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Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Secondary

Designing Lessons and Assessments for Deep Learning
By: Julie Harris Stern, Krista Fantin Ferraro, Juliet Mohnkern

Foreword by H. Lynn Erickson and Lois A. Lanning

Discover how to help learners uncover conceptual relationships and transfer them to new situations. With this foundation, students will be poised to become experts and innovators!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506355702
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: February 21, 2017

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Students become experts and innovators through Concept-Based teaching

Innovators don’t invent without a deep understanding of how the world works. With this foundation, they apply conceptual understanding to solve new problems. We want our students to not only retain ideas, but relate them to other things they encounter, using each new situation to add nuance and sophistication to their thinking. To do this, they need conceptual understanding.

This book serves as a road map for Concept-Based teaching. Discover how to help students uncover conceptual relationships and transfer them to new situations. Specifically, teachers will learn:

  • Strategies for introducing conceptual learning to students
  • Four lesson frameworks to help students uncover conceptual relationships
  • How to assess conceptual understanding, and
  • How to differentiate concept-based instruction

Look no further. For deep learning and innovative thinking, this book is the place to start.

"The authors tear down the false dichotomies of traditional vs innovative education and provide a practical toolkit for developing creativity and applying knowledge through Concept-Based learning. Every practitioner needs this book to juxtapose what worked well in the 20th Century with what is essential in the 21st Century and beyond."
Michael McDowell, Superintendent
Ross School District, Ross, CA

"While most good educators recognise the incredible value of teaching conceptually, it is challenging. The authors have created accessible, practical baby steps for every teacher to use."
Dr. Vincent Chan, principal
Fairview International School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Key features

Teachers will learn:

  • Strategies for introducing students to conceptual learning
  • Instructional strategies to help students uncover and transfer concepts
  • How to write concept-based lessons
  • How to assess for conceptual understanding
  • How to differentiate in a concept-based classroom
  • How CBCI aligns with other current best practices and initiatives (like PBL, CCSS, etc.)


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Julie Harris Stern

Julie Stern is the best-selling author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary, Visible Learning for Social Studies, and Learning That Transfers. She is the thought leader behind the global workshop series Making Sense of Learning Transfer, and is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus. Her passion is synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free of the industrial model of schooling and moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow and taught social studies for many years in Washington, DC and her native Louisiana. Julie moves internationally every few years with her husband, a US diplomat, and her two young sons. Her website is www.edtosavetheworld.com.

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Krista Fantin Ferraro

Krista Ferraro is a history teacher and department head at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. Her passions include civic education, social justice, and preparing students for effective global citizenship. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Public Policy and Curriculum Innovation at Chavez Schools in Washington, DC, where she also taught history and public policy courses. Her published works include the bestselling Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. Krista holds bachelor's degrees in American Studies and Spanish from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. She is also an alumna of Teach for America.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Is Concept-Based Curriculum Critical for the 21st Century?

1. What Are the Essential Elements of Concept-Based Curriculum Design?

2. How Do We Establish a Culture of Deep Learning?

3. What Are the Building Blocks of Concept-Based Instruction?

4. What Additional Tools Can We Use to Design Lessons?

5. How Do We Design Ongoing Assessments for Conceptual Understanding?

6. How Can We Meet the Needs of All Learners in a Concept-Based Classroom?

7. What Is the Relationship Between Current Best Practices and Concept-Based?

Conclusion: Imagine What School Could Be…



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