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People are actively rejecting the over-processed abundance of the past few decades in favor of a more humble and simple life. However, if you are an educator, you may observe the discrepancy between the trends in the outside world versus what is happening in schools.
Get on those same social media sites and try not to drown in the deluge of ever-changing education trends. At this point, simple is NOT a trending concept in education.
But I think there is a place for simplicity and tradition in education, and Mike Schmoker agrees. In his book, Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learninghe lays out a plan that can be implemented in any school district: Citing examples of schools that have made similar changes with great success, he divides his book into three sections: In Focus, Schmoker solves this problem: He says we need to sit down with our departments and determine what is actually important.
We need to establish how much reading, writing, and speaking our students need to do and be consistent within our PLCs. Currently, the drive is for college and career readiness, and the argument here is that we are also preparing kids to be citizens.
The best way to prepare students for all three of these, Schmoker argues, is to refocus on literacy in every single class.
Students need to be able to read, write, speak, and think critically in order to function as contributing members of society.
This might rub some—especially those heavily involved in the tech movement—the wrong way, but it makes sense. They will never become informed citizens, and that is a scary future. But technology gurus, please do not turn your nose up at this book.
I, too, am a tech advocate.
I promise you, anyone will find value in the simplicity of the message in this book. I personally love the clarity of his guide to effective lessons. A teacher leading an effective lesson needs to: Create purpose and interest: No one, including you and I, enjoys reading or discussing topics we are not interested in.
There are many ways this can be done, and sometimes it happens in the form of lecture or direct teaching gasp!FOCUS Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning By Mike Schmoker as close reading, writing, and discussion) across the curriculum.
implemented, key to learning both content and thinking skills. But, authentic literacy is categorically different from so-called “reading skills” and. Schmoker asserts that the kinds of skills students need to succeed in college--skills like clear thinking, effective writing, and the ability to analyze international and policy issues--are equally needed for non-college-bound youth.
Schmoker points out that in the most effective reading classrooms, students “never, ever engage in cut, color, or paste activities that now occupy the majority of early-grade reading programs—more than instructional hours per year.”.
That process of brainstorming, writing, reading, re-writing, re-reading, editing, revising, and so on is the writing process that we use to polish our work and make it as finished as it can be. James Giles, a friend of mine, once said that a piece of writing can only ever be the best it can be before the author runs out of time or steam.
FROM ‘BRUTAL FACTS’ TO BEST SCHOOLS WITH MIKE SCHMOKER “We are on the verge of the greatest age in education, if we Th is issue of the SCOE Bulletin features a summary of the ﬁ rst Leadership Series session.
In this presentation, school improvement expert and respected higher-order reading, writing, and thinking. When teachers. abundant amounts of purposeful, extended reading and writing; and structurally sound lessons? Why by Mike Schmoker 2. 2. Have we—all practitioners—made a thorough case for the three priorities described on pp.
10–11? Why is content essential to critical thinking? Discuss. 3. Why is authentic literacy as or more important now, in.