How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching!: Four Practices That Improve Student Learning (2nd Revised edition)

How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching!: Four Practices That Improve Student Learning (2nd Revised edition)

By: Barbara P. Benson (author)Hardback

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This resource offers teachers user-friendly tools for creating a standards-based classroom that meets accountability requirements and provides a learning environment where both teachers and students can thrive. Barbara P. Benson's framework allows teachers to synthesize the best of what they already know and do with research-based best practices on learning and learners. The author emphasizes that students can best learn the required content and competencies when teachers are following the curriculum determined by the standards while: Creating a community of learners who are self-directed, interactive, cooperative, and focused on quality Making reflection a routine for everyoneTeaching content and processDeveloping more authentic student tasks and assessment methodsThe new edition of How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching! featuresaupdated references andanew reproducibles for classroom use.

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About Author

Barbara Benson is a teacher and international consultant with more than 20 years of experience in middle school, high school, and university education. She works with school systems in various capacities such as helping align curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices with higher state standards, facilitating the development of performance assessment tasks such as student-led conferencing, and assisting teachers as they apply current theory and research to their classrooms. Her workshops are practical and classroom focused, covering many topics related to improving student learning. She has presented sessions at the national conferences of the National Staff Development Council and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She has published numerous articles on classroom practice and a book, How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students and Still Enjoy Teaching (2003). As a full-time consultant, she missed working directly with students, so Benson returned to the classroom in 2004 and is teaching middle school in Ashe County, North Carolina.


Foreword to the First Edition by Spence Rogers Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction: Focusing on Standards in the Classroom A Positive View of Standards Taking a Big-Picture Look at Standards Standards and the Classroom Four Practices That Meet Standards and Motivate Students Ideas for Teachers Ideas for Administrators 1. Creating a Community of Learners Why Do I Need a Community of Learners in My Classroom? Help Students Become Self-Directed Learners Have an Interactive Classroom Helping Students Work Cooperatively A Quality Focus The Community of Learners, a Final View Ideas for Teachers Ideas for Administrators 2. Making Reflection Routine Teacher Reflection Student Reflection Concluding Reflection Ideas for Teachers Ideas for Administrators 3. Teaching Content and Process The Learner Actions Using the Learner Actions to Meet Standards Analyzing Lessons to See Who Is Doing All the Work Ideas for Teachers Ideas for Administrators 4. Developing More Authentic Tasks and Assessments What Type of Work Should Students Be Doing? Performance Tasks Assessment and Evaluation Assessing and Evaluating Performance Tasks Tasks and Assessment: Final Thoughts Ideas for Teachers Ideas for Administrators Conclusion: Integrating the Four Practices and High-Stakes Tests What About the Tests? Three Approaches for Implementing the Standards-Based Classroom Practices Final Thoughts Resources A: Reproducible Forms References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412963664
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781412963664
  • weight: 748
  • ISBN10: 1412963664
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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