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The Standards-Based Classroom
Make Learning the Goal

  • Emily Rinkema - Instructional Coach and co-founder of the Vermont Standards-Based Learning Collective
  • Stan Williams - Instructional Coach

Foreword by Ken O'Connor



August 2018 | 168 pages | Corwin

Win big in the standards-based classroom!

Get to know which practices related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment are essential to make learning the goal for every student! A how-to book for hands-on implementation, this resource provides useful strategies for making changes that will pave the way for major transformation. Culled from over two decades of classroom expertise, this essential guide shows readers how to

  • Create learning targets that are scalable and transferable within and across units
  • Develop instructional scales for each learning target that define the increasing complexity of the skill progression
  • Design non-scored practice activities, intentional formative assessments, and summative assessments to provide reliable, individual evidence of achievement toward learning targets
  • Introduce and model skills that will be assessed and design tasks that allow students to use these skills to practice with the content
  • Differentiate instruction and activities based on data from various types of assessments
  • Maintain a gradebook that tracks summative achievement of learning targets, and score assessments accordingly
  • Communicate clearly and efficiently with all students and families about progress and learning

The four sections—Articulate Desired Results, Develop Targeted Assessment, Design Effective Instruction, and Monitor and Communicate Learning—are chock full of examples, tools, templates, and initial PD scales.

 
FOREWORD BY KEN O’CONNOR
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
INTRODUCTION
 
SECTION I: ARTICULATE DESIRED RESULTS
 
Chapter 1: Developing K-U-Ds
 
Chapter 2: Creating Learning Targets
 
Chapter 3: Building Learning Scales
 
Chapter 4: Collaborating With Special Educators
 
SECTION II: DEVELOP TARGETED ASSESSMENTS
 
Chapter 5: Summatively Assessing Learning
 
Chapter 6: Formatively Assessing Learnin
 
SECTION III: DESIGN EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
 
Chapter 7: Designing Instruction
 
Chapter 8: Differentiating by Readiness
 
SECTION IV: MONITOR AND COMMUNICATE LEARNING
 
Chapter 9: Monitoring and Grading Learning
 
Chapter 10: Communicating With Families
 
CONCLUSION
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

"This book takes much of the guesswork out of becoming a highly efficient and effective teacher in a standards-based system. The authors have thought deeply about (and explained) many of the 'road block' issues and provide both theory and practice to support teachers doing this work. This system helped me as the instructor and helped my students achieve at the level in which they desire. The Standards-Based Classroom leans on the work of the experts in the field in a very pragmatic way and makes it a great resource for teachers seeking to engage in standards-based work."

Dr. Tom Buckmiller, Professor of Education, Drake University
Drake University

“If you are looking for that one book that explains teaching and learning, then this is it. Full of practical advice, suggestions, and further readings, the authors discuss and illustrate concepts with a clarity that is seldom witnessed in educational literature.”

Dr. Ken Darvall, Principal, Tema International School
Tema International School

"The Standards-Based Classroom: A Practical Approach really is practical! With a plethora of examples and models and great suggestions that are organized to be easily read and quickly learned, this book is a must-have for any teacher considering stepping up their game to increase student learning."

Renee Peoples, Teaching and Learning Coach, Swain County Schools
Swain County Schools

"Most of us know that middle and especially high school educators can be reluctant to implement authentic standards-based learning, including grading and reporting. By having secondary authors and practitioners speaking to secondary educators, this book is right on target for what’s needed in the field right now and captures the right spirit of what standards-based learning is all about."

 

Becca Lindahl, Ed.D., Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant
Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant

"This book is important because of its relevancy for teachers who are implementing or transitioning to standards-based learning or want to do so. As educators, we are always looking for ways to improve our craft, and readers will find this to be a great resource. In this book, teachers will find answers to common questions and concerns related to standards-based learning environments and develop confidence to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues regarding the change in practice. They will also gain much needed practical advice, examples, and processes to implement in a standards-based classroom."

Garnet Hillman, Author and Educational Consultant, Hillman Consulting
Hillman Consulting

"This book provides practical, realistic, and useful guidance to achieve its desired outcome. The authors take the 50,000-foot view of the best instructional, assessment, grading, and reporting practices that comprise the different parts of standards-based learning and integrate them into a practical system that improves learning for all students. Then they go to ground level to show how each piece works. The Standards-Based Classroom provides an outline or blueprint for developing a system that will improve the opportunities for learning for all students. "

Hugh O'Donnell, Education Consultant, Mentor Learning, LLC
Mentor Learning, LLC

The Standards-Based Classroom provides teachers with a practical guide to implement standards-based learning in their classrooms. The authors provide a perfect balance of context and commentary, practical examples, challenges, and suggestions for further exploration. Readers can use this book to transform their pedagogy and practice to better meet the needs of all learners with a standards-based approach.”

Brian M. Stack, High School Principal, Sanborn Regional High School, NH
Sanborn Regional High School

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