Learner-Centered Classroom Practices and Assessments Maximizing Student Motivation, Learning, and Achievement

ISBN-10: 1412926912

ISBN-13: 9781412926911

Edition: 2007

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""I loved the connections that were made between the suggested practices to improve teaching and real-life uses of those practices!""???Brigitte Tennis, Head Teacher, Stella Schola Middle School, Redmond, WA ""One of the most well???written books on educational theory. Goes to the heart of teaching???the students.""???Betty Brandenburg Yundt, Fifth???Grade Teacher, Walker Intermediate School, Fort Knox, KY ""Offers practical suggestions for how to create a learner???centered environment.""???Judi Elman, English Teacher, Highland Park High School, IL "Create a learner???centered environment that promotes individual student achievement!" Using core principles of educational psychology, this research???based resource provides instructional strategies and assessment tools that emphasize learning partnerships between teachers and students as they rally support from parents, community, administrators, school staff, and other teachers. The sound psychological foundation of the learner???centered model supports student growth, development, and achievement by focusing on such key factors as cognition, metacognition, motivation, affect, and individual differences. This teacher???friendly guide also features: Interactive training exercises Self???assessments and reflection tools Real???life success stories and models Extensive reproducibles and illustrations A comprehensive glossary and research resources Appropriate for preservice and inservice use, "Learner???Centered Classroom Practices and Assessments" provides teachers with essential and practical tools for maximizing learning collaborations among teachers, students, and parents.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 11/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Barbara L. McCombs directs the Human Motivation, Learning, and Development Center at the University of Denver. The center focuses on the professional development of educators, personal and organizational change, systemic educational reform, and school violence prevention.McCombs' current research is directed at new leadership models for redesigning outdated views of schooling and learning. This research has led to her international and national recognition in areas that include transformational teacher development approaches, motivating hard-to-reach students, and the use of technology as a primary tool for empowering youth and facilitating relevant learning.The author has begun a series of books published by Corwin Press. Learner-Centered Classroom Practices and Assessments: Maximizing Student Motivation, Learning, and Achievement (2006) was co-authored with Lynda Miller and written for teachers. Her second book in the series, written for school administrators and other school leaders, was also co-authored with Lynda Miller and is titled A School Leader's Guide to Creating Learner-Centered Education: From Complexity to Simplicity (2008).McCombs is the primary author of Learner-Centered Psychological Principles (LCPs): Guidelines for School Redesign and Reform. She has developed research-validated learner-centered models of teaching and learning based on the LCPs.Through collaborations with colleagues at the University of Bristol in England, she developed an online version of her Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices (ALCP) teacher and student surveys. These surveys have been validated with over 35,000 students and their teachers in Grades K-3, 4-8, 9-12, and college level. The ALCP surveys are being used in numerous national and international K-12 schools as well as colleges.

Lynda Miller began her professional career as a junior high school English teacher in Westminster, Colorado. Her interest in language and cognitive development led her to graduate studies, which culminated in a PhD in language development and disorders and learning disabilities. She has held teaching positions at the University of Colorado, the University of Montana, and the University of Texas at Austin, where she pursued her research on cognition, learning styles, and intelligence. Her research and teaching focused on identifying and describing students' learning strengths and abilities, and on translating that information into instructional strategies designed to support students' developing skills as motivated, self-responsible learners. Miller is the author of numerous publications on a variety of topics, the majority of which focus on the learner and learning as the essential features of successful instruction.

About the Authors
What We Know About Learning
How Do You Learn Best?
What Does the Evidence Show About Supporting Natural Learning?
Teachers and Students as Co-Learners: An Invitation
What's Next?
What Is Learner Centered From an Evidence-Based Perspective?
What Does "Learner Centered" Mean?
Seeing the Big Picture: Education as a Complex Living System
Domains of Schools as Living Systems
The Learner-Centered Model
What Are the Learner-Centered Principles?
Factors Affecting Learners and Learning
What's Next?
What Teachers and Students Tell Us About Learner-Centered Practices
What Teachers Have Recognized About the LCPs
Translating the LCPs Into Practice
The LCPs, Testing, and Accountability
What Do the LCPs Mean for Teaching and Learning?
What the Evidence Shows: Characteristics of Effective Teachers
What Students Say
Strategies for Honoring Student Voice
Forming a Student Union
Involving Students in Action Research Projects
Students as Meaningful Partners: International Evidence
What's Next?
The Learner-Centered Principles: One By One
Cognitive and Metacognitive Factors
Nature of the Learning Process
Goals of the Learning Process
Construction of Knowledge
Strategic Thinking
Thinking About Thinking
Context of Learning
Motivational and Affective Factors
Motivational and Emotional Influences on Learning
Intrinsic Motivation to Learn
Effects of Motivation on Effort
Developmental and Social Factors
Developmental Influence on Learning
Social Influences on Learning
Individual Differences Factors
Individual Differences in Learning
Learning and Diversity
Standards and Assessment
Finding Examples of LCPs in Your Own Practices
What's Next?
Learner-Centered Practices
Turning Principles Into Practices
Glasser's Six Conditions for Quality Schoolwork
Classroom Climate
Relevance of Learner-Centered Practices in the Context of Standards and Assessment
The Achievement Gap Issue
What Students Say About the Achievement Gap
What's Next?
Effective Learner-Centered Practices
Effective Learner-Centered Practices for Students in K-3
Effective Learner-Centered Practices for Students in Grades 4-12
What Happened to "Classroom Management"?
Strategies for Creating Learner-Centered, Resilient Classrooms
Insights and Reflections: What Needs to Change in My Classroom?
What's Next?
What Tools Do I Need to Become Learner Centered?
Who's in Charge of My Learning?
Who's in Charge of Students' Learning?
Implications for Practice
Implications for Policy
The Learner-Centered Surveys
Characteristics of Learner-Centered Tools
The Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices (ALCP):Tools for Creating Learner-Centered Classrooms and Departments
Research-Validated Definition of "Learner Centered"
ALCP Feedback Process for Teachers
Understanding Sample ALCP Feedback: Table of Teacher Variables Compared to the Learner-Centered Rubric for One Teacher
Becoming a Magnet for Change in My School and District
Reassessing My Beliefs
What Is My Vision for Schools?
My Plan for a Learner-Centered Classroom
How Can I Manage Resistance to Change?
Obtaining the Necessary Support for Learner-Centered Schools
Where Do I Go From Here?
Teacher Strategy Ideas
Contacts: Learner-Centered Projects and Schools
Books and Journals Worth a Read
Learner-Centered Glossary: Some Definitions
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