Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning Focus question

What do you think of Schmoker's thought experiment on pages 114-115?
Scott Hayden Scott Sep 26, 2012 09:04PM
Do you know anybody who runs their classroom this way? What were the results? Do you know personally of any schools that operate this way?

James (last edited Jan 18, 2014 05:24PM ) Jan 18, 2014 05:19PM   0 votes
What he is suggesting there is to run an entire school in that way. I'm not aware of any school that does it, but I'd be curious to know about it.

I teach high school English. I've tried to make inquiry and argument the focus of the classroom activities. I cannot say I have been completely successful, but I can report that the quality of the students' essays improve. By that I mean that they begin to write essays that one might want to read.

It would be easier to set the class up this way if the entire school was set up this way. One problem I have had in using these methods, inquiry & argument, is that students, by the time they get to high school, have become comfortable with other methods and are reluctant to embrace new ones.

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