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Bryan Goodwin & Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
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Checklists help us work better. They help us manage complex tasks more effectively and ensure we apply what we know correctly and consistently. They’ve become indispensable for airline pilots and doctors, but can this low-tech approach to planning and problem solving demand a place in the teacher’s toolkit? Teaching is complicated, with challenging decisions and important consequences, but it’s in the most complex situations that a straightforward checklist can be the most useful.
Goodwin and Hubbell present 12 daily touchstones—simple and specific things any teacher can do every day—to keep classroom practice focused on the hallmarks of effective instruction and in line with three essential imperatives for teaching:
If there were one thing you could do each day to help one student succeed, you’d do it, wouldn’t you? What about three things to help three students? What if there were 12 things you could do every day to help all of your students succeed? There are, and you’ll find them here.
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"The book is well written and should provide reason for thought as it compares the success that checklists have for the aviation industry and the medical field."
—Ron Marks, New Glasgow, Canada, Checklists Save Lives in Medicine—What About Education?
"The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching summarizes what we know about effective teaching under three principles: be demanding, be supportive, and be intentional. The touchstones—conveniently organized as a checklist—explain how to realize those principles in daily teaching. If every teacher who read this book changed their teaching to reflect the 12 touchstones, the education of thousands of children would advance immediately."
—Susan M. Brookhart, PhD, Consultant, Brookhart Enterprises LLC, Senior Research Associate, Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning, Duquesne University, Helena, MT
"The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching is an excellent, broad-based, and highly recommended guidepost/supplementary resource for teachers of all skill and experience levels, including grade school educators, college professors, and home schoolers!"
—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review (Reprinted with permission)
"Do not expect a traditional check list; what you will find is criteria for determining the effectiveness of your teaching. The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day will be a welcomed addition to your professional library."
—Anne Anderson, MiddleWeb (Reprinted with permission)
BRYAN GOODWIN is Chief Operating Officer at McREL, a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. A former teacher and award-winning journalist, he writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership magazine. His previous books include Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success and The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020, for which he was the lead author. He has presented research findings and insights to audiences across the United States and in Canada and Australia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Master’s from the University of Virginia.
ELIZABETH ROSS HUBBELL is a Supervising Principal Consultant in the Center for Educator Effectiveness at McREL. She leads a team of consultants in Power Walkthrough software and Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works. Elizabeth’s consultation services also include conducting instructional technology audits and helping organizations strategize for the future using scenario planning. Prior to joining McREL, Elizabeth served as a building-level curriculum director and elementary teacher, where she focused on combining 21st century learning environments with Montessori philosophies. She holds an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado-Denver and a B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Georgia. She is coauthor of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020, and Classroom Instruction That Works (2nd edition).
ABOUT McREL: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) is a nationally recognized, nonprofit education research and development organization, headquartered in Denver, Colorado with offices in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and Melbourne, Australia. Since 1966, McREL has helped translate research and professional wisdom about what works in education into practical guidance for educators. Our 120-plus staff members and affiliates include respected researchers, experienced consultants, and published writers who provide educators with research-based guidance, consultation, and professional development for improving student outcomes. Contact us if you have questions or comments or would like to arrange a presentation, workshop, or other assistance from McREL in applying the ideas from this book in your district, school, or classroom.
classroom design | classroom management | teacher motivation | teaching methods | time management
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