This book is designed for all K-12 educators and teacher preparation faculty. Reading this book is like being in the room with 30 teacher mentors from different grade-levels and school settings who are sharing strategies for: (1) building and maintaining a positive classroom climate; (2) planning; (3) instruction; and (4) professional development. Discover step-by-step breakdowns of how to implement each strategy as well as professional reflections from contributors representing two different grade-levels and a range of suburban and urban settings from all over the globe.
Education students and novice teachers will learn from the in-depth descriptions of how to implement each strategy. Veteran teachers will be inspired by contributing teachers’ professional reflection regarding why and how they utilize each strategy.
Readers in ALL school contexts will benefit from narrative descriptions of each strategy in action, which bring to life the ways that the strategies have made an impact on student learning and teacher development. The adaptations modeled throughout the book, based on students’ and schools’ assets and needs, help readers to think about how to make each strategy a good fit for their unique classroom. If you are looking for practical ideas from the field, look no further - this is a book designed to build your teaching toolbox with strategies that you will use for years to come.
Jonathan Ryan Davis is an associate professor at The College of New Jersey where he coordinates the urban secondary education program. Jonathan is a former high school social studies teacher, cooperating teacher, and instructional coach who taught in northern Kentucky and New York City.
Maureen Connolly is an associate professor at The College of New Jersey where she coordinates the secondary education program. Maureen is a former service learning coordinator and high school English teacher who taught for 15 years at Mineola High School.
Chapter 1: Classroom Climate Strategies
Strategy 1: Group Agreements
Strategy 2: Establishing Routines
Strategy 3: Positive Affirmations
Strategy 4: Failing Forward
Strategy 5: Critical Feedback Surveys
Chapter 2: Planning Strategies
Strategy 6: Year-Long Overview
Strategy 7: Collaborative Planning
Strategy 8: Using Assessments to Guide Instruction
Strategy 9: Inquiry-Based Learning
Strategy 10: Culturally Responsive/Sustaining Teaching
Chapter 3: Instructional Strategies
Strategy 11: Deepening Discussions
Strategy 12: Small Group Stations
Strategy 13: Arts Integration
Strategy 14: Mock Trials
Strategy 15: Student Self-Assessment
Chapter 4: Professional Development Strategies
Strategy 16: Making the Most of Professional Development
Strategy 17: Building and Supporting your Professional Network
Strategy 18: Tech-Based Professional Development
Strategy 19: Inquiry Circles
Strategy 20: Written Reflections on Practice
Chapter 5: 10 Bonus Strategies
Adaptable Teaching: 30 Practical Strategies for All School Contexts is an important resource for teachers as they build knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions for successful teaching in diverse school contexts. Educators from across the globe engage in essential issues in our journey to teach to the strength of students. A book from educators for educators and a book for newer and experienced teachers alike, this book necessarily pushes theory to practice.
This book inspires student-focused action in an easily digestible format. These bite size morsels offer educators practical advice and tools for their in-the-moment needs. A fingertip ready gift of inspiration.
Now, more than ever, educators need practical and actionable strategies that they can use in their classrooms. While teaching is incredibly complex, by learning with colleagues and applying the research, all educators can improve their practice and help all children achieve new heights in learning and outcomes. In this new book, the authors have applied their own expertise and that of researchers and practitioners in such a way that all educators can benefit. You’ll find their strategies to be clear, applicable, and exactly what our educators need right now in order to ensure that all schools are great places for both students and adults to thrive.
Wow! A handbook of strategies for both the novice and the veteran teacher! I looked through the table of contents and was immediately able to identify a couple of strategies that I can apply in the classroom tomorrow! Can't wait for the other books in this Toolbox series!
This book offers a wealth of strategies, inspirations, and practical suggestions to provide support and guidance in the never-ending pursuit of strengthening teaching and learning. This isn’t just a ‘how-to-book,’ it is a ‘this is how I have done it’ book that offers teacher-developed, research-backed, easy-to-adapt practices that will be valuable to teachers who are new to the field and to all teachers striving to meet the needs of each student. Written with respect for teachers and an appreciation of the unique qualities of each classroom, Adaptable Teaching: 30 Practical Strategies for All School Contexts will build the toolbox of individual teachers and provide opportunities for rich professional discussion and collaboration. I cannot wait to dig into this book and series with my colleagues.