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ERIC Number: ED454208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 119
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4022-5
The Competent Classroom. Aligning High School Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment: A Creative Teaching Guide. The Series on School Reform.
Zmuda, Allison; Tomaino, Mary
This book describes two high school teachers' efforts to align curriculum, assessment, and performance standards, troubleshooting issues surrounding content standards, instructional objectives, and curricular aims. Eight chapters examine: (1) "What Does a Competent Classroom Look Like?"; (2) "What Drives a Course?" (e.g., developing essential questions; essential questions in action, and applying essential questions across levels and disciplines); (3) "Are Specific Curricular Goals Aligned with Essential Questions?" (developing, understanding, and incorporating content standards and instructional objectives); (4) "Have Students Been Given the Opportunity To Succeed?" (e.g., revising assessments, assigning fun projects, and bringing assessments into alignment); (5) "Why Performance Standards?" (problems with popular techniques, experiments with rubrics, and experiments with assessment checklists); (6) "How Are Performance Standards Used To Calculate Grades?" (e.g., creating standards for assessments, revising the use of standards, and gains for students and teachers); (7) "How Do You Keep a Good Thing Going?" (e.g., motivating students, guiding major class projects, and bringing students to self-assessment) and (8) "How Can the Competent Classroom Work Better?" (e.g., encouraging student and parent participation, treating teachers as professionals, and preparing students for state assessments). Two appendixes present an American Studies curriculum and performance standards. (Contains references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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