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Less Is More in Elementary School : Strategies for Thriving in a High-Stakes Environment.

Author: Renee Rubin; Michelle Abrego; John Sutterby
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
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In this era of rigorous standards, testing, and overcrowded curricula, many teachers are left wondering how they're ever going to cover the material. Less Is More in Elementary School offers realistic solutions by providing ways teachers can streamline their curriculum, get the most out of assessment, communicate with families, and engage students in their own learning. This much-needed book will help you meet the  Read more...
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Rubin, Renee.
Less Is More in Elementary School : Strategies for Thriving in a High-Stakes Environment.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Renee Rubin; Michelle Abrego; John Sutterby
ISBN: 9781317692478 1317692470
OCLC Number: 893332955
Notes: 8. Less Isolation and More Collaboration.
Description: 1 online resource (219 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Meet the Authors; 1 Less Is More; Too Much to Teach; Rigor; New Goals; Reasons for Concern; Importance of Elementary School; The Important Stuff; Preview of the Chapters; 2 Cutting, Combining, and Slowing Down; Backwards Planning; Cutting; Combining; Slowing Down: The Transition Period; Planning Integrated Units; Conclusion; Sample Unit Outlines; 3 Critical Readers and Researchers; Reading as Thinking; Schema and Vocabulary Through Integrated Units; Reading Strategies; Critical Researchers; Reading Instruction for Standardized Tests. ConclusionSample Lessons; 4 Problem Solvers and Decision Makers; Beyond the Basics; Problem-Solving Process; Less Is More for Problem Solvers; Writing and Mathematics; Problem Solving and Integrated Units; Problem Solving and Standardized Tests; Decision Making; Planning; Conclusion; Sample Lessons; 5 Effective Communicators; Combining Writer''s Workshop and Test Preparation; Writing and Technology; Grammar and Spelling; Writing across the Curriculum; Oral Language across the Curriculum; Less Is More for Effective Communicators; Sample Lessons; 6 Engaged Learners; Engaging Students. Self-Regulated LearnersConclusion; Sample Lessons; 7 Collaborators; Cooperative Learning and Classroom Management; Covering All the Material; Other Challenges to Collaborative Work; Conclusion; Sample Lessons; 8 Getting the Most Out of Assessment; Integrating Assessment into Instruction; Student Feedback from Assessment; Using Information from Assessments to Modify Instruction; Preparing for Common Core and Other High-Stakes Assessments; Using the Results from High-Stakes Assessments; Conclusion; Assessment Examples; 9 Differentiation; Differentiation Strategies. Differentiation for Special Groups of StudentsConclusion; Sample Lessons; 10 Supporting Teachers Doing Less; Change; Supporting Teachers in Curriculum Integration of the Common Core Standards; Initiating a Professional Learning Community; Finding Time; Activities to Support Change; 11 Families, Communities, and Schools Working Together; Communication; Slowing Down; Ongoing Interactions; Conclusion; Family and Community Activities; 12 Overcoming Obstacles; Change Is Difficult; Time for Deep Student Learning; Time for Teacher Collaboration; Need for Technology. Students Need a Greater Variety of TextsOveremphasis on High-Stakes Testing; Need for Flexibility; Change Is a Process; Activities for Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles; 13 Ten Keys to Less Is More; 1. Less Breadth and More Depth; 2. Less Memorization and More Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 3. Fewer Worksheets and More Real Reading, Writing, and Problem Solving; 4. Less Student Passivity and More Student Activity; 5. Less Grading and More Effective Feedback; 6. Less High-Stakes Test Preparation and More Formative Assessment; 7. Less Teaching to the Middle and More Differentiation.

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In this era of rigorous standards, testing, and overcrowded curricula, many teachers are left wondering how they're ever going to cover the material. Less Is More in Elementary School offers realistic solutions by providing ways teachers can streamline their curriculum, get the most out of assessment, communicate with families, and engage students in their own learning. This much-needed book will help you meet the demands of the Common Core more efficiently and effectively. You'll learn how to ... integrate the curriculum so that you can take time to slow down and explore topics in depth;help stud.

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