Transforming Practices

Author: Steven Keeva
Publisher: American Bar Association
ISBN: 9781604427295
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Through a series of profiles of lawyers who have changed their work habits and attitudes, the author examines how lawyers can find deeper meaning in their work, practice more compassionately and more enjoy what they do, all by developing a greater awareness and respect for their inner lives.

Transforming Practices

Author: Mark W. Flory
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781522809975
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The postmodern revival of interest in apophatic (negative) theology neglects the integrated system of spiritual praxis that undergirds traditional negative theology and therefore has failed to realize its potential to address the postmodern themes of alterity, subjectivity, and ontotheology. Traditional apophatic theology forms one aspect of the Eastern Orthodox system of spiritual practices known as "hesychasm" (from hesycheia, inner stillness). This system comprises several elements: an emphasis on systematic spiritual progress via the "Ladder" of spiritual ascent, an understanding of the self in its relation to God, and the assertion of the radical otherness of God. This dissertation brings these elements of apophatic theology into the ongoing dialogue concerning apophatic theology to address the themes of subjectivity, alterity, and ontotheology. Hesychastic practices produce a transformation of human nature that first eliminates the delusory attachments of natural being, and then reconstitutes the person on the basis of openness, selflessness, and relationality. The dissertation argues that the practices of cataphasis (positive predication), apophasis (negative predication), and the "hyper-" (a prefix that connotes the otherness of God) must be located within this transformative system. This relocation of negative theology makes possible the thinking of a self that is at once substantive and interrelational and of God as at once transcendent Unity and immanent and dynamic (thus evading the charge of reinscribing ontotheology). As a preliminary to this system, the dissertation presents the hermeneutic, anthropological, and providential context of the Ladder of spiritual practices. Hesychasm integrates these contextual elements in a system that provides a total environment for the formation of subjectivity. The dissertation presents and then critiques the contrasting postmodern apophaticisms of Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. Derrida's analysis of the impossible, his rejection of the identification of deconstruction with negative theology, and his charge that negative theology remains ontotheological pose serious challenges to negative theology. Jean-Luc Marion attempts to defend negative theology against Derrida's charges by means of his concept of the saturated phenomenon and his phenomenology of excess. In both cases, however, the lack of a system of spiritual transformation limits the effectiveness of their insights.

Transforming Practice Designing For Liminal Transitions Along Trajectories Of Participation

Publisher: ProQuest
ISBN: 0549157549
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Schooling is grounded in the notion of transfer---the idea that classroom activities serve students beyond mastering the intended curriculum---but theorizing general consequences of learning and ways curricula can support them remain open questions. Building on "situative" perspectives, this dissertation enlists video game technologies and methodologies to simultaneously design for and theorize about transitional, or liminal, forms of participation as an alternative conceptualization of the general consequences of learning. Liminal transitions are activities along the pathway through a gaming curriculum that engage learners with ways of doing science and being scientific that are different from but complementary to curricular experiences. A video game-based ecology curriculum in a multi-user virtual environment called Quest Atlantis served as the primary curriculum, but incorporated liminal transitions for the purposes of this dissertation. Enactments in a fourth and a sixth grade classroom were analyzed to understand ways that these embedded activities both support learning and make knowing visible. Corresponding design strategies were also examined in order to understand and refine learners' opportunities to transform scientific practices and evolve scientific roles. These interpretive analyses focused on learners' trajectories of participation with the curriculum and the transformations arranged by liminal transitions. Findings consider cases that illuminate how students leveraged liminal transitions to make meaning with and across the curriculum and other cases that explore design tensions encountered in arranging these activities. A multi-level assessment framework also generated a quantitative profile of individual learning in terms of formal scientific concepts and learning standards. Assessment across these levels framed concepts and standards with increasingly general relation to the curriculum that provides broader perspective on learning and its general consequences. In order to better understand the impact of liminal transitions, a quasi-experimental comparison contrasted these assessment outcomes with a classroom that enacted the primary curriculum with unembedded formative assessments and feedback. Effect sizes were consistently around 0.2 larger when the curriculum was paired with liminal transitions, but differences were statistically unlikely. Conclusions discuss participation in terms of the reciprocity between game player roles and practices for productive transitions across and beyond curricula and designing for situative generalizations.

