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Best Practice, Fourth Edition, Harvey Daniels, Steven Zemelman, Arthur Hyde.

Best Practice is back, and with it Steve Zemelman, Smokey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde invite you to greet today's most important educational challenges with proven, state-of-the-art teaching. Linguistic diversity, technology, Common Core, high-stakes testing—no matter the hurdle, Best Practice teaching supports powerful learning across our profession.

Best Practice , Fourth Edition, is the ultimate guide to teaching excellence. Its framework of seven Best Practice Structures and cutting-edge implementation strategies are proven across the grades and subject areas. BP4 creates common ground for teachers, leaders, and principals by recommending practices drawn from the latest scientific research, professional consensus, and the innovative classrooms of exemplary teachers.

BP4 puts top-quality teaching at the fingertips of individual practitioners by sharing real-life instructional scenes that define classroom excellence, increase learning, and improve students' life opportunities. It's also more valuable than ever to PLCs and school reform initiatives thanks to:

  • plans and strategies for exceeding state and Common Core Standards
  • cohesive principles and common language that strengthen professional collaboration
  • classroom vignettes that show teachers and kids at work
  • chapters on reading, writing, math, science, and social studies that support unified instructional goals
  • special attention to technology in the classroom, special education, ELLs, struggling readers, and the arts.

This new educational era demands highly-effective, high-quality instruction that makes a difference for students. Fortunately with Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde's help every educator can be a world-class, life-changing teacher—a Best Practice teacher.

   


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Best Practice Video Companion , Harvey Daniels, Steven Zemelman, Arthur Hyde.

Visit Best Practice classrooms without leaving your school.

“In Best Practice , we outline the key qualities of great teaching in each major subject area. But showing is always better, right? Hence, these video windows into Best Practice classrooms at work.”
—Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Steven Zemelman

What do great teaching and powerful learning look like, sound like, and feel like? Seeing the work in action makes all the difference in understanding how to make it your own. The Best Practice Video Companion takes you into exemplary classrooms where the seven structures for top-quality teaching described in Best Practice support effective instruction and deeper learning every day.

Steven Zemelman and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels show us that the seven structures work in any context by visiting classrooms across the grades and content areas. You'll see the moves and hear the language of Best Practice teachers as they help students with a wide range of abilities become engaged, insightful learners.

An ideal professional development support for groups studying Best Practice , Fourth Edition, The Best Practice Video Companion :

  • shares more than 40 glimpses into multiple lessons in 17 outstanding classrooms
  • focuses on the seven research-based Best Practice structures
  • offers two ways to watch—by Best Practice structure or by teacher
  • suggests ways to collaborate before, during, and after viewings.

While the Common Core and other standards outline what children are expected to learn, they don't really explain how to get them there. Use The Best Practice Video Companion and see the how for yourself.

   

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Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading , Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke.

Today we're all expected to be “teachers of reading”—no matter what our subjectarea. With Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading , Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke support content-area and language-arts teachers alike by pairing more than 75 short, kid-tested reproducible nonfiction texts with 33 simple, ready-to-go lessons that deepen comprehension and support effective collaboration. And we all know that comprehension and collaboration are just what the new Common Core State Standards call for (CCSS, 2010).

In the same teacher-friendly, classroom-wise voices that made Subjects Matter and Content-Area Writing bestsellers, Daniels and Steineke prove that with the right materials and the right lessons, you can turn your kids into much better readers in your subject field by showing:

  • how proficient readers think
  • how skillful collaborators act
  • how to use quick and engaging activities that add to,
    not steal from subject-matter learning.

Each real-world text was chosen for its subject-area relevance, its interest to teens, and for its “wow factor”—the texts most likely to engage kids in discussion and debate. Step-by-step lessons accompany each text, including:

  • 23 Strategy Lessons that focus closely on at least one key comprehension strategy or collaboration skill that proficient learners use, and address the Common Core Standards for ELA
  • 10 Text Set Lessons that directly align to commonly taught curricular topics and offer a deeper, longer engagement in the subjects and strategies at hand.

Watch what happens when you give your kids a combination of interesting texts, instruction in smart-reader strategies, and an explicit understanding of good discussion skills. Meeting the standards has never been so much fun.

   

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Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature, , Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke.

