Teaching Strategies That Prepare Students for High-Stakes Tests

Teaching Strategies That Prepare Students for High-Stakes Tests

By: Sandra K. Darling (author), Donna E. Walker Tileston (author)Hardback

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Student scores on standardized tests are one of the leading measures of student achievement and educator accountability today. What this means is that teachers must know how to prepare their students with all the necessary skills for solid success on state exams. In this new handbook by award-winning educators Donna Walker Tileston and Sandra K. Darling, teachers will find a step-by-step guide to accomplishing that critical goal. In five concise chapters, the authors clarify and simplify for teachers the process of unpacking their own state standards, using a data base that aligns best practices to all of the state standards and ranks those instructional practices according to their effectiveness. Their text provides a model to help teachers determine what benchmarks really require students to know and be able to do at different grade levels. By the end of the book, educators will have a framework for how to teach so that lesson plans and assessments will map to the standards and benchmarks, with the goal of deeper learning and higher student achievement. The book includes ready-to-use strategies and a collection of reproducible templates, resources, bibliography, and index.a

About Author

Donna Walker Tileston is a veteran teacher and administrator. She is currently the president of Strategic Teaching and Learning, a consulting firm that provides services to schools throughout the United States and worldwide. Donna's publications include Ten Best Teaching Practices: How Brain Research, Learning Styles, and Standards Define Teaching Competencies (2000), which has been on Corwin's bestseller list since its first year in print, in addition to the ten-volume award-winning series What Every Teacher Should Know, now in its second edition. Other recent titles are Teaching Strategies for Active Learning (2006), Teaching Strategies that Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests (2008), and Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap (2009). Donna received her BA from the University of North Texas, her MA from East Texas State University, and her EdD from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She may be reached at www.whateveryteachershouldknow.com Sandra K. Darling is the founder and president of Learning Bridges. Grounded in five years of research, the Learning Bridges Aligned Instructional Database contains the most effective, research-based instructional strategies for the standards of all states-ranked in order of their power to impact learning. Born into extreme poverty in rural Minnesota, Darling understands the power of having significant adults in her life who believed in her, held high expectations, and taught her the value of integrity. She has co-authored three books in education and published articles in several education journals. She has presented on standards-based education, curriculum alignment, inclusion practices, transformational leadership, school improvement, strategic planning, and assessment practices to thousands of educators. She is the leading expert on aligning instructional strategies to content standards and delivering that instruction with the modifications to close the gap in achievement for diverse learners, i.e., students from poverty, diverse cultures, and English language learners. She received her BS degree, three master's degrees, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota in related areas of education.


List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsIntroduction1. Zooming in on the Standards The Forgotten Part of the Triangle Meta-Analysis Breaking Down Standards Into Manageable Parts What Will Students Need to Know About the Standard? What Will Students Need to Be Able to Do With the Knowledge? At What Level Will Students Be Expected to Achieve? In Summary2. Identifying the Types of Knowledge Using Benchmarks to Identify Tested Content Unpacking the Standards and Benchmarks Declarative Knowledge Strategy: Teaching Vocabulary Procedural Knowledge Benchmarks Procedural Knowledge Strategy: Heuristics In Summary3. Teaching and Assessing Declarative Knowledge Standards Declarative Knowledge The Process of Teaching Declarative Knowledge Constructing Meaning Activating Prior Knowledge Using Semantic Mapping Storing Declarative Information Teaching Vocabulary Diverse Learners and Vocabulary Building Background Knowledge for Culturally Diverse Students Providing Visual Representations and Kinesthetic Opportunities Finding and Using Research on Best Practices Formative and Summative Classroom Assessments of Declarative Knoweldge In Summary4. Teaching and Assessing Procedural Knowledge Standards Identifying Procedural Knowledge, Standards, and Benchmarks Teaching Procedural Knoweldge, Standards, and Benchmarks Constructing Mental Models Shaping Automaticity How Do We Assess Procedural Knowledge in the Classroom? In Summary5. Mapping Lessons to Standards First Things, First Levels of Understanding Levels of Complexity Mapping the Way In SummaryBlackline MastersReferencesIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781412949750
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 104
  • ID: 9781412949750
  • ISBN10: 1412949750

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