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Transformative Teaching

Support and engage the many different kinds of learners in schools. This book examines the most effective strategies for leading diverse students in developing the skills they need inside and outside the classroom. By understanding and exploring students' emotional, cultural, and academic needs, educators will be better prepared to teach all students and help them become lifelong learners.


  • Understand the journey of the teacher hero and the corresponding actions and mission.
  • Recognize key traits of the nine most common types of unique learners.
  • Gain six effective learning foundations to reach all learners.
  • Identify emotional triggers, and explore ways to respond to problems with skills instead of emotions.
  • Discover how the chunk, chew, check framework can simplify lesson design that engages all learners.
  • Use resources and tools, including surveys and prompts, that can help readers effectively strategize on their heroes' journeys.

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Introduction: Blaming the Lettuce
Chapter 1: Understanding Our Inner Hero
Chapter 2: Knowing Those Kids
Chapter 3: Adopting Apprenticeship Learning
Chapter 4: Learning Foundation One—A Safe Learning Environment
Chapter 5: Learning Foundation Two—Procedures and Routines
Chapter 6: Learning Foundation Three—A Growth Mindset
Chapter 7: Learning Foundation Four—Student Talk
Chapter 8: Learning Foundation Five—Student Self-Assessment
Chapter 9: Learning Foundation Six—Mindfulness
Chapter 10: Teaching With the Social-Emotional Self in Mind
Chapter 11: Teaching With the Cultural Self in Mind
Chapter 12: Teaching With the Academic Self in Mind
Epilogue: Leaving a Hero's Legacy—The Choice Is Yours


Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8



Chapter 2

Chapter 6

Chapter 9

Chapter 11

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