In his teacher resource books Steve aims to help educators improve the quality of teaching and learning that occurs in elementary and middle school classrooms. Though each book may focus on a different topic, his works stem a common philosophical framework that emphasizes several core themes: student empowerment, intrinsic motivation, enthusiasm for learning, teamwork, finding meaning in and understanding the larger purposes of our work, and the development of lasting habits of mind and habits of character.
|Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8 (Released May, 2008)
Published by Corwin Press, Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8 presents a set of eight integrated principles that comprise an overall approach to organizing and managing classrooms. Inspirational and practical, this book focuses on the quality of teaching and learning in elementary and middle school classrooms and helps teachers and students find more joy, satisfaction, and meaning in their work.
|Brushes With Greatness (Not Yet Released)
Brushes With Greatness contains 1-page biographies of 20 well-known individuals who used education to make better lives for themselves. This book is designed to help elementary school students understand the role that education played in empowering these people to achieve the greatness for which they are known today. The biographies trace the learning paths of the individuals featured and emphasize the educational accomplishments and character traits that made their later success possible. The stories also highlight the adversity these men and women faced and the obstacles they overcame. This book’s primary goal is to encourage children everywhere to become more determined, more motivated, more purposeful learners.
|Rock Your Students' World (Not Yet Released)
The recent explosion of literature relating the findings of brain research and its implications for improving student learning has presented educators with a golden opportunity to reach greater heights and achieve greater results than ever before. Teachers now know more than we've ever known about how the brain functions, how students learn best, and which types of instructional practices hold the most promise.
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Teaching Kids How to Get "Unstuck" While Writing (Teaching Tip #106)In this Teaching Tip I provide a link to a short YouTube video I created. The video features two effective strategies that help children become “unstuck” while they are writing. The first of these strategies is a familiar one, while the second is less well-known and a bit more novel. Try these ideas in class with your students or at home with your children.
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