Beyond Standards: Excellence in the High School English Classroom / Edition 1

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Overview

"It's a crime," Carol Jago declares, "to let any students - whatever their native abilities - drift through the school year without effort, without growth, without goals. Each student is capable of achieving excellence. But it requires a nurturing, vigorous classroom environment - not the glass ceilings set by even the best of standards-based instruction."

To help current and future high school English teachers create and maintain this kind of environment, Jago has created this groundbreaking book. Beyond Standards offers concrete ways to reconceive what it means to foster excellent performance in the classroom and vivid examples of student work that was motivated by the pursuit of excellence rather than by test scores. Packed with richly detailed classroom anecdotes, it explores the many ways teachers can select books, design lessons, and inspire discussions that can lead all their students to extraordinary achievements, both in the study of literature and in their writing assignments. Included are practical tips on everything from helping students self-edit their writing to "tricking" them into reading a lot more poetry.

Beyond Standards may be seen as a series of stories - or "ethnographic studies" - on how to make the work of the high school English class humanly and genuinely important to students so that they will engage in literate activity with the same kind of attention and effort as "real" writers. Under such conditions, Jago asserts, students will learn more and produce more useful and impressive products than any standards document could possibly anticipate.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Carol Jago confirms her place among a select group of classroom teachers whose writing has transformed professional discourse and the teaching of English in our time....My advice to you is to read this book and be grateful for the colleague you find in it.”–Sheridan Blau
Booknews
Teacher, editor, author Carol Jago argues that, while standards-based education has merit, it also runs the risk of setting less worthy goals than those that students and teachers will set for themselves. She demonstrates that given the right conditions, any student is capable of achieving excellence; and she provides practical ideas to help teachers create an environment for achievement. Ideas and concepts are illustrated with examples of work produced by Jago's students, and anecdotes from her own teaching experiences. Directed primarily to high school English teachers<-->from the novice to the seasoned veteran<-->this text may also inspire educators in other subject areas to reflect on their own teaching. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095036
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/17/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years, is immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and serves as an associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. Carol served as AP Literature content advisor for the College Board and has published six books for teachers with Heinemann. She has also published four books on contemporary multicultural authors for NCTE's High School Literature series. Carol has written a weekly education column for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays have appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, NEA Today, as well as in other newspapers across the nation. She edits the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English, California English, and served on the planning committee for the 2009 NAEP Reading Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. » Listen to an interview with Carol Jago on Education Talk Radio - 2/23/2012 (34:20)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Standards Versus Excellence

Engaging Reluctant Scholars

Creating the Culture of Excellence

Beyond Reading Standards

Beyond Writing Standards

Beyond Research Standards

Beyond Literature Standards

Beyond Assessment Standards

Beyond Teaching Standards

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