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What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?

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.

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


"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


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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