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ERIC Number: EJ941904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Think outside the Book
Carney, Kevin
Learning & Leading with Technology, v39 n1 p10-14 Aug 2011
Many students are capable of reading a chapter, doing the end-of-chapter questions, studying a little bit, and passing the chapter test. Many teachers are in the habit of using a textbook as a crutch to fall back on when creativity is lacking. Others are capable of teaching incredibly creative lessons based on state standards but are bound by the "adopted textbook." The unfortunate end result: Too many students are not being taught to master state standards, particularly those not covered in their textbooks. Too many are not learning the basics, are not achieving on standardized and ACT tests, and are not leaving school with the skills necessary for success in a worldwide economy. Sadly, this picture is the reality in classrooms across the country. This article describes how the Vail School District in Arizona improved student achievement by taking advantage of free digital resources and relying less on textbooks. Now the district is sharing its curriculum practices with 25 schools across the state.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona