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Best Practice, Fourth Edition

Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms

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

Best Practice is the ultimate guide to teaching excellence. Linguistic diversity, technology, Common Core, high-stakes testing—no matter the hurdle, Best Practice teaching supports powerful learning with its framework of seven Best Practice Structures and cutting-edge implementation strategies.

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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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