Everyday Engagement: Making Students and Parents Your Partners in Learning
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About This Book
In this book, author and teacher Katy Ridnouer focuses on the potentially overwhelming, sometimes puzzling, often delicate work of engaging both students and parents in the pursuit of learning and achievement.
Structured around the questions teachers ask themselves about engagement goals and challenges, Everyday Engagement offers specific strategies to try—in your classroom, with your students, and with their parents—that will help you
- Connect with students and parents as individuals.
- Communicate invitations to engagement (and regroup and respond if your initial invitations are rejected).
- Provide appropriate, ongoing support and encouragement that will keep students in class, behavior in check, and learning on track.
- Anticipate and handle setbacks and complications in teacher-student and teacher-parent relationships.
- Tap outside resources to extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom.
Ridnouer believes that every teacher has the power to make students and parents partners in learning. When a teacher embeds pro-engagement action and attitudes into everyday practice, the question is not if students and parents will be engaged in classroom learning, but how they will choose to engage and how far that engagement will take them.
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"Readers will reap the rewards of Ridnouer’s knowledge. Teachers will find invaluable ideas for connecting with students and parents in unique and fun ways. … The book provides appropriate, ongoing support and encouragement that will keep students in class, behavior in check, and learning on track.”
—Jim Hattabaugh, education consultant, Fort Smith, Ark.
Reprinted with permission from the October 2012 issue of School Administrator magazine,
published by the American Association of School Administrators.
"Ms. Ridnouer’s book does everything she says it will. I closed the book with many strategies and techniques that I can implement to invite parents to be vital assets to student learning. ... Everyday Engagement: Making Students and Parents Your Partners in Learning would be an especially excellent resource for beginning educators to explore during their teacher induction program.”
—Nicole Warchol, 7th grade language arts teacher and teacher consultant
for the Kean University National Writing Project, Union, N.J.
This review first appeared on Middleweb.
About the Author
KATY RIDNOUER teaches with the intention of giving students the tools they need to articulate their unique voices. She does this by creating strategies that help students lift the veils that block efficient learning so that they may use their strengths, cope with their weaknesses, and become successful learners. She has taught in a variety of settings, including public middle and high schools; a private school for students with learning difficulties; a GED program for adult women on the Cheyenne River Reservation in S.Dak.; a tutoring center specializing in treating students with learning difficulties; a private school in Dublin, Ireland; and at Central Piedmont Community College, her current position.
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