- File Size: 1958 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development; 1st edition (July 28, 2006)
- Publication Date: July 30, 2006
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001NEK9ZS
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Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning Kindle Edition
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Like many educational pundits, Schmoker has some great ideas. Certainly, there is much to be said for the importance of literacy across the curriculum. There is also a lot of truth to his assertions that many language arts classes, particularly at the younger ages when literacy is beginning to form, have become only incidentally about reading and writing. The overabundance of "artistic expression" (i.e. drawing pictures) in the place of actively engaging in literary activities is a problem, as is the reliance on skill/drill activities (read "worksheets"). Instead, Schmoker pushes for dominance of activities that have the students actively reading and writing.
Some of his commentary on professional development was interesting as well. As an educational consultant, I too have seen first hand how the "educational initiative of the moment" has had nothing but negative impact on school districts. There is something to be said for Schmoker's belief that, if teachers could just be pulled together in an effective way to share their expertise and best lessons, they could have a huge impact on student achievement.Read more ›
I find it interesting that the author, while portraying himself as an "expert" at educational reform, has not had his book peer reviewed by competent and recognized educational authorities...instead he relies upon endorsements from educational consultants who may or may not have ever taught in public school and high level administrators who have left the teaching arena to pursue management. It is interesting that his book calls for a "top-down" leadership approach, and is endorsed only by high level administrators. Perhaps the author should study the works of Peter Northouse who is a respected authority on both the theory and practice of leadership.
This book is dangerous to the lay reader...not because it promotes educational ideology, but because it portrays an ideology that directly conflicts with the standards of best practice that is taught to the best teachers in our country. When lay readers like school board members or parents read this book, they react negatively and feel that their school is in a dire circumstance...because they do not know the difference between effective, time honored practices and educational fads the change every ten years or so.
Finally, this book is a death warrant to special educators because it totally speaks against differentiating curriculum and using multi-modality approaches to teaching children who aren't able to learn from standard curricula in the mainstream classroom.Read more ›
Schmoker acknowledges the brutal facts surrounding wasted time in classrooms. Much of the time, students are engaged in busy work: coloring, drawing, superfluous worksheets, and other such activities that are unrelated to the teaching objective and have nothing to do with reading or writing. If we increase instructional practices that include the use of scoring rubrics, high-yield strategies and higher-order thinking, student achievement will rise.
There are consequences to working in isolation, the traditionally accepted mode of classroom instruction. Schmoker says collaboration is nearly non-existent in the majority of schools. Though certainly since the publication of this book in 2006, collaboration is on the rise as more and more schools engage in the practice of professional learning communities. Through this practice and with strong leadership within professional learning communities, the author suggests improvement in student achievement is guaranteed.
He eloquently advocates for improvements in literacy education, calling for purposeful reading, argumentative literacy, writing, and discussion. Schmoker states a new understanding of literacy is essential to "transform and enliven learning for both students and teachers." A curriculum rich in authentic literacy would include generous amounts of close, purposeful readings, rereading, writing, and talking.Read more ›
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My order arrived in just a few days and was just as described.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was quite informative, Schmoker is on target in regards to Professional Leaning Communities laying the ground work for more concise, substantive instruction. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Unknown
Michael Schmoker’s Results Now takes a pretty against-the-grain approach to improving schools. In pre-teacher preparation and in teacher training, educators are typically taught to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Oddsfish
Tell it like it is and how things should change. Interesting take on education today.Published 21 months ago by Mark D.
Unbelievable how eye opening this book is! As a future educator, directly out of college, I found this book to be the steps in the right direction that will enable teachers,... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Richard
If all teachers and administrators would read and implement these ideas, we wouldn't have the difficulties we have in public education.Published on March 19, 2014 by Amber L. Tottingham
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