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Guided Instruction: How to Develop Confident and Successful Learners
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
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About This Book
You know that repeating the same words and the same instructions—or simply announcing the answers to questions—doesn’t help students learn. How do you get past the predictable and really teach your kids how to learn?
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey say that helping students develop immediate and lifelong learning skills is best achieved through guided instruction, which they define as “saying or doing the just-right thing to get the learner to do cognitive work"—in other words, gradually and successfully transferring knowledge and the responsibility for learning to students through scaffolds for learning. In this helpful and informative book, they explain how guided instruction fits your classroom and works for your students.
Their four-part system for implementation consists of these elements:
Questioning to check for understanding.
Prompting to facilitate students’ thinking processes and processing.
Cueing to shift students’ attention to focus on specific information, errors, or partial understandings.
Explaining and modeling when students do not have sufficient knowledge to complete tasks on their own.
Each element is thoroughly explained and illustrated with numerous examples drawn from the authors’ extensive experience in the classroom and their observations of hundreds of expert teachers, as well as a broad sampling of relevant research. Aimed at teachers at all grade levels, across the curriculum, Guided Instruction will help you provide timely and meaningful scaffolds that boost students to higher levels of understanding and accomplishment.
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About the Authors
DOUGLAS FISHER, PhD is a professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and is the recipient of a Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Reading Association, the Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, and a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
NANCY FREY, PhD is a professor of literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. Before joining the university faculty, Nancy was a special education teacher in the Broward County (Florida) Public Schools, where she taught students at the elementary and middle school levels. She later worked for the Florida Department of Education on a statewide project for supporting students with disabilities in a general education curriculum.
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