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Best-selling author Elaine McEwan demonstrates how teaching routines, rubrics, and rules during the first three weeks of school leads to higher achievement through the rest of the year!
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Roxie Ahlbrecht
“This book could be the primary resource for teacher induction programs or the book study of choice for mentoring programs! It makes a distinct contribution to the field of education and to the art of teaching.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412904544
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 823,971
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

McEwan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (EdD) from Northern Illinois University.

McEwan lives with her husband and business partner, E. Raymond Adkins, in Oro Valley, Arizona. Between them, Elaine and Ray have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

The Goal of This Book: With-It-Ness for All Teachers
Who This Book Is For
What With-It-Ness Is Not
Overview of the Contents
Special Features of This Book
About the Author
The “Big Idea” of 3 + 3 = 33
How to “Coach” Motivated and Attentive Students
The Research Support for 3 +3 = 33
Definitions You Need to Know
How the With-It Teachers Were Identified
How With-It Teachers Teach
Acronyms You Need to Know
What’s Ahead?
1. Creating Spaces for Teaching and Learning
The Challenges of Creating a Supportive Learning Environment
How to Allocate, Arrange, and Use Classroom Space
How, Where, and With Whom Your Students Sit
With-It Teachers’ Roundtable: Classroom Seating
What’s Ahead?
2. Creating Walls That Work
With-It Teachers Roundtable: Using Your Walls Wisely
How With-It Teachers Use Their Walls to Support Learning
What’s Ahead?
3. How to Teach the 3Rs: Routines, Rubrics, and Rules
How to Maximize Academic Learning Time
How to Become a With-It Teacher
How With-It Teachers Teach the 3Rs
With-It Teachers' Roundtable: Teaching the 3Rs
How With-It Teacher Choose Their Teaching Models
How With-It Teachers Use the Teaching Moves
What’s Ahead?
4. Routines That Develop Self-Discipline
Organizational Routines
With-It Teachers' Roundtable: Organizational Routines
Academic Routines
Social Routines
What’s Ahead?
5. Rubrics That Raise Expectations and Achievement
What Is a Rubric?
What Is a Checklist?
What Is a Rating Scale?
How With-It Teachers Use Rubrics
How With-It Teachers Use Checklists
How With-It Teachers Use Rating Scales
Using a Rubric, Checklist, or Rating Scale to Motivate Student Performance
What’s Ahead?
6. Rules and Rewards That Build Character and Motivation
The Challenge of Choosing the Third R: Rules (and Rewards)
The Basics Approaches to Discipline
What Works and What Doesn’t?
With-It Teachers Roundtable: Rules and Rewards
What’s Ahead?
7. How to Develop a 3 + 3 = 33 Plan
Step 1: Get Organized
Step 2: Answer Questions and Write a Reflective Essay
Step 3: Arrange Your Space and Choose a Seating Plan
Step 4: Design Your Walls
Step 5: Choose and Analyze Your Routines, Rubrics, and Rules
Step 6: Develop Lesson Plans
Step 7: Write a Detailed Lesson Plan for the First Day of School
What’s Ahead?
Resource A: With-It Teacher’s List
Attention Getters for Off-Task Students
Attention Getters for Whole Group Instruction
Bulletin Board List
Ways to Check for Understanding
Homework Helpers for Upper Grade and Secondary Teachers
Noise Breakers
Signals That Silence Students
Time-Savers for Every Teacher
Time-Savers for Elementary Teachers
Time-Savers for Secondary Teachers
Organizational Routines for Elementary Teachers
Organizational Routines for Secondary Teachers
Rewards (Tangible But Not Edible)
Rewards (Intangible)
Rewards (Low-Sugar or No-Sugar Treats)
Social Routines
Resource B: With-It Teacher Questionnaire
Directions for Completing the Questionnaire
Resource C: Respondents
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