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What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?
An Instructional Guide for the Urban Educator

Second Edition
Edited by:


June 2006 | 256 pages | Corwin
This unique resource provides teachers with the tools they need to help all students reach higher levels of achievement. The authors present insights and strategies based on both their own experience, and current research about how teachers can best help struggling students become active, engaged learners. Discussion of the challenges faced by urban students and the importance of high expectations is followed by guidelines for how teachers can most effectively interact with their students.

In addition, the authors present:

o An extensive collection of practical strategies to increase student engagement

o Develop students' cognitive skills

o Empower students to take responsibility for their own learning

Numerous sample lesson plans for primary, middle, and secondary levels show teachers how to implement the strategies presented. The revised edition includes updated research, expanded explanations of effective strategies, additional lesson plans, and a new chapter on professional development.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
A Special Note
 
1. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
The Challenge of Urban Education

 
Reform Efforts

 
Focus on Research

 
Student Achievement and Teacher Expectations: More Than Words

 
Urban Children and the Challenges They Face

 
The Task Ahead

 
 
2. High Expectations for All
All Children Can Learn

 
TESA: The Tried and True

 
The Fifteen Behaviors

 
Restoring Children of War: The Mediated Learning Experience

 
Multiple Intelligences

 
Authentic Assessment

 
Two Decades of Research

 
High Expectations and Professional Development

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
3. Intentionality and Reciprocity
Intentionality: A Filter With a Purpose

 
Designing Intentionality and Reciprocity in Every Lesson

 
Tactics to Promote Intentionality and Reciprocity

 
Two Sides of a Coin

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
4. Meaning
The Mediation of Meaning

 
Strategies for the Mediation of Meaning

 
Adapting the Standard Curriculum

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
5. Transcendence
Getting to the Heart of the Thought

 
Seeking the Transcending Idea

 
Recognizing Patterns

 
Formulating Principles

 
Learning for a Lifetime

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
6. Self-Regulation and Control of Behavior
Discipline and Intrinsic Motivation

 
Interrupting Impulsive Behavior

 
Instrumental Enrichment

 
Stop, Think, Achieve

 
The Standard Instruments Described

 
Getting to the Basics

 
The Basic Instruments

 
A Sample Primary Lesson: Bridging Self-Regulation Into the Curriculum

 
Promoting Self-Regulation

 
Tactics for Fostering Self-Regulation

 
Bridging Self-Regulation Into Every Lesson

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
7. The Feeling of Competence
Strengthening the Will to Succeed

 
Students Who Feel Incompetent

 
Mediating the Feeling of Confidence

 
The Right Way to Ask the Right Questions: Tactics for Success

 
The No-Hide Tactics

 
Seeing Is Believing

 
This One Is Just Like the Other One

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
8. Sharing Behavior
Looking Back: The Advocates of Sharing Behavior

 
Sharing Behaviors in the Home and Family

 
Cooperative Learning: A Strategy for the Development of Sharing Behaviors

 
Cooperative Team Skills

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
9. Individuation
The Mediation of Individuation

 
The Multiple Intelligences: Many Ways to Solve a Problem

 
Applying Gardner’s Theory

 
Differentiating Instruction in a Multiple Intelligences Framework

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
10. Goal Planning
The Mediation of Goal Planning

 
Four Aspects of Goal Setting

 
The Rubric for Goal Planning: Standards and Criteria

 
Reflective Goal-Setting Strategies

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
11. Challenge
The Mediation of Challenge

 
Creating Challenges

 
Three Things Not to Do

 
Integrating Thinking Across the Curriculum

 
Using the Three-Story Intellect Model

 
Other Question-Asking Strategies

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
12. Self-Change
Mediating Self-Change

 
Quick-Start Tactics

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Sample Lessons

 
 
13. The No-Frills Pathway to High Achievement
Maintaining the Dream

 
Making Simple Changes . . . Simply

 
No-Frills Professional Development for All

 
Critical Elements in the No-Frills Model

 
Building a History of Improvement: A Yearbook of Progress

 
Key Points to Remember

 
In Conclusion

 
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"I appreciated the opportunity to read this book. It is quite powerful and adds to the literature on teaching students the skills to learn."

Barbara Rudiak, Principal
Phillips Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

"What Is It About Me You Can’t Teach? clearly explains best instructional practices and will be an excellent resource for me and my teachers. The lesson plans are great examples of the instructional practices presented and are very useful for teachers in the classroom."

Rosanne G. Henderson, Principal
North Star Elementary School, Salt Lake City, UT

"Educators who choose to employ these strategies have the potential to become architects of an achievement renaissance within their learning communities."

Yvonne L. Allen, District Project Coordinator
Shaker Heights City Schools, OH

"This resource provides 'real' application of theory into practice. The strategies help enrich learning through student-friendly approaches that strengthen students’ skills and promote self-direction. After reading this book and applying the strategies, my students are better learners, and I am a better teacher."

Dennis Kowalski, Director
Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center

"This book is extremely valuable for its application to African-American students’ achievement. A must-have resource for every educator in teaching and learning."

Diana Daniels, President
National Council on Educating Black Children

"Blends classroom expectations and standards with research-based practices to show teachers how to deliver high-quality education in any environment."

The Bookwatch, November 2006

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Eric Cooper

Preface

Chapter 1


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Eleanor Renee Rodriguez

Eleanor Renée Rodriguez, PhD, a professional developer with Rodriguez and Associates, has provided consulting services and training to school districts, national associations, and state departments in 48 of 50 states and abroad. Her concentration is on research-based teaching and leadership strategies. She has served in positions from substitute teacher to superintendent, with assign­ments that included preK through adult education and with an emphasis on meeting the needs of students with special needs. In addition, she has directed, reviewed, and evaluated seminars and institutes for the American Association of School Administrators. Her... More About Author

James A. Bellanca

James Bellanca is a life-long advocate for the principles and practices created by Reuven Feuerstein.  As a Senior Fellow for the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, he created and edits the innovative P21Blogazine. He is the editor of a series of 21st Century Deeper Learning collections, has authored more than a dozen how-to books aimed to infuse critical and creative thinking across the curriculum and is President of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools. More About Author

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