A Novel Approach: Whole-Class Novels, Student-Centered Teaching, and Choice

Heinemann

Narrated by Kate Roberts

Abridged5 hr 22 min

As an English teacher, Kate Roberts has seen the power of whole-class novels to build community in her classroom. But she’s also seen too many kids struggle too much to read them—and consequently, check out of reading altogether. Kate’s had better success getting kids to actually read—and enjoy it—when they choose their own books within a workshop model. “And yet,” she says, “I missed my whole-class novels.”


In A Novel Approach, Kate takes a deep dive into the troubles and triumphs of both whole-class novels and independent reading and arrives at a persuasive conclusion: we can find a student-centered, balanced approach to teaching reading. Kate offers a practical framework for creating units that join both teaching methods together and helps you:



  • Identify the skills your students need to learn

  • Choose whole-class texts that will be most relevant to your kids

  • Map out the timing of a unit and the strategies you’ll teach

  • Meet individual needs while teaching whole novels

  • Guide students to choice books and book clubs that build on the skills being taught.


Above all, Kate’s plan emphasizes teaching reading skills and strategies over the books themselves. “By making sure that our classes are structured in a way that really sees students and strives to meet their needs,” she argues, “we can keep reaching for the dream of a class where no student is unmoved, no reader unchanged by the end of the year.”

Read more
Collapse
Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
Heinemann
Read more
Collapse
Published on
Nov 19, 2019
Read more
Collapse
Duration
5h 22m 8s
Read more
Collapse
ISBN
9780325118413
Read more
Collapse
Language
English
Read more
Collapse
Genres
Education / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics
Read more
Collapse
Export option
Read more
Collapse
Eligible for Family Library

Listening information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to listen online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television programs, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test? Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning and has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by classroom teachers. This book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn-revealing the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences. In this breakthrough book, Willingham has distilled his knowledge of cognitive science into a set of nine principles that are easy to understand and have clear applications for the classroom. Some examples of his surprising findings are: -"Learning styles" don't exist. The processes by which different children think and learn are more similar than different. -Intelligence is malleable. Intelligence contributes to school performance and children do differ, but intelligence can be increased through sustained hard work. -You cannot develop "thinking skills" in the absence of facts. We encourage students to think critically, not just memorize facts. However, thinking skills depend on factual knowledge for their operation. Why Don't Students Like School is a basic primer for every teacher who wants to know how their brains and their students' brains work and how that knowledge can help them hone their teaching skills.
©2019 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google|Location: United StatesLanguage: English (United States)
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.