It's Never Too Late is a research chronicle that offers not only proven methods but also inspiration. Anyone working with "at risk" students - those for whom school has not been a place of success - will find here a reflection of their own experiences, plus thoughtful and creative strategies for making those experiences positive ones.
When Janet Allen, a respected lecturer, researcher, and award-winning teacher, began teaching in 1972, she was wholly unprepared for the challenges she encountered: motivating the unmotivated, developing a curriculum with no models to draw from, building an environment that supported strategic learning, finding creative resources with limited means, and dealing with reluctant, even rebellious students. More daunting, perhaps, was the challenge of constantly rekindling her own fervor for teaching. But she persevered and found ways to break through those obstacles.
It's Never Too Late is at once a story and a "how to" book. Readers will find absorbing case studies, photographs, quotes from educators, surveys, activities, and step by-step strategies for teaching reading and writing to the most reluctant middle and secondary school students. Most important, they will find affirmation for the powerful role they play as teachers.
This research chronicle offers proven methods and inspiration for anyone working with at risk students, with case studies, quotes from educators, surveys, activities, and strategies for teaching reading and writing to middle and secondary school students who are at risk in terms of literacy. Allen, a teacher since 1972, relates the challenges she encountered when she began her career and describes students who changed her life, then discusses strategies such as reading aloud and integrating art. Includes sample surveys and assessments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)