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The Fearless Classroom
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Contents

Meet the Author

From the Author

Preface

Foreword

Chapter One: Defining Fearlessness:

Part One: The Fearless Educator

Part Two: The Fearless Student

Part Three: The Fearless Approach

Part Four: The Fearless Administrator

Chapter Two: Creating Fearless Learning Environments:

ICAP Rotations

ICAP: the Specifics

Imagination

Curiosity

Adaptation

Passion

Chapter Three: Fearless Planning and Lesson Design

Chapter Four: Fearless Grading

Chapter Five: Fearless Assessing of Skills

Chapter Six: Setting Fearless Goals

Chapter Seven: Guide to Activities

Lesson Design Rubrics

Writing

Reflections on Learning

Getting Students to Ask Fearless Questions

Science/Social Studies

Language Arts/Reading

Math

Chapter Eight: Fearless Parent Relations

Chapter Nine: Fearless Gaming in the Classroom

Chapter Ten: Globalizing Your Classroom with Fearless Project-Based Learning

About the Author

Joli Barker is an elementary teacher in Texas. She is Microsoft in Education Master Educator and Global Forum winner. She was the 2013 Texas Computer Education Association's Classroom Teacher of the Year as the TCEA 2013 Classroom Teacher of the Year. She is also one of The National School Board Association's 2014 "20 to Watch" in education. She has a popular blog, The Fearless Classroom, and also does consulting work in schools.

Reviews

"In The Fearless Classroom Joli Barker shares her method and fiery passion for student engagement by inspiring them to be fearless learners. Her method is accessible to teachers of all levels: 'Make mistakes alongside your students,' 'Let students explore and wonder about a topic before teaching it,' and 'Have students set personal goals for the week.' Through this lens into her classroom, she challenges educators to join in the fearless revolution. An inspiring read for teachers of every vintage!"

--Mark Moran, Founder and CEO, Dulcinea Media and Co-founder, Choose2Matter

"Every classroom should be modeled around The Fearless Classroom. Joli Barker creates an environment where all students are risk takers, critical thinkers, and deep problem solvers. Barker shows you how to develop student-driven learning environments and how to 'get out of the way' of their learning! Imagine a world where students think for themselves, are creative, are accepting of other students' ideas, and are collaborative: this is the Fearless Classroom."

--Jamie Ewing, Teacher at Mount View Elementary and NAASE Innovative Teacher of the Year, Facilitator for the Technology Access Foundation's STEM Institute, and Facilitator for Innovation Jump Start

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