Thanks for your support! People are actively rejecting the over-processed abundance of the past few decades in favor of a more humble and simple life. However, if you are an educator, you may observe the discrepancy between the trends in the outside world versus what is happening in schools. Get on those same social media sites and try not to drown in the deluge of ever-changing education trends.
The Importance of Simplicity, Clarity and Priority. The underperformance of schools can be directly attributed to a failure to implement three simple well-known elements: Page 9 Literacy is still be unrivaled but grossly under implemented, key to learning both content and thinking skills.
But authentic literacy is categorically different from the so-called reading skills and pseudo-standards that have rock such havoc in language arts.
Page 11 We will never master or implement what is most important for kids if we continue to pursue multiple new initiatives before we implement our highest priority strategies and structures.
Page 15 Priorities are fragile and high maintenance. Without frequent repeated clarification we start to drift from them.
They implement what is already known.
School children will continue to wait until we monitor and ensure that our priorities are being implemented. Direct teams of teachers to create and help each other implement common curriculum for every course Direct teachers to ensure sound, ever-improving instruction and lessons.
Page 22 Chapter 2: Strategies for Teaching All Students: Page 28 Content undergirds critical thinking, analysis, and brought her informational literacy skills.
To critically analyze various documents requires engagement with content and a framework within which to place the information. It is impossible for instance to critically analyze the American Revolution without understanding the fax and content surrounding that event.
Tirozzi and Ferrandino, Page 34 The most valued people in the 21st century can survey a wide range of sources, decide which is most important and worth paying attention to, and then put this information together in ways that makes sense to oneself and ultimately to others… They will rise to the top of the pack.
Page 34 Smoker presents a strong argument for reduced standards power priority standards page 40 through Even in the worst schools the most simple, ordinary teaching strategies overcome all other factors by significant margins.
This is the most stunning finding to come out of education research in the past decade. Page 51 We must resist the default mechanism that directs us to study and learn more rather than to take action using what we already know.
Page 52 We cannot afford to over complicate the elements of effective instruction.
Page 52 4 Components of Effective Instruction: These terms were formalize almost half a century ago, but their essence is as old is teaching its self. Page There should be four or five of the following cycles in any class period.
Page 68 Teachers should talk for no more than 5 minutes before giving students an opportunity to process the new information.In his new book, Mike Schmoker—a former administrator, English teacher, and football coach—makes a bracing case for a back-to-basics approach to education.
Mike Schmoker is an author, speaker,and consultant. His most recent book is Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning (ASCD ). He can be reached at [email protected].
Focus: Mike Schmoker. Authentic literacy – purposeful reading, writing, and discussion as the primary modes of learning both content and skills (Page 26) The most simple obvious tasks that prepare students for college, careers and citizenship: meaningful reading, writing, speaking, and thinking.
Reading, Writing, and Thinking for All. Mike Schmoker. Critical thinking, cultural awareness, impassioned writing. These skills aren't just for the college bound. Harvard president Derek Bok recently appeared on National Public Radio emphatically endorsing the value of a basic liberal arts education.
Bok extolled such an education not only for. Despite being inundated by emails, posts, and pictures that make our job seem more complicated, use Schmoker’s guidance to refocus on what’s most important for our students: reading, writing, speaking, and thinking across the board.
♦. Reading, Writing, and Thinking for All. Article reading, writing, or discussing the issues they encounter in their readings. Mike Schmoker ([email protected]) is an author, speaker.