How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom


Author: Douglas Fisher,Nancy Frey,Ian Pumpian
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416614575
Category: Education
Page: 223
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What does it feel like to walk into your school? Is it a welcoming place, where everyone feels valued? Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, instructional models, curriculum, and assessments. But sometimes what can make or break your learning community are the intangibles--the relationships, identity, and connections that make up its culture. Authors Fisher, Frey, and Pumpian believe that no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed. They identify five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement: 1. Welcome: Imagine if all staff members in your school considered it their job to make every student, parent, and visitor feel noticed, welcomed, and valued. 2. Do no harm: Your school rules should be tools for teaching students to become the moral and ethical citizens you expect them to be. 3. Choice words: When the language students hear helps them tell a story about themselves that is one of possibility and potential, students perform in ways that are consistent with that belief. 4. It's never too late to learn: Can you push students to go beyond the minimum needed to get by, to discover what they are capable of achieving? 5. Best school in the universe: Is your school the best place to teach and learn? The best place to work? Drawing on their years of experience in the classroom, the authors explain how these pillars support good teaching and learning. In addition, they provide 19 action research tools that will help you create a culture of achievement, so that your school or classroom is the best it can be. After reading this book, you'll see why culture makes the difference between a school that enables success for all students and a school that merely houses those students during the school day.

Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding
Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416615709
Category: Education
Page: 119
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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Block Schedule


Author: Gayle H. Gregory,Lynne E. Herndon
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 145227164X
Category: Education
Page: 336
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Eliminate "idea block" with this practical resource that includes more than 100 planning tools, matrixes, rubrics, templates, and choice boards for differentiating instruction during extended learning blocks.

The Differentiated School

Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning
Author: Carol Tomlinson,Kay Brimijoin,Lane Narvaez
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416612483
Category: Education
Page: 239
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Looking for advice and guidance on how to implement differentiated instruction throughout your school? Learn from the experts. Administrators and teachers alike will find viable ideas and answers to questions as leaders at two schools share milestones and vignettes from their real-life experiences in converting entire faculties to this dynamic approach to teaching and learning. The authors balance broadly applicable guidance with specific illustrations of how two schools--a middle-income elementary school and a mixed-income high school--experienced the change process in dramatically different ways. In both instances, the new approach to teaching and learning had sweeping, positive results for staff and students. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez have combined their expertise with differentiation in schools--including professional development, research, leadership, coaching, and teaching--to highlight factors that contributed to the continuing success of school reinvention efforts such as *Approaching change with the particular school culture in mind. *Leading a staff toward change with appropriate pushes, pauses, and acknowledgments. *Fostering continued growth in understanding and skill with differentiation in the classroom. *Encouraging teachers to reinforce one another's strengths. *Monitoring progress toward expanded flexibility in instructional approaches. *Nurturing teacher leaders who can sustain the effort beyond one principal's tenure. *Providing strong support and role models for deep and broad changes in the school's teaching practices and learning potential. Every educator seeking to move beyond isolated efforts to differentiate instruction will find practical support and inspiration in this book. At the same time, you'll gain understanding about the key characteristics needed for deep, lasting instructional change that taps into the learning potential of all students in your classrooms and schools.

Facilitator's Guide to More Inclusion Strategies That Work!


Author: Toby J. Karten
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452295905
Category: Education
Page: 80
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Use this facilitator's guide to help educators maximize the strengths of students in inclusive classrooms and meet curriculum standards for all learners while maintaining sound educational principles.

