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Moving Beyond Quadrant A: Developing Rigor, Relevance, and Learner Engagement in Your Classroom

Moving Beyond Quadrant A: Developing Rigor, Relevance, and Learner Engagement in Your Classroom

by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


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In Moving Beyond Quadrant A, Bernadette Lambert skillfully elucidates the Rigor/Relevance Framework® and corresponding Rigor, Relevance, and Engagement Rubrics in terms you’ve likely not considered, but well know. By thinking of these cornerstones of effective instruction as familiar concepts you use regularly in your day-to-day life, you will find yourself effortlessly modeling rigor and relevance for your students. You will naturally begin to invite them to be active, engaged agents in their education. All it takes is a simple perspective shift, one that moves you beyond Quad A of the Framework and into a Quad D attitude, which Lambert guides you through with interest and ease.

Moving Beyond Quadrant A is no tedious academic text. Lambert weaves in history, cultural references, academic research, and observations from her decades as a teacher and coach in the classroom. She takes care to ensure you have fun as you become a student of the Rigor/Relevance Framework and Rubrics, providing strategic instructional tactics to boot. For those seeking to gain control of their classrooms, not simply collect yet more Band-Aid techniques to cover over the same old problems, Lambert reminds you that all you have to do is get started. You will find the motivation to do just that in Lambert’s inspiring words.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328012326
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/26/2016
Series: ICLE Publications Series
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 716,589
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bernadette Lambert serves as a literacy consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education. She also teams with various districts and schools in the Southeast designing units and lessons that engage and accelerate learners. Her presentations highlight practical and effective instructional strategies. Her experiences as a former middle school teacher and a K-12 district-level literacy coach guide her as she recommends and models deliberate and differentiated instruction to increase academic vocabulary use, weave writing across the curriculum, and support independent purposeful reading. She lives in metropolitan Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Bill Daggett, Ed.D ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Rigor, Relevance, and Learner Engagement 5

Chapter 1 Nurturing a Quad D Attitude 9

Chapter 2 Curiosity: Why Rigor Matters 25

Chapter 3 Imagination: Why Relevance Matters 43

Chapter 4 Agency: Why Learner Engagement Matters 61

Part 2 Strategies to Move Instruction Beyond Quad A 77

Chapter 5 Strategic Moves to Raise Rigor 79

Chapter 6 Strategic Moves to Extend Relevance 91

Chapter 7 Strategic Moves to Engage the Learner 101

Part 3 Tactics, Tools, and Techniques to Move Beyond Quad A 109

Chapter 8 Tactics, Tools, and Techniques 111

1 $1.50 Summary 111

2 Analytic Rubrics 113

3 Anchor Charts 116

4 Capsule Summary 118

5 Compare and Contrast Chart 120

6 Concept Definition Organizer 123

7 Content Frames 125

8 Design-a-Word 128

9 Five R's of Note-taking 130

10 Found Poetry 132

11 Four Corners 134

12 Give One/Get One 135

13 Gradual Release Framework 137

14 Idea Waves 139

15 Metaphor Brainstorming 140

16 N.E.W.S 144

17 Numbered Heads 146

18 Paraphrasing 148

19 Partner A/Partner B 152

20 Probable Passage 154

21 Question Answer Relationships 156

22 Question Cubes 159

23 Question Formulation Technique 161

24 Question Stems 164

25 Response Cards 167

26 Response Frames 169

27 Rotating Acrostics 171

28 Sift, Sort, and Summarize 174

29 Summarization Pyramid 176

30 Tableaux 178

31 Upside-Down Teaching 180

32 Word Banks 182

33 Word Wall Workout 184

Appendix: References 187

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