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Odds are, your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards.

You know how the standards emerged, what they cover, and how they are organized. But how do you translate the new standards into practice?

If you already have a strong grasp on the Common Core and are eager to do something about it, this book’s research-based strategies will help you respond to the demands of the new standards, particularly the English language arts standards that affect every subject area and grade level.

Enter the Core Six: six research-based, classroom-proven strategies that will help you and your students respond to the demands of the Common Core. Thanks to more than 40 years of research and hands-on classroom testing, the authors know the best strategies to increase student engagement and achievement and prepare students for college and career. Best of all, these strategies can be used across all grade levels and subject areas.

The Core Six include

1. Reading for Meaning.
2. Compare & Contrast.
3. Inductive Learning.
4. Circle of Knowledge.
5. Write to Learn.
6. Vocabulary’s CODE.

Drawing from the research on which classroom strategies are your “best bets” for improving student achievement, the authors provide what you need to reinforce the Common Core in your lessons, including

  • A rationale for using each strategy to address the goals of the Common Core.
  • Research that supports the use of each strategy.
  • Steps for implementing each strategy in the classroom.
  • Sample lessons in multiple grade levels and subjects.
  • Planning considerations to make certain your use of the strategy helps students become better at reading, understanding, using, and communicating rigorous texts.

Any strategy can fall flat in the classroom. By offering tips on how to capture students’ interest, deepen students’ understanding of each strategy, use discussion and questioning techniques to extend student thinking, and ask students to synthesize and transfer their learning, The Core Six will ensure that your instruction is inspired rather than tired.

This practical book’s teaching recommendations and sample lessons draw on six tips for inspired instruction that ensure your lessons capture students’ interest, deepen their understanding, and extend their thinking about required course content.

With each of the “Core Six Essential Strategies” the authors begin with a brief description of the strategy, then they provide a quick list of reasons to use that strategy. Next, they describe the research supporting each strategy and provide the principles of implementation. They end the review of each “Core Six Essential” with some classroom examples of implementation, and things to consider when planning to use the strategy. This formula of presenting each strategy makes it quite easy to take what is learned back to the classroom.

If you are on a quest for a simple, straightforward book that gives teachers high-yield teaching strategies for the Common Core implementation efforts, then this book is a solid choice.

Harvey F. Silver, EdD, is president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press. He has conducted numerous workshops for school districts and state education departments throughout the United States. He was the principal consultant for the Georgia Critical Thinking Skills Program and the Kentucky Thoughtful Education Teacher Leadership Program. With the late Richard W. Strong, he developed The Thoughtful Classroom, a renowned professional development initiative dedicated to the goal of “Making Students as Important as Standards.” 

R. Thomas Dewing, EdD, has spent more than 35 years in public education as an elementary and middle school teacher, principal, instructional coordinator, and educator of gifted students. He has also taught education courses at National Louis University and North Central College. He is an experienced trainer, consultant, and presenter and has worked with numerous education organizations to create curricular teaching materials and state and national assessments.

Matthew J. Perini is director of publishing for Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press. He has authored more than 20 books, curriculum guides, articles, and research studies covering a wide range of educational topics, including learning styles, multiple intelligences, reading instruction, and effective teaching practices.

Silver, Dewing, and Perini have recently collaborated on Inference: Teaching Students to Develop Hypotheses, Evaluate Evidence, and Draw Logical Conclusions(A Strategic Teacher PLC Guide). With Richard W. Strong, Silver and Perini have also collaborated on a number of best sellers in education, including The Strategic Teacher, So Each May Learn, and Teaching What Matters Most, all published by ASCD; and Thoughtful Education Press’s Tools for Promoting Active, In-Depth Learning, which won a Teachers’ Choice Award in 2004. Most recently, Silver and Perini have developed an innovative and practical teacher evaluation model, The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework.

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