In this highly anticipated follow-up to Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke share their powerful strategies for engaging students in challenging, meaningful reading of fiction and poetry using some of their favorite short, fresh texts—or, as they put it, “full-strength adult literature that gives us English majors a run for our interpretive money— but is still intriguing enough to keep teen readers digging and thinking.” Use the 37 innovative, step-by-step, common-core-correlated lessons with the reproducible texts provided, with selections from your literature textbook, or with your own best-loved texts to teach close reading skills and deep comprehension strategies. Give students opportunities to read and synthesize across texts with the 8 thematic text set lessons provided, or use the model unit outlines for using the lessons with The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby as springboards for planning your own novel studies.

 

   

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Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature, , Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke.

In this highly anticipated follow-up to Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke share their powerful strategies for engaging students in challenging, meaningful reading of fiction and poetry using some of their favorite short, fresh texts—or, as they put it, “full-strength adult literature that gives us English majors a run for our interpretive money— but is still intriguing enough to keep teen readers digging and thinking.” Use the 37 innovative, step-by-step, common-core-correlated lessons with the reproducible texts provided, with selections from your literature textbook, or with your own best-loved texts to teach close reading skills and deep comprehension strategies. Give students opportunities to read and synthesize across texts with the 8 thematic text set lessons provided, or use the model unit outlines for using the lessons with The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby as springboards for planning your own novel studies.

 

   

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Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action, Harvey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey.

Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action occurs at the intersection of comprehension, collaboration, and inquiry and serves as a guide for teachers who want to realize the benefits of well-structured, student-led, cross-curricular projects. Stephanie Harvey ( Strategies That Work and The Comprehension Toolkit series) and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels (Literature Circles and Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles):

• lay the foundation for inquiry circles by chronicling the current research and practices behind comprehension instruction and classroom collaboration
• explain nine fundamental classroom conditions needed for active, small-group learning
• provide 26 practical lessons in comprehension, collaboration, and research
• offer how-to instructions for four types of inquiry circles—mini-research projects; curricular inquiries; extensions of literature circles; and open inquiry projects
• address characteristic management concerns, such as how to use the Internet for research and how to assess and monitor student achievement.

Throughout, chapters offer a mix of materials for you to grab and go as well as some big ideas to think through as you customize inquiry circles for your students. It is time for another stronger, more intentional era of education. Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action will serve as your companion and provide a guiding light on this important endeavor.

   


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Inquiry Circles in Elementary Classrooms DVD, Harvey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey.

This much-anticipated DVD companion to Stephanie Harvey and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels' best-selling book, Comprehension & Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action , uses compelling video footage to show inquiry circles in action in primary and intermediate classrooms.

This live-from-the-classroom DVD invites you to eavesdrop as student-led teams pose questions, undertake research, read strategically, build knowledge, understand, and act. You will see teachers teaching students the specific comprehension and collaboration strategies they need to operate effectively in structured, responsible teams. And, you'll hear firsthand from teachers in primary and intermediate classrooms who are teaching the curriculum, addressing kids' needs, and meeting the standards in a progressive, student-centered way.

With a special emphasis on how to organize and manage well-structured cross-curricular projects, this instructional DVD shows you how to:

  • engage students as you unleash their curiosity across the curriculum
  • teach your curriculum and meet standards the inquiry way.

Let Steph and Smokey guide you through classrooms that burst with energy, excitement, and achievement. Watch as kids embrace responsibility and take on the heavy lifting of learning. The Inquiry Circles in Elementary Classrooms DVD is a professional development resource for teachers in grades K–5. Teachers in grades 6–12 should use the companion DVD Inquiry Circles in Middle and High School Classrooms.

   


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The Best-Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engag Kids, Activate Learning, and Grow Fluent Writers, Harvey Daniels and Elaine Daniels.

Your fast-track to student engagement

Everywhere Smokey Daniels speaks, there's one teaching strategy that teachers embrace above all others. That single method for transforming students from passive spectators into active learners . . . for evoking curiosity, inspiring critical thinking, and building powerful writers along the way. Now, that best-kept teaching secret is revealed: Written Conversations. Smokey and coauthor Elaine Daniels describe how to leverage these “silent writing-to-learn discussions” structure by structure

- Mini-memos

- Dialogue journals

- Write-arounds

- Digital discussions

   


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Comprehension Going Forward, Ellin Oliver Keene , Susan Zimmermann , Debbie Miller , Samantha Bennett , Leslie Blauman , Chryse Hutchins , Stephanie Harvey , Anne Goudvis , Brad Buhrow , Gina Cervetti , Marjorie Larner, Cris Tovani , Nancy L Commins , Anne Upczak Garcia , Tanny McGregor , P David Pearson, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels.

