'andrea 142

Afterword: Filming A Year at Mission Hill Tom Valens Amy Valens 149

Appendix A Mission Hill School Sequence of Themes, Habits of Mind, and Mission Statement 157

Appendix B Sample Mission Hill School Newsletter 159

About the Contributors 165

Index 169

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