Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 8¾
978-1-4758-4013-1 • Hardback • December 2018 • $65.00 • (£50.00)
978-1-4758-4014-8 • Paperback • December 2018 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
978-1-4758-4015-5 • eBook • December 2018 • $30.00 • (£22.99)
Frank Thoms, fifty years a middle school teacher, international educator, and consultant in more than 125 schools, is known for innovative practices and his ability to connect with students, parents, and colleagues. He prides himself on his writing to make his ideas accessible to readers.
Chapter 1- Break the Mold: Michael Harding & Meera Sharma
Chapter 2- Engage Students: Michael Harding & Meera Sharma
Chapter 3- Invoke Primary Sources: Frances Smith & Joyce Bertrand
Chapter 4- Frame the Big Picture: Michael Harding, Frances Smith, Meera Sharma & Joyce Bertrand
Chapter 5- Teach Students to Think: Terry Rowe & Ivan Deutsch
Chapter 6- Explore the Other Side: Terry Rowe & Ivan Deutsch
Chapter 7- UseGrading to Improve Learning: George Persons & Harold Coughlin
Chapter 8- Co-Teach with a Master Teacher: Del Goodwin & Lewis Denton
Chapter 9- Teach Collaboratively: Paula Ralston, Jennifer Symons & Jeremy Wilson
Chapter 10- Embrace Controversy: Martin Oldenberg, Ellen Harper & Isabella Gonzalez
Chapter 11- Teach Reading for Understanding: Carolyn Hench & Lea Archer
Chapter 12- Invest in Social-Emotional Learning: George Persons, Harold Coughlin & Amanda Booker
Chapter 13- To Google or Not to Google: Don Jorgensen, Amy Watson, Gordon Mason, & Bonnie Canton
Chapter 14- Stay Grounded in Reality: Don Jorgensen Amy Watson, Gordon Mason, & Bonnie Canton
Chapter 15- Seek the Middle Ground: Martin Oldenberg, Ellen Harper, Isabella Gonzalez & Thomas Singleton
Chapter 16- AndIt’s the Little Things: Lillian Bailey, Michael Harding, Meera Sharma, John Hutchinson, Ford Daley & Martha Esersky
About the Author
Listening is Learning offers all of us who strive to become better teachers valuable insight, inspiration, and the reminder that teaching is a collaborative process. Frank Thoms’ excellent book illustrates just how much we have to learn from the hard-earned wisdom of other teachers, and how the pursuit of teaching excellence never ends. A valuable book for anyone in the classroom.
— Dinty W. Moore, author of “Crafting the Personal Essay”
You have such a wonderful way of drawing the reader into the dialog going on in your books. It makes the reader start “talking to the text” to want to become part of the conversation. I don't know another writer who does this.
— Ursula Boyle, 2nd grade teacher
The best way to learn is from others who have been there before you. This book is filled with the kind of wisdom available when veteran teachers and young teachers share ideas in conversation. It is an extraordinary collection of wise suggestions any teacher will want to inhale.
— Susan Page, author, "Why Talking is Not Enough"
Frank Thoms encourages us to slow down. He sets us up to linger and observe conversations between veteran and new teachers and allows their insights about teaching and learning to calmly and deeply wash over us. You will be rewarded with the opportunity to think, reflect, and learn alongside thoughtful veteran and new teachers alike.
— Jenn David-Lange, author of "The Main Idea"
Frank Thoms writes with passion and joy, empathy and inclusiveness. In these pages, teachers will find not only hands-on solutions but nourishment for the soul.
— Gerard Helferich, author of “An Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Improbable Partnership That Remade American Business”
In a warm and gentle voice, Thoms offers both emotional wisdom and practical support for new teachers, and for veterans thinking about how best to support new teachers. He makes a good argument for collaborative relationships among teachers and between teachers and their students.
— Hugh Silbaugh, dean and teacher, Northfield-Mount Hermon