“I cannot imagine any teacher who wants to be the best possible teacher not loving this book!”

—Renee Peoples, Teacher/Math Coach

West Elementary School, Bryson City, NC

“This an exciting way for new teachers to really target the important strategies that successful teachers use, as well as for veteran teachers to confirm the things that they are already doing right!”

—Mary Ann Hartwick, Coordinator, LESD/ASU

Litchfield Elementary School District, Verrado, MS

Avoid common classroom mistakes and develop your skills as an educator!

Written for novice and seasoned professionals alike, this updated edition of a powerful bestseller provides research-based best practices and practical applications that promote strong instruction and classroom management.

The authors translate the latest research into 101 effective strategies for new and veteran K12 teachers. Updated throughout, and with an entirely new chapter on supporting reading and literacy, this edition presents the strategies in a user-friendly format:

The Strategy: a concise statement of an instructional strategy; What the Research Says: a brief discussion of the research to provide readers with a deeper understanding of the principles involved; Classroom Application: how each strategy can be used in instructional settings; Precautions and Possible Pitfalls: caveats to help teachers avoid common problems; Sources: a reference list for further reading

What Successful Teachers Do is a valuable resource for strengthening teachers' professional development and improving student performance.

Celebrating Diversity in the Classroom

Celebrating diversity in the classroom

Strategy 47: Welcome the Diversity of Today's Classrooms

What the Research Says

That today's schools are more diverse than ever is undeniable. According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (1998), one in every three students attending primary or secondary schools today is of a racial or ethnic minority. Predictions are also that students of color will make up almost 50% of the U. S. school-age population by 2020 (Banks & Banks, 2001). With the large influx of immigrants in the past several decades, children of these immigrants make up approximately 20% of the children in the United States, providing a kaleidoscope of cultural and language differences in many classrooms (Dugger, 1998).

Cultural and language differences are only a part of the diversity in our schools. ...

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