Teaching in the Elementary School: A Reflective Action Approach (5th Edition)

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9780132406826: Teaching in the Elementary School: A Reflective Action Approach (5th Edition)

What are the behaviors or actions that teachers take to create high quality original curricula and programs for their students?  The authors have searched out the most creative and adventurous teachers they could find and have weaved their real-life stories into the text.  The text shows how teachers can inspire their students while still meeting the federal, state, and local guidelines and testing standards required in today’s classrooms. 

 

Chapter One begins with a new, updated Reflected Action in Teaching Model designed for teachers who are planning with standards in mind.  Each chapter then begins with a new case of how a teacher has tackled a problem in this standards-based environment applying this model.  Both hands-on and practical, the text also addresses how to incorporate technology in the classroom, empowering students to resolve conflicts, and preventing bullying.  The real-life examples will encourage new teachers to be as reflective, creative, and independent as possible in today’s teaching world.

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Are you looking for a brief, practical guide to elementary teaching methods?  If so, you will want to explore Teaching in the Elementary School: A Reflective Action Approach, Fifth Edition.

 

Using a unique reflective action model, this book provides you with a step-by-step model for active decision making and accomodating diversity with inclusion to develop a sense of community among your students.  Through an easy and inviting writing style this Fifth Edition promotes reflective and creative teaching methods that will inspire you to be a highly effective teacher.

 

FEATURES FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS:

  • UPDATED! Reflective Action in Teaching Model. This unique step-by-step model for active decisionmaking and accommodating diversity is now revised to illustrate the need to plan with standards in mind (Chapter 1).
  • NEW! MyEducationLab. Working with a number of our authors, teachers, and teacher educators, we have created a website that provides you with the context of real classrooms and artifacts that research on teacher education tells us is so important.  Through authentic in-class video footage, examples of authentic teacher and student work, and more, MyEducationLab offers you a uniquely valuable special education teacher preparation tool.  In your textbook look for the www.myeducationlab.com logo in the margins of the text and follow the simple instructions to access MyEducationLab for this text.
  • NEW! Guided Exploration. Instructor-led hands-on activities help you explore chapter concepts and provide examples from teachers of hands-on activities you can use with your students in the elementary classroom.
  • NEW! Reflective Action Experiences for Your Portfolio of Professional Practice. Serving as a basis for your portfolio, this feature includes simulated experiences and reflective essays that invite reflection and focus you on ways to meet standards while still providing meaningful curriculum for your students.
  • NEW! Playing Catch Up. This feature provides practical strategies for working with students who are not working on grade level.
  • NEW! Communicating with Parents. This feature offers practical suggestions for including parents as members of the learning team.
  • NEW! Technology Icons. These icons indicate where you will find technology applications that highlight different ways technology can be infused into curriculum.
  • UPDATED! Conflict Resolution and Preventing Bullying. The information on these two vital classroom management issues has been updated.
  • NEW! Numerous New Reflective Action Case Studies. These real-life examples model how teachers create school curricula and programs, select teaching strategies, and plan appropriate assessments for their students that achieve the standards of their school districts (Ch. 2, 9, 10, 11).

About the Author:

Adrienne L. Herrell has recently retired from California State University, Fresno where she was a professor of reading/language arts and taught classes in early literacy, assessment, and strategies for English learners. "35 Classroom Management Strategies: Promoting Learning and Building Community "is her tenth book for Merrill/Prentice Hall. Her previous books include "Camcorder in the Classroom "with Joe Fowler, "Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners" with Michael Jordan, "Reflective Planning, Teaching, and Evaluation: K-12 "with Judy Eby and Michael Jordan, and "Teaching""Elementary School"with Judy Eby. Dr. Herrell's writing and research are built on her experiences teaching in Florida's public schools for 23 years and teaching and supervising student teachers in California for fifteen years. She and Dr. Jordan (co-author) are currently engaged in research in public schools in California and Florida. She teaches part-time for her alma mater, Florida State University in Panama City, Florida where she now resides. Michael L. Jordan has also recently retired from California State University, Fresno where he was an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and taught classes in curriculum, classroom management, and social foundations. He has taught primary grades through high school in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and California. Dr. Jordan is also an actor, musician, and former B-52 pilot. His work in live theatre is dedicated to providing access to the arts to children and youth. He and Dr. Herrell incorporate many dramatic reenactment strategies into their joint research working with English learners. This is Dr. Jordan's fifth book forMerrill/Prentice Hall.

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