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Becoming a legendary teacher : a guide to inspiring excellence in the classroom

Author: William Freeman; David Scheidecker
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Skyhorse Publishing edView all editions and formats
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Presents advice for teachers on moving beyond restrictive lesson plans to create a positive learning environment that promotes communication and flexibility and motivates and inspires students to want to learn.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Freeman; David Scheidecker
ISBN: 9781616085865 161608586X
OCLC Number: 797980874
Description: xix, 274 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Defining the legend --
1. Piecing together the personality puzzle : A collective scenario: the legend defined ; A necessary disclaimer ; Desirable character traits ; Strong attitudes ; Appreciating the pull and tug of the class ; Developing good habits --
2. Nothing succeeds like success : Establishing the analogy ; Some final comments on our analogy ; Developing professional pride ; Living in the loop ; Building the partnership ; A touch of reality --
3. Establishing high expectations : Determining expectations ; Creating the vision: "Where are we going?" ; Assessing students: "You are here" ; Designing the plan: "Are we there yet?" ; Remaining flexible: "Whoops, wrong turn" ; Acknowledging the backbone: "Home, sweet home" ; Identifying pitfalls ; Publicizing expectations ; Maintaining consistency and objectivity ; Removing excuses ; Instruction should prepare students for assessment --
4. Practicing skillful communication : Practicing sound presentation skills ; Maintaining high interest levels ; Interacting with groups ; Interacting with individuals ; Merging pedagogy with communication practices --
5. Defining instructional protocol : Mastering the clutter ; Time management ; Focus, focus, focus ; Planning the academic day --
6. Winning the crowd : Identifying the audiences --
7. Understanding practices and assessments : Why the data? ; Excuses ; Insisting on a single profile ; Data loop ; Special needs, gifted, ESL instructors --
8. Motivation : Wondering? Perplexed? Anxious? Confused? ; External motivation ; Intrinsic motivation ; Motivating students: some final thoughts --
9. Motivating high student achievement : Establishing the foundation ; Adding grain by grain ; Building on the foundation --
10. Recognizing and promoting excellence : Making recognition visual ; Safeguarding the honesty of recognition ; Keeping recognition measurable ; Extending recognition beyond the classroom --
11. Developing powerful classroom management skills : Maintaining a student orientation ; Sustaining a learning environment ; Teaching how to learn ; Defusing threatening situations --
Becoming a legend --
Appendix I. Practical instructional advice --
Appendix II. Homework points to remember --
Appendix III. Create your own personal icon --
Appendix IV. One final story.
Responsibility: William Freeman, David Scheidecker.

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