Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

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ASCD, 2001 - Education - 178 pages
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How do you bring research findings into the classroom and how do you find the time to research the research? In this valuable resource, the authors have examined decades of research findings to distill the results into nine categories of teaching strategies that have positive effects on student learning.

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Once I discovered that this book was to be used as a model for the evaluation system for teachers in my county, I had to read what the background behind the system was. Although I agree that this should not have been implemented as an evaluation system, the meat of the book describes what all good teachers should be striving toward with our students. The days of solely direct instruction and sitting behind a desk to teach are behind us. Teachers need to be facilitators of our students to guide them toward understanding and not holding their hands every step of the way. By incorporating strategies from the book, teachers can begin to broaden their horizons and better prepare our students for their future, not our past. 

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Awesome book for any educator, especially one that is just getting into the field (that's me!) Not only does Marzano give you great instructional strategies, but he breaks it down to specifics and then gives examples on how you can use it in your classroom!! Read full review


An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Identifying Similarities and Differences
Summarizing and Notetaking
Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
Homework and Practice
Nonlinguistic Representations
Cooperative Learning
Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
Cues Questions and Advance Organizers
Teaching Specific Types of Knowledge
Using the Nine Categories in Instructional Planning
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Generating and Testing Hypotheses

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About the author (2001)

Robert J. Marzano is senior scholar at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Aurora, Colorado, associate professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and president of Marzano & Associates in Centennial, Colorado. He is the author of 25 books, 150 articles and chapters in books, and 100 sets of curriculum materials for teachers and students in Grades K 12. His works include What Works in Schools: Translating Research Into Action, School Leadership That Works, Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement, Classroom Management That Works, Classroom Instruction That Works, Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work, and A Different Kind of Classroom: Teaching With Dimensions of Learning.

During his 35 years in public education, Marzano has worked in every state multiple times as well as in a host of countries in Europe and Asia. The central theme in his work has been translating research and theory into practical programs and tools for K 12 teachers and administrators.

Learn more about Jane Pollock's PD offeringsJane E. Pollock, Learning Horizon, Inc., specializes in teaching and supervising learning. She provides long-term consulting services to schools worldwide that help them improve student learning and teaching practices. Dr. Pollock is the author of "Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time" (2007) and the coauthor of "Dimensions of Learning Teacher and Training Manuals" (1996), "Assessment, Grading and Record Keeping "(1999), "Classroom Instruction" "That Works "(2001), "Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time (2009) and Improving Student Learning by Minding the Gap (2011)". She is an adjunct faculty member for various universities in the United States. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Pollock has earned degrees at the University of Colorado and Duke University.

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