Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments Practicing Teacher Research in Urban Classrooms

ISBN-10: 0807749931
ISBN-13: 9780807749937
Edition: 2009
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Description: In her new book, bestselling author Cynthia Ballenger explores the intellectual strengths of "puzzling children" -poor, urban, immigrant, or bilingual children who do not traditionally excel in school. Ballenger challenges the assumption that these  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

In her new book, bestselling author Cynthia Ballenger explores the intellectual strengths of "puzzling children" -poor, urban, immigrant, or bilingual children who do not traditionally excel in school. Ballenger challenges the assumption that these children whose families have less formal education, read fewer storybooks, and talk less with their children about school-like topics, have fewer of what we might call "intellectual" or academically relevant experiences. This practical book offers a detailed roadmap for traversing the daily work of teaching today's diverse population, helping educators to refine their work as it unfolds in the classroom. Ballenger guides the reader as she thinks out loud about what children said, what it indicated about their thinking, and how the dialogue informed her teaching.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Teacher Research
A Focus on Puzzling Moments
Expanding the Talk
Stopping Time
A Note on Science
The Children
The Chapters
If the Sun Wasn't Alive: A Study of Puzzling Moments
Our Classroom
The Process of Teacher Research
Phase One: The Discussion in Real Time
Phase Two: Stopping Time
Curriculum for These Children
Ideas for Other Children
Expanding the Talk
Thought and Language
Characteristics of Thoughtful Talk
Supporting Thoughtful Conversations
When Discussions Are Not Thoughtful
Learning from Each Other
Final Thoughts
Learning About Whales: Stories of Migration and Immigration
The Size of Baby Whales
Whales and Eggs
Nursing Babies and Belly Buttons
Teeth and Baleen
Are Whales Born Near Haiti?
Take Two
Talking and Singing
Thoughts on Culture and Difference
Ideas for Other Children
Stopping Time: The Data of Teacher Research
Taping
When to Tape
Listening and Transcribing
Field Notes
Connecting to Practice
Comments on the Field Notes
Conclusion
Who Gets to Feel Scientific?
The Classroom and Children
The Talk: Transcript and Analysis
Students' Learning
Making the Familiar Strange
Teachers' Groups
Getting into the Data
Taking It Seriously
""Vloop Vloop"": Children Talk About Metamorphosis
Expanding the Talk
A Talk on Metamorphosis
Making Connections
Critique and Refinement
Interview with Jean-Charles
Scientific Language
Ideas for Other Children
Keeping It Real
Exploring Children's Talk
Finding a Good Research Question
Revision and a Feeling for Literature
The Power of Context
Conclusion
Djeissen's Question
The Achievement Gap
Introducing the Children
Questions
Why Do the Roads in Cape Verde Collapse?
Erosion Elsewhere: Beyond the Roasting Pan
Making Soil
Concluding Thoughts
Conclusion
References
Index
About the Author

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