The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching (Solution Tree, 2013) offers practices, principles, stories and activities that support educators to:
- Develop and sustain a reflective teaching practice,
- Integrate social, emotional and academic learning in the classroom, and
- Cultivate a positive school-wide culture.
The book includes the wisdom and experience of hundreds of educators across the country gathered over the last ten years through interviews, focus groups, dialogue groups, surveys and action research. Additionally, this book is based on research that illustrates the:
- Powerful impact of a teacher’s presence in the classroom;
- Importance of student engagement and participation in learning;
- Critical role of relationships and cultural contexts within a classroom and school; and
- Ways social, emotional and academic learning are inextricably connected.
At a time when school reform is awash with narrow goals and simple-minded views of teaching, this wonderful book is a breath of fresh air. The authors beautifully illuminate the inner strengths of teachers who fully engage the head, heart, body, and soul of students. Inspiring. Wise. Filled with down-to-earth advice. A must-read for all those who care about the future of our children.
~ Jerome T. Murphy, Harold Howe II Research Professor of Education, Dean Emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Writing and Development Team
Our team included K–12 teachers, assistant principals, principals, researchers, curriculum designers, and university faculty who have integrated the practices and principles of engaged teaching in their own learning communities. In writing and developing this book, our team drew upon our own action research and personal experiences, as well as the experiences of thousands of educators we have been in touch with over the years through courses, professional development, interviews, focus groups, and research projects. See the bio of each writer below.
We dedicate this book to the educators who work every day to support the learning, growth, and development of their students. We also dedicate this book to Rachael Kessler (1946–2010) and Mary Utne O’Brien (1952–2010), who devoted their lives to empowering and supporting teachers to create meaningful and engaging classrooms.
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