Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

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Overview

Bestselling author Mike Schmoker describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum (what we teach); clear, prioritized lessons (how we teach); and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy.

With this "less is more" philosophy, educators can help students learn content at a deeper level, develop greater critical thinking skills, and discover more clearly how content-area concepts affect their lives and the world around them. Both a call to action and a blueprint for creating more effective classrooms, Focus: Elevating the Essentials for Radically Improved Student Learning will challenge your assumptions about schooling and show how educators who have embraced this approach quickly achieved spectacular results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416611301
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 20,279
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section I First Things First: What We Teach, How We Teach-and Literacy

Chapter 1 The Importance of Simplicity, Clarity, and Priority 9

Chapter 2 What We Teach 25

Chapter 3 How We Teach 50

Section II Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy in the Content Areas

Chapter 4 English Language Arts Made Simple 93

A Brief Note on Textbooks 128

Chapter 5 Social Studies with Reading and Writing at the Core 131

Chapter 6 Redefining Inquiry in Science 163

Chapter 7 Making Math Meaningful 194

Conclusion: This Time, Let's Do It 217

References 219

Index 229

About the Author 237

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Strong Theoretical Read

    The author offers a simplified theory about how educators should simplify instruction by having students better understand content by articulating themselves through writing and by making connections through reading. Although there is more to engaging young learners, the author pinpoints the root symptom of learning gaps which is literacy. The book is not only a social commentary, it offers quality ideas for incorporating aspects of literacy across all curricula.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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