Overcoming Textbook Fatigue 21st Century Tools to Revitalize Teaching and Learning

ISBN-10: 1416614729

ISBN-13: 9781416614722

Edition: 2012

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Description: Overcoming textbook fatigue means reaching within and beyond the textbook to access all sorts of 21st century tools, the same ones that students will be using in college, careers, and daily life.-ReLeah Cossett LentTextbook fatigue is a malaise that negatively affects teachers and students. It is the result of scripted programs and step-by-step teachers' manuals that dismiss the individualization of schools, teachers, and students. Because textbooks provide a one-way distillation of information aimed at a broad, generic population, they offer little to engage or pique the interest of the 30 individuals in a classroom.In this example-packed book, ReLeah Cossett Lent shows how educators can reclaim the curriculum by shifting the textbook from sole source to resource. She also gives advice on using Common Core State Standards throughout the school and in the classroom. Teachers, coaches, curriculum coordinators, and administrators will discover proven techniques that will revitalize teaching and learning in every content area:*Discipline-specific writing activities that extend and deepen lessons.*Strategies for using content-specific materials that encourage students to "read to learn."*Effective vocabulary strategies that work throughout the curriculum.*Methods to tap into and build background knowledge.*Fun activities that use relevant life skills to involve and engage students in learning.Lent highlights what's to be gained from loosening the grip on textbooks and provides practical guidance on how to accomplish that goal, using real-life examples from schools that have made the change. Overcoming Textbook Fatigue is brimming with ideas to restore the joy of teaching and learning and, in the process, boost student achievement.Lent is a 20-year teaching veteran, an award-winning author, and an experienced international consultant specializing in literacy and communities of practice.

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 11/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Learn more about ReLeah Lent's PD offerings An international consultant, ReLeah Cossett Lent was a secondary teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. The author of eight books--including Overcoming Textbook Fatigue --and chair of NCTE's Standing Committee Against Censorship, she is the recipient of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Award, NCTE's Intellectual Freedom Award, the PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award, and most recently, the Florida Council of Teachers of English President's Award.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Learning: It's All About Engagement
Background Knowledge: The Glue That Makes Learning Stick
Vocabulary IS the Content
Reading to Learn
Writing to Learn
Assessing for Learning
Give It Up for Text Sets
Going from Textbook Fatigue to Invigorated Learning
Book Study Essentials
Lesson Study Essentials
Action Research Essentials
Co-Teaching Essentials
References
Index
About the Author
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