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Teaching With the Instructional Cha-Chas

Combining educational neuroscience, formative assessment, and differentiated instruction strategies to improve student achievement, Nickelsen and Dickson create a four-step instructional cycle that educators can easily implement.

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  • Combine brain science with a formative assessment process and differentiated instruction to maximize student learning.
  • Examine effective teaching strategies and differentiation practices so you can bump it up or break it down according to student needs.
  • Consider the four-step instructional cycle and understand the components of chunk, chew, check, and change.
  • Explore how the formative assessment process can double the speed of learning.
  • Learn how to plan instruction and preassess efficiently so that daily learning targets and formative assessments enable each student to meet standards.
  • Receive templates and teaching strategies that can be easily differentiated and implemented in daily lesson plans.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION: MANEUVER YOUR FOOTWORK WITH FOUR STEPS
PART I: SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM DANCE FLOOR
Chapter 1: Choreograph Your Instruction With the Cha-Chas Steps
Chapter 2: Move Smoothly From Broad Ideas to Smaller Ideas
Chapter 3: Get to Know Your Dance Partners
PART II: PUTTING THE CHA-CHAS STEPS TOGETHER
Chapter 4: Take Step One: Chunk (Instruct)
Chapter 5: Take Step Two: Chew (Learn)
Chapter 6: Take Step Three: Check (Evaluate)
Chapter 7: Take Step Four: Change (Differentiate)
Chapter 8: Finesse the Chunk, Chew, Check, and Change Cycle: A Beautiful Classroom Dance
EPILOGUE: SWING INTO ACTION WITH THE FOUR STEPS: TIME FOR YOUR SOLO

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BOOKS

  • Depka, E. (2017). Raising the Rigor: Effective Questioning Strategies and Techniques for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2015). Unstoppable Learning: Seven Essential Elements to Unleash Student Potential. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Jensen, E., & Nickelson, L. (2014). Bringing the Common Core to Life in K–8 Classrooms: Thirty Strategies to Build Literacy Skills. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J., & Simms, J. A. (2013). Vocabulary for the Common Core. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Research.
  • Schimmer, T. (2016). Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through Standards-Based Mindset. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Vagle, N. D. (2015). Design in Five: Essential Phases to create Engaging Assessment Practice. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Wiliam, D. (2011). Embedded Formative Assessment. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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