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Close the Achievement Gap

Close the Achievement Gap
Simple Strategies That Work

March 2007 | 104 pages | Corwin
The idea that the person doing the talking is the person doing the learning seems counter-intuitive. Yet, that is exactly the case. When students put their thoughts into words, they internalize the learning. As they dialogue with peers, articulate their ideas, and express themselves, their oral language skills translate directly into written language skills. Explore six strategies that address the challenges of the achievement gap:1) Set High Expectations: Get Kids Emotionally Involved2) Challenges Students to Think: Teach Higher Order Thinking3) Require Rigor: Require Complete Sentences, Standard English, Formal Register4) Leave Nothing to Chance: Revisit! Review! Re-teach! Revise!5) Make No Excuses: Encourage At-Risk Participation6) Insist on Results: Emphasize Reading
Introductory Comments

Achievement Gap Facts

A Story: Through the Cracks

The Matthew Effect

The Field Trip

Heads Together

Six Simple Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap

1. Set High Expectations: Get Kids Emotionally Involved
Quote: "They don't teach us enough."


Brain Principles

Student Choice

TESA -- Teacher Expectations, Student Achievement

Facing the Day with Feelings

The Right Way

Reflection: What Teachers Make

Film: Dead Poets Society

2. Challenge Students to Think: Teach Higher Order Thinking
Quote: "Make kids think."


Three-Story Intellect

Fat and Skinny Questions

Unpack the Language

The Threaded Model

Nine Best Practices

Reflection: The Average Child

Film: Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jerry Seinfeld "World War II 101"

3. Require Rigor: Require Complete Sentences, Standard English, Formal Register
Quote: "Good Morning, Class. I'm Miss Hobbs!"


Down Memory Lane

Diagramming Sentences

Put Words in My Mouth

The Sentence Squad

Mr. Pete's Questions

Reflection: Mr. Parnes' Questions

Film: To Sir, with Love

4. Leave Nothing to Chance: Revisit! Review! Re-teach! Revise!
Quote: "I told them what they're supposed to know."


Revisit with a Two-Minute Buzz

Review by Dialing 4-1-1 and Connecting

Re-teach the MI Way

Revise for Precision and Accuracy

Reflection: Invitation to Learn

Film: Teachers

5. Make No Excuses: Encourage At-Risk Participation
Quote: "What is it about me you can't teach?"


Fishbowl, Card Game, and TAG

Co-operative Learning Strategies

Whole Group Strategies

Partner Strategies

Reflection: You're a Hero to Someone

Film: Mr. Holland's Opus

6. Insist on Results: Emphasize Reading
Quote: " When kids can't, won't or don't read, nothing else matters."


Learning to Read

Loving to Read

Getting Kids to Love to Read

Self-Selected Reading

Vocabulary Building

Comprehension Strategies

Delve Into Data

Reflection: Let the Data Tell the Story

Film: Pay It Forward


"Society must come to believe that it is possible for all students to achieve. When a given population decides it is possible, children not only learn but they also thrive."


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ISBN: 9780974741659