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Teaching The Best Practice Way: Methods That Matter, K-12


As a natural consequence of good teaching, Best Practice kids become powerful learners, proficient readers, writers, and thinkers. The authors also advise focused coaching when standardized test time comes around.

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The seven methods or structures include: 1) Reading as thinking; 2) Representing to learn; 3) Small-group activities; 4) Classroom workshop; 5) Authentic experiences; 6) Reflective assessment; and 7) Integrative units. They encourage more of the following in the classroom: Experiential, inductive, hands-on learning; time devoted to reading whole, real books; choice for students; attention to varying cognitive and affective styles of individual students; delivery of special help to students in regular classrooms; and reliance on teachers' descriptive evaluation of student growth, including anecdotal observations.

Reading as Thinking: K-W-L in Action (pp. 63-71).
Representing to Learn: Using the following: Journaling (p. 79) and Genre Writing (p. 80). How to use two-minute videos and other multi-media such as a whole-class Big Book (pp. 81-88). Sample activities for using a notebook (pp. 104-114).
Small Group Activities: Models of collaboration (pp. 118-122); Digital Storytelling for high school (142-146).

Classroom Workshop: Includes a generic schedule for a single fifty-minute workshop session (pp. 154-157); Sixth-grade mathematics workshop (pp. 174-181); Conducting conferences (pp. 182-191)

Authentic Experiences: Introduction (193-197); Seventh and eighth grade math (pp. 207-211); Using primary sources (pp. 211-217).



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