Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

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Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

Teaching with Intention Defining Beliefs Aligning Practice Taking Action K I believe in the power of collaborative classroom communities where everyone s ideas are valued and respected But had you been in my classroom that day you d have never known it You d have thought I

  • Title: Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5
  • Author: Debbie Miller
  • ISBN: 9781571103871
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • I believe in the power of collaborative classroom communities where everyone s ideas are valued and respected But had you been in my classroom that day, you d have never known it You d have thought I believed that I was the one with all the answers Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers including Debbie Miller I believe in the power of collaborative classroom communities where everyone s ideas are valued and respected But had you been in my classroom that day, you d have never known it You d have thought I believed that I was the one with all the answers Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers including Debbie Miller struggle to make sure that their classroom practice consistently reflects their core convictions In Teaching with Intention, Debbie shares her process of defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure that children are the true beneficiaries of her teaching As Peter Johnston writes, Through this book we have Debbie s teaching mind on loan She engages us in the details of a teaching life from inside her mind, showing the thinking behind her teaching and the consequences of her actions While Debbie s previous book, Reading with Meaning, chronicled a year in her own classroom, Teaching with Intention brings us into classrooms of teachers and children she has met over the last five years in her work as a literacy consultant From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning, and includes key questions to guide them in this important process.In an environment where the handing down of scripted programs and foolproof curricula is increasingly the norm, Teaching with Intention offers a compelling reminder that truly transformative teaching is built from the ground up, and is rebuilt every year, by every teacher, in every classroom, with every new group of students.

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    1. Marcy on said:

      At the end of second grade, I always get insecure knowing that I can once again teach first grade. Debbie Miller's book, Teaching with Intention, helped me take my "background knowledge" or "schema" about the reading comprehension strategies Stephanie Harvey recommends to use and synthesize how to use her same language and appropriate strategies for first graders. Since Debbie Miller and Stephanie Harvey think pretty much alike, this synthesizing was easy. As I read the book, I jotted down some [...]

    2. Tara Looney on said:

      As a literacy interventionist, I would recommend this to book any teacher seeking growth and improvement. I started this text with my own professional development plan in mind and look forward to this journey ahead!This well thought out text is guiding my teaching growth in the direction that I feel is best for not only myself but my students as well. Miller's honesty and reflective point of view made me realize that even after ten years of experience we never stop learning and growing. I apprec [...]

    3. Teri on said:

      What a wonderful, refreshing book for a teaching of reading by Miller. Teaching with Intention, at its essence, is about authentic, realistic teaching. She has written in a way where you feel she is sitting right beside you and she is guiding you in the conversation. At first, I felt the audience for this book would be novice teachers, but I kept finding nuggets in the book, after teaching for over 15 years, and I quickly realized this book is for everyone. Even teachers of contents other than r [...]

    4. Amanda Kaye on said:

      What an amazing book! I think every new teacher who is in her first five years MUST read this book. And what a great reminder to teacher who have been teaching for a while. I think too often we quickly forget the important details of why we became teacher and what a REAL teacher looks like. Debbie Miller's first book 'Reading with Meaning' showed us the wonderful material that she was teaching during reading, but this book is the missing puzzle piece. It really breaks down the how. How she plann [...]

    5. Carolyn on said:

      Debbie Miller has a wonderful was of teaching and bringing that through in her writing. This book focuses on defining your teaching beliefs, aligning your practice to those beliefs and taking action to be every present with your students. To build a community of learners that learn from each other in sruprisingly wonderful ways. I will return to this book for futher assistance as Debbie is an amazing mentor.

    6. Kimberly on said:

      What can I say to me, Debbie Miller is my role model when it comes to classroom environment and the teaching of reading. This book, just like her first, is outstanding. I will read anything that she writes, for I truly feel that she is a master educator. Any opportunity to learn from her is a gift.Truly.

    7. Dottie Alo on said:

      I learned the value of teaching and preparation must be by design and each practice is delivered with my philosophy. Teachers need to be greatly involved in the reflection of their practices in order to evaluate their position and value of teaching that must encompass reform in the global market and our task.

    8. Emily Freeman on said:

      This is the best teacher book I've read this summer. Debbie Miller is one of those authors who write like an old friend. So easy to read, but very powerful ideas grounded in theory. She explains in simple terms why it's so important to put theory into practice and shows how it actually looks inside real classrooms. This is a great book!

    9. Rebecca on said:

      The author is Debbie Miller? I want to read it. Both Debbie Miller and Katie Wood Ray have a wonderful writing voice. They pull you in, make you their friend, and teach you everything that you need to know to be confident in letting go of traditional reading and writing rules, and teaching your students as a reader and writer.

    10. Stephanie on said:

      Perhaps I've tried to read too many professional books lately. This is a good book with some real opportunities to THINK about what WHY we do what we do each day or WHY we present things the WAY we do. I am marking this as "read" though I've only made it about 1/2 way through. It is time to take a break on professional reading for a bit. :)

    11. Carmyn on said:

      Even though this book was marketed toward elementary teachers our book study group found the concepts very applicable to teaching at any age. Inspirational and motivational. I'll be thinking about my teaching differently. Already brewing up new approaches that are more in line with my beliefs.

    12. Shannon on said:

      Debbie Miller is brilliant. She's brilliant because she's not trying to sell a curriculum or a philosophy, but she's challenging us as teachers to look deeper into what we believe. The rest, she insists, will follow. I believe her.

    13. Karen on said:

      Important read for everyone who is teaching or preparing to teach. It looks at the fundamentals we need to set up in order to support deep thinking in our classroms. (Environment, time, climate, teacher language, reflection, lesson design, etc.)

    14. JennE on said:

      A wonderful follow-up to Reading with Meaning. This book continues from RwM and provides explicit ideas for streamlining instruction. This is a fabulous, teacher friendly book to aide in aligning practice with beliefs.

    15. Gresham on said:

      One of the best professional books I've read. It really helps you slow down and examine your beliefs and practices. It's one of those books that will change the way you think about teaching and learning.

    16. Rochelle Eiseman on said:

      Another Debbie Miller book full of wonderful information and applicable examples to make your teaching more meaningful!

    17. Carolyn Wilhelm on said:

      Good to give yourself a pep talk and not just follow all the programs that can conflict

    18. Amy Leitze on said:

      Why don't we read books like this in college? This book is really making me think about my beliefs as an educator and how my teaching supports/contradicts those beliefs.

    19. Julie on said:

      I liked it and it was really easy to read. Very conversational tone. It made me think about my teaching process and I'd read her other books.

    20. Kathleen on said:

      I can't get over how inspirational Debbie Miller has been for me. I want to teach with her. I want my children to be her students.

    21. Lea on said:

      Written as if Miller is having a conversation with you and very solid advice about teaching.

    22. Kris on said:

      People, namely teachers and curriculum facilitators, absolutely love this book and say it is transformative in one's teaching practices.

    23. Susan Hjorleifson on said:

      Good book for any teacher. Some good ideas for in the class

    24. Holly Comstock on said:

      A good reminder for what I know to be good for teaching and learning! Inspirational.

    25. Amanda on said:

      An excellent resource for teaches, new and experienced. Great ideas on restructuring your classroom and refreshing your environment.

    26. Adam Gutschenritter on said:

      I loved the ease with which Ms. Miller wrote. It easily allowed both her message through and the material she is teaching to become accessable.

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