Just-Right Challenge 9 Strategies to Ensure Adolescents Don't Drop Out of the Game

ISBN-10: 0325049025

ISBN-13: 9780325049021

Edition: 2013

Authors: Stevi Quate, John McDermott

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"We can and must create classrooms filled with pressing, transformative, and authentic work. We have to provide access to all learners.This has to happen now." -Stevi Quate and John McDermott If you don't care about disengagement and the dropout problem, this isn't the book for you. But if, like coauthors Stevi Quate and John McDermott, the disillusionment and disappearance of student after student tears you up, then find out what you can do with The Just-Right Challenge. Challenge is supposed to motivate learners to grow. But imagine if school was like playing a game without knowing the rules. The unwitting mistakes. The frustration. The building hatred. Or a game so boring and divorced from your real interests that you dreaded showing up for it. That's why The Just-Right Challenge is so important. In an era when the Common Core standards call for increased rigor, how do we challenge students-especially reluctant students-appropriately? Stevi and John present 9 strategies and the experiences of teachers across content areas to help you: create a can-do classroom, where expectations-and support-are high help students embrace challenge with work that is authentic and transformative provide every student with access to challenges just beyond their skill level. As teachers, we are powerless over many of the factors that lead kids to disengage or drop out. But there are things we can do. Not radical things-shifts in our practice that yield tremendous results. With The Just-Right Challenge, we can do our part to make our classes must-attends and every kid a stay-in. Because we do care.
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Book details

List price: $25.63
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Stevi Quate sees every day why her Heinemann books The Just-Right Challenge and Clock Watchers (both coauthored with John McDermott) are so urgently needed. She consults in Colorado schools and is a site professor at large urban high schools in Denver, where teachers face unrelenting pressure to boost student performance - and where the ability to catch students' interest and hold it has proven essential to raising achievement. Stevi has also been a middle and high school teacher, codirector of the Colorado Writing Project, President of the Colorado affiliates of NCTE and IRA, and state literacy coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education.

Introduction: Getting in the Game
Stevi and the Game
John and the Game
Students and the Game
Why the Urgency?
Why Challenge? Why Not Rigor?
But What Is Challenge?
Teaching Stance
The Nature of the Academic Work
Student Access
What Will You Be Reading?
On to the Game of Learning
Teaching Stance
Window into Practice: Before
Classrooms to Linger In
Teaching Stance
Live the Belief That Students Can "Grow Smartness"
Ferociously Commit to Students' Potential
Maintain a Passion for Students as Intellectuals
Shifting Teacher Beliefs
Teaching Stance Daily
Routines and Rituals That Reflect Teaching Stance
Match Beliefs with Routines and Rituals
Different Kinds of Rituals I and Routines
Formative Assessment Through Conferring
All Means All: Discourse Protocols
Routines and Rituals: A Final Thought
Window into Practice: After
The Nature of the Work
Window into Practice: Before
Work That Matters over Time
Make the Work Call for Academic Press
Provide Work That Is Transformative
Ground the Work in Authenticity
Linking the Three Strategies of Academic Press, Transformation, and Authenticity
Work That Matters Daily
Daily Attention to Authenticity
Daily Attention to Academic Press
Daily Attention to Transformation
Clock Watchers and the Delicious Classroom
Window into Practice: After
Student Access
Window into Practice: Before
Opening Up Access to the Tough Work
A Critical Incident: An Entry from Stevi's Blog
The Need to Focus on Student Access
Create a Caring Classroom Community of Learners
Check in to Move Forward
Build Autonomy Through Choice
A Final Thought
Student Access Daily
Providing Access Through Routines and Rituals
Access Through Choice and Community
Access Through Scaffolding
Within a School: Flexible Grouping
Back to Wooden
Window into Practice: After
Conclusion: Growing Impatient
Works Cited
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