For those of us who teach comprehension strategies, Comprehension Going Forward is as near to the ultimate PD experience as we can get. Imagine a professional learning community where you could sit in as…

· Ellin Keene and Debbie Miller swap best practices

· Stephanie Harvey and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels compare instruction across the grades

· Anne Goudvis and Tanny McGregor share ways to infuse comprehension into every subject area

· Cris Tovani and Nancy Commins apply the strategies to help struggling readers, English learners, and special-needs students.


In Comprehension Going Forward, you'll meet up with 17 leading practitioners and researchers for an energetic, personal, and frequently irreverent conversation on what great comprehension instruction looks like, what an amazing range of applications it has for all students, and what we can do better. Not only do figures such as Susan Zimmerman and P. David Pearson include their own chapters, but, like any exciting conversation, they point out their favorite parts of one another's chapters—highlighting discussion topics for teacher study groups along the way.

Read Comprehension Going Forward and RSVP to a get-together that no one who teaches reading will want to miss. Enter this powerful, lively conversation about how we can improve all readers' comprehension today and join some of your favorite authors as they reach for a tomorrow where every child reads with deep understanding.

   


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Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in The Student-Centered Classroom, Harvey Daniels.

What do we know about literature circles now that we didn't understand eight or ten years ago? What new resources and procedures can help teachers organize their classroom book clubs better? What are the most common pitfalls in implementing student-led discussion groups? And getting beyond the basics, what do mature or "advanced" literature circles look like?

In this thoroughly revised and expanded guide, you will find new strategies, structures, tools, and stories that show you how to launch and manage literature circles effectively. Advanced variations are explored and include alternatives to role sheets and flexible new guidelines for their use.

The second edition includes:

  • four different models for preparing students for literature circles using response logs, sticky notes, and newly designed role sheets;
  • dozens of variations on the basic version of student-led bookclubs;
  • new models and procedures for primary, intermediate, and high school grades;
  • new materials for assessing and grading literature circles;
  • an inventory of common management problems and solutions;
  • new scheduling patterns for group meetings and reading time;
  • ideas for using literature circles with nonfiction texts across the curriculum;
  • research on literature circles, including correlation with increased achievement on standardized tests;
  • an explanation of how literature circles match with the national standards for literacy education.

With detailed examples provided by twenty practicing teachers, Harvey Daniels offers practical and concrete suggestions for each aspect of book club management and proven solutions for problems that arise.

   


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Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles, Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke.

Harvey Daniels' Literature Circles introduced tens of thousands of teachers to the power of student-led book discussions. Nancy Steineke's Reading and Writing Together showed how a teacher can nurture friendship and collaboration among young readers. Now, Daniels and Steineke team up to focus on one crucial element of the Literature Circle model; the short, teacher-directed lessons that begin, guide and follow-up every successful book club meeting.

Mini-lessons are the secret to book clubs that click. Each of these forty-five short, focused, and practical lessons includes Nancy and Harvey's actual classroom language and is formatted to help busy teachers with point-by-point answers to the questions they most frequently ask.

How can I:
  • steer my students toward deeper comprehension?
  • get kids interested in each others' ideas?
  • make sure kids choose just-right books?
  • help students schedule their reading and meeting time?
  • deal with kids who don't do the reading?
  • get kids to pay more attention to literary style and structure?
  • help special education and ELL students to participate actively in book clubs?
  • get kids to expand their repertoire of reading strategies?
  • make sure groups are on-task when I'm not looking over their shoulder?
  • introduce writing tools (including role sheets) that support student discussion?.
  • help shy or dominating members get the right amount of "airtime?"
  • give grades for book clubs without ruining the fun?
  • use scientific research to justify the classroom time I spend on literature circles?

Each mini-lesson spells out everything from the time and materials needed to word-by-word instructions for students. The authors even warn "what could go wrong," helping teachers to avoid predictable management problems. With abundant student examples, reproducible forms, photographs of kids in action, and recommended reading lists, Mini-lessons for Literature Circles helps you deepen student book discussions, create lifelong readers, and build a respectful classroom community.

   


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Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading, Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman.

