Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills / Edition 6

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Overview

Of all the things that are essential to high performing schools, nothing is more important than the teacher and what that person knows, believes and can do. A teacher¹s skill makes a difference in student performance, not only in achievement scores, but also in students¹ sense of fulfillment in school and their feelings of well-being.

Twenty chapters capture a blend of research and practitioner-developed approaches for using the research in the classroom. Each chapter lays out a known repertoire of strategies to help teachers fulfill a particular kind of mission from the spiritual imperative of communicating high expectations to the abstract challenge of planning lessons.

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Steve Clem
I have been recommending The Skillful Teacher, by Jon Saphier and Robert Gower, to administrators and teachers for years because I believe it to be the single best resource available for all teachers, from beginners to experienced pros. The new edition from Research for Better Teaching has made a great resource virtually indispensable. Reading this book you feel yourself in the presence of true master teachers; it often feels like an extended and challenging conversation with those mentors we all wish we had. Grouping their topics under the four categories of management, instruction, motivation, and curriculum, Saphier and Gower cover every aspect of teaching, offering intelligent analyses of the available research, specific suggestions for moving theory into practice and illuminating case studies drawn from the countless hours they have spent in classrooms at all levels.
Executive Director, Association of Independent Schools in New England
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886822108
  • Publisher: Research for Better Teaching, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: Unsourced IN AVG
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 65,883
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Teacher Beliefs
Part One - Introduction to Management
Chapter 3: Attention
Chapter 4: Momentum
Chapter 5: Space
Chapter 6: Time
Chapter 7: Routines
Chapter 8: Discipline
Part Two - Introduction to Instruction
Chapter 9: Clarity
Chapter 10: Principles of Learning
Chapter 11: Models of Teaching
Part Three - Introduction to Motivation
Chapter 12: Expectations
Chapter 13: Personal Relationship Building
Chapter 14: Classroom Climate
Part Four - Introduction to Curriculum
Chapter 15: Curriculum Design
Chapter 16: Objectives
Chapter 17: Planning
Chapter 18: Learning Experiences
Chapter 19: Assessment
Chapter 20: Overarching Objectives
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    It's hokum. Yawn time.

    The authors simply assigned new entries to a lexicon of educational jargon that is already damned near a new language. This stuff is vastly overrated; any AVERAGE teacher performs 90/95% of the 'innovations' offered in this book. Forget it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills

    I have been recommending The Skillful Teacher, by Jon Saphier and Robert Gower, to administrators and teachers for years because I believe it to be the single best resource available for all teachers, from beginners to experienced pros. The new edition from Research for Better Teaching has made a great resource virtually indispensable. Reading this book you feel yourself in the presence of true master teachers; it often feels like an extended and challenging conversation with those mentors we all wish we had. Grouping their topics under the four categories of management, instruction, motivation, and curriculum, Saphier and Gower cover every aspect of teaching, offering intelligent analyses of the available research, specific suggestions for moving theory into practice and illuminating case studies drawn from the countless hours they have spent in classrooms at all levels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills

    Research for Better Teaching has synthesized much of the knowledge base on teaching in one practical and useful manual. At last there is a book that does justice to the complexity of great teaching. Jon Saphier and Robert Gower have divided the nuts and bolts of teaching into four areas: · Management, which includes classroom routines and transitions, discipline, momentum, and getting students' attention, · Instruction, which includes clarity, the principles of learning, and models of teaching, · Motivation, which outlines teacher behaviors that establish high expectations for all, help with relationship building, and the classroom climate, · Curriculum, which includes objectives, the learning experience, assessment, and curriculum design. This 598 page book should be a mandatory text for all teacher training courses. The Research for Better Teaching group in Acton, Massachusetts offers 6 to 7 day courses for teachers and administrators on teaching and supervising teachers. Their just published book, The Skillful Leader, offers help to school administrators looking for solid ideas on how to help struggling teachers. After sending some of our administrators to Boston to take the Research for Better Teaching courses, we are convinced that educators in the Bay Area will soon discover this great professional resource located just outside Boston.

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