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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Open a World of Possible
Open a World of Possible [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2014] Lois Bridges (Editor) ...
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release date: Jan 01, 1996
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Assessment (Strategies for Teaching and Learning Professional Library)

Every learning event is an opportunity for assessment. Effective teaching begins with knowing your students, and assessment is a learning tool that enables you to know them. Indeed, the real power of continuous assessment is that it informs your teaching and helps you decide what to do next.

Teacher and researcher Lois Bridges helps you understand your students' developmental needs and their interests and concerns. She writes, "As teachers, learners, and evaluators, we strive to document, as richly and thoughtfully as possible, our students' learning. To that end, we need to use an array of assessment tools from a variety of perspectives."

This book provides a wide range of teacher-developed kid watching and assessment forms to show different ways to reflect on children's work. It offers developmental checklists, student and child interview suggestions, guidelines for using portfolios, rubrics, and self-evaluation profiles. Also included are Dialogues that invite reflection, Shop talks that offer lively reviews of the best and latest professional literature, and Teacher-To-Teacher Field Notes offering tips from practicing educators.

Lois identifies five perspectives on assessment to think about when designing your own assessments:
Monitoring: You'll want to keep track of your students' learning experiences through checklists, inventories, and class lists. Your students can also account for their learning day through journal entries, self-reflective narratives, and tracking sheets.Observing: Valuable information can be gained about each student just by observing and listening. What to record and techniques for recording the information are suggested.Interacting: You'll learn successful techniques to interact with your students, to listen and to ask questions that nudge them toward examination of their own thinking.Analyzing: The fourth assessment perspective centers on collecting and analyzing the artifacts of your students' learning.Reporting: You will get help in organizing the assessment data you collect to share with parents, administrators, and others beyond the classroom door.

As you continuously evaluate and monitor your students' learning using a variety of assessment tools, you can design instruction and create curriculum that will stretch your students' knowledge and expand their learning worlds.

release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Monganga Paul: The Congo Ministry and Martyrdom of Paul Carlson, M.D.
Here is the electrifying story of Christian heroism that caught the world's imagination when first published in 1965 - the story of a California surgeon who took his family into the jungle of Congo to care for the sick and needy, only to be gunned down after being falsely accused of being a spy. The horror of Dr. Paul Carlson's death on November 24, 1964, during a rescue attempt in Kisangani (then Stanleyville), evoked shocked reactions around the world. Lois Carlson Bridges, Paul's widow, traces the impact of his faith as he sought direction for his life, and the struggle the couple faced in choosing a life of hardship over the alluring comforts of a wealthy suburban medical practice. The sights and sounds of daily life at the Wasolo hospital - in the forgotten corner of the Ubangi region - spring from these pages, as do the tales of love that bonded the Carlsons and their Congolese brothers and sisters. The reader will sense the pain of separation as Paul Carlson bids farewell to his family and returns to care for sick patients, only to be arrested and held hostage. Monganga Paul captures the deep faith and quiet heroism of this man who inspired those around him - and millions around the world - with his witness for Christ and selfless sacrifice on behalf of those he was called to serve. "All of us need to have rekindled in our minds and hearts the true meaning of missions today," wrote Billy Graham about Paul Carlson in 1965. "His life as a prisoner and death as a hero . . . combine to thrill the soul and bring praise to God for his greatness, goodness, and love." "The impact of Paul Carlson's life and death on the Congolese people was incalculable," notes Evangelical Covenant Church President Glenn R. Palmberg. "Forty years later, people are still being healed - both physically and spiritually - because of him. Paul Carlson went where God wanted him to be and did what God wanted him to do. That is exactly what God asks of each one of us."
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Open A World of Possible Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading
True stories by some of America's leading literacy advocates, authors and poets that celebrate the joy and power of reading.
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release date: Nov 06, 1998
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release date: Jan 01, 1997
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Writing as a Way of Knowing (Strategies for Teaching and Learning Professional Library)

Why do teachers use literature in their classrooms? What does literature add to children's lives and to the curriculum? Why is literature important at all? Kathy Short answers these and other questions in this introductory book on how to integrate literature into your curriculum.

Reading real books adds to the process of understanding and learning. Of course, teachers have always included real books in their classrooms, but now they are making them integral to the curriculum; however well constructed, basal programs cannot provide the variety and choice of reading materials that meet the equally wide range of students' interests and needs. Stories that are worth reading and that extend children's experiences and enrich their minds also motivate them to making reading part of their lives.

Kathy outlines the four roles literature plays in the curriculum:
Literature is a way to learn language; not just reading, but writing, too.Literature enhances learning in content areas: social studies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts.Literature is one pathway to knowing and understanding the world.Literature opens up an awareness of society and culture.

Because literature should be part of a curriculum that provides a meaningful engagement with language, she shows you how to use real books to give children opportunities to learn. You will enjoy her practical suggestions for implementing a variety of teaching strategies so that children have opportunities to learn about language through:

independent reading;reading aloud;partner reading and sharing;readers' theatre and choral reading;author studies;literature circles.

And you will be able to develop important reading strategies through mini-lessons, conferences, and shared and guided reading.

As an example of a curricular framework, Kathy explains the authoring cycle, which uses inquiry to involve students deeply in a theme or topic. She concludes with a discussion of evaluation as part of the curriculum and offers specific examples of evaluation techniques and samples of the appropriate forms.

As in the other volumes in this series, there are Dialogues that invite you to reflect on your own teaching, Shoptalks that provide brief reviews of relevant professional literature, and Teacher-To-Teacher Field Notes: comments by classroom teachers on their own successful teaching ideas.

release date: Sep 08, 2000
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The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools
Our students are tested to an extent that is unprecedented in American history and unparalleled anywhere in the world. Politicians and businesspeople, determined to get tough with students and teachers, have increased the pressure to raise standardized test scores. Unfortunately, the effort to do so typically comes at the expense of more meaningful forms of learning.

That disturbing conclusion emerges from Alfie Kohn's devastating new indictment of standardized testing. Drawing from the latest research, he concisely explains just how little test results really tell us and just how harmful a test-driven curriculum can be. Written in a highly readable question-and-answer format, The Case Against Standardized Testing will help readers respond to common questions and challenges-showing, for example, that:

  • high scores often signify relatively superficial thinking
  • many of the leading tests were never intended to measure teaching or learning
  • a school that improves its test results may well have lowered its standards to do so
  • far from helping to "close the gap," the use of standardized testing is most damaging for low-income and minority students
  • as much as 90 percent of the variations in test scores among schools or states have nothing to do with the quality of instruction
  • far more meaningful measures of student learning-or school quality-are available.
Kohn's central message is that standardized tests are "not like the weather, something to which we must resign ourselves. . . . They are not a force of nature but a force of politics-and political decisions can be questioned, challenged, and ultimately reversed." The final section demonstrates how teachers, parents, and students can turn their frustration into action and successfully turn back the testing juggernaut in order to create classrooms that focus on learning.

Also available on Audiotape: The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools, read by Alfie Kohn.

release date: Jan 01, 1996
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Community (Strategies for Teaching and Learning Professional Library)
Book by Bridges, Lois
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The Whole Language Catalog
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Writing as a Way of Knowing (Strategies for Teaching and Learning Professional Library) by Lois Bridges (1997-01-01)
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