He says we need to sit down with our departments and determine what is actually important. Silver, Strong and Parini, Allow time for independent practice and formative assessment: Student writing with reference to text.
The Importance of Simplicity, Clarity and Priority. The best way to prepare students for all three of these, Schmoker argues, is to refocus on literacy in every single class. Citing examples of schools that have made similar changes with great success, he divides his book into three sections: What standard must you address?
Schmoker gives examples of these such as discussion and debate, and writing, both formal and informal. How will you reassess the new learning? Follow the task, text, talk framework: Page There should be four or five of the following cycles in any class period.
How will you assess whether or not students have mastered the content? This means all students are learning almost all of the time. They see that I have to wrestle with my writing just like they do.
What differing activities will you provide? They increase achievement independent of the personality of the instructor. What standards come after you?
In Focus, Schmoker solves this problem: The underperformance of schools can be directly attributed to a failure to implement three simple well-known elements: Schmoker says to model what we are asking our students to do.
Discussing — analytically interacting verbally with the text and students Writing — about the text informed by close reading, discussion or imitation. I showed them how class was going to run and I explained that our goal is to increase the volume of their reading, writing and speaking so they can see improvements this year.
It is impossible for instance to critically analyze the American Revolution without understanding the fax and content surrounding that event. Page 34 Smoker presents a strong argument for reduced standards power priority standards page 40 through In other words, what are you building upon, what are you teaching, and what are you preparing students for?
Page 68 Teachers should talk for no more than 5 minutes before giving students an opportunity to process the new information.
Rather than our daily warm-ups and the handful of essays we usually attempt throughout the year, instead we are writing almost every day. In his book, Focus: The aim is to reinforce and extend the learning beyond the lesson and ideally into real world settings.
Wide abundant reading is the surest route out of poverty and the limitations that impose themselves on the less literate.
Page 11 We will never master or implement what is most important for kids if we continue to pursue multiple new initiatives before we implement our highest priority strategies and structures.
Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learninghe lays out a plan that can be implemented in any school district: We learn to read by reading a lot for meaning, not by being taught reading skills.
But authentic literacy is categorically different from the so-called reading skills and pseudo-standards that have rock such havoc in language arts. Currently, the drive is for college and career readiness, and the argument here is that we are also preparing kids to be citizens.
Lecture and direct teaching are not inherently bad, but they will not be successful without this particular step. Get on those same social media sites and try not to drown in the deluge of ever-changing education trends.
In the first two days of school my kids read a poem, wrote both days, and discussed in small groups and as a whole class.Reading and Writing Finally, forming the spine of Schmoker’s approach—and infusing both curriculum and instruction—is an intensive emphasis on what he calls "authentic literacy.".
Authentic literacy – purposeful reading, writing, and discussion as the primary modes of learning both content and skills (Page 26) The most simple obvious tasks that prepare students for college, careers and citizenship: meaningful reading, writing, speaking, and thinking.
Reading, Writing, and Thinking for All. Mike Schmoker. Critical thinking, cultural awareness, impassioned writing.
These skills aren't just for the college bound. Harvard president Derek Bok recently appeared on National Public Radio emphatically endorsing the value of a basic liberal arts education. Bok extolled such an education not only for.
FOCUS: A Brief Summary YOU Make a Difference! Sound Lessons the pivotal feature of effective lessons is the conscientious effort, throughout the lesson, to ensure that all students are learning each segment of the lesson before moving to the next one.
Authentic literacy—purposeful reading, writing and discussion at primary modes of learning both content and thinking skills. P. 26 Preparation for College/Work Place—All content should prepare students and they should be able to go to college or work no matter what they decide to do.
Reading, Writing, and Thinking for All. and writing about significant texts. Schmoker describes the Humane Letters class at successful high school charter school Tempe Prep in Arizona as a.Download