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Transformational Teaching in the Information Age: Making Why and How We Teach Relevant to Students [Kindle Edition]

Thomas R. Rosebrough , Ralph G. Leverett
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How can teachers meet the challenges of engaging and educating all students, from those who are gadget-toting and plugged-in to those who are language learners or economically distressed and everyone in between? How can you help students learn what they need to know when the world and all that’s in it is changing rapidly? Standards and high-stakes testing haven’t answered the call, but you can.

Transformational Teaching in the Information Age explores the power of placing students at the center of teaching and learning. The shift from simply teaching content to focusing on and teaching individual learners allows teachers to inspire students to be independent, imaginative, and responsible learners for life. These teachers are transforming education, lives, and opportunities for their students.

A transformational approach to teaching results in a high-quality education for today’s learners. Citing theory, research, practice, and their own experiences in teaching K–18 students, Tom Rosebrough and Ralph Leverett build a convincing case for the primacy of student–teacher relationships in productive classrooms. Knowing students well is critical to teaching to their needs.

Education cannot be just an effort to cover content, pass standardized tests, and achieve adequate yearly progress. To serve the next generation well, it must be about helping each student develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to live a uniquely satisfying life in the face of myriad changes.

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  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: ASCD (March 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UGRD78
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Highly Recommend This Book for Every Teacher! February 18, 2013
This book is recommended for the beginning teacher, the seasoned teacher, the teacher who needs renewed inspiration and purpose - for every teacher seeking to be a transformational teacher. In my opinion, it should be on the required reading list for university students advancing through their education studies. Also, it is a book for which those who are not in the educational profession could read and benefit, as it offers hope for the future of education in America and guidance in the renewal of strength and inspiration for interpersonal relationships.

The authors note that "for almost 30 years we have taught public school students, state university and Christian university students." They are concerned that the American educational system focuses more on achievement, than on the uniqueness of each student. They tell us that the "who" - the students - should be considered prior to the "what" and "how" of teaching.

The transformational pedagogy model is discussed and illustrated with "spiritual goals" included, as well as "academic and social goals." They posit that "to teach often transforms the teacher as much or more than the learner is changed" and that teaching involves establishing a relationship with the student, not merely imparting facts. It is refreshing to read an educational book that clearly notes that students must be viewed holistically, including spiritually, and not as receptacles to regurgitate facts for enhancing standardized achievement test scores.

Teachers must transform themselves to touch the very heart and soul of a student for that student to see the "whys" of what he or she is learning. As the authors explain, "transformational teaching is a higher standard for teachers and it places more demands on the learners' potential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Education book! June 19, 2014
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Every school teacher, administrator and politician should read this book. Transforming Teaching promotes a balanced approach to education that brings the heart back to teaching.
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