In these challenging times, teaching children to think critically
and reflectively and be compassionate, responsible and caring citizens is a
tall order. Powerful Understanding
explores effective ways to build social–emotional skills and help students make
connections, question what they read and transform their thinking as they
develop into stronger readers and learners.
Transforming students’ concept of self and understanding of others
and the world around them is the main focus of this remarkable book. It offers
insightful lessons that integrate strategic and critical thinking to deepen
student understanding, and introduces a model to use for exploring, interacting
with and reflecting on everything you teach – from social responsibility, to
immigration, to life cycles. This powerful approach encourages students to:
Children’s literature plays a pivotal role and anchors these
lessons around the best children’s books.
Hands-on activities and student samples illustrate this unique and
comprehensive approach to inquiry-based learning. Social skills that encourage
mindfulness, kindness and self-regulation are integrated into what needs to be
taught, rather than as isolated lessons.
Ideal for new and experienced teachers, this remarkable book
features the tools teachers need to help students think more deeply, learn more
widely and develop a more powerful understanding of what it means to be a responsible
and compassionate person.