What makes an excellent professional development resource? It’s the research base – connecting your practice to current educational findings. It’s organization and readability – making it easy for you to locate and understand the information. It’s a resource that becomes richer with each subsequent reading. It’s something you can turn to again and again for ideas, insight, and inspiration.
In this column, we’ve highlighted a few exemplary professional development publications for teachers. Instead of creating a new column each month, we’ll update this column as we discover new titles in General Instruction, Science Instruction, and Literacy Instruction.
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock. 2001. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
How can teachers capitalize on education research? Which instructional strategies have been proven to increase student achievement? In this book, the authors examine and summarize decades of research findings and distill the results into nine broad teaching strategies. Classroom examples, rubrics, organizers, and charts help teachers plan and implement the strategies into their own practice. View the table of contents, read a sample chapter, or purchase this book from the ASCD web site.
A companion to Classroom Instruction That Works, this handbook provides a review of the research base and strategies along with exercises, rubrics, and worksheets that help you begin using the nine strategies immediately. View the table of contents, read a sample chapter, or purchase this book from the ASCD web site.
This book draws on an extensive research base to provide a comprehensive picture of what we know about teaching and learning science from kindergarten to eighth grade. It answers questions such as:
* When do children begin to learn about science?
* How can science education capitalize on children’s natural curiosity?
* How can teachers be taught to teach science?
A companion guide, Ready, Set, Science! (see below), provides clear examples of the research in action. Read the text online or purchase a copy at the National Academies Press web site.
A companion to Taking Science to School, this book reviews principles from educational research about K-8 science and applies them to effective teaching practice. It includes case studies to illustrate how current research can be applied to diverse classroom settings. Read the text online or purchase a copy at the National Academies Press web site.
What ideas (preconceptions) do your students bring to science class? Effective science instruction involves formative assessment – taking time to assess and reflect on what your students think they know about science. Each book includes a comprehensive chapter on formative assessment and 25 ready-made probes that elicit student ideas on a multitude of core science topics. Read a sample chapter or purchase this book from the NSTA web site.
Interested in using formative assessment techniques in your classroom? This book contains 75 specific assessment techniques that can be used in grades K-12. The book includes descriptions of how each technique promotes student learning, considerations for design and implementation (required materials, timing, modeling, and grouping students), modifications and caveats, and ways the technique can be used in other content areas. Purchase this book from the NSTA web site.
This professional book provides scoring guides, sample papers, and focus lessons for each trait, and is framed to address K-2 teachers’ needs. View the table of contents and sample pages, read reviews, or purchase this book from the Scholastic web site.
This professional book provides an introduction to each trait and includes scoring guides, focus lessons, and activities for teaching each trait. View the table of contents and sample pages, read reviews, or purchase this book from the Scholastic web site.
This professional book summarizes research and provides strategies for effectively integrating informational text into the primary grades. The book may also be useful for teachers in upper elementary looking to include more informational text in their curriculum. A free study guide is available through the Scholastic web site. Purchase this book from the Scholastic web site
This professional book provides creative, concrete experiences to help students master reading comprehension strategies. View the table of contents, read a chapter, access archived webinars, or purchase the book from the Heinemann web site.
The second edition of Strategies That Work provides information about comprehension and teaching reading strategies, lessons and practices for teaching comprehension, and a section dedicated to content-area reading. The book also includes recommended fiction and nonfiction reading for students. View the table of contents, read a sample chapter, or purchase the book from the Stenhouse web site
This professional book provides research-based information about reading comprehension strategies and comprehension strategy instruction. Read a sample chapter, learn about an online course, or purchase the book from the Heinemann web site.
This article was written by Jessica Fries-Gaither. Jessica is an education resource specialist at The Ohio State University and project director of Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. She has taught in elementary and middle school settings. Email Jessica at email@example.com.
Copyright February 2011 – The Ohio State University. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1034922. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This work is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons license.