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Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Secondary
Designing Lessons and Assessments for Deep Learning

Foreword by H. Lynn Erickson and Lois A. Lanning



February 2017 | 192 pages | Corwin

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

 
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…

"Stern tears down the false dichotomies of traditional vs innovative education and provides the clarion call and practical tool kit for developing creativity by building 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

"If you are ready to have students really learn, get ready to be amazed.  Here is the complete guide to creating your very own concept-based classroom.  I have never read a book filled with so many great ideas that can be used in any classroom."

Amanda McKee, Secondary Mathematics Instructor
Johnsonville High School, SC

"This book is as essential to a teacher utilizing concept-based teaching as the approach of concept-based learning is essential to teaching."

Ayo Magwood, Social Studies Teacher
Maret Private School, Washington, DC

"I can't recommend this book enough! Exceptionally practical pedagogical techniques that are steeped in bags of authentic research. Addressing how children learn, how teachers can plan lessons within a conceptual framework, specific and useful differentiation techniques and feedback methods--so many meaningful and highly effective ways to move learners forward, preparing them for the future in a meaningful way." 

Julia Briggs, Certified Concept-Based trainer, IB science teacher and Chemistry Coordinator
Colegio Anglo-Colombiano, Bogotá, Colombia

"This book addresses the need for students to learn critical dispositions and skills which go beyond traditional discipline knowledge and are essential for student success as innovators in the 21st century."

Brenda Booth, Instructional Coach
Burlington-Edison School District, Burlington, WA
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.)

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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