Learning for Keeps

ASCD selects, Learning For Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners as one of Ten Titles for Engaging Students and Building Understanding.

“This month, we’re featuring some products that offer great ideas for engaging students and making sure
they don’t fall behind as the school year progresses.”
~ On the Bookshelf

bookLearning For Keeps answers the questions teachers frequently ask about how to provide the explicit strategy instruction that is the prerequisite for the higher-level skills students need to meet the rigorous demands of today’s standards. Teachers recognize that students often do not come to our classrooms with the skills necessary for the activities and projects which require solving problems, reading deeply, responding to higher levels of text complexity, communicating well-developed ideas, and performing the many cognitive behaviors necessary for long-term intellectual development.

Here’s a highly practical book that gives teachers the specific knowledge and larger vision needed to demystify essential strategies. The reader will come away with a tutorial in how to break down complex strategies into incremental parts; models of scripted explicit strategy lessons; examples of coaching transactions that mediate students’ application of strategies; and scaffolded activities that integrate content and process. Learning For Keeps is an indispensable tool for enabling all students to independently select and apply the behaviors needed for becoming highly literate and thoughtful citizens prepared for higher-education and 21st century careers.


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