Authentic Teaching and Learning for PreK–Fifth Grade provides examples of pedagogical approaches to enhance rich curriculums based around frameworks such as Teaching for Understanding, Making Thinking and Learning Visible, Artful Thinking, and Out of Eden Learn. You will learn about real classrooms that have successfully transformed cutting-edge ideas from these different frameworks into powerful learning experiences. A highly practical resource based on Harvard’s Project Zero ideas, this book shares how research findings have been complemented and implemented in the field, and will teach you how to apply best practices that lead to meaningful and authentic learning experiences in the classroom that promote Habits of Mind.
"This book dispels the myth that breadth and depth of thinking is limited by a person’s age or physical size. The authors provide pictures of practice where teachers strongly influenced by Project Zero, Habits of Mind, and Reggio Emilia share examples of the accessibility of these wonderful ideas and the power they have in fostering deep thinking, understanding, and learning in students. Reading about children utilizing technology and students leading the learning in their classrooms open eyes and minds to stories of the possible."
—Karin Morrison, co-author of Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for All Learners
"If you want to know what Project Zero ideas look like in practice, this volume is for you. Throughout these essays you'll meet students who are reasoning with evidence, asking provocative questions, building deep understandings, solving real-world problems, and making their thinking and learning visible. You'll also meet their teachers—inspired educators who have thoughtfully adapted Project Zero frameworks to a wide variety of settings. From Michigan to Marblehead, from South America to Southern Europe, the essays in this collection offer a range of classroom examples that illustrate how young learners can be encouraged to think critically and imaginatively for themselves."
—Shari Tishman, Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
1. Frameworks that Promote Authentic Learning Angela K. Salmon 2. If I Would Have Learned This Way! Silvia Lopez Angel 3. Same and Different: An Out of Eden Learn Experience (Kindergarten) Maria Victoria Gangotena and Angela K. Salmon 4. Using Technology to Create a Thoughtful Classroom Kiriaki Melliou 5. Order in the Court! Sarah Evans 6. Learning for Change Natalie Belli 7. Image to Inference in Informational Text: Reasoning with Evidence in 5th Grade Social Studies Janet J. Navarro and Tamara Lantz 8. Shifting Teaching and Learning Paradigms in the Process of Listening and Reflecting Angela K. Salmon 9. How to Develop Understanding Through Reflection and Collaboration in an Online Environment Patricia Leon Agusti and Maria Ximena Barrera