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In the Best Interest of Students ~ Kelly Gallagher

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What is in the best interest of our students? Is it teaching to the newest standards movement, like the Common Core? Teaching that prepares students to take a test? Or is it something more meaningful and authentic? In his new book, In the Best Interest of Students, Kelly Gallagher notes that there are real strengths in the Common Core standards, and there are significant weaknesses as well. He takes the long view, reminding us that standards come and go but what remains constant is the need to stay true to what we know works in the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Instead of blindly adhering to the latest standards movement, Kelly advocates:Dialing up the amount of reading and writing students are doing.Balancing rigorous, high-quality literature and non-fiction with high-interest, student-selected titles.Giving students much more choice when it comes to reading and writing activities.Encouraging readers to deepen their comprehension by moving beyond the "four corners of the text."Using modeling to enrich students' writing skills in the prewriting, drafting, and revision stages. Helping young writers to achieve more authenticity through the blending of genres.Resisting the de-emphasis of narrative and imaginative reading and writing.Planning lessons that move beyond Common Core expectations. Providing students with more opportunities to sharpen their listening and speaking skills.

  • ISBN: 978-1625310446
  • Published by: Stenhouse

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