Rely on I’m Listening to help you drive deeper, more meaningful learning by integrating relationship building into lesson design. Written by practitioner Beth Pandolpho, this resource outlines how to foster a sense of belonging while also maintaining the integrity of the content. Using the book’s practical strategies will help you empower learners to succeed at all subjects by being proficient readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.
- Explore the importance and benefits of building strong relationships with students and discover the direct link to academic performance.
- Study the research and theories that support the assertion that robust teacher-student relationships create a better learning environment.
- Acquire dozens of tools and strategies for building camaraderie with students and developing strong literacy skills in students.
- Learn how to bolster students’ speaking and listening skills, which are rarely addressed, and see how activities intersect with common standards.
- Read in-depth real-world anecdotes from teachers who share their activities and experiences.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: Building the Foundation for Where Learning Begins
Chapter 1: Appreciating Why Relationships Matter in School
Chapter 2: Creating Relationships With Students
Chapter 3: Moving Toward Belonging
Part II: Supporting the Development of Literacy Skills Built on the Foundation of Relationships and Belonging
Chapter 4: Developing Readers
Chapter 5: Developing Writers
Chapter 6: Developing Speakers and Listeners
Epilogue: Listening With an Ear Toward the Future
Appendix: Teachers’ Stories
- Focus Correction Areas Assessment
- Peer Editing Letter About Literature
- Quotes of the Week
- Sample Letter About Literature
- Speed Dating
- Figure 2.1: The #FreshmanYear Template
- Figure 2.2: End-of-the-Year Feedback Template
- Figure 2.3: Conversation Starters
- Figure 2.4: Four Corners
- Figure 3.1: If Your Life Had a Theme Song, What Would It Be?
- Figure 3.5: Finding Your Meaning and Purpose Questions
- Figure 3.6: Langston Hughes’s “Theme for English B” Spoken Word Poetry
- Figure 4.1: Iceberg Approach to Reading
- Figure 4.2: Character Exploration Template
- Figure 4.3: Teaching the Writer’s Craft
- Figure 4.3: Teaching the Writer’s Craft—Romeo and Juliet
- Figure 4.5: How Stories Reveal Truth
- Figure 4.6: Comprehension Deepening
- Figure 4.7: How Are All of Our Stories Really Everyone’s Stories?
- Figure 4.8: Reading List
- Figure 4.9: Reading Reflection
- Figure 4.10: Questions for Reflection and Further Conversation
- Figure 4.11: Student Conference Preparation Ideas
- Figure 5.1: Writer’s Notebook
- Figure 5.2: Writer’s Notebook Assessment Form
- Figure 5.3: Letters About Literature Student Analysis Sheet
- Figure 5.4: Exploring Archetypal Characters
- Figure 5.5: Student Metacognitive Log
- Figure 5.6: Metacognition Last Paper Directions
- Figure 5.7: Y-Chart to Improve Writing Style
- Figure 5.9: Focus Correction Areas
- Figure 5.10: Rewrite and Revise
- Figure 5.11: Editorial Redo
- Figure 6.1: Speaking and Listening Goals
- Figure 6.2: Student-Sustained Conversation Ideas
- Figure 6.5: Conversational Moves
- Figure 6.6: Discussion Reflection Questions
- Boogren, T. H. (2018). Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Brain Pickings
- Google Classroom
- Google Drive
- Google Forms
- Google Slides
- Kelly Gallagher’s Building Deeper Readers & Writers, “Article of the Week”
- “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl
- Library of Congress, “Letters About Literature”
- The Moth
- The Moth, “Teachers”
- The New York Times, “The Learning Network”
- PBS, “Vaccines—Calling the Shots”
- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- Smithsonian, “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
- Stanford History Education Group
- Teaching Tolerance, “Student Texts”
- TED Ed, “Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter”
- YouTube, “Six Word Memoirs by Teens”