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The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

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Author: By Laura Weaver and Mark Wilding
ISBN: 978-1936764488
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
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Teaching is at a crossroads: a crossroads at the top of the world.Never before have teachers, teaching, and the future of teaching had such elevated importance.There is widespread agreement now that of all the factors inside the school that affect children’s learning and achievement, the most important is the teacher—not standards, assess­ments, resources, or even the school’s leadership, but the quality of the teacher.Teachers really matter.

—Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan

When we think of what’s right with education, we think of teachers. Since 2001, we have met and talked with thousands of educators and witnessed their dedication, creativ­ity, courage, and intelligence firsthand. As we listened to their experiences, we heard time and time again that they are facing a very real dilemma: they have become overloaded and overwhelmed with new policies and standards, and it has become difficult to find the time and energy to engage in anything beyond what is absolutely required by schools or districts. In the current educational climate, where test scores serve as the primary indi­cator of student success and teacher quality, many teachers feel they have to teach to the test and give up some of the essential elements of teaching that positively impact learn­ing. In this data-driven system, they see their students losing their capacity to focus and think creatively and critically. And, at times, they feel powerless to make a difference in the lives of the students they teach.

Many current educational paradigms separate social and emotional learning from academic learning, leading us to believe we must choose between these very important dimensions. However, recent discoveries about the nature of the brain and learning invite us to consider a different approach. Neuroscience, learning theory, and teaching expe­rience all illustrate that the social and emotional dimensions of learning are not only inextricably linked to academic success, but are indeed its very foundation. In this way, even if all we cared about was raising test scores, we would need to address the social and emotional lives of our students. In fact, most teachers and educators do care about the multiple dimensions of learning and want to develop educational approaches that support students to become resilient, creative, and productive human beings who can live mean­ingful and purposeful lives.

Paperback: 200 pages

Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.3 cm

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