Exciting Classrooms: Practical Information To Ensure Student Success by Frank ThomsExciting Classrooms: Practical Information To Ensure Student Success by Frank Thoms

Exciting Classrooms: Practical Information To Ensure Student Success

byFrank Thoms

Paperback | November 23, 2015

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Frank Thoms writes with passion to invite principals and teachers to make changes that will allow all students to succeed. In this book he urges them to reconsider traditional practices in light of today's media-driven culture and digitally wired students. Exciting Classrooms is sensitive to the challenges schools face and is relentless in offering strategies to meet these challenges. Schools must do better. Rather than focus on improving test scores, this book advocates that teachers teach to a child's whole symphony, not only to one note. If students only learn to succeed on bubble tests, they will not have opportunities to discover their true potential. Thoms sees the teaching process as a joint venture between teacher and student where the teacher brings learning to the student and, at the same time, brings the student to the learning. This process demands at least as much listening as talking, a new habit that teachers and principals need to learn.
Frank Thoms has been an innovative public and private school teacher known for his unique ideas and ability to connect with colleagues, students and parents. He has taught in four countries: the US, England, Mexico, and Russia and the former Soviet Union and has served as a consultant in more than one hundred-twenty-five schools.
Title:Exciting Classrooms: Practical Information To Ensure Student SuccessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.04 × 5.99 × 0.67 inPublished:November 23, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1475823037

ISBN - 13:9781475823035


Table of Contents

Meet Dan HilliardIntroductionI: What Can We Do Immediately? 1 Implement 10-2 Thinking 2 Instill Skills 3 Teach Literacy 4 Design Invitations 5 Make Meaning II: How Can We Expand Our Teaching Practice? 6 See the Big Picture 7 Search for Wisdom 8 Stay Current 9 Seek the Higher Road III: What Must We Change? 10 Abolish Tracking 11 Abandon the Crabs in the Cage 12 Stop the Interruptions 13 End One-Size-Fits-All Teaching IV: What Can We Learn from Beyond the Culture of Schools? 14 Become a Gadfly 15 Leverage Tipping Points 16 Teach As If 17 Take the Long View 18 Imagine the Ideal 19 Invoke the Cosmos V: How Do We Find Our Calling? 20 Grow Our Seeds 21 Rethink Our Philosophy 22 Achieve Our Dreams 23 Become Stakeholders 24 Begin at the End CODA: Make a Difference EPILOGUE: Hidden Expectations APPENDIX: Teaching Manifesto Index Acknowledgments About the Author

Editorial Reviews

Vincent Rogers, former Professor of Education, University of Connecticut While educational reforms trend toward global reach, testing, and data-driven analysis of outcomes, Frank Thoms draws our attention back to the locus of learning-the synergy between teachers and students. He offers empathetic and passionate teachers the thought tools and practical steps they need to invigorate a collaborative classroom.