Breaking Free from Myths about Teaching and Learning Innovation as an Engine for Student Success

ISBN-10: 141661091X
ISBN-13: 9781416610915
Edition: 2010
Authors: Allison Zmuda
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Description: "What the teacher wants me to say is more important than what I want to say." "If I get too far behind, I will never catch up." "What I'm learning doesn't have much to do with my life, but it isn't supposed to¿it's school." These are just some of  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 12/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"What the teacher wants me to say is more important than what I want to say." "If I get too far behind, I will never catch up." "What I'm learning doesn't have much to do with my life, but it isn't supposed to¿it's school." These are just some of the many pernicious axioms that keep students from achieving to their potential. In Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning, Allison Zmuda analyzes and promptly dispels these and other harmful untruths that have inhibited student learning for decades and offers a wealth of ideas for combating them, including * Refocusing learning environments with students' best interests in mind. * Designing engaging lessons that spark students' imaginations. * Motivating students to learn for the joy of it, not just for the grade. * Developing authentic assessments that truly capture the extent of students' progress. * Creating effective school missions that provide both educators and students with achievable objectives. In addition to these strategies, Zmuda offers tips from prominent creative thinkers in a variety of fields on how to approach projects creatively and stimulate fresh thinking. Students have been captive to falsehoods about learning for far too long. This provocative and insightful book shows why it's vital for administrators and teachers to help students shed their faulty assumptions and offers a blueprint for creating more innovative, inviting, and effective schools.

ALLISON ZMUDA began her work in education as a public high school social studies teacher in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Zmuda's focus is to help every educator create a competent classroom-a learning environment where all participants believe it is possible for them to be successful-in which what teachers and students are expected to know and be able to do is challenging, feasible, and worthy of the attempt.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Myths Related to Learning in Schools
The Illusion of Accomplishment
Transforming the 21st Century Schoolhouse into a Learning Organization
Designing Tasks to Focus Student Work and Measure Mission-Driven Goals
Designing Learning Environments That Reflect Our Knowledge of Learning and Our Realization of Mission and Vision
Revisiting and Rethinking Teaching and Learning Myths
Author's Note
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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