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Student Teams That Get Results

Student Teams That Get Results
Teaching Tools for the Differentiated Classroom

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December 2009 | 208 pages | Corwin
Busy teachers struggle daily with the demands of increased accountability and the need to develop skill and proficiency in diverse groups of learners. Focused on the power of student teams to advance learning, this book shows how students working together and expressing ideas with one another can clarify their thinking and deepen their understanding of essential concepts.

Combining effective grouping strategies with other research-based practices, this resource for the differentiated classroom demonstrates how teachers can raise achievement and critical thinking by showing students how to practice three key skills: attentive listening, accepting others' ideas, and disagreeing with ideas rather than people.

Student Teams That Get Results shows teachers how to prepare students for deeper and more successful thinking on assessments using an innovative collection of best-practice teaching tools that help learners:

- Scaffold critical layers of meaning

- Generalize and infer

- Integrate content

- Identify patterns

- Increase adaptive and analytic reasoning

This book offers more than 100 reproducible lesson planners, assessment tools, checklists, graphic organizers, and more. Each teaching tool—used as presented or customized to meet learners' unique needs—includes a reproducible template, examples of the teaching tool in action across grade levels and content areas, and a brief how-to-use-it description.

About the Author
1. Introduction
2. Teaming to Learn

Community Circle

Find Someone Who

Four Corner Cards

Random Partners

T-Chart, Y-Chart


Think-Pair-Share Say and Switch

3. Sharing Knowledge and Skills

A-B-C Conversations


Jigsaw Methods

Concept Formation

Content Dialog

Note-Taking and Summarizing

Wallpaper Poster

4. Integrating and Applying Learning

Four Squares for Creativity

Point of View


Question Cubing

Cause and Effect

Right Angle


5. Conclusion


Supplemental Resources Website
This site contains graphics and templates to support your work with to improve student achievement for a variety of learners. Please use these in your classrooms to promote both great student collaboration and improve critical thinking skills. Refer to Student Teams That Get Results book directions on how to use these tools. The open-ended and often choice based nature of the tools provides many models of differentiation opportunities. Create your own content specific tools using these templates and the directions in the book as a guide. We have designed these tools to facilitate your instruction and help you create options for powerful learning in your classroom.

"A valuable resource for all educators that provides practical and easy-to-use templates and clear instructions, with research-based instructional strategies that support collaborative learning in student teams."

Sue McAdamis, Director of Professional Development
Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO

"An excellent resource that provides tools to increase student engagement, critical thinking, and collaboration. Districts or teachers who utilize these strategies can experience increased student achievement!"

Troy McCarley, Associate Superintendent for Campus Development
Pasadena Independent School District, CA

Gayle H. Gregory

Gayle H. Gregory is first and foremost a teacher, having experienced teaching and learning in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, community colleges, and universities. She has had extensive district-wide experience as a curriculum consultant and staff development coordinator. Gayle was principal/course director at York University for the Faculty of Education, teaching in the teacher education program.Her areas of expertise include brain-compatible learning, differentiated instructional and assessment strategies, block scheduling, emotional intelligence, student motivation, RTI Tier One, collaborative learning, common core, renewal... More About Author

Linda Marlene Kuzmich

Lin Kuzmich, of KCS, Inc., is an educational consultant, professor, and author from Loveland, CO. She served the Thompson School District in several roles as the assistant superintendent, executive director of secondary and elementary instruction, director of professional development, and a building principal. Her school was named a 2000 winner of the John R. Irwin Award for Academic Excellence and Improvement. In addition, for the past decade she has been involved in staff development through several universities and the Tointon Institute for Educational Change. Kuzmich is an adjunct professor at both Colorado State University and... More About Author