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ERIC Number: ED528163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 170
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4166-1314-5
The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind
Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas
One of the best ways to make sure the spirit of accountability is reflected in your teaching practice is to make sure everything you do in the classroom relates to a specific learning outcome. ASCD best-selling authors Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey explain exactly how to do that and take you through all the steps of making sure every lesson plan has high expectations and a clear purpose for learning. Discover how purposeful learning engages your students more meaningfully and increases their understanding of subject matter. And learn how to embed purpose into every aspect of your instructional plans by: (1) Writing well-crafted purpose statements that advance a learning agenda for every student; (2) Making sure that the purpose of a lesson is connected to a theme, problem, project, or question that is meaningful and interesting to students; and (3) Involving students in understanding and "owning" the purpose of a lesson. To help you put the power of purposeful learning into practice right away, the authors equip you with lots of specific tools and strategies that work in every grade and subject, including: (1) Tasks, assignments, and activities that directly reflect the purpose of a lesson; (2) Written, non-written, and digital ways for students to demonstrate the purpose of lessons in classroom assessments; and (3) Clear, specific indicators of your success. The following chapters are contained in this book: (1) Establishing Purpose for Yourself and Your Students; (2) Focusing on Learning Targets Not Tasks; (3) Including both Content and Language Components; (4) Ensuring that the Purpose is Relevant; (5) Inviting Students to Own the Purpose; (6) Identifying Outcomes Related to the Purpose; and (7) Knowing When a Learning Target Has Been Met. Also includes references, and an ASCD Study Guide for the Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development