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Focus : elevating the essentials to radically improve student learning

Author: Michael J Schmoker
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, ©2011.
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The introduction states: "The only reason our schools haven't made astonishing progress in the last 30 years of "reform" is quite simple: very few schools ever implemented 'what is essential'--the most powerful, simple actions and structures that would dramatically increase the proportion of students prepared for college or careers. What is 'essential' for schools? Three simple things: reasonably coherent curriculum  Read more...
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Schmoker, Michael J.
Focus.
Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, c2011
(DLC) 2010038950
(OCoLC)664354511
Print version:
Schmoker, Michael J.
Focus.
Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, c2011
(DLC) 2010038950
(OCoLC)664354511
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Schmoker
ISBN: 9781416612896 1416612890 9781416612926 1416612920 9781416612919 1416612912
OCLC Number: 703617817
Description: 1 online resource (237 p.)
Contents: Section I. First Things First: What We Teach, How We Teach, and Literacy: 1. The importance of simplicity, clarity, and priority, 2. What we teach; 3. How we teach --
Section II. Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy in the Content Areas: 3. English language arts made simple; A brief note on textbooks; 5. Social studies with reading and writing at the core; 6. Redefining inquiry in science; 7. Making math meaningful.
Responsibility: Mike Schmoker.

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The introduction states: "The only reason our schools haven't made astonishing progress in the last 30 years of "reform" is quite simple: very few schools ever implemented 'what is essential'--the most powerful, simple actions and structures that would dramatically increase the proportion of students prepared for college or careers. What is 'essential' for schools? Three simple things: reasonably coherent curriculum (what we teach); sound lessons (how we teach); and far more purposeful reading and writing in every discipline, or authentic literacy (integral to both what and how we teach).

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