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What Really Works in Elementary Education

What Really Works in Elementary Education

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February 2015 | 368 pages | Corwin

Research-Based Practical Strategies for Every Teacher

In an age of information overload, do you ever wish you could find one resource that would allow you to quickly gain insight into a variety of cutting-edge practices in elementary education? You’re holding it at your fingertips.

What Really Works in Elementary Education compiles the advice of experts who not only understand the research behind certain educational practices, but also have experience working in elementary classrooms. Each user-friendly chapter, focused on a topic vital to elementary educators, presents information in a straightforward way to help you learn what works – and what does not work – with students today. Whether you’re a new educator, or just seeking to build new skills, you’ll benefit from

  • Insight into a handful of innovative topics in instruction; including using technology, UDL, co-teaching, and assessment
  • Novel approaches to classroom management and strategies to engage students
  • Chapters focused on effective methods for teaching within content areas
  • Practical tips for reaching all learners; including ELLs, students with autism, and gifted students
  • Useful reproducibles and resources for every topic area

Never before has so much valuable information been presented so simply and effectively in one resource. Are you ready to focus on what works best?

Rebecca Mieliwocki
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Wendy Murawski and Kathy Scott
Section I: What Really Works in Content
Nancy O'Rode
1. Making Math Meaningful
Renee Ziolkowska
2. Rewarding Reading Practices
Kathleen Dudden Rowlands
3. Teaching Writing Right
Joyce H. Burstein and Greg Knotts
4. Successful Social Studies
Erica Rood
5. Stellar STE(A)M Strategies
Mary Wolf, Anne Fontaine-Lewis, and Beth Thompson
6. Awe-Inspiring Arts Inegration
Section II: What Really Works in Instruction
Lisa A. Dieker, Lauren Delisio, and Caitlyn A. Bukaty
7. Tuning in With Technology
Brittany Hott, Laura Isbell, and Jennifer Walker
8. Perfectly Positive Behavior
Luisa Palomo Hare and Wendy W. Murawski
9. Classy Classroom Management
Scott Mandel
10. Cool Cooperative Learning
Tamarah M. Ashton
11. Unique Universal Design for Learning
Amy Hanreddy and Erin Studer
12. Incredible Inclusion
Wendy W. Murawski
13. Creative Co-Teaching
Brooke Blanks
14. Amazing Assessment
Section III: What Really Works With Special Populations
Claire E. Hughes
15. Great Gifted Education
Shartriya Collier
16. Engaging English Language Learners
Emily Iland
17. Addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders
Flavia Fleischer, Will Garrow, and Rachel Friedman Narr
18. Developing Deaf Education
Michelle Dean
19. Superb Social Skill Instruction
Susan Auerbach
20. Fantastic Family Collaboration

"This book is full of information on best-practices and resources such as lesson plan templates, checklists, websites and apps that can be straightforwardly applied in a classroom. Feasible and innovative instructional strategies are presented in an organized, concise fashion. Particularly useful are the at –a-glance listings of the DO's and DON’Ts for teaching, which identifies actions that the authors frequently observed that act as obstacles for teaching success, as well as those actions that maximize the chance of elementary teachers making a positive impact on elementary school students and the summary of different teaching approaches. The comprehensive amount of resources included ensures that the book is applicable for prospective teachers as well as practicing teachers. Both audiences will appreciate the insight and classrooms experiences shared by the expert educators. The book cites key research and includes the impact of educational trends and developments, such as the Common Core, throughout. A major strength of this book is that it addresses the diversity of modern day classrooms; the wide range of student skills and personalities. The strategies presented are creative and applicable to copious classroom situations and content areas. The book will be very useful as a reference guide as presents a variety of strategies and expert knowledge in different kinds of instruction. Chapters such as “Arts Integration What Really Works in Science in the Elementary Classroom” will prompt instructors towards positive innovation in their classrooms. This book would serve as a valuable text in teaching methods courses to inform prospective teachers about teaching as it covers new and contemporary as well as more teaching time-tested and concepts with clear, step-by-step explanations."

Tachelle Banks, PhD, Chairperson & Associate Professor
Cleveland State University

WRW is more than a book. This is a life-changing experience for teachers, regardless of how many years you have been teaching. It is a direct line to the absolute experts and most current research on how to get the results every teacher wants for all students in their classrooms. This books presents techniques with quick easy to understand do's and dont's and how to's on every page from cover to cover. This will be one of the most influential and utilizied books that any teacher owns.

Wendy Whitehair-Lochner, Coordinator
West Virginia Department of Education

Wow, what a fantastic resource! Over 400 pages of strategies, research, suggestions, and information that is relevant for any teacher, at any year of experience. From lesson planning ideas to building inclusive classrooms to management techniques, I wish I had this resource my first year as an elementary teacher. At minimum, it should be practical and required reading at any school of education!

Dixon Deutsch, Vice President, Special Education Collaborative & ELL Supports
NYC Charter School Center

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Wendy Weichel Murawski

Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., MBA, MEd, EdS, is the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where she is also a Full Professor in the Department of Special Education and the Director of SIMPACT Immersive Learning. Dr. Murawski is the national Past President of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of CEC and an internationally known speaker and author, presenting in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. Her research focuses on co-teaching and inclusive practices nationally and internationally. She has published extensively around inclusive... More About Author

Kathy Lynn Gandhi (aka Scott & James)

Kathy Lynn Scott, PhD, is the Center Administrative Analyst for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge. Kathy was trained as an old school darkroom photographer, but she fell in love with all things to do with education. After conducting research on art education and adult education in England and coordinating research on learning disabilities in New Jersey, Kathy jumped from coast to coast, finding a new home with the CTL where she gets to do a little bit of everything related to education. When not acting as the “glue” for the CTL (as Wendy calls her), she’s happiest just relaxing at home,... More About Author

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