“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.
Chapter 5: Lite-n-Lean Learning Activities: Beginning Steps for Inspiring Learners
Lite-n-Lean Learning Activities: Beginning Steps for Inspiring Learners
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps—we must step up the stairs.
In Chapter 4, we learned how to explicitly teach our students the vital know-hows they need to become lifelong learners. In this chapter, we will look at instructional strategies we can use to respond to students’ differences and apprentice them into knowing themselves as learners. With our core beliefs firmly in place, let's take a look at some lite-n-lean activities designed and used by real teachers. These approaches are a great way to begin intentionally responding to our learners’ needs. They are easy to do and students enjoy ...