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Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

by Debbie Miller, Peter Johnston
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"I believe in the power of collaborative classroom communities where everyone's ideas are valued and respected. But had you been in my classroom that day, you'd have never known it. You'd have thought I believed that I was the one with all the answers."

Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers -- including Debbie Miller -- struggle to make sure that their classroom practice consistently reflects their core convictions. In Teaching with Intention, Debbie shares her process of defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure that children are the true beneficiaries of her teaching. As Peter Johnston writes, "Through this book we have Debbie's teaching mind on loan. She engages us in the details of a teaching life from inside her mind, showing the thinking behind her teaching and the consequences of her actions."

While Debbie's previous book, Reading with Meaning, chronicled a year in her own classroom, Teaching with Intention brings us into classrooms of teachers and children she has met over the last five years in her work as a literacy consultant. From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why. At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning, and includes key questions to guide them in this important process.

In an environment where the handing down of scripted programs and "foolproof" curricula is increasingly the norm, Teaching with Intention offers a compelling reminder that truly transformative teaching is built from the ground up, and is rebuilt every year, by every teacher, in every classroom, with every new group of students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571103871
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 08/13/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 149
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Debbie Miller taught and learned from children in The Denver Public Schools for thirty years. Author of Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades, 2nd edition (Stenhouse, 2012) and Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action K-5 (Stenhouse, 2008), Debbie now presents workshops across the country and internationally, and works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs.

She worked for many years with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a nonprofit group committed to providing ongoing support and leadership for schools in the Denver area and nationally. Debbie has also been an adjunct professor at The University of Denver and Regis University.

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readingteacherMD More than 1 year ago
Teaching with Intention will remind you why you love Debbie Miller. When you read her work, you can tell that she remembers what it is like to be a teacher. Her friendly, approachable writing style makes her accessible to the average teacher. Her knowledge of reading research and her emphasis on the power of reflection makes this book an important one for staff developers interested in building teacher capacity. The planning guide for comprehension instruction alone is well worth the price. Debbie believes in teachers and in teaching. In this day of scripted programs and teacher-proof curriculum, this is a breath of fresh air. This one is not to be missed! :-)
queenoftheshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Debbie Miller, an educator with 30 years of experience working with young children and the author of the book "Reading for Understanding" brings us this incredibly insightful and practical book about how to create a caring of culture of understanding, trust, mutual respect, and authentic learning experiences. Miller discusses the need to create a supportive learning environmental, both physically and mentally, where students can feel free to learn and develop at their own pace. Miller's conversational writing style make this a joy to read, while her rich experience make it a deeply personal learning experience. In essence she forces the reader to confront their own philosophy and expectations, stepping back from who they are and look at who they want to be. A very worthwhile professional development book for any practitioner.
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rachel44 More than 1 year ago
Sugar's 'The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds" is a book that is all about educational reality, the facts on the ground, not vacuous educational theories. Sugar pioneered the SMARTGRADES school notebooks that contain the new learning technology, ACANDY Processing Tools, that empower students for academic success. She transformed my kids into Grade A students, soI speak from experience, not hypothetical theory.