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Each of the innovations has a long history of use and has been researched and evaluated in a variety of settings. Giselle Martin-Kniep chose these specific innovations because, as a whole, they foster a student-centered classroom environment that is both equitable and rigorous.
In separate chapters for each topic, she addresses
1) essential questions,
2) curriculum integration,
3) standards-based curriculum and assessment design,
4) authentic assessment,
5) scoring rubrics,
7) reflection, and
8) action research.
Annotated lists of recommended resources provide suggestions for further exploration of each topic.
Readers new to these topics will gain a basic understanding of each and learn how to use them to create a student-centered classroom. More experienced educators can also benefit from reexamining these innovations and considering them as parts of a comprehensive whole. Numerous examples from all grade levels, along with design modules, templates, and checklists, make this an invaluable guide for teachers and administrators.
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Chapter One: The Power of Essential Questions
Chapter Two: Curriculum Integration as a Tool for Coherence
Chapter Three: Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment Design
Chapter Four: Authentic Assessment
Chapter Five: Using Scoring Rubrics to Support Learning
Chapter Six: Portfolios: A Window into Students' Thinking and Learning
Chapter Seven: Reflection: A Key to Developing Greater Self-Understanding
Chapter Eight: Action Research: Asking and Answering Questions About Practice by Diane Cunningham
Chapter Nine: Embracing It All
Appendix A: Tools for Developing a Curriculum Unit
Appendix B: Tools for Developing Authentic Assessments
Appendix C: Tools for Designing Portfolio Assessments
Appendix D: Reflection Prompts and Questions
Appendix E: Tools for Action Research
References and Resources
About the Authors