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Classrooms of Wonder and Wisdom : Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking for the 21st Century - Kurtis S. Meredith

Classrooms of Wonder and Wisdom

Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking for the 21st Century

Paperback Published: 29th September 2010
ISBN: 9781412918152
Number Of Pages: 192

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Engaging from the first page, this is a book that you "do" rather than read. Award-winning authors Kurtis S. Meredith and Jeannie L. Steele actively guide teachers through the learning process with this well-tested and successful literacy-based professional development programme. Educators are encouraged to assess their knowledge, make predictions, ask questions, and track their own progress to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning processes. Grounded in a framework that has been effectively implemented in more than 30 countries, the carefully designed sequence prepares teachers to help students:

- Become lifelong learners with the capacity to integrate knowledge and experiences across content areas

- Efficiently sort information and transform learning into action

- Contextualize knowledge by adding new information to what they already know

- Enhance their capacity to meet 21st-century demands

Each chapter includes an overview of expected outcomes, self-evaluation activities, learning experiences, and reflection exercises. This action-oriented guidebook is immediately applicable, and is ideal for individual or group professional development.

"This book provides strategies that are varied and vital for student success, especially as critical thinkers." -- Tamara Rhone, Secondary Social Studies Educator
"I wish this text were available today-I could really use it in the Center of Excellence I direct! In fact, I really could have used it a year and a half ago-it would have saved me HOURS of work!" -- Victoria Ridgeway Gillis, Professor
"The author's excellent exercises and examples effectively illustrate the application of the instructional strategies. These examples are at the heart of the text and are the major reason it will be successful in improving classroom instruction." -- Connie Harris, Gifted Language Arts Teacher
"An excellent resource filled with useful strategies and approaches for creating student-centered learning through reading and writing." -- Eric A. Combs, Teacher
"Jeannie Steele and Kurt Meredith illuminate theoretical ideas with insightful, practical ways for teachers to encourage students to develop the critical and creative thinking necessary in a flourishing democratic society." -- Angela Ward, Acting Associate Dean
"The authors bring their extraordinary experience to the task of masterfully suggesting powerful ways to effectively address the question of how we can best prepare students for life in the twenty-first century and bring about lasting change. They share a wealth of ideas for effective learning experiences in a range of professional development settings." -- Adria Klein, Professor Emeritus

Preface AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsIntroduction1. Beginning a Professional Development Journey Evocation 1 Outcome Expectations Evocation 2 The Change Process About This Text Assumptions, Values, and Beliefs Expectations The Role of Critical Thought Outcome Expectations Chapter Reflection Journal Entry2. A Framework for Teaching and Learning Evocation Outcome Expectations Rationale Experiential Framework Lesson Examining the Framework The ERR Framework Revisited Critical Thinking and the Framework Framework Strategies Organizational Chart Chapter Reflection3. Narrative Text and the Power of Questioning Evocation Outcome Expectations Teacher Questioning Model ERR Lesson With a Narrative Text Narrative Lesson Analysis ERR as a Multitiered Model Questioning Reflection4. Advancing Critical Thought Outcome Expectations Evocation Realization of Meaning Creating an Environment for Critical Thought Essential Classroom Elements of Critical Thinking Lesson Analysis Chapter Summary5. Framework Strategies Outcomes of Using the ERR Framework Other Writing-for-Thinking Strategies Reflection Chapter Reflection6. Cooperative Learning Evocation Outcome Expectations Overview Classrooms as Environments for Thinking What Is Cooperative Learning? The Cooperative-Learning Classroom Sample Cooperative-Learning Lessons Brief Cooperative Strategies Cooperative Math Activities Brief Exercises for Problem Solving and Discussion Chapter Reflection7. Creating Thoughtful Readers Evocation Outcome Expectations Discussion of a Thoughtful Reading Process Readers' Workshop The Four Cornerstones of Readers' Workshop Literary Letters Book Talks Readers' Workshop Rules Summary of Readers' Workshop Analysis of Reader's Workshop and the ERR Framework Content Reading and Readers' Workshop Applying the Reading Process to Content Areas Applying Readers' Workshop Process to Science Reading in Content Areas - The Link to Math Mathematics Is More Than a Collection of Concepts and Skills Chapter Reflection8. Learning to Write, Writing to Learn Evocation Outcome Expectations Writing Resurgence Writing Defined Writer's Workshop Chapter Reflection9. Reflection Evocation Learning Centered Transformative Experiences Truth Final Reflection What to Do Now?Appendix AAppendix BAppendix CAppendix DAppendix EAppendix FReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9781412918152
ISBN-10: 1412918154
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 29th September 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54