The Common Core Mathematics Standards

Author: Ted H. Hull
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452284148
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Transform math instruction with effective CCSS leadership The Common Core State Standards for mathematics describe the “habits of mind” that teachers should develop in their students without which the content standards cannot be successfully implemented. This professional development resource helps principals and math leaders grapple with the changes that must be addressed so that teachers can implement the practices required by the CCSS. Included are: A clear explanation of the CCSS for Mathematical Practice Techniques to help leadership teams collaboratively implement and maintain the new standards A proficiency matrix with examples of instructional strategies for helping students reach competency in each standard

Changing Methods

Author: Sandra D. Burt
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781551110332
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Changing Methods is a collection of original essays by feminist practitioners, scholars, and activists. The authors show why "the method question" has moved to the top of many feminist research and interpretive research strategies, and engage in thinking about how ideas and actions have developed within complex social circumstances. The essays in this book challenge the tradition that has allowed abstracted, formalized versions of the ideas and experiences of privileged white men to set standards for how everyone should conduct themselves. The authors use new-found knowledge to displace the dominant ideology constructed around race, class, gender, and heterosexual privilege, and then propose innovative feminist-informed analyses of subjects as diverse as political change, critical linguistics, child care, religious studies, and violence against women.

Islam And Social Work

Author: Sara Ashencaen Crabtree
Publisher: Policy Pr
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Traditionally, equality and diversity issues have been addressed through the lens of race/ethnicity, and the faith identities of minority ethnic communities have been largely bypassed. But, particularly post 9/11, there is a need for policies and services that are sensitive to faith in general, and Islam in particular.Encouraging greater cultural competence, this unique book enables social work practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of how Islamic principles inform and influence the lives of Muslim populations and illustrates how this can be translated into professional practice. This is the only book specifically on social work with Muslim communities and describes the basic tenets of Islam and the daily practices and rituals of the faithful Muslim community. It contextualises the historical legacy of Islam, examining the disparity between universal Islamic precepts and traditional practices and focuses specifically on family welfare, health, Islamophobia and crime as primary issues for practice. The book includes case studies which help the reader explore and develop ideas for culturally congruent social work practice.This is a key text for all social workers interested in professional intervention with faith communities. As such, it is as equally relevant for social work students, as it is for experienced practitioners and educators.

Algebra And The Elementary Classroom

Author: Maria L. Blanton
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325009469
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Algebra in the Elementary Classroom provides the support we need as teachers to embed the development of students' algebraic thinking in the teaching of elementary school. - Megan Loef Franke Coauthor of Children's Mathematics and Thinking Mathematically How do you start students down the road to mathematical understanding? By laying the foundation for algebra in the elementary grades. Algebra and the Elementary Classroom shares ideas, tasks, and practices for integrating algebraic thinking into your teaching. Through research-based and classroom-tested strategies, it demonstrates how to use materials you have on hand to prepare students for formal algebra instruction - without adding to your overstuffed curriculum. You'll find ways to: introduce algebraic thinking through familiar arithmetical contexts nurture it by helping students think about, represent, and build arguments for their mathematical ideas develop it by exploring mathematical structures and functional relationships strengthen it by asking students to make algebraic connections across the curriculum reinforce it across the grades through a schoolwide initiative. No matter what your math background is, Algebra and the Elementary Classroom offers strong support for integrating algebraic thinking into your daily teaching. Its clear descriptions show you what algebraic thinking is and how to teach it. Its sample problems deepen your own algebraic thinking. Best of all, it gives you ideas for grade-specific instructional planning. Read Algebra and the Elementary Classroom and prepare your students for a lifetime of mathematical understanding.

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

Author: Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830899111
Size: 56.98 MB
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Maybe you long for a more intimate prayer life or deeper insight from God's Word but just don't know how to get there. Or maybe you want to learn about new spiritual disciplines like visio divina, unplugging or attentiveness. In Spiritual Disciplines Handbook Adele Calhoun gives us directions for our continuing journey toward intimacy with Christ. While the word discipline may make us want to run and hide, the author shows how desires and discipline work together to lead us to the transformation we're longing for—the transformation only Christ can bring. Instead of just giving information about spiritual disciplines, this handbook is full of practical, accessible guidance that helps you actually practice them. With over 80,000 copies in print, this well-loved catalog of seventy-five disciplines has been revised throughout and expanded to include thirteen new disciplines along with a new preface by the author. Mothers, fathers, plumbers, nurses, students—we're all on a journey. And spiritual disciplines are for all of us who desire to know Christ deeply and be like him. Here is direction for our desire, leading us to the ultimate destination: more of Christ himself.