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Student Teams That Get Results

Student Teams That Get Results
Teaching Tools for the Differentiated Classroom

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November 2009 | 208 pages | Corwin
Busy teachers struggle daily with the demands of increased accountability and the need to develop skill and proficiency in diverse groups of learners. Focused on the power of student teams to advance learning, this book shows how students working together and expressing ideas with one another can clarify their thinking and deepen their understanding of essential concepts.

Combining effective grouping strategies with other research-based practices, this resource for the differentiated classroom demonstrates how teachers can raise achievement and critical thinking by showing students how to practice three key skills: attentive listening, accepting others' ideas, and disagreeing with ideas rather than people.

Student Teams That Get Results shows teachers how to prepare students for deeper and more successful thinking on assessments using an innovative collection of best-practice teaching tools that help learners:

- Scaffold critical layers of meaning

- Generalize and infer

- Integrate content

- Identify patterns

- Increase adaptive and analytic reasoning

This book offers more than 100 reproducible lesson planners, assessment tools, checklists, graphic organizers, and more. Each teaching tool—used as presented or customized to meet learners' unique needs—includes a reproducible template, examples of the teaching tool in action across grade levels and content areas, and a brief how-to-use-it description.

About the Author
1. Introduction
2. Teaming to Learn

Community Circle

Find Someone Who

Four Corner Cards

Random Partners

T-Chart, Y-Chart


Think-Pair-Share Say and Switch

3. Sharing Knowledge and Skills

A-B-C Conversations


Jigsaw Methods

Concept Formation

Content Dialog

Note-Taking and Summarizing

Wallpaper Poster

4. Integrating and Applying Learning

Four Squares for Creativity

Point of View


Question Cubing

Cause and Effect

Right Angle


5. Conclusion

"A valuable resource for all educators that provides practical and easy-to-use templates and clear instructions, with research-based instructional strategies that support collaborative learning in student teams."

Sue McAdamis, Director of Professional Development
Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO

"An excellent resource that provides tools to increase student engagement, critical thinking, and collaboration. Districts or teachers who utilize these strategies can experience increased student achievement!"

Troy McCarley, Associate Superintendent for Campus Development
Pasadena Independent School District, CA
Key features

  • 100 best-practice teaching tools that are research based, data driven, and tied to standards for what learners must know and be able to do
  • Each tool includes a reproducible template accompanied by how-to-use-instructions and examplars of the form in use across content areas and grade levels.
  • By the authors of Corwin's best-selling Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All, Data Driven Differentiation in the Standards-Based Classroom, and Differentiated Literacy Strategies

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