Streamline literacy instruction while increasing student achievement DaveR. Stuart Jr.’s work is centered on a simple belief: all students and teachers can flourish. Yet that seemingly simple goal can feel unattainable when teachers are expected to teach core content within the disciplines and improve literacy in their classrooms. How can teachers and students flourish under so much pressure? Stuart’s advice: Take a deep breath and refocus on six known best practices– establish and strengthen key beliefs, then build knowledge and increase reading, writing, speaking and listening, and argumentation in every content area, every day. These 6 Things is all about streamlining your practice so that you’re teaching smarter, not harder, and kids are learning, doing, and flourishing in ELA and content-area classrooms. In this essential new resource, teachers will receive • Proven, classroom-tested advice delivered in an approachable, teacher-to-teacher style that builds confidence • Practical strategies for streamlining instruction in order to focus on key beliefs and literacy-building activities • Solutions and suggestions for the most common teacher and student “hang-ups” • Numerous recommendations for deeper reading on key topics In addition to teaching English and world history for more than a decade, Stuart is well-known for his blog DaveStuartJr.com, which has over 35,000 visitors each month. This popular resource has been a beacon of light for more than 10,000 subscribers who refuse to freak out about the everyday challenges of teaching in a high-stakes era. He presents professional development workshops and institutes for schools around the United States and offers a number of online learning tools and experiences on his website.
Part III: Literacy-Rich Learning Experiences
[Page 135]So far, we’ve said that any efforts to improve how much and how well we cultivate the key beliefs isn’t wasted but is wise; any time that we teach our students more things about the world, we’re doing good work; and whenever we get our kids arguing or find ways to make plain to them the links between the argumentative cultures they live in and those that inhabit academic and public life, we’re on point. None of this is special or groundbreaking, and that’s the point—we’re ignoring the distractions of what’s new, rooting ourselves instead in three time-tested, evidence-based areas of work. All along the way, we’re seeking the mastery of our material—we want our students to become ...