The Design of Everyday Things

Psychologie und Design der alltäglichen Dinge
Author: Norman Don
Publisher: Vahlen
ISBN: 3800648105
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
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Apple, Audi, Braun oder Samsung machen es vor: Gutes Design ist heute eine kritische Voraussetzung für erfolgreiche Produkte. Dieser Klassiker beschreibt die fundamentalen Prinzipien, um Dinge des täglichen Gebrauchs umzuwandeln in unterhaltsame und zufriedenstellende Produkte. Don Norman fordert ein Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Technologie mit dem Ziel, dass Designer und Produktentwickler die Bedürfnisse, Fähigkeiten und Handlungsweisen der Nutzer in den Vordergrund stellen und Designs an diesen angepasst werden. The Design of Everyday Things ist eine informative und spannende Einführung für Designer, Marketer, Produktentwickler und für alle an gutem Design interessierten Menschen. Zum Autor Don Norman ist emeritierter Professor für Kognitionswissenschaften. Er lehrte an der University of California in San Diego und der Northwest University in Illinois. Mitte der Neunzigerjahre leitete Don Norman die Advanced Technology Group bei Apple. Dort prägte er den Begriff der User Experience, um über die reine Benutzbarkeit hinaus eine ganzheitliche Erfahrung der Anwender im Umgang mit Technik in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Norman ist Mitbegründer der Beratungsfirma Nielsen Norman Group und hat unter anderem Autohersteller von BMW bis Toyota beraten. „Keiner kommt an Don Norman vorbei, wenn es um Fragen zu einem Design geht, das sich am Menschen orientiert.“ Brand Eins 7/2013 „Design ist einer der wichtigsten Wettbewerbsvorteile. Dieses Buch macht Spaß zu lesen und ist von größter Bedeutung.” Tom Peters, Co-Autor von „Auf der Suche nach Spitzenleistungen“

Instructional coaching

a partnership approach to improving instruction
Author: Jim Knight
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781412927239
Category: Education
Page: 239
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Explains the basics of instructional coaching, details the essential skills that are needed by instructional coaches, and includes discussion of such topics as getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, and engaging in reflective conversations.

Wie kleine Kinder schlau werden

selbständiges Lernen im Alltag
Author: John Caldwell Holt
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783407228550
Category:
Page: 232
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Ausgehend von der Beobachtung des kindlichen Spielens erläutert der Autor, wie Kinder denken und lernen.

Differentiating instruction for students with learning disabilities

best teaching practices for general and special educators
Author: William N. Bender,Council for Exceptional Children
Publisher: Corwin Pr
ISBN: 9781412954457
Category: Education
Page: 206
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A guide to differentiated instruction covers such topics as metacognitive and scaffolded learning, tutoring, self-management, and assessment.

Collaborating for Project-based Learning in Grades 9-12


Author: Violet H. Harada,Carolyn H. Kirio,Sandra H. Yamamoto
Publisher: Linworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781586832919
Category: Education
Page: 226
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Discusses the benefits of project-based learning, which encourages students to make connections between the topics they study and their personal interests, and provide eleven example projects for exploring science, sociology, history, art, and math.

Teaching for Student Learning

Becoming a Master Teacher
Author: Kevin Ryan,James M. Cooper,Susan Tauer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 377
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To accommodate the evolution of teacher education programs, this new text has been developed for two groups: 1) those serving as interns or student teachers as they complete traditional teacher education programs and 2) new in-service teachers who are part of an alternative certification program. This team of experienced educators and authors offers users a set of very practical tools, skills, and advice that they can put into immediate use in the field. The authors also aim to provoke a high level of engagement and interaction with the program. Retaining the hallmark reader-friendly style and format of the best-selling Ryan/Cooper texts, Teaching for Student Learning's 3-hole punched and perforated format, with 25 brief, to-the-point chapters ("modules"), makes it easy for busy teachers to quickly find, understand, and use key information related to their most pressing needs. Accompanying CL Video Cases available on the Online Teaching and Study Centers are directly tied to the text and allow students to see the concepts in the text brought to life in real classrooms.

Choice


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Academic libraries
Page: N.A
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What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know


Author: Dave F. Brown,Trudy Knowles
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325009537
Category: Education
Page: 290
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Offers middle school teachers practical advice on how they can adapt their instruction methods to meet the needs of diverse students and cope with the emotional challenges they face in the classroom.