Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 137 pages
Crafting a set of standards that are at once manageable, attainable, and good for all students has been elusive. With 10 years of research and work in more than 300 schools to guide them, Strong, Silver, and Perini offer four standards that will help all students meet the various standards dictated by states, regions, and districts. * Rigor: helping students make sense of challenging texts and ideas. * Thought: helping students become adept users of powerful learning disciplines. * Diversity: helping students understand themselves and others. * Authenticity: helping students apply what they learn to the real world. In this book, the authors go beyond simply showing what each standard looks like in various school settings. They provide research-based teaching strategies that can help all students meet each standard along with assessment practices that allow schools and teachers to respond thoughtfully to the diversity of students needs. Drawing from the work of educators across the country, the book demonstrates that manageable standards-when married to practical approaches to instruction and assessment-can prepare students to perform well on state tests while preserving the democratic traditions of U.S. education.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I was disappointed with this book. Possibly because I work in an innovative high school outside the USA. I found the book very American, and it was a bit of 'here's a radical idea' that was not radical. I think if you were a beginning teacher or trying to move away from being bog standard in your practice, this book would be useful. To be fair though, this book is now 10 years old. I taught in the states 11 years ago and this wld have been mindblowing - ie a focus on learning and thinking!
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I think a lot of schools are rushing to catch up!