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Standards in the Classroom

Standards in the Classroom
An Implementation Guide for Teachers of Science and Mathematics

November 2002 | 200 pages | Corwin
`The success or failure of reform in education depends on how well each teacher learns how to implement standards in classroom instruction. This guide should be helpful in that process' - National Science Teachers Association, Washington

In this book, Richard H Audet and Linda K Jordan give teachers the tools they need to understand standards and benchmarks, use a standards-based instructional planning model, analyze curriculum using a standards lens, and align curriculum to students' learning goals. After completing the guide, teachers will be able to design performance-based assessment strategies, implement a standards-based instructional model, evaluate and align curriculum materials to standards. Designed to be sensitive to teachers' needs, the manuscript is clearly written, easy to use, practical, embedded in a classroom context, and tied to student achievement. The authors use a constructivist approach and a five-stage learning cycle that models good teaching. As the authors state, standards are here to stay.

This book provides the missing link in standards-based reform. It book will give staff developers the tools they need to train teachers in this crucial step-designing curriculum & assessment around standards. This interactive guide can be used not only by individual teachers, but also by small study groups of teachers, in staff development workshops, and school-wide. This book can also be used with pre-service teachers.

Features of the book include:

· Interactive features include guided reflections, focused readings with questions, surveys, questionnaires, inventories, and rubrics

· Will work with national, state, or local standards

· Principally targets math and science but can be applied to all content areas

· Includes professional development designs for principals and staff developers

· Contains suggestions for continuous study such as study groups, action research, and examining student work

Preface to the Guide
About the Authors
1. Engagement: Thinking About Standards and Instruction
2. Exploration: Discovering National Standards Resources
3. Explanation I: Researching National Resources to Clarify Learning Goals
4. Explanation II: Assessment in a Standards-Based System
5. Extension A: Developing Standards-Based Materials
6. Extension B: Analyzing and Evaluating Curriculum Materials
7. Extension C: Curriculum Mapping
8. Evaluation: Discoveries About Standards-Based Teaching and Learning
9. Endurance: Sustaining Change
References and Further Readings
Resource: Professional Development Resources

The standards movement offers great promise for strengthening American education; however, its success will depend upon how the standards affect classroom practice. Standards in the Classroom provides an excellent set of strategies to assist teachers in this critical task. Audet and Jordan have written a clear guide for making standards work in science and math education.

Larry Wakeford, Clinical Professor of Biology/Science Education
Brown University

Studying Audet and Jordan's book before I developed my biology and chemistry curricula allowed a more thorough understanding of state adopted standards and how I can help all students meet them.

Dale Rudolph, High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher
Clarksville High School, TN

In my work with teachers and teaching fellows, I have found no better method for enhancing understanding of the importance of standards and their implementation into content lessons than this book.

Vicki Metzgar, Coordinator, NSF Grade K-12 Teaching Fellows
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The success or failure of reform in education depends on how well each teacher learns how to implement standards in classroom instruction . . . This guide should be helpful in that process.

National Science Teachers Association NSTA Recommends.

Richard H. Audet

Richard Audet, Co-Editor, is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI). After teaching high school science for more than twenty years, he completed his Masters Degree at Providence College and received an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University. Richard co-authored GIS in Schools and Standards in the Classroom: An Implementation Guide for Teachers of Mathematics and Science. More About Author

Linda K. Jordan

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ISBN: 9780761938576