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How can you create an authentic learning environment—one where students ask questions, do research, and explore subjects that fascinate them—in today's standards-driven atmosphere?
Author Larissa Pahomov offers insightful answers based on her experience as a classroom teacher at the Science Leadership Academy, a public high school in Philadelphia that offers a rigorous college-prep curriculum and boasts a 99 percent graduation rate.
Pahomov outlines a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection.
For each value, she presents:
The framework is a guide, not a prescription, and middle and high school teachers—individually or as a team—can use it to structure whatever content and skills their current school or district requires.
The book also includes suggestions for how to integrate technology into inquiry-based education, but the principles and approaches it describes can be applied successfully even in places without abundant technology.
Both practical and inspiring, Authentic Learning in the Digital Age is an indispensable handbook for reinvigorating teaching and learning in a new era.
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"Thoroughly 'reader friendly', Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. It is very highly recommended for novice classroom instructors and has a great deal of practical valued for even the more experienced teacher."
—Midwest Book Review
"The book has many useful ways for teachers to gain insight, whether through the student perspectives or the specific feedback from teachers."
—Starr Sackstein, in "Inspiring Authentic Learning" from the Work in Progress blog
LARISSA PAHOMOV teaches students English and Journalism at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement. Pahomov has been published in NCTE's English Journal and is a contributor to the National Writing Project's Digital Is website. She lives in West Philadelphia with her husband.
active learning | authentic learning | cognitive processes | creative thinking | critical thinking
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