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Excellent book! A must-read for teachers and administrators who are truly interested in quality teaching and student success.”

—Paul Gmelin, Principal

White Lake Middle School, MI

As an administrator, this book provides me with meaningful direction for my staff. Implementing practices from this book will empower both students and teachers alike.”

—Sammie Novack, Vice-Principal

Washington Middle School, Bakersfield, CA

A wealth of advice and activities for secondary teachers who wish to transform the adolescent's need for independence into empowerment, motivation, and inspired learning.”

—Belinda Lazarus, Professor of Education

University of Michigan, Dearborn

Succinctly proposes an approach designed to generate in students the internal desire to learn! Promises to be a significant resource for teachers who truly wish to leave a legacy.”

—Sallie M. Noel, Associate Professor of Biology

Austin Peay State University

Enables teachers to reach students where they are while helping them to strive for more.”

—Angela D. Steffke, Secondary Resource Teacher

John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor, MI

Foster a community of students inspired to discover their unique ability to learn!

One of the most effective methods for engaging students is to relate subject matter to learners' interests and experiences. The challenge many secondary teachers face is how to accomplish this goal across an increasingly diverse student body. In this field-tested resource, Kathleen Kryza, S. Joy Stephens, and Alicia Duncan guide educators toward achieving this objective by presenting differentiated lessons that simultaneously engage and inspire students.

Inspiring Middle and Secondary Learners gives readers a step-by-step process for gathering the student data necessary to inform their instructional approach. Offering easy-to-implement strategies for differentiated lessons, this research-based book also provides in-depth model lessons and rubrics in content areas to inspire learning. The end result is engaging and meaningful instruction that stirs students to construct their own approach to learning by applying their experiences to relevant subject matter. Readers will also benefit from:

Case studies and student work samples; Lesson frameworks and planning guides to help teachers develop standards-based differentiated lessons and units; Tips, tools, and reproducible materials for assessing student learning styles and preferences; Sample lessons, activities, and more

Discover how to inspire students by building a community of learners who honor themselves and each other.

Honoring Individuals, Building Community
Honoring individuals, building community

Without an understanding of the unique meanings existing for the individual, the problems of helping him effectively are almost insurmountable.

—Arthur Combs

As we were working on this book, Joy called and shared this amazing story with us:

She was stealing a few quiet moments in the bathroom while her son, Alex, was outside the door rattling a set of plastic keys. After pretending to search for the bathroom key, he finally burst through the door with a look of pure excitement on his face and announced that he had found the right key. “Oh, Alex,” Joy exclaimed. “That is such a special key that you have!” Then, in that rare wisdom of children's teaching, he declared, “Mommy, all these keys ...

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