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Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Mike Schmoker

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About This Book

Bestselling author Mike Schmoker describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum (what we teach); clear, prioritized lessons (how we teach); and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy.

With this "less is more" philosophy, educators can help students learn content at a deeper level, develop greater critical thinking skills, and discover more clearly how content-area concepts affect their lives and the world around them. 

Both a call to action and a blueprint for creating more effective classrooms, Focus: Elevating the Essentials for Radically Improved Student Learning will challenge your assumptions about schooling and show how educators who have embraced this approach quickly achieved spectacular results.

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About the Author

Mike Schmoker, AuthorMIKE SCHMOKER is a former school administrator, English teacher, and (admittedly mediocre) football coach. He has written four books and dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers, and Time magazine.

His last ASCD book, Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning (2006), was selected as a finalist for book of the year by the Association of Education Publishers. His previous ASCD best-seller Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvement (1996) is one of the most widely used books by school leaders in the United States.

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