Schooling for Life: Reclaiming the Essence of Learning

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If you believe that schools can go beyond test scores and standards to foster students' understanding of subjects, then here's a book that will renew your commitment to meaningful teaching and learning.

Using classroom observations and keen insights from research, one of education's foremost thinkers on constructivism explains

  • Why lessons and courses should involve students in answering challenging questions, resolving contradictions, and solving intriguing problems.
  • How focusing classroom instruction on big ideas develops student understanding as well as essential skills.
  • How replacing typical school approaches with a community of learners model will lead to higher achievement for more learners.
  • Why attempts to simplify schooling tend to subvert the goal of educating students for real life.

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Brooks (director, Science Education Program, SUNY at Stony Brook) here offers a glimpse of the potential for instruction in our public schools if only we as a society can look beyond testing and state standards. Brooks draws on her own childhood experiences, some entertaining but all illustrative, and her own and her colleagues' classroom teaching experiences to demonstrate that teaching can go beyond meeting state mandates and instill a love of learning. The book contains many practical exercises to stimulate further thought on how such instruction can be adapted to today's classrooms. Like David Thornburg in The New Basics, Brooks advocates bringing real life back into the classroom by presenting students with an actual problem and asking them to solve it, using knowledge and tools across disciplines. Brooks's inspiring book should be required reading for students embarking on a career in education, veteran teachers, and legislators. Recommended for academic and large public libraries and education collections.
Mark Alan Williams, Library of Congress
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Book Description Assn for Supervision & Curriculum. Paperback. Condition: New. 160 pages. Too many students experience school as a place to put in time . . . and view their lives within school walls as distinctly different from their lives at home and in their community. Too many educators seem to share that point of view and focus more on lists of standards than the students they are supposed to serve. This book is about how we might blur the distinctions between school life and real life, between learning and teaching, between learning well and living well. Its for anyone who has ever asked -When did we decide test scores were more important than understanding -When did we accept the image of teachers as mere implementers of state curricula -When did we accept the idea that schools are places where no one has to think too hard This book is a rallying cry to our true educational mission. Its an assertion that we can have the schools we really want if were bold enough to look beyond the myths of what a good school is, and instead, work to facilitate intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic growth in our students and ourselves. Author Jacqueline Grennon Brooks goes inside the classroom to share the experiences of teachers, parents, and students and to present contrasting examples of schooling that honors the complexity of learning and life and schooling that ignores it. Its a journey that will inspire the reexamination of practices and the revitalization of schools. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780871206589

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