The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-based Strategy for Every Lesson

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ASCD, 2007 - Education - 272 pages
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Are you looking for high-impact, research-based strategies to transform your students into high-achieving and inspired learners? In The Strategic Teacher, you'll find a repertoire of strategies designed and proven to meet today's high standards and reach diverse learners. Twenty reliable, flexible strategies (along with dozens of variations) are organized into these groups of instruction:

*mastery style to emphasize the development of student memory;

*understanding style to expand students' capacities to reason and explain;

*self-expressive style to stimulate and nourish students' imaginations and creativity;

*interpersonal style to help students find meaning in the relationships they forge as partners and team members, united in the act of learning; and

*four-style strategies that integrate all four styles.

To guide teachers in delivering content to students, the authors started with the best research-based teaching and learning strategies and created a tool called the Strategic Dashboard. The dashboard provides information about each teaching strategy in a concise, visual profile; it is also designed to document how you incorporate current, highly respected research into your instructional plans.

For each strategy, you'll find the following information:

*a brief introduction to the strategy;

*an example of a teacher using the strategy in the classroom;

*the research base supporting the strategy and how the strategy benefits students;

*how to implement the strategy using a list of clear steps;

*guidance through the planning process, providing steps, examples, and suggestions for designing superior lessons; and

*additional tools, strategies, and resources for adapting and expanding the use of each strategy.

The authors have combined their years of research and practice to deliver reliable, high-impact, flexible teaching and learning strategies grounded in current, highly regarded research to teachers at all levels of experience.


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1New American Lecture
2Direct Instruction
3Graduated Difficulty
PART THREE Understanding Strategies
5Compare and Contrast
6Reading for Meaning
7Concept Attainment
13Reciprocal Learning
14Decision Making
16Community Circle
PART SIX FourStyle Strategies
17Window Notes
18Circle of Knowledge
19Do You Hear What I Hear?

PART FOUR SelfExpressive Strategies
9Inductive Learning
10Metaphorical Expression
11Pattern Maker
12Minds Eye
PART FIVE Interpersonal Strategies
20Task Rotation
PostscriptTo Be Fair
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Harvey F.Silver, president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press, was named one of the 100 most influential teachers in the country. He has conducted numerous workshops for school districts and state education departments throughout the United States. He was the principal consultant for the Georgia Critical Thinking Skills Program and the Kentucky Thoughtful Education Teacher Leadership Program. Silver is the author of several educational bestsellers, including So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Styles and Strategies, both published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design. With Richard Strong, Silver developed The Thoughtful Classroom a renowned professional development program based on the commitment to make students as important as standards.

Richard W. Strong was vice president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press. A former teacher on the elementary and secondary levels, he served as a trainer/consultantto hundreds ofschool districts, teacher and professional organizations, and state departments of education. In addition, hewas a leader in the movement for authentic assessment.As cofounder of the Institute for Community and Difference, Richard studied democratic teaching practices in public and private schools for more than ten years. A former district-level coordinator for gifted and talented education, Richard wroteand developed numerousbooks and products for educators.

Matthew J. Perini, director of publishing at Silver Strong & Associates, has authored curriculum guides, articles, and research studies on a wide range of topics, including learning styles, multiple intelligences, and effective teaching practices. Strong, Silver, and Perini have recently collaborated on Discovering Nonfiction: 25 Powerful Teaching Strategies, Grades 2-6; So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences; and Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement.

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