THE BOOK

Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL): A Model for Creating Powerful Curriculum by Christy Folsom

Published by Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2009

Responsibility, compassion, integrity, and resilience are characteristics needed by both teachers and students. Developing these traits is even more challenging in a post-pandemic environment where students are struggling more with focus and motivation; meanwhile, demonstrating mastery of content and skills through assignments and assessments is a required part of learning. Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL): A Model for Creating Powerful Curriculum helps educators meet their goals for students of mastering content knowledge and basic skills while promoting intellectual and social-emotional engagement.

This book introduces a powerful visual model that helps teachers create stimulating lessons and units of study that teach students the thinking skills of self-organization and promotes social-emotional learning through project work. The book shares the experiences of four New York City public school teachers, in second through fifth grades. They used the TIEL model to develop new ways of planning lessons and designing project-based units that focus on content while developing thinking skills and social-emotional awareness.  Students show understanding of their thinking and learning by discussing the planning, collaboration, and decision-making processes they used in creating their projects.  The TIEL model makes the fundamental intellectual and social-emotional processes that underlie effective teaching and learning accessible to teachers and students in gifted, special, and general education.

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