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Best Practice Video Companion: Watching the Seven Structures That Create Exemplary Classroomsby Steven Zemelman
Synopses & Reviews
Visit Best Practice classrooms without leaving your school
"In Best Practice, we outline the key qualities of great teaching in each major subject area. But showing is always better, right? Hence, these video windows into Best Practice classrooms at work."
What do great teaching and powerful learning look like, sound like, and feel like? Seeing the#LINK
Steven Zemelman and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels show us that the seven structures work in any context by visiting classrooms across the grades and content areas. You'll see the moves and hear the language of Best Practice teachers as they help students with a wide range of abilities become engaged, insightful learners.
An ideal professional development support for groups studying Best Practice, Fourth Edition, The Best Practice Video Companion:
While the Common Core and other standards outline what children are expected to learn, they don't really explain how to get them there. Use The Best Practice Video Companion and see the how for yourself.
About the Author
Steven Zemelman has worked in many capacities to promote the sustainability of innovative schools in Chicago. For eight years he directed the Center for City Schools at National-Louis University, and he is a founding director of the Illinois Writing Project. He has spearheaded the start of a number of innovative small high schools in the city. His experiences and research in these areas led to his Heinemann book 13 Steps to Teacher Empowerment, coauthored with Harry Ross. Steve has been a frequent collaborator with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels. They have coauthored seven books and videos with Heinemann, including Subjects Matter, Second Edition; Best Practice, Fourth Edition, and The Best Practice Video Companion; Content-Area Writing; Rethinking High School and its companion video; and A Community of Writers. These books are filled with practical strategies for making writing, reading, the content areas, and indeed the life of a school itself into a deeper and richer learning experience for kids. Zemelmen and Daniels are known for immediately useful teaching strategies that range from brief, easy-to-use reflections that help students learn right in class to bigger public-writing projects that can make school truly memorable for kids and teachers alike. Steve consults with schools and districts around the country and may be contacted directly at mailto:email@example.comHarvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and Minilessons for Literature Circles. His latest bestselling books on content-area literacy are Upstanders, Subjects Matter, Second Edition; Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature; Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading; Comprehension & Collaboration; and Content-Area Writing. He is also coauthor of Best Practice, Fourth Edition and The Best Practice Video Companion as well as editor of Comprehension Going Forward. Smokey works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students' reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers. Connect with Smokey @smokeylit.
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