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a. New seminar training on use of book Teaching Children to Value Principles and comparing its ways of thinking to Common Core State Standards "habits of mind."
b. White paper on teacher burnout, sample lesson plan from book, and more.
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About the book: The purpose of Teaching Children to Value Principles is to discover logical ways of thinking to create healthy and caring relationships to promote achievement and to encourage the faith of our children in the Bible. It is designed as a "how-to" guide for those who teach children from ages 6 through 17 in any setting: home, church, or school. Portions have been successfully piloted as supplemental class material for an Educational Psychology college class of freshment and sophomores. Copyright 2012, all rights are reserved, ISBN 978-1479275342. .
Table of Contents
Introduction (Purpose for writing and specific ways of thinking)
Premise (How we build the learning relationship)
Check for Understanding Exercise (no relation to "direct instruction". This unique use of critical thinking levels leads to functional literacy, independent thinking, and "buy-in" to moral choices by using open ended questions rather than listing rules to follow. Also, balance is established between the "freedom from interference" and the "freedom to be able."
Part I: Principles relating to the learning relationship between those who teach and those who learn.
(Each value lesson is surprisingly easy to use. Each has a unique story, a fundamental principle from the story, a learning objective drawn from it, and a following "check for understanding exercise" using the critical thinking levels of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and a creative next step for extended choices. These are adapted from Bloom's Taxonomy. Each value lesson is followed by a "commentary" on what the Bible says about the fundamental principle.)
Choosing to Value Truth (Story of "Joey the Superman")
Choosing to Value Others (Story of "Elizabeth's Pies")
Choosing to Value the Learning Relationship (Story of "Mrs. Garcia, Mark, and Daniel")
Choosing to Value Rest as Reward (and not as escape. Story of "Not bad, Not bad at all.")
Choosing to Value Approval (Story of Mom, Harry, and the Paint Job")
Choosing to Value Creativity (Story of "The Fly, the Orange, and the Old Sailor")
Part II: Principles for relating to anyone and to everyone. (This builds a basis fo mutual trust for a whole class and character for relating to society in general.)
Choosing to Value Justice (Story of the King, the Rich Man, and the Lamb")
Choosing to Value Compassion (Story of "Cory and Jude")
Choosing to Value Redemption (Story of "The Cola Bottle")
Choosing to Value Faith and Faithfulness (Story of "Martha and Christine")
Choosing to Value the Respect for Life (Stories of "Amy, Jorge, Maureen, and Mai")
Choosing to Value Choices (and their consequences. Story of "Larry, his Friends, and his Son")
Choosing to Value Honesty ("History of George Washington and the Cherry Tree by Rev. Weems", and the "Story of Al")
Choosing to Value Wisdom ("Rap 25" Poem written to the meter of "rap" lyric.)
Part III: Added Suggestions with the topics of:
-Bonding using care and respect
-Respect based upon human dignity
-Rights - the valid claim of one person on the duty of another
-Anger is not policy
-It is impossible to separate faith from State.
-it is possible to be positive by combining faith with teaching
-Diversity versus unity
-Defending the values you teach
-References to national standards
On-line instructor with Fresno Pacific University's Continuing Education Department. (http://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/dale-knepper) Retired teacher of AP economics, US history, government, AP psychology, and more for fourteen years. Teacher of grades 5, 6, and 7 for six years. Recognized as a "highly qualified" teacher under "No Child Left Behind". "Master Teacher" under the Teacher Corps 1971-1972. Elected member of the Fresno County Board of Education 1988-1996. Represented educational publishing companies: Glencoe, Merrill, Science Research Associates, Allyn and Bacon. M.A. International Relations, Cal. State University, Fresno. B.A. History, Asbury College.
Dale Knepper also has college lectures that can be accessed on our Courses page.