Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning For Student Thinking And Learning

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Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning for Student Thinking and Learning

What comes to mind when you think about lesson planning? If you re like most teachers, you focus on the material you need to present, what you will do and say, what you will ask students to do, and the assessments you will create and administer. And if you re like most teachers, you also know what it s like to be disappointed when this careful planning doesn t always lead to the deep understanding and mastery you d intended.

There s a better way to approach instructional design says author and teacher-educator Ann R. Reeves, and it s within every teacher s grasp. It begins with a simple mental shift from planning for activities to planning for learning outcomes and a critical concentration on learning objectives.

Remarkable for its clarity and filled with vivid examples, Where Great Teaching Begins is a step-by-step walk through the crucial, behind-the-scenes intellectual work necessary to make instruction truly effective and help students learn deeply and meaningfully. Here, you ll discover how to

* Translate even the most inscrutable standards into strong, learning-focused objectives.
* Use effective objectives as the basis for excellent assessment.
* Craft engaging learning activities...

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