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'This book reminds me that I became a fifth grade teacher because that time in a child's life is amazing and critical. This book should be required reading for every teacher, especially ones going into the upper elementary grade levels' - Tracy Pinnell, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School, Santa Rosa, CA. Help your upper elementary school students thrive and achieve! A positive educational experience in the upper elementary years sets the stage for a child's long-term success in school. With increased testing and accountability requirements, upper elementary teachers are challenged to help students master required content while responding to each child's unique needs and way of learning.This inspiring book presents a child-centered teaching approach for Grades 3-6, one that helps build students' sense of confidence, belonging, and accomplishment. Written by a passionate advocate for upper elementary students, this guide offers teachers detailed information about child development and effective teaching practices uniquely targeted for 8- to 12-year-olds. In this book, readers will find: a thorough look at how upper elementary children develop as learners, based on comprehensive research; teaching strategies and assessment techniques to help students master upper elementary curriculum; a discussion of diversity issues, including race and ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background, language, and exceptionalities; and, informative case studies and firsthand insights from students, teachers, and administrators. Gain the knowledge you need to grow professionally and serve your upper elementary students more effectively.