In the Middle New Understanding about Writing, Reading, and Learning

ISBN-10: 0867093749
ISBN-13: 9780867093742
Edition: 2nd 1998
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List price: $55.63
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/11/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 546
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

The best way to teach is to learn together with the students. One of the rare breed of teachers who do know this is Nancie Atwell. - The New York Times Reading this book can be revolutionary. . . . Atwell leads us to new understandings of teaching and learning in a workshop classroom. - Voices from the Middle When first published in 1987, this seminal work was widely hailed for its honest examination of how teachers teach, how students learn, and the gap that lies in between. In depicting her own classroom struggles, Nancie Atwell shook our orthodox assumptions about skill-and-drill-based curriculums and became a pioneer of responsive teaching. Now, in the long awaited second edition, Atwell reflects on the next ten years of her experience, rethinks and clarifies old methods, and demonstrates new, more effective approaches. The second edition still urges educators to "come out from behind their own big desks" to turn classrooms into workshops where students and teachers create curriculums together. But it also advocates a more activist role for teachers. Atwell writes, "I'm no longer willing to withhold suggestions and directions from my kids when I can help them solve a problem, do something they've never done before, produce stunning writing, and ultimately become more independent of me." More than 70 percent of the material is new, with six brand-new chapters on genres, evaluation, and the teacher as writer. There are also lists of several hundred minilessons, and scripts and examples for teaching them; new expectations and rules for writing and reading workshops; ideas for teaching conventions; new systems for record keeping; lists of essential books for students and teachers; and forms for keeping track of individual spelling, skills, proofreading, homework, writing, and reading. The second edition of In the Middle is written in the same engaging style as its predecessor. It reads like a story - one that readers will be pleased to learn has no end. As Atwell muses, "I know my students and I will continue to learn and be changed. I am resigned - happily - to be always beginning for the rest of my life as a teacher."

Nancie Atwell is the author of several books for teachers including Coming to Know: Writing to Learn in the Intermediate Grades; In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning; and Side by Side: Essays on Teaching to Learn. In these books, Atwell provides practical tips for teaching presented with humor, eagerness, and a love for students. Teachers throughout the country have accepted her theories and implemented them with great success. Parents interested in their children's education can also greatly benefit from her expertise. Atwell learned and perfected her techniques as a teacher of eighth graders for twelve years. She is now the director of Writing to Learn in the Elementary School, part of the Bread Loaf School of English Project.

Donald H. Graves has been involved in writing research for two decades. His books Writing: Teachers & Children at Work (Heinemann, 1983) and A Fresh Look at Writing (Heinemann, 1994) are best-sellers throughout the English-speaking world and have revolutionized the way writing is taught in schools. Dr. Graves has been a teacher, school principal, and language supervisor, education director, and a director of language in bilingual, ESL, and special programs. He has also been a co-director of an undergraduate urban teacher preparation program and a professor of an early childhood program. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Jackson, New Hampshire. Donald H. Graves 9.11.1930 - 9.28.2010 Heinemann is deeply saddened by the news that Donald Graves has passed away. We, and the entire field, have lost a giant and one of our greatest friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Betty, their family, and the many friends he made in his long career. We are honored to have been Don's publishing partner for more than three decades and over more than a dozen books-to have watched his research and vision become not only a classroom reality but the core of our publishing philosophy. His influence is so vast that we will meet him again and again on the pages of every book and resource we publish. His spirit pervades each of our books-in the conviction that children want to write and read if given the chance; in the flourishing of the workshop model of instruction that he pioneered; and in his abiding faith in teachers' ability to make sound instructional decisions. Don touched so many teachers' lives with his smile, his unflagging encouragement, and his generosity of spirit. We hope you will take a brief moment to remember how he touched your life. Watch a recent interview with Don Remembering how Don touched your life The Donald Graves memorial fund Eight Children Teach Donald Graves Nine pencils break the surface of awareness, jutting into the air, slanted back like yellow, orange-tipped shark fins, entering chartless white, exploring hazy depths. Nine voices search a scent, suddenly lurch, lose the line, pause, pick it up again, and move from cloudy, roiling waters of new thought through warm currents of reception, straits of questioning, and tidal imbalances on to a clear, precise sea of meaning. -Tom Romano (Language Arts, 62,2 (Feb.) 1985:

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Always Beginning
Learning How to Teach Writing
Learning How to Teach Reading
Making the Best of Adolescence
Writing and Reading Workshop
Getting Ready
Getting Started
Minilessons
Responding to Writers and Writing
Responding to Readers and Reading
Valuing and Evaluating
Teaching with a Capital T
Taking Off the Top of My Head
Call Home the Child: Memoir
Hanging with Big Sis: Fiction
Finding Poetry Everywhere
Taking Care of Business
Materials for Writing, Reading, and Publishing
Ways Student Writers Can Go Public
Kinds of Writing That Emerge in Writing Workshop
Writing Survey
Reading Survey
Student Writing Record/Sample Record
Student Reading Record/Sample Record
Personal Spelling List/Sample List
Weekly Word Study/Sample Study
Peer Writing Conference Record
Editing Checksheet
Favorite Adolescent Literature
Favorite Collections of Poetry
Quotes for the Walls of a Writing-Reading Workshop
Final Self-Evaluation of Writing and Reading
Weekly Homework Assignment Sheet
Recommended Resources for Teachers of Middle School Writing, Reading, and Literature
Bibliography
Index

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