Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Synopsis

Bestselling author Mike Schmoker describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; clear, prioritized lessons; and purposeful reading and writing.

Excerpt

When the number of initiatives increases, while time, resources and
emotional energy are constant, then each new initiative … will
receive fewer minutes, dollars and ounces of emotional energy than its
predecessors
.

Doug Reeves

The real path to greatness, it turns out, requires simplicity and dili
gence. It requires clarity, not instant illumination. It demands each
of us to focus on what is vital—and to eliminate all of the extraneous
distractions
.

Jim Collins

Hedgehogs see what is essential and ignore the rest.

Jim Collins

The argument of this book is simple: If we choose to take just a few well-known, straightforward actions, in every subject area, we can make swift, dramatic improvements in schools. Some believe we could virtually eliminate the achievement gap within a few years. An Australian study indicated it would take seven years (Garnaut, 2007); another study estimates about five years (Kane & Hanushek in Haycock, 2005).

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