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Wayside Teaching

Wayside Teaching
Connecting With Students to Support Learning

May 2010 | 200 pages | Corwin
Wayside Teaching: Connecting With Students to Support Learning is about intentionally practicing what building level educators do every day in perhaps intentional and/or unintentional ways: relate to students.

Wayside-teaching practices enhance academic learning and complement academic rigour because they build student self-concept, motivate learners to engage in the curriculum, and provide a sense of belonging and safety that can help free learners to participate more fully in their own education.

In this practical guide, Sara Davis Powell uses the framework of attitude, approach, and action to demonstrate how wayside teaching—the informal curriculum, the implicit instruction, the teaching and learning that happens in sometimes unintentional ways—can be intentionally practiced across all grade levels to facilitate learning and bring about enhanced student outcomes.

List of Figures
About the Author
Introduction: What Is Your Current Wayside Teaching Profile?
Graphic View of Your Current Wayside Teaching Profile

1. What Is Wayside Teaching, and Why Does It Matter?
What Is Wayside Teaching?

Why Does Wayside Teaching Matter?

Concluding Reflections

2. 12 Components of Wayside Teaching: Attitudes, Approaches, and Actions
Component 1: Know Your Students

Component 2: Practice Little Gestures That Matter

Component 3: Reveal Your Personal Self

Component 4: Create and Maintain an Inviting Classroom

Component 5: Promote a Culture of Acceptance and Compassion

Component 6: Help Students Find Their Voice

Component 7: Learn to Listen

Component 8: Speak Carefully

Component 9: Teach Skills That Help Students Become Autonomous, Not Anonymous

Component 10: Build Resiliency

Component 11: Encourage Imagination and Creativity

Component 12: Infuse Humor

3. What Does Wayside Teaching Look Like in Elementary School?
Development of Elementary Learners

Wayside Teaching Practices for Elementary Learners

4. What Does Wayside Teaching Look Like in Middle School?
Development of Young Adolescent Learners

Wayside Teaching Practices for Young Adolescent Learners

5. What Does Wayside Teaching Look Like in High School?
Development of Adolescent Learners

Wayside Teaching Practices for Adolescent Learners

6. Wayside Teaching: The Power of One
Looking Back at Theory and Practice

Reform in Perspective

Goals for Wayside Teachers

Final Thoughts

Resource A: Surveys
Resource B: Annotated Book List for Promoting Acceptance and Compassion

“At last! A book that pushes past the idea that students should be test-taking machines by emphasizing relationship building and providing practical advice to teachers.”

Kristie Betts Letter, English Teacher
Peak to Peak High School, Erie, CO

"It was refreshing to read about what I truly believe in and work at every year in my classroom."

Sandi Phair, Second-Grade Teacher
West Hill School, Rocky Hill, CT

"A topic whose time has come and is perhaps long overdue. Teachers know how to teach, but they want to connect with their kids to make that teaching effective. This book empowers teachers to complete what is missing in their work."

Jude A. Huntz, Adult Education Coordinator
St. Michael the Archangel Parish and School, Leawood, KS

“I loved the premise of the book. It touched my soul.”

Patricia Bowman, Instructional Consultant
Retired Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA

"Wayside teaching is not taught as an educational strategy, yet its impact is undeniable. The book defines the concept and demonstrates how teachers can implement this tangential form of learning on a regular basis."

Marilyn Steneken, Science Teacher
Sparta Middle School, NJ

"If teaching has left you wrung out academically and dried out emotionally, this book is for you. By using studies proving the power of wayside teaching, Powell has freed teachers to create meaningful relationships with students that will not only inspire them to greater academic achievement, but help them become emotionally healthy and resilient adults."

Jennifer Y. Cheng, Teacher
Northridge Middle School, Chatsworth, CA

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ISBN: 9781412972901