Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Talk: The Fundamental 5

In an earlier post, Book Talks, I mentioned The Fundamental 5 being one of my current professional reads. Well as luck would have it I was able to finish it while spending some quality time at the local Starbucks. It's amazing how a yummy latte and a comfy chair will get you in the mood for reading.

Sean Cain and Mike Laird co-wrote this book outlining 5 very simple steps, all based on Marzano's research, to significantly altering the landscape of a classroom.

Frame the Lesson - Start with your objective and end with a student outcome.
Work in the Power Zone - Be aware of your proximity to students and use it powerfully.
Frequent, Small-Group, Purposeful Talk about the Learning - Intentionalize the conversations in your classroom.
Recognize and Reinforce - Building positive learning habits and self esteem.
Write Critically - Fostering the relationship between reading and writing.

The above steps are all characteristics of good, solid teaching. When used together and intentionalized, student engagement and achievement are profoundly impacted.
How does this impact me as an educator? Intentionalize. Intentionalize. Intentionalize. We must focus and make decisions in our classrooms that are intentional and meaningful. Marzano measured these intentionalized practices in terms of percentile gains. As Cain and Laird noted, these percentile gains can add up to become sustained student achievement.

What does intentionalized instruction look like?

  • Purposefully created small group instruction where students are taught on their academic level and in their preferred learning style.

  • On-going, formative assessments are used to alter and adjust instruction.

  • Tiered assignments are given with a specific purpose towards student learning.

  • Students are questioned critically and guided towards personalized problem-based learning.

  • Classrooms are arranged with brain-based learning in mind.

  • Student objectives are posted daily and referred to throughout the lesson.

  • Sustained student achievement is not accidental - it is fundamental.

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