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Organizing and Managing the Language Arts Block: A Professional Development Guide

reviewed by Karen Cadiero-Kaplan 2004

coverTitle: Organizing and Managing the Language Arts Block: A Professional Development Guide
Author(s): Lesley Morrow
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 1572307943, Pages: 348, Year: 2003
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Lesley Mandel Morrow, author of Organizing & Managing the Language Arts Block takes a collaborative approach to teacher development in creating classrooms that encourage the language and literacy development of young children. She does this by going beyond strategies to "recommendations for scheduling, making transitions, and general organizational models that can assist both pre- and in-service teachers in both teaching and managing the language arts block (LAB) for grades K-4. Morrow challenges the readers and users of this text not just to 'read' the text, but also to 'use' the text as a medium for planning and discussion. She does this by encouraging teachers to meet in study groups or in classroom settings such as grade level meetings to discuss the processes and materials put forth for teachers of grades K-4. As Morrow states, "Participants will read the book, set goals, and report group progress. They will collaborate by sharing ideas, materials for themselves, and others, and offering modeling help when necessary" (p. x). This process supports... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 1008-1010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11163, Date Accessed: 7/18/2018 10:49:19 AM

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  • Karen Cadiero-Kaplan
    San Diego State University
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    Karen Cadiero-Kaplan is an assistant professor at San Diego State University in the Department of Policy Studies in Language and Cross Cultural Education. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction jointly at Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. She has published articles in professional journals in the areas of critical literacy and critical uses of technology. Currently she is completing a book titled: The Literacy Curriculum and Bilingual Education: A Critical Examination that will be published by Peter Lang later this year.
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