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How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching!

Four Practices That Improve Student Learning
Second Edition
By: Barbara P. Benson

Apply user-friendly tools to create a stimulating environment for student growth while implementing standards!

This resource illustrates how to use research-based best practices to establish a standards-based classroom, meet accountability requirements, and provide an engaging learning space where both teachers and students can thrive. With updated references and new reproducibles, the second edition demonstrates how teachers can follow a standards-based curriculum while:

  • Creating a community of learners who are self-directed, interactive, cooperative, and focused on quality 
  • Making reflection a routine for both teachers and students
  • Teaching content and process
  • Developing more authentic student tasks and assessment methods 

Full description

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412963671
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: August 15, 2008

Price: $42.95

Description

Description

"This is a must-read for all of the practitioners who do not want to 'teach to the test.' The book offers a sure-fire way to create lifelong learners who are motivated to come to school and who enjoy being part of an energized community."
—Joan E. Anderson, Reading Instructor
Oakridge Middle School, Naples, FL

"If teachers ever wondered how to integrate standards, high-stakes testing, and student learning, they need wonder no more. This book has something for everyone."
—Randy Cook, Chemistry and Physics Teacher
Tri County High School, Morley, MI

Apply user-friendly tools to create a stimulating environment for student growth while implementing standards!

How can teachers successfully create a standards-based classroom that meets accountability requirements and also provide a learning environment where both teachers and students can thrive? This book gives teachers ways to flourish in their profession as they engage students, increase their self-confidence, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

The second edition of How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students, and Still Enjoy Teaching! offers a productive way of approaching standards and a framework for classroom practice to give all students the opportunity to succeed. The author demonstrates how teachers can follow a standards-based curriculum while:

  • Creating a community of learners who are self-directed, interactive, cooperative, and focused on quality
  • Making reflection a routine for both teachers and students
  • Teaching content and process
  • Developing more authentic student tasks and assessment methods

With updated references and new reproducibles for immediate use, this invaluable resource helps teachers maintain creativity and fun in the classroom while focusing on standards and building learners' academic skills.


Key features

Examines and provides answers to critical questions about standards:

  • What do the standards demand of students?
  • How are these demands different from what was required in the past?
  • What are the implications of these differences on classrooms and schools?
Author(s)

Author(s)

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Barbara P. Benson

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.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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

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