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On Excellence in Teachingby Robert J Marzano
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On Excellence in Teaching gathers the opinions and recommendations of the world's best educational researchers, theorists, and professional developers regarding the topic of effective instruction. Given the diversity in expertise and orientation of its contributors, On Excellence in Teaching cuts a wide swath across the domain of instruction.
On Excellence in Teaching provides a comprehensive view of instructional excellence from a theoretical, systemic, and classroom perspective. The fifteen contributors offer a broad range of theories and strategies for effective teaching and learning. Its chapters are organized into three major sections. The first section, Theories of Excellence, focuses on conceptual and theoretical issues that must be considered for effective reform in teaching. The second section, Systemic Excellence, deals with issues and innovations at the district and school levels. The third section, Classroom Excellence, addresses specific practices that teachers can employ to enhance their pedagogical expertise.
The contributors examine such topics as the art and science of instruction, learning styles, conceptual designs for curriculum, teaching higher-order thinking skills, curriculum mapping, differentiating instruction, Understanding by Design, cultivating student appreciation of and commitment to learning, the role of the teacher, how to develop expert teachers, and teacher development of metacognitive control.
Book News Annotation:
Marzano, who works in translating research and theory into practical programs and tools for teachers and administrators, gathers together the thoughts of internationally-known educational researchers, theorists, and professional developers from the US and Canada on the topic of effective instruction, for K-12 teachers to consider in their practice. Focusing on the instructional skills of teachers, the 14 chapters address theories of excellence, including what the real job of a teacher is, research on teacher effectiveness, instruction in relation to the classification of instructional materials, and the science of learning and how it can improve instruction. They then discuss school and district issues like high-stakes testing, teacher education, conceptually-based curriculum design, instruction for higher-order thinking skills, curriculum mapping, and the need for systemic development of expert teachers, followed by a section on classroom excellence, including differentiation, the Understanding by Design framework, helping students become autonomous learners, engaging students, and metacognitive awareness. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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