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Student Diversity, 3rd Edition

  • Title:Student Diversity: Teaching Strategies to Meet the Learning Needs of All Students in K-10 Classrooms
  • Author:Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak, Leyton Schnellert
  • Publication Date:October 2016
  • Grade Level:K-10
  • ISBN:9781551383187
  • Publisher:Pembroke

Classrooms are richer, more vibrant learning spaces when all students are included. Although a diverse group of students may pose challenges, teachers can overcome these challenges and invite all students to become engaged learners, both academically and socially.

Based on extensive classroom research, Student Diversity presents many examples of teachers working together to improve their teaching practice – from the primary and early years to middle school and the secondary years. It offers insights into all aspects of literacy instruction along with frameworks for successfully integrating mathematics and other subject areas into powerful learning opportunities.

This remarkable book provides teachers with the tools they need to better support all students in their classrooms. It shows teachers how to create more vibrant learning by:

  • collaborating with colleagues and specialists to achieve more
  • using data to inform instruction
  • helping students feel safe and engaged
  • offering voice and choice to motivate students
  • encouraging students to make personal connections with a topic
  • taking time for thoughtful conversation, activity, and involvement

Improving instruction is the key to improving student outcomes. This third edition of the popular Student Diversity is rooted in the belief that learning occurs when students interact with teachers and the quality of that interaction is what this book is all about.

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Author Bio

Leyton Schnellert is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia–Okanagan. His teaching and research are in the areas of inclusive education, literacy and language arts, professional development, and teaching and learning in the middle years. Leyton has been a middle, junior high, and secondary level classroom teacher and a learning resource teacher K-12.

Teaching is a new adventure each day, says Catherine Feniak, who became a teacher as a natural progression from volunteering with children and working as a teacher's assistant. "I've never left school!" she says. Catherine is currently a principal and educator in an inner-city elementary school in Vancouver. She was a five-year major in special education at the University of British Columbia, and received her master's degree in education from the University of Lancaster, England. Her areas of specialty include teaching children with special needs, inclusion of students with special needs, and instructional strategies to develop literacy skills.

Faye Brownlie became a teacher because she loves kids of all ages and their enthusiasm for learning. "They keep me young and involved and push my thinking and learning about how to meet the needs of each and every one of them," she explains. She's been an elementary and secondary classroom teacher and resource teacher, a lecturer at universities, and a curriculum coordinator for gifted and enriched education. She is currently teaching one day a week in an elementary school and is working on ongoing staff development with schools, school districts, and ministries of education. Faye is also the head of a design team and consortium for a multidistrict, performance-based reading assessment for grades 3 through 9. Faye thinks that professional development "must build on the participants' expertise, must connect theory to practice, must be ongoing, must require engagement and participation from the teachers and administrators, and must be classroom based."

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