Empowering Students to Write and Re write

Author: Warren Combs
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317924312
Format: PDF
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Give your students the confidence to continuously improve their writing. In Empowering Students to Write and Re-write: Standards-Based Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers, author and educator Warren Combs provides teachers with detailed strategies and lesson plans, along with real student writing samples. Review true-to-life scripts for conversations between teachers and students, and use or create student-friendly response and final evaluation forms. Also, learn a simple system for setting student expectations to help them reach curriculum standards. Combs describes effective routines of formative self-assessment, and shows teachers how to form a professional learning team with their colleagues using the 6-session professional learning guide. Teachers will help their students: Self-assess their progress with accuracy Revise partial and whole drafts Kindle their innate writing abilities Cultivate a mindset for revision “This book is written in a teacher-friendly mannger and has practical strategies for the teaching of revision.” --Cindi Rigsbee NC Teacher of the Year

Successful Student Writing through Formative Assessment

Author: Harry Grover Tuttle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131792438X
Format: PDF
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Use formative assessment to dramatically improve your students’ writing. In Successful Student Writing Through Formative Assessment, educator and international speaker Harry G. Tuttle shows you how to guide middle and high school students through the prewriting, writing, and revision processes using formative assessment techniques that work. This brand new set of strategies includes real writing samples plus easy-to-use applications that will allow you to monitor, diagnose, and provide continual feedback to your students. You'll help them perfect their written communication skills and ready them for further growth. Tuttle offers tips on breaking large writing assignments into several smaller tasks, identifying red flags, varying your feedback methods, and more. Enhance your instruction by assessing students at specific points throughout the writing process, and help them to become better writers as a result!

Rethinking Grading

Author: Cathy Vatterott
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416620494
Format: PDF
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Grading systems often reward on-time task completion and penalize disorganization and bad behavior. Despite our best intentions, grades seem to reflect student compliance more than student learning and engagement. In the process, we inadvertently subvert the learning process. After careful research and years of experiences with grading as a teacher and a parent, Cathy Vatterott examines and debunks traditional practices and policies of grading in K–12 schools. She offers a new paradigm for standards-based grading that focuses on student mastery of content and gives concrete examples from elementary, middle, and high schools. Rethinking Grading will show all educators how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning--and significantly improve both teaching and learning. Cathy Vatterott is an education professor and researcher at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a former middle school teacher and principal, and a parent of a college graduate. She has learned from her workshops that “grading continues to be the most contentious part . . . conjuring up the most intense emotions and heated disagreements.” Vatterott is also the author of the book Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs.

Assessment Powered Teaching

Author: Nancy W. Sindelar
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412992087
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The purpose of Power Teaching is to change teachers' attitudes toward testing by illustrating the power that meaningful assessment brings to the art and science of teaching. The book also shares efficient and practical tools and strategies for using formative and summative assessment results to actually enhance teaching effectiveness and students' learning. Using testimonials from "power teachers," the text shows classroom teachers how they too can use assessment analyses to inform their teaching, provide motivational feedback to their students, and monitor their students' progress toward learning targets and standards. This handy reference argues that testing can be a power tool for helping teachers rather than an intrusion on academic freedom and valuable instructional time. A key distinction of the book is its coverage of using technology to collect and analyze assessment data.

Inside City Schools

Author: Sarah Warshauer Freedman
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807738405
Format: PDF
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Here, a national team of teacher researchers address the difficult issues of race and ethnicity in the classroom. Experienced English and social studies teachers from four multicultural settings -- Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco -- grapple with how best to meet the literacy learning needs of an increasingly diverse school population. They deal with a variety of real issues within a culturally responsive framework, such as: -- Confronting issues of race and ethnicity in literature, within classrooms, and in a larger community -- Helping students deal with neighborhood violence and conditions of poverty -- Designing a multicultural curriculum -- Creating an emotionally safe classroom -- Fostering peer relations among faculty members.

Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning

Author: John Larmer
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416620338
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Project based learning (PBL) is gaining renewed attention with the current focus on college and career readiness and the performance-based emphases of Common Core State Standards, but only high-quality versions can deliver the beneficial outcomes that schools want for their students. It’s not enough to just “do projects.” Today’s projects need to be rigorous, engaging, and in-depth, and they need to have student voice and choice built in. Such projects require careful planning and pedagogical skill. The authors—leaders at the respected Buck Institute for Education—take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess PBL using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing PBL systemwide and the use of PBL in informal settings. Examples from all grade levels and content areas provide evidence of the powerful effects that PBL can have, including * increased student motivation and preparation for college, careers, and citizenship; * better results on high-stakes tests; * a more satisfying teaching experience; and * new ways for educators to communicate with parents, communities, and the wider world. By successfully implementing PBL, teachers can not only help students meet standards but also greatly improve their instruction and make school a more meaningful place for learning. Both practical and inspirational, this book is an essential guide to creating classrooms and schools where students—and teachers—excel.

Project Based Teaching

Author: Suzie Boss
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416626751
Format: PDF, ePub
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It's no secret that in today's complex world, students face unparalleled demands as they prepare for college, careers, and active citizenship. However, those demands won't be met without a fundamental shift from traditional, teacher-centered instruction toward innovative, student-centered teaching and learning. For schools ready to make such a shift, project-based learning (PBL) offers a proven framework to help students be better equipped to tackle future challenges. Project Based Teachers encourage active questioning, curiosity, and peer learning; create learning environments in which every student has a voice; and have a mastery of content but are also comfortable responding to students' questions by saying, "I don’t know. Let's find out together." In this book, Suzie Boss and John Larmer build on the framework for Gold Standard PBL originally presented in Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning and explore the seven practices integral to Project Based Teaching: Build the Culture Design and Plan Align to Standards Manage Activities Assess Student Learning Scaffold Student Learning Engage and Coach For each practice, the authors present a wide range of practical strategies and include teachers' reflections about and suggestions from their classroom experiences. This book and a related series of free videos provide a detailed look at what's happening in PBL classrooms from the perspective of the Project Based Teacher. Let's find out together. A copublication of ASCD and Buck Institute for Education (BIE).

Delivering on the Promise

Author: Richard A. DeLorenzo
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1934009814
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book shares the compelling story of how a team of visionary educators turned the traditional education system inside out and created a dramatically different approach to schooling that would serve every child. The result is the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC) Approach to Schooling, a new paradigm in education that can be replicated anywhere, by anyone, for any student, under any set of circumstances.