The Research-Ready Classroom: Differentiating Instruction Across Content Areas

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When your classroom hums with the activity of twenty-five students, each diligently pursuing their own line of inquiry, real learning happens. Independent research increases student motivation and is one of the most effective ways for them to learn across the content areas, but many teachers don't know how to implement and manage it. The Research-Ready Classroom shows you how to differentiate instruction for two dozen students at once-all while helping them meet curricular ...

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Overview

When your classroom hums with the activity of twenty-five students, each diligently pursuing their own line of inquiry, real learning happens. Independent research increases student motivation and is one of the most effective ways for them to learn across the content areas, but many teachers don't know how to implement and manage it. The Research-Ready Classroom shows you how to differentiate instruction for two dozen students at once-all while helping them meet curricular demands and state standards.

In The Research-Ready Classroom Mike Anderson and Andy Dousis give you a start-to-finish guide to managing independent research in your classroom. From an examination of the skills independent research builds to using inquiry to motivate students, you'll find all the theoretical information you need to understand why independent research works and what it accomplishes. And from helping students select a topic to supporting them as they gather information and create ways to present it, Anderson and Dousis give you all the specific instructional strategies to make it work. Best of all, they show you how research projects support students of all abilities in meeting benchmarks across the curriculum.

Pick up a copy of The Research-Ready Classroom and discover how you can teach valuable skills like questioning and note taking, meet standards, and improve students' motivation, all at once. Then listen for the buzz of busy researchers enjoying the quest for information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009445
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/8/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

A fifth grade teacher in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mike Anderson has taught for thirteen years. He is also a consultant for the Northeast Foundation for Children and has taught at the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. He was awarded a national Milken Educator Award for excellence in teaching in 2004 and was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year in 2005. Mike lives in Durham, New Hampshire, with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Ethan and Carly.

Andy Dousis, is a Senior Consulting Teacher for the Northeast Foundation for Children, where he trains teachers and supports schools implementing the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching. He taught third and fourth grades at Flanders School in East Lyme, Connecticut, for ten years. He is also a state champion high school football coach and a former Marine. He lives in East Lyme with his wife, Debbie, and their two daughters, Shawn and Hunter.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A research-ready classroom 7
3 Preparing for a research unit 23
4 Topic selection 34
5 Questioning 48
6 Gathering information 59
7 Projects 77
8 Presentations 99
9 Goal setting 121
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Dousis and Anderson take the chaos out of research

    There is no more motivating time in my classroom than when students get to do their own research. For me as the teacher, there was no more frustrating time. Sloppy work, poor planning,little or no process,poor presentations etc,etc, . After reading The Research Ready Classroom, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. It's short, to point no nonsence layout gave me ideas I put into play the day after I got it. It structured and layed out the whole process of research from beginning to end. Blackline masters also helped the students and me plan effectively. When my students presented I no longer had to keep it a secret from my principal, as a matter of fact I invited her to come and watch. A must have for all classroom teachers.

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