Understanding Teaching Through Learning
by: Joshua Kurzweil with Mary Scholl
Teacher training, self-study resource
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-321-1
ISBN 10: 0-86647-321-7
Understanding Teaching Through Learning can be used as
a course book for teacher training courses or teacher development workshops.
In addition, it works well as a self-study book used by individuals
or small groups. Both new and experienced teachers can benefit from
the thought-provoking exercises and readings.
Creating a learning-centered classroom
In this book theories and practices of effective classroom language
teaching are developed using reflective and analytic tools. However,
in this book, rather than being told what they "should and shouldn't"
do, readers explore their own views of language learning and teaching
through experiential activities, readings, and exercises that result
in action plans that make sense for their own classrooms. Although many
of the examples focus on language learning, the frameworks can easily
be applied to other content areas. As such, this book can provide a
solid foundation in teaching and learning for instructors of many different
This book addresses three main themes and six guiding questions:
Theme 1: The Individual Student and Learning
1. What factors affect the learning process?
2. How does classroom interaction affect
individual student learning?
Theme 2: Designing a Learning Experience
3. How can I design my lesson so that
I will know students have learned?
4. How can I design a flow of activities
that supports student learning
Theme 3: Supporting a Learning Experience
5. How can I set up activities and my
classroom to support student learning?
6. How can I communicate with students
so as to support student learning and participation?
o Each chapter begins with a 'teaching
puzzle' in which the reader thinks about a classroom story and how to
help students learn.
o There are experiential activities that
guide the reader to reflect on specific aspects of the learning process
outlined in the initial puzzle.
o The Points of View section presents
expert opinions about how people learn and how learning can be facilitated.
o Key Questions provide a framework for
analyzing and planning lessons using the principles presented in each
o Exploring the Practice provides opportunities
for the reader to balance the expert views with their own experiences.
o Activities and Techniques for the Classroom
provide a variety of options for teachers to try out in their own classrooms.
o The book is written in clear accessible
language making it a good option for non-native teachers who are themselves
English language learners.
began his teaching career in 1990. He has taught and trained in Japan,
Spain, the Republic of Georgia, and the United States. He received his
Master's degree in teaching from SIT, holds the Cambridge DELTA, and
a Master Practitioner Certificate in NLP. In addition to working on
the SIT course, Josh has been a trainer with the Peace Corps and does
freelance consulting. His particular areas of interest include Experiential
Learning and cross-cultural communication. Josh lives with his wife
and son in Berkeley, California.
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