Essential Readings

  • Core 6: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence

    by Silver, Dewing & Perini Year Published:
    About the Book:
    Our state has adopted the Common Core State Standards. You know how the standards emerged, what they cover, and how they are organized. But how do you translate the new standards into practice?

    Enter the Core Six: six research-based, classroom-proven strategies that will help you and your students respond to the demands of the Common Core. Thanks to more than 40 years of research and hands-on classroom testing, the authors know the best strategies to increase student engagement and achievement and prepare students for college and career. Best of all, these strategies can be used across all grade levels and subject areas.

    The Core Six include
    1. Reading for Meaning.
    2. Compare & Contrast.
    3. Inductive Learning.
    4. Circle of Knowledge.
    5. Write to Learn.
    6. Vocabulary's CODE.

    For each strategy, this practical book provides
    * Reasons for using the strategy to address the goals of the Common Core.
    * The research behind the strategy.
    * A checklist for implementing the strategy in the classroom.
    * Multiple sample lessons that illustrate the strategy in action.
    * Planning considerations to ensure your effective use of the strategy.

    Any strategy can fall flat in the classroom. By offering tips on how to capture students' interest, deepen students' understanding of each strategy, use discussion and questioning techniques to extend student thinking, and ask students to synthesize and transfer their learning, The Core Six will ensure that your instruction is inspired rather than tired.

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  • Teaching with Poverty in Mind

    by Eric Jensen Year Published:
    In Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.

    Jensen argues that although chronic exposure to poverty can result in detrimental changes to the brain, the brain's very ability to adapt from experience means that poor children can also experience emotional, social, and academic success. A brain that is susceptible to adverse environmental effects is equally susceptible to the positive effects of rich, balanced learning environments and caring relationships that build students' resilience, self-esteem, and character.

    Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Teaching with Poverty in Mind reveals:

    * What poverty is and how it affects students in school;
    * What drives change both at the macro level (within schools and districts) and at the micro level (inside a student's brain);
    * Effective strategies from those who have succeeded and ways to replicate those best practices at your own school; and
    * How to engage the resources necessary to make change happen.

    Too often, we talk about change while maintaining a culture of excuses. We can do better. Although no magic bullet can offset the grave challenges faced daily by disadvantaged children, this timely resource shines a spotlight on what matters most, providing an inspiring and practical guide for enriching the minds and lives of all your students.
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