“This excellent book is up-to-date with the expanding role of technology in education and offers endless ready-to-implement suggestions and plenty of illustrative material while linking everything to brain research. It is easy to understand, thoughtfully crafted, and right on the mark.”

—Beth Madison, Principal

George Middle School, Portland, OR

Engage, motivate, and inspire students with today's best practices

This third edition of what has become a classic methods text reveals the most current approaches to inspire and motivate students. Donna Walker Tileston engages readers with real-life classroom examples, proven techniques for reaching every learner, and up-to-date strategies, all outlined in her reader-friendly style. She incorporates the latest research on brain-compatible pedagogy and learning styles throughout the updated chapters on today's most critical topics, including: Using formative assessment for best results; Integrating technology to connect students' school and home lives; Differentiating instruction to inspire every student; Connecting with children of various cultures, including those who live in poverty; Creating a collaborative learning environment

Each chapter includes helpful lists, charts, and graphs. New and veteran teachers will find a treasure trove of invaluable tried-and-true strategies throughout this handy reference.

Helping Students Make Connections from Prior Knowledge

Helping students make connections from prior knowledge

Being student-centered also means connecting learning to students' lives, using the student's own culture, strengths (intelligences), interests, goals, and dreams as the beginning point for learning.

—Bonnie Benard (2003)

Schools today are making strides as never before to help students connect to content. Our classrooms look very different from those even five years ago as we have a growing number of students from minority cultures and as the dominant culture of the classroom changes rapidly. The U.S. Census Bureau (2006) says that by the year 2012, the dominant race in the classroom will be Hispanic with African Americans second and those of Anglo-Saxon European descent third. If we are to teach the children of ...

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