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UW-Madison alum Knoester co-authors, ‘Teaching in Themes’

August 20, 2015

UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Knoester is the co-author of a book recently published by Teachers College Press that’s titled, “Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction.”

Knoester, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010, is an assistant professor of education at the University of Evansville.

Teaching in ThemesDeborah Meier, Katherine Clunis D'Andrea and other current and former teachers at the Mission Hill School in Boston also co-authored the book.

According to a web page promoting the publication, “How do teachers and schools create meaningful learning experiences for students with diverse skills, abilities, and cultures? How can teachers authentically assess the learning of their students and build on their strengths and interests in ways that enrich the larger community? How can schools be turned into places where everyone is learning from each other? These are the big questions that guide the work of teachers at the well-known Mission Hill School in Boston and that are addressed in this book."

It continues: " 'Teaching in Themes' will help schools incorporate a whole-school, theme-based curriculum that engages students across grade levels K–8. The authors provide detailed descriptions of four thematic units: What’s Baking? Learning Together About Bread and Bakeries; The Impact of Nature and Play; The Struggle for Justice: U.S. History Through the Eyes of African-Americans; and Astronomical Inquiries. Readers will see how teachers and students design “emergent inquiries” within the themes and create artwork, music, presentations, and a variety of hands-on learning experiences that support differentiated instruction across the curriculum.”
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