Teaching Young Learners in a Superdiverse World: Multimodal Approaches and Perspectives

Affective & Inclusive Learning Classrooms!

This edited collection relates how teachers and students of different grade levels, language backgrounds, and abilities developed a shared agenda and created a framework for effective and inclusive practices. Contributors demonstrate that collaboration, creative pedagogical solutions and innovative project-based learning are all essential parts of learning and teaching socially appropriate and responsive literacies in a multimodal, superdiverse world.

This book is Part of: Routledge Research in Education.  Written based on real classroom derived research, this book walks you through the process and the success of Joyce Public School in Canada.  This school illustrates success in every sense of the word, as it relates to students and education. This is one of my MUST READS!


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Teaching Young Learners in a Superdiverse World: Multimodal Approaches and Perspectives

The research in Teaching Young Learners in a Superdiverse World: Multimodal Approaches and Perspectives makes it clear that project based teaching works, when done correctly.  Also, multimodal teaching and learning is a key part of PBL.

In the book, Teaching Young Learners in a Superdiverse World, they describe how a high needs, inner-city school was developed into a world leader using the teaching strategies and collaborative efforts illustrated.  The strategies and efforts are centered around and founded in project based learning.   From 2008-2012, the school won multiple awards of excellence.  Added to earlier awards, they won a total of 13 national awards.  Test scores increased by more than 50%.

In a time where equity is being thrown around and how we should be teaching it, this book illustrates that some schools figured this out a long time ago.

The test scores achieved by the school only hint at the richness and level of teacher-student interactions that evolved and flourished at JPS.  This book illustrates every aspect of what Kerri and I preach about how learning environments should operate.  It also proves that these methods work!  Through the teaching strategies used, this school developed strong student engagement and ownership of their learning.  In addition, learning was amplified by the students’ and teachers’ agile use of technology.  This research project illustrates that leadership that is distributed across all staff, rather than a top-down approach, works very well.  This method of leadership creates a school climate where everyone is focused on the same goals and works together to achieve them.  And achieve them JPS did!

This is one of those books that EVERY educator and administrator NEEDS to READ!

Publication date ‏: ‎ April 7, 2017

About the Authors:

Heather Lotherington is Professor of Multilingual Education at York University, Canada.

Cheryl Paige is an education consultant and former principal of Joyce Public School, Canada.

–This text refers to the paperback edition.

You might also be interested in reading No Fear Coding if you are interested in incorporating technology.  I have an excellent article on Nano Learning that you may also want to check out.

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