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Just Teach Me, Mrs. K.: Talking, Reading, and Writing with Resistant Adolescent Learners / Edition 1

Just Teach Me, Mrs. K.: Talking, Reading, and Writing with Resistant Adolescent Learners / Edition 1

by Mary Krogness, Mary M. KrognessMary Krogness


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An alarming number of students today has emotional burdens and learning deficits so significant that success in a traditional classroom is nearly impossible. What kinds of strategies can teachers use to manage classrooms full of resistant teenagers? How can teachers motivate apathetic, disenfranchised adolescents who have never viewed themselves as learners?

Just Teach Me, Mrs. K. describes one teacher's journey with resistant, often over-age, under-achieving seventh and eighth graders. Mary Krogness, a public school classroom teacher for nearly thirty years, with broad teaching experience in grades K-8, presents compelling classroom stories about young people from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, from both urban and suburban environments. All of them, though, share the risk of being lost to learning forever.

Full of practical suggestions and inventive approaches to language learning, Just Teach Me, Mrs. K. shows how to design language-rich experiences based on students' interests, inclinations, and stages of development; how to raise questions that trigger thinking and discussion; how to create an atmosphere that is inviting and exciting without being chaotic; how to rechannel adolescents' considerable energy and seek help from their families in the process; and how to develop students' potential and create respectful classroom relationships.

Just Teach Me, Mrs. K. tells the story of a teacher who empowered her students to take control of their learning and their lives. The book is not a panacea or paradigm for teaching nonmainstream adolescents. It is a theoretically sound guide designed to inspire beginning and experienced classroom teachers whose goal is to engage students actively, to help them become generators of ideas, to build spirit and self-esteem among one another, and to explore, appreciate, and celebrate language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435088156
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/25/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Being a classroom teacher of students K through 8, both urban and suburban, who represent a grand cultural, racial, and socio-economic mix of young people, is the oxygen-maybe helium-that has kept Mary Krogness in the classroom for nearly thirty years. She has authored numerous articles in Language Arts, English Journal, Youth Theatre Journal, and has a chapter in Stories to Grow On (edited by Julie M. Jensen, Heinemann, 1988) and a poem in Workshop 6: The Teacher as Writer (edited by Maureen Barbieri and Linda Rief, Heinemann, 1994); she also wrote a commercial textbook and wrote and produced the award-winning "Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright," a writing series for PBS.Serving on the Elementary Section Committee, the Literature Commission, the Task Force on Excellence, chairing the Poetry Award Selection Committee, and being a regular conference presenter, Mary has been a active member of the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1987, she attended the landmark NCTE/MLA English Coalition Conference.

Table of Contents

In the Trenches but Not Entrenched

Dreams with Design: Classroom Goals and Management

Inside Seventh Grade

Inside Eighth Grade

We Don't Do Nothin' in Here

Speaking Up: At the Heart of It All

Acting Out: Improvised Classroom Drama

Meeting Literature Head On

Writing for Our Lives

Becoming Playwrights

Making Poetry: Side by Side with Poets

Assessment: Measuring What Really Matters

Many Students, Many Measuring Sticks

A Journey with Boy Wonder

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