Clustering Standards in Integrated Units / Edition 2

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Provides teachers with a framework for designing, implementing, and evaluating interdisciplinary units that integrate content and standards across multiple curriculum areas.

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Editorial Reviews

Marguerita K. DeSander
"This book provides a wealth of information for teachers who areseeking new ways to meet the needs of all learners for high academic achievement!"
Marguerita K. De Sander
"This book provides a wealth of information for teachers who areseeking new ways to meet the needs of all learners for high academic achievement!"
Joen M. Painter
"Utilizing this book as part of the alignment process will greatly enhance any classroom curriculum! "
Nancy Betler
"This resource is easy to use, a quick read, and contains many useful graphics and rubrics."
The Bookwatch
"From sample rubrics and reproducibles to understanding how to meet individual student learning needs—and how to empower them to choose the right paths—this book is an excellent choice for experienced or new teachers who want to encourage collaborative student learning styles."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412955577
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 390,475
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Ronis is a professor of education at Southern Connecticut State University and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Her drive to make learning meaningful to all students comes from 17 years of teaching middle school and high school mathematics and fine arts as well as eight years of experience instructing preservice teachers at the college and graduate level. Ronis has been a presenter and keynote speaker at numerous conferences, workshops and seminars, and is the author of Brain Compatible Mathematics, Brain Compatible Assessments, Critical Thinking in Math, Problem Based Learning for Math & Science: Integrating Inquiry and the Internet, and Clustering Standards in Integrated Units.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Why Johnny Can't Read-or, for That Matter, Write, Multiply, or Divide     vii
Introduction     xi
Moving From Convention to Constructivism     xi
The Case for Planning With Units     xii
How to Use This Book     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
About the Author     xvii
Unit Components: Tools for Building Units     1
The Evolution of Knowledge and the Need for Planning With Units     1
Standards: What's the Big Idea?     1
Addressing Standards Using Integrated Instruction     2
Using the Culminating Task Organizer     3
Designing the Culminating Task Rubric: The Key to Successful Planning     5
Using the Unit Planning Map and the Unit Overview     6
Lesson Planning in the Context of Unit Design     6
Creating the Most Effective Integrated Unit Plan     10
Sample Units     11
Organizing Instruction for Meaning: Planning for Learning and Achievement     23
Making Learning Meaningful     23
Working With How the Brain Works     23
Comprehensive Design     25
Performance Tasks and Products     25
Culminating Task Organizer     27
Valuing Content and Student Perspective     28
Sample Units     29
How to Build a Better Rubric: Developing a Unit Assessment Plan     39
Performance Assessment     39
Rubrics to the Rescue     40
Progress Assessment Rubric     42
Designing Rubrics With and for Students     44
Sample Units     52
Unit Panorama: Using the Unit Planning Map and the Unit Overview     67
Bringing the Big Picture Into Focus     67
Unit Design: Addressing the Many Facets of Meaning     67
Curricular Models     68
Choosing Which Tool to Use     70
Planning for Success     73
Sample Unit     78
The Interdisciplinary Lesson Plan: Facilitating Investigation     93
A Lesson Well Learned     93
Approaching Content     93
Best-Laid Plans     95
An Environment That Inspires Learning     95
Sample Unit     96
Content Area Standards     103
Online State Content Standards     103
Professional Organizations' Web Sites Related to Standards     104
Standards and the Nature of School Mathematics: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics      105
The National Science Education Standards     110
International Society for Technology in Education     110
Language Arts, the NCTE/IRA, and Problem-Based Learning     116
Standards for the Social Studies     118
The Visual Arts     118
Planning Forms     123
Culminating Task Organizer     124
Rubric Organizer     125
Rubric for Problem-Based Instruction     126
Rubric for Accelerated Problem-Based Instruction     127
Unit Planning Map     128
Unit Overview     129
Interdisciplinary Lesson Plan     130
Teacher's Unit Plan Self-Evaluation Rubric     131
Bibliography     133
Index     139
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