Research-Based Practical Strategies for Every Teacher In an age of information overload, do you ever wish you could find one resource that would allow you to quickly gain insight into a variety of cutting-edge practices in elementary education? You’re holding it at your fingertips. What Really Works in Elementary Education compiles the advice of experts who not only understand the research behind certain educational practices, but also have experience working in elementary classrooms. Each user-friendly chapter, focused on a topic vital to elementary educators, presents information in a straightforward way to help you learn what works – and what does not work – with students today. Whether you’re a new educator, or just seeking to build new skills, you’ll benefit from • Insight into a handful of innovative topics in instruction; including using technology, UDL, co-teaching, and assessment • Novel approaches to classroom management and strategies to engage students • Chapters focused on effective methods for teaching within content areas • Practical tips for reaching all learners; including ELLs, students with autism, and gifted students • Useful reproducibles and resources for every topic area Never before has so much valuable information been presented so simply and effectively in one resource. Are you ready to focus on what works best?

Cool Cooperative Learning

Cool Cooperative Learning
Scott MandelLos Angeles Unified School District

What Really Works in Cooperative Learning in the Elementary Classroom

Including Cooperative Learning Into Your Common Core Class

Elementary students like to work together. Whoa! No surprises there. But did you know this is actually a practice based in research? Seriously! In fact, a major aspect of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative is the implementation of inquiry-learning or project-based learning. The basic concept is that students will delve deeply into curricular material and subsequently incorporate higher order critical thinking into their discussions—a primary tenet of the Common Core (Burris & Garrity, 2012). Right . . . this type of teaching is nothing new. In fact, before the onset of No Child Left Behind ...

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