Challenging the Whole Child: Reflections on Best Practices in Learning, Teaching, and Leadership

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Marge Scherer
ASCD, 2009 - Education - 359 pages
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This special e-book collection of articles from "Educational Leadership" and other ASCD publications examines the kinds of challenges that best prepare students for college, the world of work, and life. The authors examine what excellence and high performance mean in various schools and settings around the world and explore how to make learning richer and more thought-provoking through both rigorous curriculum and formative assessment. They look at some ways that both elementary and secondary school teachers can teach problem-solving and innovative and analytical thinking, and they consider how to challenge students preparing for college as well as those readying themselves for careers after high school. Articles also examine ways to lead students to address today's 21st-century problems, acknowledging that citizens of the future will face new challenges and will need new knowledge and skills. The final section takes on the question of how to motivate students to embrace challenge. ction that works and made it thrive.

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Contents

Excellence for All
3
Learning from WorldClass Schools
14
Creating Excellent and Equitable Schools
26
Why We Run Our School Like a Gifted Program
42
Offering a Rigorous Curriculum
51
The ThoughtFilled Curriculum
53
How Mathematics Counts
63
Why Arent More Minorities Taking Advanced Math?
75
Stirring Up Justice
195
Using Assessment to Spur Achievement
205
Assessing What Matters
207
The Best Value in Formative Assessment
219
Data in the Drivers Seat
227
Formative Assessment That Empowers
235
Preparing Students for College and the World of Work
247
The Challenge of College Readiness
249

Whats Been Lost in the Bubbles
85
Developing Student Thinking
95
Disciplining the Mind
97
Linking to Prior Learning
107
Stepping Beyond Wikipedia
119
The Importance of Deep Reading
130
Thinking Is Literacy Literacy Thinking
141
Little Philosophers
151
Meeting 21st Century Challenges
159
Orchestrating the Media Collage
161
The Window into Green
171
Becoming Citizens of the World
182
What About Those Who Dont Go?
260
Bringing Industry to the Classroom
263
Treat All Students Like the Best Students
275
Creating Global Classrooms
287
Getting Students to Embrace Challenge
299
The Perils and Promises of Praise
301
When Students Choose the Challenge
311
Paying for Performance
321
Inspiring Students to Strive for Excellence
327
Study Guide
345
Study Guide for Challenging the Whole Child
347
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