Presents a framework for teachers, in the form of ten questions, to help them balance research-based data with strategies for engaging with students, help students interact with new knowledge, and maintain rules in the classroom.
Dimensions of Learning, an instructional framework founded on the best of what researchers and theorists know about learning, teaches that learning has five dimensions: positive attitudes and perceptions, acquiring and integrating knowledge, extending and refining knowledge, using knowledge meaningfully, and productive habits of mind. Dimensions of Learning is a valuable tool for reorganizing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The 2nd Edition is more than 100 pages longer than the 1st Edition and contains an expanded discussion of Dimension Five and a new section on performance assessment and rubrics.
This handbook has been written to promote the wider use of literature, particularly fiction, as a portal to cross-curriculum learning in the primary to lower secondary years. It is designed to be used in support of literacy strategies that develop reading ability in students who have acquired a level of reading independence. The book provides an instant guide to matching children's interests with suitable reading material. Each entry contains a brief synopsis of the plot, publisher details, theme correlations, concepts, appropriate reading level, questions for discussion, an excerpt of the book, and a range of post-reading activities.
This updated edition of Focused Observations will help early childhood educators connect observation and documentation to appropriate assessment and curriculum related to early learning guidelines. Intentional teaching begins with focused observations and systematic documentation of children's learning and development. This book explains why observation is one of the best methods to get to know each child well, track progress, and plan individualized curriculum. It also provides tools and techniques to help you strengthen your observations, create portfolios with rich documentation, and support each child. You will also learn how to share your findings with families and grow as an observer through review and reflection activities. Learn answers to common questions about observation, including Why should I use observation in my classroom? What does effective observation and documentation look like? How do I fit observation in so that it doesn't take away from teaching and interacting with children? How do observation and documentation work with early learning guidelines?
Implementing the action steps from The Art and Science of Teaching is much easier when you use this in-depth resource for workshops, teacher training, and self-help. Hundreds of samples, guidelines, checklists, and activities help teachers in all grades and subjects become instant experts on Dr. Marzano's breakthrough framework for effective instruction.
Reviewing the data can be time-consuming, and the work of translating data into real change can seem overwhelming. Tapping more than 30 years' experience as an award-winning teacher and a trainer of PLC coaches, Daniel R. Venables, author of The Practice of Authentic PLCs: A Guide to Effective Teacher Teams, soothes the trepidation of even the biggest ""dataphobes"" in this essential resource. Field-tested and fine-tuned with professional learning communities around the United States, the Data Action Model is a teacher-friendly, systematic process for reviewing and responding to data in cycles of two to nine weeks. This powerful tool enables you and your teacher team to * Identify critical gaps in learning and corresponding instructional gaps; * Collaborate on solutions and develop a goal-driven action plan; and * Evaluate the plan's effectiveness after implementation and determine the next course of action. With easy-to-use templates and protocols to focus and deepen data conversations, this indispensable guide delineates exactly what should be accomplished in each team meeting to translate data into practice.
Learn how to sequence content and set up grading scales that help facilitate formative assessment and effective instruction. And get clear steps for unpacking and converting standards into guidelines that are much more useful to classroom teachers.
Since the advent of the digital age, resourcing for student learning has become more complex and more challenging for school libraries, while at the same time the volume of information has increased. This book provides both an approach to developing school library collections and a balanced view of the types of resources required for student learning. No longer is the book the sole information resource. Books and digital collections must now share equal space for learning, as that is the growing nature of students' learning needs. Resourcing for Curriculum Innovation outlines the types of information resources needed for curriculum change and innovation, as well as the skills which enable students to process the information. (The Learning in a Changing World series by ACER Press addresses how the process of learning is evolving, including the array of resources available in the digital age, the changing curriculum, and the different teaching strategies needed in order to use new media and technologies. The series presents core areas for teachers, librarians, and school leaders to consider for 21st century learning which are: the digital world, virtual worlds, curriculum integration, resourcing, and the physical environment. All are essential elements to enable and empower students to be lifelong learners and active participants in society.)
Curriculum design experts Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins have reviewed thousands of curriculum documents and unit plans across a range of subjects and grades. In this book, they identify and describe the 25 most common problems in unit design and recommend how to fix them--and avoid them when planning new units.McTighe and Wiggins, creators of the Understanding by Design® framework, help you use the process of backward design to troubleshoot your units and achieve tighter alignment and focus on learning priorities. Whether you're working with local or national standards or with other learning goals, you can rely on their practical and proven solutions to promote deeper and better learning for your students.
Understanding by Design is based on a backward design approach and is used by thousands of educators to create curriculum units and assessments that focus on developing students understanding of essential ideas and helping students attain important skills. The Guide is intended for use by individuals or groups in K 16 education (teachers, school and district administrators, curriculum directors, graduate and undergraduate students in curriculum, and others) who want to further develop their skill in Understanding by Design. Users can work through the modules in order or pick and choose, depending on their interests and needs.