Close the Achievement Gap: Simple Strategies That Work

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Discover basic strategies that promote student achievement in low-performing classrooms!

This invaluable research-based guidebook illustrates how quality teaching can overcome the impact of low socioeconomic conditions and improve student performance dramatically. The authors present instructional techniques that require students to speak with skill, write with clarity and purpose, read with a critical eye, and listen with active engagement. ...

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Overview

Discover basic strategies that promote student achievement in low-performing classrooms!

This invaluable research-based guidebook illustrates how quality teaching can overcome the impact of low socioeconomic conditions and improve student performance dramatically. The authors present instructional techniques that require students to speak with skill, write with clarity and purpose, read with a critical eye, and listen with active engagement. Using six practical strategies, educators can overcome the odds and guide learners to success by:

  • Setting high expectations for all students
  • Making differentiation part of everything they do
  • Challenging students to think critically
  • Insisting on results-oriented goals
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Editorial Reviews

From the Introduction
"Society must come to believe that it is possible for all students to achieve. When a given population decides it is possible, children not only learn but they also thrive. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974741659
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: In A Nutshell Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,402,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian M.Pete is president of The Education Associates, an international consulting firm, and cofounder of Robin Fogarty & Associates. He has a rich background in professional development and has worked in and videotaped classroom teachers and professional experts in schools throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Pete's work on educational videos include Best Practices: Classroom Management and Best Practices: Active Learning Classrooms. He is the coauthor of books that include From Staff Room to Classroom (Corwin Press 2007), and titles from the Nutshell Collection, which include How to Differentiate Learning,Data!Dialogue! Decisions!, Twelve Principles That Make the Difference, Nine Best Practices That Make the Difference, Close the Achievement Gap, The Adult Learner, and A Look at Transfer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Introductory Comments
Achievement Gap Facts
A Story: Through the Cracks
The Matthew Effect
The Field Trip
Heads Together
Six Simple Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap
1. Set High Expectations: Get Kids Emotionally Involved
Quote: "They don't teach us enough. "
Strategies:
Brain Principles
Student Choice
TESA — Teacher Expectations, Student Achievement
Facing the Day with Feelings
The Right Way
Reflection: What Teachers Make
Film: Dead Poets Society
2. Challenge Students to Think: Teach Higher Order Thinking
Quote: "Make kids think. "
Strategies:
Three-Story Intellect
Fat and Skinny Questions
Unpack the Language
The Threaded Model
Nine Best Practices
Reflection: The Average Child
Film: Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jerry Seinfeld "World War II 101 "
3. Require Rigor: Require Complete Sentences, Standard English, Formal Register
Quote: "Good Morning, Class. I'm Miss Hobbs! "
Strategies:
Down Memory Lane
Diagramming Sentences
Put Words in My Mouth
The Sentence Squad
Mr. Pete's Questions
Reflection: Mr. Parnes' Questions
Film: To Sir, with Love
4. Leave Nothing to Chance: Revisit! Review! Re-teach! Revise!
Quote: "I told them what they're supposed to know. "
Strategies:
Revisit with a Two-Minute Buzz
Review by Dialing 4-1-1 and Connecting
Re-teach the MI Way
Revise for Precision and Accuracy
Reflection: Invitation to Learn
Film: Teachers
5. Make No Excuses: Encourage At-Risk Participation
Quote: "What is it about me you can't teach? "
Strategies:
Fishbowl, Card Game, and TAG
Co-operative Learning Strategies
Whole Group Strategies
Partner Strategies
Reflection: You're a Hero to Someone
Film: Mr. Holland's Opus
6. Insist on Results: Emphasize Reading
Quote:" When kids can't, won't or don't read, nothing else matters. "
Strategies:
Learning to Read
Loving to Read
Getting Kids to Love to Read
Self-Selected Reading
Vocabulary Building
Comprehension Strategies
Delve Into Data
Reflection: Let the Data Tell the Story
Film: Pay It Forward
References
Bibliography
Poem

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