Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners

Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners

Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners

Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners

Synopsis

Learning for Keeps answers the questions teachers frequently ask about how to provide the explicit strategy instruction that supports the higher-level skills students need to meet the rigorous demands of the Common Core Standards. Teachers recognize that students often do not come to our classrooms with the skills necessary for the activities and projects that require solving problems, reading deeply, responding to higher levels of text complexity, communicating well- developed ideas, and performing the many cognitive behaviors necessary for long-term intellectual development.

Here's a highly practical book that gives teachers the specific knowledge and larger vision needed to demystify essential strategies with explicit instruction. The reader will come away with a tutorial in breaking down complex strategies into incremental parts; models of scripted explicit strategy lessons; examples of coaching transactions that mediate students' application of strategies; and scaffolded activities that integrate content and process. Learning for Keeps is an indispensable tool for enabling all students to independently select and apply the behaviors needed for becoming highly literate and thoughtful citizens prepared for college and 21st century careers.

Excerpt

As teachers striving to meet the challenges of the 21st century student, we recognize the need for good GPS systems in our classrooms. In Learning for Keeps, author Rhoda Koenig provides a “cognitive” GPS system. In this book, teachers are challenged to think about how they want to lead their students and help them build the literacy and problem-solving skills that are important both in school and in life. In addition to these skills, Rhoda also emphasizes the need for students to develop the attitudes, dispositions, and habits of mind that will help them develop into lifelong learners.

As with any good navigation system, there are twists and turns along the way. But Rhoda provides such accurately scripted and well-described lesson plans, tips, and advice, you feel as if you are in the classroom with the teachers learning what they are doing. What is unique about Learning for Keeps is the access you get to Rhoda’s metacognitive processing. She reveals her choices, why she made them, and, upon reflection, how she might consider making different choices. This book provides an excellent model for reflective practice and will serve teachers who have been in practice for many years as well as those who are just entering the profession.

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