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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Beverly Falk; Megan Blumenreich; Adesina Abani
|Description:||xii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm|
|Contents:||Immigrant children's earliest schooling experiences: Adesina Abani --
Celebrating diversity in the classroom: Beatrice Tinio --
Breaking the silence: countering homophobia in schools: Joleen Hanlon --
A white teacher's quest to become a culturally responsive teacher: Mary Williams --
Bridging the language gap: Evelyn Chang --
Addressing the unspoken: Joan O'Brien --
Incorporating families' funds of knowledge into the classroom: Kanene Holder --
Bridging differences: Rory Scott --
Parental supports for early literacy: Kisha Pressley --
Supporting children's diverse needs and strengths: Neurys Bonilla --
Science inquiry and differentiated instruction for students with learning differences: Travis Sloane --
Supporting the literacy development of young English language learners: Carol Castillo --
What is happening to our children's garden?: Hazel Veras-Gomez --
Incorporating physical activity into the public school pre-kindergarten day: Lisa Schaffner --
What can a teacher do to improve the climate for learning in a school?: Laurie Jagoda.
|Responsibility:||Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich ; with Adesina Abani [and others].|
As public schools become increasingly embattled by budget shortfalls, crowded buildings, and ever-more-rigid curricula, the burden of these restrictions has drastically changed the way children are expected to learn. Nowhere is this more obvious or more devastating than classrooms in high-need urban areas. Drawing upon teachers firsthand experiences in some of today's most demanding schools, leading education experts Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich provide an enlightening account of what our students really need-and how teachers are stepping up to provide what state standards and political posturing cannot. Teaching Matters takes us into a variety of classrooms to witness the art of teaching at its most creative and effective, with a focus on early childhood and elementary school. We follow educators as they strive to change systems that fail to address the needs of their students, from efforts to break the silence about homophobia in schools and multipronged strategies to build stronger relationships with immigrant families to the modification of ineffective curriculum to foster the growth of the "whole child". By confronting many misconceptions about urban education and school reform, Falk and Blumenreich provide a crucial insider's look at some of the most challenging and relevant questions in education today.
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