The Plainer Truths of Teaching, Learning and Literacy

Dr. Morton Botel

A comprehensive guide to teaching, learning and literacy prek-12 and across the curriculum. This book includes theory and practical applications to inform teaching and learning through The Four Lenses of Learning and The Five Reading, Writing, Talking Processes. “It is very important that teachers, administrators, and school boards, as well as state and federal education organizations, work toward implementing evidence- based and long standing best practices in their approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. These approaches should have a goal of overcoming all students’ frustration by engaging them in experiences that enhance their ability to learn. The Four Lenses of Learning and The Five Reading, Writing and Talking Processes presented in this book propose ways that teachers can enable students to learn more, to enjoy learning, and to become more productive learners.”

Dr. Morton Botel

About The Author

Dr. Morton Botel, Emeritus Professor of Education and Child Development at the University of Pennsylvania, held the William T. Carter Research Chair as Professor of Education and Child Development at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania from 1980 until 2006. Botel became the first Reading/English Supervisor and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Research for the Bucks County schools in 1951. He authored or contributed to 200 publications and received many honors, including the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from Penn in 1975. He was selected to write the Reading/ Communication Arts Plan to meet the US Office of Education’s Right to Read Mandate in 1978 and was selected to write and implement the Pennsylvania State Department of Education Pennsylvania Comprehensive again in 1988. He expanded professional development opportunities for educators through The Penn Literacy Network, a literacy based professional development program that he founded in 1981 within Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Botel was the president of the International Literacy Association 1959 to 1962 (formerly the International Reading Association) and was elected to its Reading Hall of Fame in 1996.