Focus Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

ISBN-10: 1416611304
ISBN-13: 9781416611301
Edition: 2011
Authors: Mike Schmoker
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Description: Bestselling author Mike Schmoker describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum (what we teach); clear, prioritized lessons (how we teach); and purposeful reading and  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Bestselling author Mike Schmoker describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum (what we teach); clear, prioritized lessons (how we teach); and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy. With this "less is more" philosophy, educators can help students learn content at a deeper level, develop greater critical thinking skills, and discover more clearly how content-area concepts affect their lives and the world around them. Both a call to action and a blueprint for creating more effective classrooms, Focus: Elevating the Essentials for Radically Improved Student Learning will challenge your assumptions about schooling and show how educators who have embraced this approach quickly achieved spectacular results.

Introduction
First Things First: What We Teach, How We Teach-and Literacy
The Importance of Simplicity, Clarity, and Priority
What We Teach
How We Teach
Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy in the Content Areas
English Language Arts Made Simple
A Brief Note on Textbooks
Social Studies with Reading and Writing at the Core
Redefining Inquiry in Science
Making Math Meaningful
Conclusion: This Time, Let's Do It
References
Index
About the Author

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