Advanced Teaching Methods for the Technology Classroom

Because of the nature of their subject, technology teachers have found ways to make learning active and exciting, often through new activities and projects that have real-world relevance. As technology fields grow, the success of technology teachers is tied in with innovation rather than the accomplishments of the past.

Advanced Teaching Methods for the Technology Classroom provides a comprehensive, critical approach to meeting the new challenges of technology in the classroom. This book gathers together research on technology methods, principles, and content, and acts as a reference source for proven and innovative methods. Advanced Teaching Methods for the Technology Classroom presents an introduction to teaching educational technology, design, and engineering. It also contains strategies for innovation by examining the what, why, and how of technology education.


Analysing Exemplary Science Teaching

Analysing Exemplary Science Teaching brings together twelve academics, ten innovative teachers and three exceptional students in a conversation about teaching and learning. Teachers and students describe some of their most noteworthy classroom practice, whilst scholars of international standing use educational theory to discuss, define and analyse the documented classroom practice.


Collaborative Teaching Strategies and Methods Used Between Special Education and General Education Teachers in Collaborative Classrooms

With the implementation of No Child Left Behind (2004) and the requirements set by Article 7 and IDEIA (2004), collaborative teaching has become a requirement for most special education and general education teachers. General education and special education teachers are asked to cooperate to successfully meet the needs of all students in their classroom and to ensure the execution of differentiated instruction in the inclusive classroom. This qualitative research involves the observation and interview of veteran general education and special education teachers. Specifically, the study was designed to verify these teachers’ perceptions of collaboration and how collaboration between general education and special education teachers is applied into the inclusive or the collaborative classroom. Interviews, observations and surveys were used to evaluate special education and general education teachers’ perspectives of collaboration and its application in collaborative classrooms.


Why Teach Mathematics?

Seven years after its publication in Germany, this book is now available to English readers. In the German-speaking countries, the publication led to intense controversies on the significance, the goals, and the future development of mathematics instruction in schools. Currently, there is much debate in many countries on how to evaluate the findings of such international comparative studies as TIMSS and PISA, debate on which consequences should be taken for designing national curricula and on which reforms of mathematics instruction in schools should be initiated. I hope that this book might provide substantial suggestions beneficial to resolving these and similar issues, for its major concern is twofold: first, to determine the essential characteristics of general education in schools, and, secondly, on the basis of this, to specify the status of mathematics instruction within the framework of general education in schools. Due to the fundamental nature of my argument, I did not consider it necessary to ‘update’ the book superficially for the English edition. Thus, I am presenting the book to the English-speaking public in its original form, the single exception being that I have omitted the original second chapter since that chapter (“Bildung und Allgemeinbildung”) seems to be relevant only to those readers especially interested in German educational debates. Most of those readers, in turn, will belong to the German-speaking public. The omission of this chapter necessitated a few insignificant alterations in the (otherwise unchanged) introduction and at the beginning of the present second (originally, third) chapter.


Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers

Children face many serious health concerns, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. Teachers can use Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers, Third Edition,to help children avoid these and other health issues and steer them to better health.

Many new guidelines and mandates have arisen in recent years, including new dietary guidelines for Americans, an updated food guide pyramid system, a federally mandated school wellness policy, and coordinated school health legislation. This text is thoroughly revised to keep in step with these guidelines and mandates, and it will help preservice and in-service classroom teachers and physical education specialists provide best practices in physical education, physical activity, and healthy eating.

This third edition extends existing information on integrating academics and physical activity. New material includes sections on character development and the positive youth development model as well as more practical tools for developing teaching skills. In addition, the authors place more emphasis on goal orientation and motivational climate, two factors associated with maintaining physical activity. They outline strategies for creating an environment where students choose to participate in physical activity with confidence, enthusiasm, and a desire to learn.

Teachers who are not accustomed to teaching in the gym environment will find the video clips on the DVD-ROM especially useful, and they can use the lesson plans also provided on the DVD-ROM in concert with the video clips to apply the concepts in their own teaching. Teachers can use these lesson plans as is or as models for writing their own lesson plans. Each plan illustrates a key concept or method in the book, thus reinforcing and extending readers’ understanding and enhancing their teaching practice.

Written in an engaging, informal style, the text helps teachers learn what they need to know without having to decipher jargon or being overloaded with excessive information. Accessible, interesting, current, and practical, Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers, Third Edition, will help beginning teachers to create healthier schools and to feel confident in presenting essential information and creating exciting learning activities for their students.


Health Education

The skills necessary to plan and deliver efficient health education programs are fundamentally the same, whether it’s in a classroom, workplace, hospital, or community. Health Education: Creating Strategies for School & Community Health, Third Edition provides the tools to make appropriate programming decisions based on the needs of the clients and the educational settings. It encourages the systematic development of sound, effective, and appropriate presentation methods and demonstrates the evolving state of health education. The philosophy presented in this text is based on the premise that the core of health education is the process of health education. It is a must-have resource for health education methods courses.

Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook

Yohuru Williams has developed an approach to teaching history that makes it easy to get students actively engaged, to think critically, and to become accountable for their own learning. This indispensable guide demonstrates how to turn students into investigators of history, rather than memorizers and regurgitators of dates and disconnected facts.

Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook presents six powerful teaching strategies, each with many sample lessons suitable for grades 5-12, that tap into students’ natural curiosity and investigative instincts. Your students will become detectives of the past as they:

Ghost-hunt in their neighborhoods, researching mysterious buildings, monuments, and other “haunted” spaces

Solve historical crime scenes, or “cold cases”

Analyze primary and secondary sources using fingerprinting techniques

Reconstruct “accidents” that occurred at important intersections in history

Prepare arguments as defenders or prosecutors in famous court cases

Undertake paranormal investigations to communicate with figures from the past


Effective Teaching Strategies

This text describes teaching strategies that can be used by teachers and trainers in all instructional settings: primary, secondary and vocational as well as other post-school education. It will be particularly useful for student education teachers, both as a text for their theoretical studies and as a reference source during their practical teaching years. The text examines a number of different teaching strategies including direct instruction, discussion, small-group work, cooperative learning, problemsolving, student research, role play and student writing. Additionally, this edition covers new developments in the area of teaching and learning (such as reflective practice) and outcomes-based education – an increasing trend in education. These changes will bring the text in line with the requirements in preservice education and the classroom. The text also covers up-to-date issues such as bullying and ethical relationships between teachers and students.

Middle and Secondary School Instructional Methods

This companion volume to Moore’s 1998 Classroom Teaching Skills, 4/e on elementary school instructional methods reviews current teaching methods and provides hands-on teaching strategies for pre-service middle and high school teachers. The text is organized around the four essential components of effective teaching: foundations, preparing for instruction, implementation of instruction, and the profession. Chapter objectives, key terms, check-up questions, application questions, and a glossary help students learn. In the second edition middle school issues, techniques, and implications added to each chapter. Topics related to school reform that have been added include school-based management, charter schools, community and parental involvement, curriculum integration, equal education, block scheduling, year-round schooling, and recommendations from What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future report (chapter 1). A completely rewritten chapter 6 on technology now includes distance learning and the Internet. Other new topics in the revision include learning styles (chapter 2), interdisciplinary teaching teams (chapter 3), thematic units (chapter 5), portfolios (chapter 10), control and conflict resolution (chapter 15), and vouchers, school choice, and recommendations from What Matters Most report (chapter 16).