- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (February 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1625310447
- ISBN-13: 978-1625310446
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom
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About the Author
Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.
He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.
He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."
Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."
Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."
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Gallagher offers a wealth of writing strategies that he employs in his own classroom, as well as suggestions for how to build in more student choice in what is read, and how to balance whole class book study with other kinds of reading experiences. I appreciate that Gallagher dedicates an entire chapter to enhancing speaking and listening skills, components of language arts that are frequently neglected since they are not tested. I know that I will be referencing this book daily as I finish this school year, focusing on what is in the best interest of my students, rather than on the latest standards based mania.