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on March 26, 2015
The book was quite informative, Schmoker is on target in regards to Professional Leaning Communities laying the ground work for more concise, substantive instruction. True educational reform will only occur when there is full "BUY IN" by teachers, administrators, district, and state level personal.
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on October 23, 2011
Results Now is an excellent book for teachers and principals alike in their investigations into what makes effective schools. Michael Schmoker is a very practical, realistic "right-on" guy when he describes methods and techniques of improving our schools. Instructional coaching is where it's at!!
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on October 7, 2011
Mike Schmoker really wants to prove that what is wrong with American education is that we have no goals. There's something vaguely marxist about his theories. I half expected him to recommend "Five Year Plans" ala Mao or the Soviet Politburo. And, of course, to achieve goals you need groups and teamwork and enthusiasm--he's very big on enthusiasm as a marker of success.
Schmoker want to prove his assertions so badly that he produces dozens of examples. In each case a school did what Mr. Schmoker advocated and, voila, scores quickly rose. One cause, one effect. But isn't it possible that there were other factors that might bear on his examples? Isn't it likely that the schools did (or did not) do other things that might have played a role in boosting or depressing test scores? But if you believe that you have the magic wand for improved schools it is messy and inconvenient to look beyond your narrow focus.
My own view is that in many cases it is better to have a population of teachers working independently, that collaboration can, sometimes, be counterproductive. In high school, at least, my own experience is that student success is often a matter of finding that one or two teachers who speak to you. A school trying to clone good teaching may not always benefit students.
It's a shame I disliked this book so much since Schmoker has some ideas I want to applaud: he loves the idea of teamwork (though he never mentions whether teamwork would be as good for students as for teachers); he thinks we underestimate teacher expertise (by hiring consultants); he urges more reading in the classroom; he acknowledges that too many lessons are boring; and he thinks data is the best way to force us to face 'unpleasant realities'. All these things I would endorse.
OTOH he has the behaviorist love of rewards and 'praise'; and he definitely subscribes to the notion that the only way to evaluate schools is by testing.
Overall Mr. Schmoker does not prove his case to me. His examples are too superficial and his ideas seem too simplistic. There's room for an author who espouses more teacher collaboration but the support for that idea is not in this book.
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on August 23, 2013
This book is easy to read and very straight forward. I bought it as required reading for a graduate class on School improvement, and it was very helpful and not at all boring, as I expected of a "textbook." Very easy to relate to if you are in the education profession.
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on October 29, 2012
My wife purchased this book as a requirement for her grad course. She states that this book is outstanding in every aspect: easy to read and digest, comprehensible, and most of all, the content is priceless. Every teacher in US should own a copy(according to her)!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The author wastes no time in articulating what must
be done to improve student performance. Essentially,
teachers must assess students and use the data to
refine classroom strategies. Instead of simply
hiring outside help and purchasing reference books,
teachers must focus on what students must know
to succeed. To find this out, teachers and school
administrators need to research top schools and
find out why they are doing so well.
The data is out there for the taking.

Internally, the teachers have all the data on student
performance or lack thereof. This data must be
analysed by the teachers themselves. Teachers must
consult each other to arrive at a uniform strategy
aimed at finding out what works and what doesn't.

Individual students must be challenged to learn
the technical/analytical subject matter utilizing
techniques that have a known rate of success in
comparable learning institutions.

Motivation is another aspect of learning. Students
must be made to understand the relationship between
the technical subject matter taught in the schools
and the attendant benefits of life-long learning.
The inter-relationship between education and life
skills has a strong connection to virtually all
of the quality of life issues most students experience.

This volume will help teachers and administrators
articulate the learning objectives and instructional
methodologies that can move a school dramatically
forward.
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on January 3, 2013
This is a must read for anyone interested in improving instruction in our schools. Dr. Schmoker lays out a clesr and simple process that will work inany school or school district.
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on February 15, 2014
Easy read and gives sequential steps for school improvement. Great for teachers, administrators, or district leaders looking to improve classroom instruction and performance.
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on March 19, 2014
If all teachers and administrators would read and implement these ideas, we wouldn't have the difficulties we have in public education.
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on November 22, 2014
Tell it like it is and how things should change. Interesting take on education today.
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