Close the Achievement Gap
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Close the Achievement Gap
Simple Strategies That Work



© 2005 | 104 pages | Corwin
The idea that the person doing the talking is the person doing the learning seems counter-intuitive. Yet, that is exactly the case. When students put their thoughts into words, they internalize the learning. As they dialogue with peers, articulate their ideas, and express themselves, their oral language skills translate directly into written language skills. Explore six strategies that address the challenges of the achievement gap:

1) Set High Expectations: Get Kids Emotionally Involved
2) Challenges Students to Think: Teach Higher Order Thinking
3) Require Rigor: Require Complete Sentences, Standard English, Formal Register
4) Leave Nothing to Chance: Revisit! Review! Re-teach! Revise!
5) Make No Excuses: Encourage At-Risk Participation
6) Insist on Results: Emphasize Reading
 
Introduction
Introductory Comments  
Achievement Gap Facts  
A Story: Through the Cracks  
The Matthew Effect  
The Field Trip  
Heads Together  
Six Simple Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap  
 
1. Set High Expectations: Get Kids Emotionally Involved
Quote: "They don't teach us enough."  
Strategies:  
Brain Principles  
Student Choice  
TESA -- Teacher Expectations, Student Achievement  
Facing the Day with Feelings  
The Right Way  
Reflection: What Teachers Make  
Film: Dead Poets Society  
 
2. Challenge Students to Think: Teach Higher Order Thinking
Quote: "Make kids think."  
Strategies:  
Three-Story Intellect  
Fat and Skinny Questions  
Unpack the Language  
The Threaded Model  
Nine Best Practices  
Reflection: The Average Child  
Film: Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jerry Seinfeld "World War II 101"  
 
3. Require Rigor: Require Complete Sentences, Standard English, Formal Register
Quote: "Good Morning, Class. I'm Miss Hobbs!"  
Strategies:  
Down Memory Lane  
Diagramming Sentences  
Put Words in My Mouth  
The Sentence Squad  
Mr. Pete's Questions  
Reflection: Mr. Parnes' Questions  
Film: To Sir, with Love  
 
4. Leave Nothing to Chance: Revisit! Review! Re-teach! Revise!
Quote: "I told them what they're supposed to know."  
Strategies:  
Revisit with a Two-Minute Buzz  
Review by Dialing 4-1-1 and Connecting  
Re-teach the MI Way  
Revise for Precision and Accuracy  
Reflection: Invitation to Learn  
Film: Teachers  
 
5. Make No Excuses: Encourage At-Risk Participation
Quote: "What is it about me you can't teach?"  
Strategies:  
Fishbowl, Card Game, and TAG  
Co-operative Learning Strategies  
Whole Group Strategies  
Partner Strategies  
Reflection: You're a Hero to Someone  
Film: Mr. Holland's Opus  
 
6. Insist on Results: Emphasize Reading
Quote: " When kids can't, won't or don't read, nothing else matters."  
Strategies:  
Learning to Read  
Loving to Read  
Getting Kids to Love to Read  
Self-Selected Reading  
Vocabulary Building  
Comprehension Strategies  
Delve Into Data  
Reflection: Let the Data Tell the Story  
Film: Pay It Forward  
 
References
 
Bibliography
 
Poem

"Society must come to believe that it is possible for all students to achieve. When a given population decides it is possible, children not only learn but they also thrive."

 

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