- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (May 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131195050
- ISBN-13: 978-0131195059
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Handbook for Classroom Instruction that Works 1st Edition
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The book is divided into chapters which claim to discuss how to address concepts such as working in groups, comparison and contrast and homework. In each chapter the authors give a page-long short answer test in which the reader evaluates how she feels about her use and awareness of the chapter topic. This could be quite useful if there was any information presented between the tests. Also, the test is reprinted in each chapter, usually almost verbatim. This lacks imagination and and seems wasteful to me.
In each chapter, the authors give several one-paragraph-long passages that tell what you might do in that teaching/learning area. These are almost always unimaginative and unsupported; little is not intuitively obvious, and there is seldom any explanation or exploration of the technique. It is true that what is obvious to one is not alwas so to everyone else, and there are doubtless a couple ideas that you may not have thought about or have forgotten. Still, a five minute talk with another teacher would accomplish just as much if not more.
Again, don't waste your money on this book if you can help it.
That being said, I can understand the frustration of veteran teachers when their school districts forced these strategies onto them, some making them mandatory. Marzano and his team of education-experts have not presented the education world with anything new. They have simply researched and pointed out the strategies used by thousands of teachers world wide that seem to work best with all types of students from all types of backgrounds.
Personally, I think the book is good reference material, though not groundbreaking in any way. If our district had not provided teachers with free copies, I'm not sure I would have purchased it. If you are a new teacher and looking for some strategy books for your collection, cross your fingers and hope your district gives you this one for free because you can find better use of your teacher funds.
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Needed this for class. I really like this book. I think it will be a great reference for the future as well.Published 8 months ago by Stephanie
Really great book. Purchased it originally for a college class I needed to update state license. Use it as a reference often in my classroom.Published 13 months ago by Carolyn H.
This is required reading for any classroom teacher, whether experienced or just beginning. Based on research, well written, and thorough.Published on October 10, 2013 by R Martin
This is a classic and should be read by all teachers. Save because you will go back to it many times the more experience you get in the classroom these strategies will freshen up... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by M. M. K.Chambers
Another book by Marzano, et al. that is easy to use and makes great sense. Like most books by Marzano, it breaks things down into useable pieces. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer