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How to Strengthen Student Dispositions in Your School
January 3, 2014 | Categories: Welcome Slideshow | Comments
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by Cathy Gassenheimer In my earlier post about the book, Dispositions: Reframing Teaching and Learning, by Costa and Kallick, I introduced the three essential questions upon which the book is based: How do we make dispositions come alive in the minds of students? How do we produce a paradigm shift in the thinking of education leaders, parents, the public, and our political decision-makers? How to we reclaim the role that education must play in protecting our democracy. The authors point to sev... [continue reading]
 
 
How to Strengthen Student Dispositions in Your School
January 3, 2014 | Comments
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by Cathy Gassenheimer In my earlier post about the book, Dispositions: Reframing Teaching and Learning, by Costa and Kallick, I introduced the three essential questions upon which the book is based: How do we make dispositions come alive in the minds of students? How do we produce a paradigm shift in the thinking of education leaders, parents, the public, and our political decision-makers? How to we reclaim the role that education must play in protecting our democracy. The authors point to sev... [continue reading]
 
 
Lessons That Will Help Students Fall in Love with Close Reading
December 23, 2013 | Comments
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Here's a book about close reading that's worthy of your attention. Reviewer Kevin Hodgson is a sixth grade ELA teacher and technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. He reviews books and writes a blog about the ELA classroom at MiddleWeb, where this review first appeared.    Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts and Life, by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts (Heinemann, 2014)  Reviewed by Kevin Hodgson   Authors Christopher Lehman and Kate Robe... [continue reading]
 
 
Thinking about Student Dispositions and Craftsmanship
December 17, 2013 | Comments
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By Cathy Gassenheimer What is craftsmanship? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as a skill in a particular craft: I admire his engineering skills and craftsmanship; the quality of design and work shown in something made by hand; artistry: a piece of fine craftsmanship. "Craftsmanship" has appeared quite often during my recent professional reading binge. In one book, Leaving to Learn: How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, the authors name the pursuit o... [continue reading]
 
 
Keys to Successful Teaching: An Interview with Carol Ann Tomlinson (Part 2)
November 25, 2013 | Comments
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In the second part of Cathy Gassenheimer's conversation with teaching expert and University of Virginia scholar Carol Ann Tomlinson, she talks about respect and high expectations for both students and teachers. Best of all, she shares a memorable list of enduring truths about being a teacher that we think will ring true for every committed educator here in the Thanksgiving season. For more background about Carol Ann and her latest book from ASCD, Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiate... [continue reading]
 
 
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