Saturday, October 19, 2013

Engagement and Learning

So, I'm planning to start posting more about my Professional Growth plan here.  I'm going to do some research (reading and studying, as well as "action-research") about engagement and its links to learning.

I hope the links are obvious.  What I'm after are the specific ways that I can promote engagement for my students - who are, of course, specific people.

The reading list is long and somewhat difficult.  I'm planning to include the challenging theoretical research on engagement as well.  I'd like to really make this count, and I think a superficial reading based on secondary interpretation of research findings will not suffice.  I enjoy the challenge of reading difficult theoretical text.  I'm finding more and more that I'm reading "beneath" myself.  Which, of course, can be a lot of fun.  But I don't want my overdeveloped literacy skills (from years of grad school) to lapse.  And I might as well use them for something useful.

So here's an initial list of sources on engagement.  For this list, I'm focusing on books.  And I'm not going to include full bibliographical information yet.  I don't think it's necessary in this context.  And, at this point, it's supposed to be a weird list.  My goal isn't reading what's "expected" (or only that), but to read as widely as I can.


  • Schlechty, Philip.  Engaging Students.
  • Bugess, Dave.  Teach Like a Pirate.
  • Marzano, Robert et al.  The Highly Engaged Classroom.
  • McGonigal, Jane.  Reality is Broken.
  • Stager and Martinez.  Invent to Learn.
  • Zhao, Yong.  World-Class Learners.
  • Schmoker, Mike.  Focus.
  • Pink, Daniel.  Drive and To Sell is Human.
  • Darling-Hammond, Linda et al.  Powerful Learning.
  • Keene, Ellen Oliver.  To Understand.
  • Beers and Probst.  Notice and Note.
  • Lehrer, Jonah.  Imagine.
  • Wagner, Tony.  Creating Innovators.
  • Robinson, Ken.  The Element.
  • Maiers, Angela.  Passion-Driven Classroom.
  • Ferlazzo, Larry.  Self-Driven Learning.
  • Hattie, Doug.  Visible Learning for Teachers.
  • Lemov, Doug.  Teach like a Champion.
  • Vygotsky, L.S.  Mind in Society.
  • Loomans.  The Laughing Classroom.
  • Willis.  Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student learning.
  • Stronge.  Qualities of Effective Teachers.
  • Archer.  Explicit Instruction.
  • Whitaker.  What Great Teachers Do Differently.
  • Bomer.  Time for Meaning.
  • Wilhelm.  You Gotta Be the Book.
  • Hillocks.  Teaching Writing as Reflective Practice.  
  • Gambrell et al.  Best Practices in Literacy Instruction.
  • Calkins et al.  Pathways to the Common Core.
  • Gardner.  The Unschooled Mind.
  • Himmele and Himmele.  Total Participation Techniques.  
  • Layne.  Igniting a Passion for Reading.  
  • Kittle.  Book Love.
  • Tovani.  So What do they Really Know?
  • Dewey.  How We Think.
  • National Research Council.  How People Learn.
  • Wilhelm.  Engaging Readers and Writers with Inquiry.
  • Anderson.  10 things Every Writer Needs to Know.
  • Echevarria.  Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners.
  • Miller.  The Book Whisperer.
  • Wormeli.  Fair Isn't Always Equal and Summarization in Any Subject.
  • Wilhelm.  Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension.
  • Diller.  Practice with Purpose.
  • Farr.  Teaching as Leadership.
  • Copeland.  Socratic Circles.
  • Erickson.  Concept-Based Curriculum.
  • Winebrenner.  Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom.
  • Kingore.  Differentiation.
  • Kagan.  Kagan Cooperative Learning.
  • Saphier and Gower.  The Skillful Teacher.  
I won't promise that I'm reading everything on the list.  I hope to consult many or most of these, and then some.  I'm hoping that I'm researching widely and deeply.  And some of these I've already read and already used.  But I think going back through my shelves and digging up books that I used to think about more often is a good habit, and will help me try many different things and think critically about their effectiveness.
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