Focus : elevating the essentials to radically improve student learning / Mike Schmoker.

The introduction states: "The only reason our schools haven't made astonishing progress in the last 30 years of "reform" is quite simple: very few schools ever implemented 'what is essential'--the most powerful, simple actions and structures that would dramatically incr...

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Main Author: Schmoker, Michael J.
Format: Electronic
Published: Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, ©2011.
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Table of Contents:
  • Section I. First Things First: What We Teach, How We Teach, and Literacy: 1. The importance of simplicity, clarity, and priority, 2. What we teach; 3. How we teach
  • Section II. Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy in the Content Areas: 3. English language arts made simple; A brief note on textbooks; 5. Social studies with reading and writing at the core; 6. Redefining inquiry in science; 7. Making math meaningful.