Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning 2nd ed. Edition
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Schmoker has lit a fire in this book to make clear that there are right ways, across all curricula domains, to promote the acquisition of knowledge, deeper understanding, greater curiosity, and fun in learning. ----John Hattie, Laureate Professor at Melbourne Graduate School of Education
This is a brave, powerful book, brimming with good ideas and plainspoken common sense. Forswearing the fads of the day, Schmoker reminds us of what the sales force of "new and improved" professional development wants us to forget: We already know what good teaching looks like&and we've known it for a while. The real question is: Do we have the will to make it happen? This powerful book shows us the way ----Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University
Mike Schmoker gets it right in this trenchant diagnosis of why American schools are failing: Even when the teachers are all good, the school curriculum is a poorly organized clutter that diffuses students' attention rather than focusing it on the essentials they need to learn to be college-ready. Schmoker's book itself is a model of how to cut through the curricular clutter in precisely the way schools need to do. ----Gerald Graff, 2008 president of the Modern Language Association and author of Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind