“A solid resource for teaching all subjects and grades. I've used it in first grade, as well as currently in third grade. Lesson plans are research-based, tried and true. I recommend every teacher keep a copy in their classroom, or at least get a copy for your team.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A solid resource for teaching all subjects and grades. I've used it in first grade, as well as currently in third grade. Lesson plans are research-based, tried and true. I recommend every teacher keep a copy in their classroom, or at least get a copy for your team.”Deb McKay wrote this review Thursday, August 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Four parts that help teachers understand WHAT each strategy includes, HOW to use it, WHEN it is most effective, and WHY it works. It includes recommended classroom practices, examples of the strategies, tips for teaching, and information about using the strategies. I highly recommend this book!”Rayleen Eberl wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The bible of education”Jo-Ann Thomas wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“We are reading this book for a small group book club at my school. And so far (2 chapters in) I have really enjoyed learning strategies to use in my classroom.”Christinatn9 wrote this review Saturday, April 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When it comes to the never-ending debate of how to reform our nation’s failing public school system, the most viable solution can be found in adopting research-based teaching strategies. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not an easy task when politicians, parents, administrators, and teachers can’t seem to agree on what it means to incorporate research-based strategies into the classroom.
One text that should be adopted in the school-reform movement is Classroom Instruction that Works by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock. This book would help focus the efforts of everyone squabbling over how to fix America’s schools. The current drive to measure student achievement is via standardized tests, so efforts at reform must begin within that framework. Their book covers nine categories of research-based strategies that can be applied to any subject in order to increase student achievement.
• Identifying Similarities and Differences
• Summarizing and Note Taking
• Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
• Homework and Practice
• Nonlinguistic Representations
• Cooperative Learning
• Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
• Generating and Testing Hypotheses
• Cues, Questions, and Advanced Organizers
The authors point out levels of achievement from students who go to schools of varying quality will only vary by 10 percent. That doesn’t seem like much, especially when it’s easier to blame poor school performance on aptitude, socioeconomic status, and home life. Yet, those are factors beyond a school’s control. However, that 10 percent difference in student achievement for an average student at a good school equates to a percentile gain of approximately 23 points compared to an average student at a poor school. Those numbers deserve attention.
The nine categories presented in Classroom Instruction that Works delve into meta-analysis and reference effect sizes, standard deviations, and percentile gains. It’s enough to make many readers’ heads spin, but the proof is in the pudding. As long as the reader has a rudimentary understanding of the techniques used, the authors provide a clear path for the implementation of each strategy.
So how do we reach consensus over how to implement such improvements?
Teachers leave preparation programs with an arsenal of effective-teaching strategies. The harsh reality is that knowledge is often eclipsed by classroom management issues, stress from long hours and low pay, and staff discontent. What makes teachers of varying experience truly effective? Passion for teaching certainly matters, but teachers need to be supported in what they do. Budget-cuts and fear-mongering mean more teaching to the test now takes place than ever before. What incentives are there for good teachers to remain?
As a teacher I will refrain from speaking for administrators, politicians and parents. It disheartens me to know that I did my best to excel, but in the end, could no longer endure within a system that continues to be its own worst enemy. Everyone has been a student, so everyone has the right to criticize. However, it’s time to go beyond playing the blame game and opening a dialogue of constructive criticism.
Not one of the strategies in Classroom Instruction that Works involve teaching to the test. If given the freedom to teach a rich and varied curriculum, the test scores will follow. The purpose of school must be re-examined because current efforts at reform increasingly promote a narrower picture of what student achievement should look like.
“New Book, January 2012.”Whitaker Library wrote this review Monday, January 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A variety of instructional strategies are explained in detail using clear and easy to follow language. The book also includes real life scenarios or case studies which provides the reader with the necessary tools to be applied. Many templates are displayed in the different chapters in order to explain concepts or simply these can be used as a resource in the near future. The book also contains non-linguistic representations, organizers and charts which give the reader a mental picture of knowledge. The author does a stupendous job at summarizing the nine teaching strategies that have positive effects on student learning. The reader can easily extract from the book pertinent information that accommodates to their own teaching style. ”Tatiana V wrote this review Tuesday, January 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this one some time in college. I liked it enough to keep it and bring it to my "real" classroom. It has some good stuff and the format is easy to follow. It's been useful a few times during my career.”Carrie Dilley wrote this review Monday, January 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good Book, A lot of simple but applicable material”Phil Koops wrote this review Sunday, January 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No