Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom / Edition 1

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This indispensable guide combines proven curriculum design with teaching methods that encourage students to learn concepts as well as content and skills for deep understanding across all subject areas.

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Editorial Reviews

Lois Lanning
"The book provides the foundation for understanding the structure of knowledge, Bloom's taxonomy (original and revised), and the terminology associated with contemporary instructional practice. It has a style that enables the reader to assimilate complex ideas easily."
Kathy Hargrove
"The author makes a strong appeal for raising the level of curriculum development. Reader friendlywithlots of illustrations and examples, personal in tone,and down to earth. I especially like thepractical approaches and step-by-step guidance."
Carol Ann Tomlinson
"I love the author’s delineation of her own understanding of concept-based teaching over an 18-year period. Somehow that humanizes the work of teaching and helps us understand that only as we risk growth will we be able to guide our students in that way as well."
Jay McTighe
"Well written with a practical orientation. Its numerous examples help bring the abstract ideas to life. It addresses the needs of present-day educators, such asdealing with voluminous content standards and accountability tests. This book makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the field."
William Fitzhugh
"Contains many charts that show how content, methodology, and assessment are integrated. The blank documents that teachers can photocopy are great. The tables really help me understand what the text says."
Jay Mc Tighe
"Well written with a practical orientation. Its numerous examples help bring the abstract ideas to life. It addresses the needs of present-day educators, such asdealing with voluminous content standards and accountability tests. This book makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the field."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412917001
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 186,223
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Lynn Erickson is an independent consultant assisting schools and districts nationally and internationally with curriculum design. From 1987 to 1994, she was the director of curriculum for the Federal Way Public Schools in Federal Way, Washington. She is a recognized presenter at national conferences, and is featured in the video "Creating Concept-Based Curriculum for Deep Understanding" (produced by the Video Journal) as well as in videos from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her Corwin Press books include Stirring the Head, Heart, and Soul: Redefining Curriculum, Instruction, and Concept-Based Learning(3rd edition);Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom; and Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Charts
Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson
About the Author
1. The Thinking Classroom
Classroom Snapshots
The Brain at Work
Synergistic Thinking
Developing the Intellect
Disciplinary Ways of Thinking and Doing
Thinking Teachers and Students
Extending Thought
2. The Structure of Knowledge
The Inherent Structure of Knowledge
A Concept-Based Journey
The Paradigm Shift for Educators
The Texas Depth and Complexity Model
Shaping Conceptual Understanding Grade by Grade
Extending Thought
3. Meeting Academic Standards With Integrity
What Academic Standards Are
What Academic Standards Are Not
Ideas Through the Grades
Contextualizing Standards Into Classroom Curricula
Bringing District-Level Coherence to Standards
Extending Thought
4. Designing Concept-Based Units and Lessons
Interdisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Unit Design: A Short Primer
Creating Lesson Plans
Performances Versus Activities
Questions and Answers on Unit and Lesson Design
Extending Thought
5. Concept-Based Instruction
Thinking Teachers
Introducing “Brain Power” and Concepts to Students
Sample Concept-Based Lessons
Adapting Instructional Materials
Supportive Best Practices
Extending Thought
6. Leadership Roles
District Leadership
Building-Based Leadership
Teacher Leaders
Teacher Training Institutions
Extending Thought
Resource A. Concept-Based Curriculum Glossary of Terms
Resource B. Curriculum Document Preface
Resource C. Teacher Observations--Sample Forms
Resource D. Concept-Based Graphic Organizers
Resource E1. Sample Unit and Lesson Planner
Resource E2. Completed Unit and Lesson Planner
Resource F. The Knowledge Domain and Cognitive Processes
Resource G. Sample School Districts Using a Concept-Based Model for Curriculum and Instruction
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