Educator's Voice X: Engaging All Learners Through Content Area Instruction

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In this issue …

The work presented in this volume brings content area instruction to the fore. Authors share instructional practices designed to engage students by making them active partners in the learning process. Through classroom debate, guided inquiry, and project-based learning, the activities foster collaboration and capture students’ interest by leveraging their input.

The authors describe practices across the curriculum, including in the arts and sciences, social studies and physical education. They infuse graphic arts in Career and Technical Education, present content integration in math and science, encourage young humanitarians to raise awarenessfor a cause, and use art as a platform to tackle bullying behaviors.

The practices presented here remind us that meaningful instruction has many different forms and contexts. Content instruction is a pivotal part of a balanced curriculum intended to nurture the whole child and to prepare aspiring minds to think, inquire, and engage.

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    Introduction: Engaging All Learners Through Content Area Instruction

    Posted May 15, 2017 by Research and Educational Services

    The work presented in this volume brings content area instruction to the fore. Authors share instructional practices designed to engage students by making them active partners in the learning process. Through classroom debate, guided inquiry, and project-based learning, the activities foster collaboration and capture students’ interest by leveraging their input.

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    Chapter 1 - Learning to Think, Read, and Write Like Historians

    Posted May 14, 2017 by Carmela Gustafson, Connetquot Teachers Association; Mary McGonnell, Connetquot Teachers Association

    Two social studies teachers with more than 35 years of combined experience share their three-fold approach to teaching literacy in the content areas. The authors use a flexible, mixed-bag of both generic literacy strategies and disciplinary literacy routines; collaborating across grade levels to scaffold and reinforce skills; and collaborating across subject areas with English teachers both to establish consistent expectations for students about reading and writing, and to highlight the distinctive literacy practices of history as a discipline.

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    Chapter 2: The School Library as a Makerspace

    Posted May 13, 2017 by Alice Robinson, West Babylon Teachers Association

    In addition to the usual book talks, orientation lessons, project-based research and work on Internet safety and best practices, a junior high school librarian shares two different learning modalities she has incorporated with her students. These results-based activities have motivated students to read more, improved their literacy skills, increased their time on task and fostered more collaboration in and outside the Library Media Center.

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    Chapter 3: Teaching through Entrepreneurship

    Posted May 12, 2017 by Annette Romano, Carol Herrington, Chris Lasher

    What ingredients make a good unit great? In this article, fourth-grade teachers share how they elevate and engage their students’ learning through an entrepreneur unit that combines collaborative planning, service learning, and integrates the state learning standards.

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    Chapter 4: Argument Friday

    Posted May 11, 2017 by Jodi Burnash, Anne Daviau

    Argument is a proficiency that is critical to our students’ future success as effective and informed citizens. In the following article, educators share how students in 11th grade inclusive classrooms worked on a weekly basis to not only adapt to standards around argument writing, but also understand the importance of crafting and presenting an argument as part of college and career readiness.

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    Chapter 5: Enhancing Instruction through Content Integration

    Posted May 10, 2017 by Anita Stabrowski

    What science skills do your students possess? Can they create a graph? Can they interpret data? Can they recognize and describe a trend in the data? As students advance in science it is important not to assume that because they know many facts that they can interpret what those facts mean. Math and science skills become more integral as students advance in these subjects. The author shares three simple integrated math and science skill lessons for you to use in your class. Each one can be used as a formative assessment and can be completed within a 40-minute class period. Try them and see what your students can do.

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    Chapter 6: Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn

    Posted May 9, 2017 by Linda Grimes-Picarazzi, Mary Landry

    Two speech-language pathologists describe the language interventions they provide to special education students to support academic achievement. Through collaboration with each other and with classroom and special education teachers, speech-language therapy supports classroom instruction and addresses underpinning
    foundational vocabulary, concepts and grammatical structures that are challenging for many middle school students.

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    Chapter 7: Co-Creating an Arts Curriculum in Career and Technical Education

    Posted May 8, 2017 by Elizabeth Barber-Breese, Sandra Sheldon

    This article explores the practice of integrating English language arts into a Career and Technical Education program. The authors explain three projects that actively incorporate student interests and feedback while meeting core academic and technical standards.

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    Chapter 8: Educating for Civic Well-Being

    Posted May 7, 2017 by David Michael Fischer

    The government and civics debate series is an intensive and student-centered effort to understand and articulate a variety of issues that affect contemporary public discourse. After several weeks of preparation, students will debate these issues in front of an audience of their peers. The instructor plays a vital role, but only as a facilitator, to assist students in their understanding of the issues, to acclimate students to the debate process and to promote the articulation of ideas.

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    Chapter 9: Guiding Chemistry Students with Essential Questions

    Posted May 6, 2017 by Amanda Zullo

    This article outlines the shift in a 10th–12th grade Regents Chemistry classroom from traditional lecture and lab lessons to more student-centered, student-driven, differentiated inquiry-based lessons. Integrating these methods in science class and lab instruction provides the opportunity to meet the students where they are while increasing student engagement and understanding.

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    Chapter 10: LOTE and the Five Cs: A Reflection on Teaching World Languages

    Posted May 5, 2017 by Linda Zusman

    This article provides information and resources in support of foreign language study and includes outlines for lessons that engage students and touch upon the five Cs of World Readiness Standards for LOTE: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.

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    Chapter 11: New Wave of Fitness

    Posted May 4, 2017 by Leonard J. Brown III, Timothy Christiansen

    Physical education and health teachers use technology and fitness trends to educate students on a variety of new fitness concepts and their benefits. The new approach has seen tremendous results, students are engaged in the lessons and look forward to each unit. Most important, students are excited about establishing and maintaining a lifelong fitness program.

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    Chapter 12: Bullying in the Early Grades: Giving Visual Form to Voice

    Posted May 3, 2017 by Joan Davidson

    A first-grade classroom’s concern about bullying is the focus for students to engage in image making in conjunction with the writing process. Through the process, students discover they can give form to painful experiences and feelings and receive feedback from their peers.

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    Glossary, Resources, Call for Proposals

    Posted May 2, 2017 by Research and Educational Services

    Glossary of acronyms and terms, resources from around the web and Call for Proposals for Educator's Voice XI

     

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