For Elementary, Middle, and High-School Methods courses.Acknowledging the increasing diversity of today's student populations, this methods text portrays the classroom as a community of learners, emphasizing responsibility, respect, cooperation, involvement, reflection, and caring. Coverage focuses on the needs of the learner-both pupils and teacher-sharing the author's experiences in democratic classroom environments, and exploring how such environments can be recognized and created. While chapters are linked with one another to present a continuous "flow" of conceptual information, such "hot" topics as motivation, culturally-responsive education, cooperative learning, professional ethics, and accountability are woven in wherever appropriate, so that the chapters may be taught in sequence or not, as the situation warrants.
PART I1. Building the Classroom Community. 2. Classroom Observation. 3. How Do Students Learn? PART II: TEACHER PLANNING. 4. Lesson Planning. 5. Unit Planning and Professional Responsibilities. PART III: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. 6. Classroom Management in the Classroom Community. 7. The Classroom Community: Resolving Problems, Focusing on Student Behavior. PART IV: INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES. 8. Selecting from an Instructional Repertoire. 9. Higher-Order Teaching Strategies. PART V: GUIDING AND ASSESSING STUDENTS' PERFORMANCE. 10. Informing Instruction through Monitoring Students' Performance. 11. Informing Instruction through Assessment. PART VI: TECHNOLOGY AND PROFESSIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING. 12. Integration of Technology for Teaching and Learning. 13. Growing as a Professional. Professional Lexicon. Bibliography. Appendix A: Answers to Teaching Problems. Appendix B: A Teaching Unit. Author Index. Subject Index.