Best Practice: New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1998 - Education - 308 pages
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In its original edition, Best Practice was the first book to summarize the emerging standards of state-of-the-art teaching, offering practical descriptions of instructional excellence across the curriculum. Now, in this extensively revised and expanded second edition, we find updated descriptions of progressive teaching in six subject areas: reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. While the second edition draws upon official standards documents from a disparate array of leading professional groups, it nonetheless reveals a surprising and encouraging level of agreement: The consensus is that students learn best in schools that are student centered, experiential, democratic, and collaborative - yet rigorously challenging. Following Best Practice, we may yet attain this goal.

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Best Practice in Reading
A Day in the Life of a Developmentally Appropriate Whole
Best Practice in Writing

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About the author (1998)

HARVEY DANIELS has been a city and suburban classroom teacher, and now serves a professor of interdisciplinary studies at National-Louis University in Chicago. In language arts, Smokey is best known for his work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups. His book has been credited with starting the book club boom in classrooms around the countrytoday, millions of American students are engaged in student-led book discussion groups. Daniels is also co-author of A Community of Writers, which describes a balanced writing program, blending strong teacher-directed lessons with genuinely student-driven workshops. His latest book, due in Fall of 2003, will address reading in the content areas. Through the Center for City Schools, Harvey works with a network of 15 improving elementary schools in Chicago. In 1996, Daniels co-founded the citys first new high school in 30 years, named for and designed

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