This is a brief book that explores eight, worthwhile, research-based classroom innovations that foster student-centered classroom environments worth implementing into today's school settings.
Each of the eight innovations—essential questions, curriculum integration, standards-based curriculum and assessment design, authentic assessment, scoring rubrics, portfolios reflection, and action research— is justified through detailed explanation, ways to implement it into the classroom, and how to adapt the strategy to meet the needs of diverse classroom environments. Readers will find balanced examples from every grade level, in addition to curriculum design modules, and easy-to-use templates for applying the innovations and strategies into the classroom immediately.
For educators, instructors, counselors, and academic evaluators.
Provides K-12 educators with information on some of the most effective teaching and learning tools available today. Each of these innovations has a long history of use and has been studied and evaluated in a variety of settings. Innovations were chosen because they foster a student-centered classroom that is both equitable and rigorous. Innovations covered are essential questions, curriculum integration, standards-based curriculum and assessment design, authentic assessment, scoring rubrics, portfolios, reflection, and action research. Includes examples from different grade levels, plus design modules, templates, and checklists. The author is president of an educational consulting organization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)