Time for Action: Stop Teaching to the Test and Start Teaching Skills

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R&L Education, 2011 - Education - 110 pages
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This book should be read by anyone concerned about the future of education in the U.S. It was written for students, parents, educators, administrators, and policy makers because it will require effort from all these individuals to create meaningful change in the education system.This book discusses why the education system needs to change now, and provides practical examples of teaching approaches, school models, and assessment systems that can move the education system forward in the right direction. Students deserve an education that teaches them how to solve challenging problems and inspires them to become life long learners. Read this book and then go out and implement these ideas.
  

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Contents

Chapter One Time for Action
1
Chapter Two Stop HighStakes Standardized Testing and Teaching to the Test
13
Chapter Three Moving from Memorization to Life Skills
29
Chapter Four Skills Benchmarks and Assessments
55
Chapter Five Preparing Educators for New School Models
79
Chapter Six Final Thoughts
99
References
105
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About the author (2011)

Scott Wurdinger is a professor of experiential education and leadership studies at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. He has taught all age students in traditional and non-traditional settings and has been teaching in higher education for the past 22 years. He serves as a cadre expert for Innovative Quality Schools and is a board member for EdVisions, Inc., which is an organization that replicates project-based charter schools around the country.

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