The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson

The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson

The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson

The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson


Are you looking for high-impact, research-based strategies to transform your students into high-achieving and inspired learners? In The Strategic Teacher, you'll find a repertoire of strategies designed and proven to meet today's high standards and reach diverse learners. Twenty reliable, flexible strategies (along with dozens of variations) are organized into these groups of instruction:

-mastery style to emphasize the development of student memory;

-understanding style to expand students' capacities to reason and explain;

-self-expressive style to stimulate and nourish students' imaginations and creativity;

-interpersonal style to help students find meaning in the relationships they forge as partners and team members, united in the act of learning; and

-four-style strategies that integrate all four styles.

To guide teachers in delivering content to students, the authors started with the best research-based teaching and learning strategies and created a tool called the Strategic Dashboard. The dashboard provides information about each teaching strategy in a concise, visual profile; it is also designed to document how you incorporate current, highly respected research into your instructional plans.

For each strategy, you'll find the following information:

-a brief introduction to the strategy;

-an example of a teacher using the strategy in the classroom;

-the research base supporting the strategy and how the strategy benefits students;

-how to implement the strategy using a list of clear steps;

-guidance through the planning process, providing steps, examples, and suggestions for designing superior lessons; and

-additional tools, strategies, and resources for adapting and expanding the use of each strategy.

The authors have combined their years of research and practice to deliver reliable, high-impact, flexible teaching and learning strategies grounded in current, highly regarded research to teachers at all levels of experience.


Today, when we talk about educational research, we are generally talking about two different types of research. First, and most commonly, we are talking about meta-analysis, or the technique of combining existing research studies on a particular technique or strategy (say, a set of studies on the benefits of cooperative learning) in order to create a larger and more reliable field of data. Using this enlarged research pool, educational researchers are able to tease out patterns, make generalizations, and translate their findings into numerical data such as effect sizes, percentile gains, and the like.

A second type of educational research is known as action research. Action research seeks to set up controlled, scientifically valid experiments in classrooms. For example, an action research project might be set up with the intent of proving or disproving this thesis: Teaching students how to form images while reading leads to significant improvement on reading test scores. The teachers in Classrooms A, B, and C would then use an agreed-upon methodology for teaching image making to their students. Meanwhile, by deliberately not teaching image making in their classrooms, the teachers in Classrooms D, E, and F would serve as a control group. Test scores from the respective classrooms would then be compared, conclusions drawn, and there you have action research in a nutshell.

Over the last 10 to 15 years, education has seen an explosion in both meta-analytic studies and action research projects. Without question, this proliferation of research has made a difference in schools across the country and across the globe. In fact, I have spent the better part of the last two decades actively pursuing both of these lines of research and working to turn the abstractions, generalizations, and numerical data they create into practical techniques and strategies that schools and teachers could apply immediately and with confidence.

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