Holding On to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones is for teachers who struggle under top-down mandates or are forced into scripted reading lessons - whose humane, sensitive ways of teaching are threatened by rigid, mechanical programs. Tom Newkirk eloquently defends teaching against the cult of efficiency that turns classrooms into assembly lines of knowledge. He presents six ideas worth fighting for - transformative practices that return instructional decisions to where they belong: with teachers.
Visit any classroom and you will encounter students with a variety of goals, and not everyone approaches education with the same goal. For some students, school is a direct path to the real world. But many schools don't teach their students functional literacy or how to deal with the basic issues they will encounter in everyday life: preparing a resume, applying for a job, opening a bank account, getting out of debt, understanding credit, and more. These functional words are learned in context with manageable one-page activities.
RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson, nearing the end of his year-long UN mission in Juba, South Sudan, struggles to find a serial killer who is attacking young women.
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Product ID: OBP9781459804913
Grades: Grades 11 - 12
Level(s): High School
File Size: 1.69 MB
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)
ISBN (Digital Book): 9781459804913
ISBN (Physical Book): 9781459804906
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