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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.
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
About the Author 237