The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind

The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind

The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind

The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind

Synopsis

From initiating lesson plans to evaluating student work, all aspects of lesson development and implementation are discussed in this lively and practical book. Filled with specific examples of effective purpose statements, assignments, and tests across grade levels and content areas, The Purposeful Classroom is essential reading for all teachers who want their students to truly understand what they are learning and why.

Excerpt

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.”

The author of this quote, Washington Irving, created the memorable character Rip Van Winkle. You may recall that Rip fell asleep one day and awoke 20 years later, confused about what had occurred and unable to make sense of his surroundings. Misadventures ensued as he failed to recognize his neighbors, confronted a man using his name (really his adult son), and announced his loyalty to the British throne, unaware that the American Revolution had been fought while he slept. Although Van Winkle was immersed in an environment that held all the clues he needed to understand his circumstances, he couldn’t recognize them.

Otherwise effective classrooms sometimes operate this way, too. the cues that seem so obvious to us as teachers can be lost on students who, like Rip Van Winkle, fail to perceive the . . .

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