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Updated Edition of Bestseller

How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching!
Four Practices That Improve Student Learning

Second Edition


August 2008 | 208 pages | Corwin

"This is a must-read for all of the practitioners who do not want to 'teach to the test.' The book offers a sure-fire way to create lifelong learners who are motivated to come to school and who enjoy being part of an energized community."
—Joan E. Anderson, Reading Instructor
Oakridge Middle School, Naples, FL

"If teachers ever wondered how to integrate standards, high-stakes testing, and student learning, they need wonder no more. This book has something for everyone."
—Randy Cook, Chemistry and Physics Teacher
Tri County High School, Morley, MI

Apply user-friendly tools to create a stimulating environment for student growth while implementing standards!

How can teachers successfully create a standards-based classroom that meets accountability requirements and also provide a learning environment where both teachers and students can thrive? This book gives teachers ways to flourish in their profession as they engage students, increase their self-confidence, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

The second edition of How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching! offers a productive way of approaching standards and a framework for classroom practice to give all students the opportunity to succeed. The author demonstrates how teachers can follow a standards-based curriculum while:

  • Creating a community of learners who are self-directed, interactive, cooperative, and focused on quality
  • Making reflection a routine for both teachers and students
  • Teaching content and process
  • Developing more authentic student tasks and assessment methods

With updated references and new reproducibles for immediate use, this invaluable resource helps teachers maintain creativity and fun in the classroom while focusing on standards and building learners' academic skills.

 
Foreword to the First Edition by Spence Rogers
 
Preface to the Second Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: Focusing on Standards in the Classroom
A Positive View of Standards  
Taking a Big-Picture Look at Standards  
Standards and the Classroom  
Four Practices That Meet Standards and Motivate Students  
Ideas for Teachers  
Ideas for Administrators  
 
1. Creating a Community of Learners
Why Do I Need a Community of Learners in My Classroom?  
Help Students Become Self-Directed Learners  
Have an Interactive Classroom  
Helping Students Work Cooperatively  
A Quality Focus  
The Community of Learners, a Final View  
Ideas for Teachers  
Ideas for Administrators  
 
2. Making Reflection Routine
Teacher Reflection  
Student Reflection  
Concluding Reflection  
Ideas for Teachers  
Ideas for Administrators  
 
3. Teaching Content and Process
The Learner Actions  
Using the Learner Actions to Meet Standards  
Analyzing Lessons to See Who Is Doing All the Work  
Ideas for Teachers  
Ideas for Administrators  
 
4. Developing More Authentic Tasks and Assessments
What Type of Work Should Students Be Doing?  
Performance Tasks  
Assessment and Evaluation  
Assessing and Evaluating Performance Tasks  
Tasks and Assessment: Final Thoughts  
Ideas for Teachers  
Ideas for Administrators  
 
Conclusion: Integrating the Four Practices and High-Stakes Tests
What About the Tests?  
Three Approaches for Implementing the Standards-Based Classroom Practices  
Final Thoughts  
 
Resources A: Reproducible Forms
 
References
 
Index

"This book is relevant and needed in today’s schools. It would make a great workshop or book study to help teachers who are struggling with standards."

Laura Cumbee, Special Education Math Teacher
Cartersville Middle School, GA

"Offers a wealth of practical strategies for creating a standards-based classroom and achieving academic success for all students. It is a must-have for all public educators and administrators."

Marsha Basanda, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Bell’s Crossing Elementary School, Simpsonville, SC

"An excellent source of both information and teacher resources. I recommend this book to any teacher or administrator who is looking for a way to implement standards and improve student outcomes so that all students are making adequate yearly progress."

Jolene Dockstader, Seventh-Grade Teacher
Jerome School District #261, ID

"This is a must-read for all of the practitioners who do not want to 'teach to the test.' It is a sure-fire way to create lifelong learners who are motivated to come to school and who enjoy being part of an energized community."

Joan E. Anderson, Reading Instructor
Oakridge Middle School, Naples, FL

"If teachers ever wondered how to integrate standards, high-stakes testing, and student learning, they need wonder no more. This book has something for everyone."

Randy Cook, Chemistry and Physics Teacher
Tri County High School, Morley, MI

"Benson offers a relevant resource guide for implementing standards-based classrooms that will help educators at all levels of educational reform grasp the key instructional components to support the expectations for student learning. This book is a must-have in preparing our students for their future role as lifelong learners competing on the world market."

Lynn Freeman, Leadership Facilitator
Georgia Department of Education

"This resource for teachers and administrators maps an attainable path to student success and deeper learning. Benson creates a clear vision for meeting the standards through best practices that motivate students and create a classroom community of learners. This book is ideal for teachers looking to make their classrooms engaging and to develop student efficacy."

Linda C. Diaz, Program Specialist for Professional Development
Monroe County Schools, Key West, FL

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Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction


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