Becoming a Better Teacher: Eight Innovations That Work / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This is a brief book that explores eight, worthwhile, research-based classroom innovations that foster student-centered classroom environments worth implementing into today's school settings. Each of the eight innovations—essential questions, curriculum integration, standards-based curriculum and assessment design, authentic assessment, scoring rubrics, portfolios reflection, and action research— is justified through detailed explanation, ways to implement it into the classroom, and how to adapt the strategy to meet the needs of diverse classroom environments. Readers will find balanced examples from every grade level, in addition to curriculum design modules, and easy-to-use templates for applying the innovations and strategies into the classroom immediately. For educators, instructors, counselors, and academic evaluators.
About the Author
Giselle O. Martin-Kniep is the president of Learner-Centered Initiatives, Ltd., an educational consulting organization specializing in regional and school-based curriculum and assessment. Martin-Kniep has a strong background in organizational change, a doctorate in social sciences in education, and an Ed.S. degree in educational evaluation from Stanford University. From 1990 to 1995 she was a faculty member in the School of Education at Adelphi University. She has served as a program evaluator, a curriculum auditor, a researcher, and a teacher educator. Since 1990, she has worked with over 500 schools and districts both nationally and internationally in the areas of alternative assessment, integrated curriculum design, school change, and action research. She currently directs more than 35 comprehensive, multiyear regional and school-based national and international professional development programs for K-12 teachers. She also works as a consultant for the International Baccalaureate and the New York State Department of Education. In addition, she is president and CEO of the Center for the Study of Expertise in Teaching and Learning.
Martin-Kniep has written numerous books, chapters in edited texts, and articles. Her two most recent publications are Why Am I Doing This? Purposeful Teaching Through Portfolio Assessment (Heinemann, 1998) and Capturing the Wisdom of Practice: Portfolios for Teachers and Administrators (ASCD, 1999).
Diane Cunningham (author of Chapter 8, "Action Research: Asking and Answering Questions About Practice") is an educational consultant for Learner-Centered Initiatives. Over the past 12 years she has engaged in various action research projects and has guided many teachers and administrators in carrying out action research. She coauthored a chapter on authentic assessment and is co-editor of Why Am I Doing This? Purposeful Teaching Through Portfolio Assessment.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Chapter One: The Power of Essential Questions
Chapter Two: Curriculum Integration as a Tool for Coherence
Chapter Three: Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment Design
Chapter Four: Authentic Assessment
Chapter Five: Using Scoring Rubrics to Support Learning
Chapter Six: Portfolios: A Window into Students' Thinking and Learning
Chapter Seven: Reflection: A Key to Developing Greater Self-Understanding
Chapter Eight: Action Research: Asking and Answering Questions About Practice by Diane Cunningham
Chapter Nine: Embracing It All
Appendix A: Tools for Developing a Curriculum Unit
Appendix B: Tools for Developing Authentic Assessments
Appendix C: Tools for Designing Portfolio Assessments
Appendix D: Reflection Prompts and Questions
Appendix E: Tools for Action Research
References and Resources
About the Authors