Best Practice, Fourth Edition by Steven Zemelman, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Arthur Hyde. Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms
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Best Practice, Fourth Edition

Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms

By Steven Zemelman, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Arthur Hyde

“The single most powerful variable in student achievement is the quality of teaching. But what does quality mean? What does it look like in real classrooms? It looks like the teaching in this book.”
—Steven Zemelman, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, and Arthur Hyde

Best Practice is back, and with it Steve Zemelman, Smokey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde invite you to greet today’s most important educational challenges with proven, state-of-the-art teaching. Linguistic diversity, technology, Common Core, high-stakes testing—no matter the hurdle, Best Practice teaching supports powerful learning across our profession. ...

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“The single most powerful variable in student achievement is the quality of teaching. But what does quality mean? What does it look like in real classrooms? It looks like the teaching in this book.”
—Steven Zemelman, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, and Arthur Hyde

Best Practice is back, and with it Steve Zemelman, Smokey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde invite you to greet today’s most important educational challenges with proven, state-of-the-art teaching. Linguistic diversity, technology, Common Core, high-stakes testing—no matter the hurdle, Best Practice teaching supports powerful learning across our profession.

Best Practice, Fourth Edition, is the ultimate guide to teaching excellence. Its framework of seven Best Practice Structures and cutting-edge implementation strategies are proven across the grades and subject areas. BP4 creates common ground for teachers, leaders, and principals by recommending practices drawn from the latest scientific research, professional consensus, and the innovative classrooms of exemplary teachers.

BP4 puts top-quality teaching at the fingertips of individual practitioners by sharing real-life instructional scenes that define classroom excellence, increase learning, and improve students’ life opportunities. It’s also more valuable than ever to PLCs and school reform initiatives thanks to:

  • plans and strategies for exceeding state and Common Core Standards
  • cohesive principles and common language that strengthen professional collaboration
  • classroom vignettes that show teachers and kids at work
  • chapters on reading, writing, math, science, and social studies that support unified instructional goals
  • special attention to technology in the classroom, special education, ELLs, struggling readers, and the arts.

This new educational era demands highly-effective, high-quality instruction that makes a difference for students. Fortunately with Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde’s help every educator can be a world-class, life-changing teacher—a Best Practice teacher.

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Contents

Welcome, Colleagues

PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF BEST PRACTICE
1. What Do We Mean by Best Practice?

  • The Common Core State Standards
  • The Consensus on Best Practice
  • Common Recommendations of National Curriculum Reports
  • The Importance of Best Practice Principles
  • The Balanced Classroom
  • So What’s New?
  • The Bigger Picture

CRITICAL ISSUE: Indicators of Best Practice

2. The Seven Structures of Best Practice Teaching

  • VIGNETTE: Katie Muhtaris, Fifth Grade
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility
  • Classroom Workshop
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Collaborative Activities
  • Integrative Units
  • Representing to Learn
  • Formative-Reflective Assessment
  • Can Teachers Still “Teach”?

PART II: BEST PRACTICE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

3. Best Practice in Reading

  • VIGNETTE: Sarah Ahmed, Eight Grade
  • A Look at the Reading Standards
  • The Common Core State Standards for Reading
  • Qualities of Best Practice in Teaching Reading
  • Reading in Science, Social Studies, and Other Subjects
  • Exemplary Instruction: A Feast of Books in First Grade, Pat Barrett Dragan, Martin Elementary School, South San Francisco, California
  • Recommendations on Teaching Reading

CRITICAL ISSUE: Just-Right Technology

4. Best Practice in Writing

  • VIGNETTE: Jessica Lopez-Rosario, Second Grade
  • A Look at the Writing Standards
  • Qualities of Best Practice in Teaching Writing
  • Exemplary Instruction: Writing in an Interdisciplinary High School Class, Neil Rigler and Ken Kramer, Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Illinois
  • Recommendations on Teaching Writing

CRITICAL ISSUE: Best Practice—English Language Learners

5. Best Practice in Mathematics

  • VIGNETTE: Susan Friedlander, Sixth Grade
  • A Look at the Mathematics Standards
  • Qualities of Best Practice in Teaching Mathematics
  • Exemplary Instruction: Introducing Multiplication to Third and Fourth Graders in a Title I Math Lab, Susan Hildebrand, Jenks East Elementary School, Jenks, Oklahoma
  • Recommendations on Teaching Mathematics

CRITICAL ISSUE: Special Education

6. Best Practice in Science

    VIGNETTE: Brad Buhrow, Second Grade
  • A Look at the Science Standards
  • Qualities of Best Practice in Teaching Science
  • Exemplary Instruction: The Role of Heat Transfer in Understanding Plate Tectonics, Olivia Jones, Lincoln Prairie School, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Recommendations on Teaching Science

CRITICAL ISSUE: The Arts: Visual Art, Music, Dance, Drama

7. Best Practice in Social Studies

  • VIGNETTE: Debra Henderson, Seventh and Eighth Grades
  • A Look at Social Studies Standards
  • Qualities of Best Practice in Teaching Social Studies
  • Exemplary Instruction: Asking Good Questions in U.S. History, Andrew Pascarella, Juarez High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Recommendations on Teaching Social Studies

CRITICAL ISSUE: What School Leaders Can Do

PART III: BEST PRACTICE GOING FORWARD

8. How to Achieve Best Practice School Wide

  • VIGNETTE: Mcauliffe Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Why Is It So Hard to Get Such Efforts Going—Especially in Schools That Are Struggling?
  • What Schools Can Do to Meet the Challenges
  • What Individual Teachers Can Do
  • Exemplary Instruction: An Eleven-Year Schoolwide Change Effort, Indian Lake School, Lewistown, Ohio

9. Proof and the Pendulum—Assessing Best Pratice

  • Research on Best Practice Approaches
  • Assessing Best Practice in the Real World
  • So, What About the Pendulum Metaphor?

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