Finally, a book about content-area reading that's just as useful to math, science, and history teachers as it is to English teachers! Lively, practical, and irreverent, Subjects Matter points the way to activities and materials that energize content and engage students across all subject areas. Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman, authors of a dozen influential books on literacy and cofounders of Best Practice High School, bring their trademark style—teacher friendly and kid wise—to the reality of today's middle and high schools.

Their book features:

  • 23 practical classroom activities that help students understand and remember what they read, in mathematics, science, social studies, English, and more
  • a tough analysis of today's textbooks, along with specific ways to use them more effectively
  • a new "balanced diet" of reading, including 150 real books of interest to teenage readers
  • instructions for growing a rich classroom library in your subject area
  • plans for setting up student book clubs and reading groups in any discipline
  • group-building techniques that create a productive community of readers
  • a do-it-yourself exploration of the ways smart readers think
  • models for developing ambitious thematic units within your classroom or with colleagues
  • special help and materials for students who struggle
  • scientific proof that the book's recommended activities do improve reading and learning.
Punctuated by stories from real math, science, social studies, and other classrooms, Subjects Matter shows how young people can read and succeed across the curriculum, and how their teachers can help.
   


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Content Area Writing, Harvey Daniels, Steven Zemelman and Nancy Steineke.

There are three truths about teaching writing, one that's widely known, one that isn't, and one that will change your teaching forever:

  • the ability to write is essential for students in every subject area
  • writing is the most powerful and efficient tool that teachers have for helping students connect with content and deepen their understanding of it
  • every teacher, including you, is ready to coach middle and secondary writers successfully right now.

No matter what subject you teach, Content-Area Writing is for you, especially if you're juggling broad curriculum mandates, thick textbooks, and severe time constraints. It not only shows that incorporating carefully structured writing activities into your lessons actually increases understanding and achievement, but also proves how writing can save, not consume, valuable instructional time.

Following up on   Subjects Matter —the book that changed how tens of thousands of language arts, math, science, and social studies teachers use reading in their classrooms—Harvey Daniels, Steven Zemelman, and Nancy Steineke now present the most thorough and practical exploration available of writing in the subject areas. Content-Area Writing guides you strategically through the two major types of writing that every student must know:

  • Writing to Learn : the quick, exploratory, and extemporaneous in-class writing that helps kids engage deeply with content, build connections, and retain what they've learned
  • Public Writing : planned, constructed, and polished writing in which students demonstrate knowledge and reflect on what they've learned.

With their contagious combination of humor, irreverence, and classroom smarts, Daniels, Zemelman, and Steineke give you dozens of valuable lessons for encouraging growth in both types of writing with subject-specific ideas for planning, organizing, and teaching, as well as samples of student work and guidelines for evaluation and assessment. They also include detailed information on how their strategies fit into the writing process, how they can be used in writing workshops across the curriculum, and how they prepare students for testing and other on-demand writing situations.

With writing, you can help students learn better, retain more, meet content- and skills-based standards, and tackle any test with confidence. No matter what you teach, read Content-Area Writing and discover for yourself that classroom time spent writing is classroom time well spent.

   


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Rethinking High School, Harvey Daniels, Marilyn Bizar, Steven Zemelman.

Today, as our nation's attention turns to the reform of secondary education, Rethinking High School offers a lively guide for that crucial journey of renewal.

In their previous book— Best Practice: New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools —Daniels and his colleagues drew on the national curriculum standards to define good teaching and learning. Then, the authors personally put those standards to work on the West side of Chicago, starting the city's first new public high school in thirty years. Now, in Rethinking High School , they take us along on that adventure, from the earliest planning meetings to the school's first graduation six years later. They tell exactly how Best Practice High School got started, what worked and what didn't, where they stumbled and soared, and what is still left to do.

But this is more than the story of one innovative school. Rethinking High School is designed to be a template for change. Organized around eleven fundamental choices that all secondary schools must make, the book serves as a checklist, an agenda, and a study guide for high school reform. Instead of dictating right answers, the authors pose key questions and recount a range of creative alternatives developed by schools around the country. By offering this rich array of stories and models, the book speaks directly to readers who wish to improve existing high schools, to break larger schools into smaller ones, or start new high schools from the ground up.

Rethinking High School —complete with a companion website —articulates a clear vision of successful secondary school reform. Acknowledging the monumental challenges of renewing high schools, it shows how ordinary but determined people, working together, can accomplish the extraordinary.

   

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