The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching

The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching

A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day

By: Bryan Goodwin, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell

Publication date: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4166-1601-6
Highlights: Best Seller

Even the most dedicated and experienced teachers can benefit from having a strategic checklist to boost their effectiveness. What are the 12 simple but essential things you can do every day to deliver high-quality instruction and positively impact student outcomes? Bryan Goodwin and Elizabeth Hubbell reviewed thousands of research studies, books, and articles to supply the answer. In addition to identifying the 12 touchstones, the authors also define three key imperatives for quality teaching and learning—be demanding, be supportive, and be intentional—and offer strategies for integrating them into classroom practice.

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What if there were 12 simple, but essential, classroom practices that could help you keep your focus on effective instruction? In this book, Goodwin and Hubbel offer a simple, practical daily checklist—gleaned from thousands of research reports, books, and articles—that can help you cut through the clutter of information and make more deliberate, thoughtful decisions in your classroom practice. Organized around three guiding imperatives—be demanding, be supportive, and be intentional—the authors will help you discover why the complexity of teaching drives the need for checklists that:

-Develop a teaching theory of action that helps you filter and assimilate the barrage of new ideas coming at you all the time.
-Help you stay focused on what matters most: being demanding, supportive, and intentional.
-Support professionalism among colleagues, share best practices, and identify exemplars to follow.

Distilled to 12 daily touchstones of good teaching, this book helps you stay focused on the essence of effective instruction.

Pages: 200
Language: English
Publisher: ASCD, McREL International
Edition: First
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Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin is president and CEO of McREL International. For 21 years at McREL, he has translated research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and has helped educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Workplaces, Schools, and Lives and Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, as well as co-author of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School, Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and a business journalist.

Education: M.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia; B.A. Professional Writing and Environmental Studies, Baylor University

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell is an educator, author, and speaker with more than 20 years’ experience across many levels of education. She currently serves as a senior program manager at Academic Impressions, where she designs professional learning experiences for higher education. Her primary topics of interest include women’s leadership and new innovations in student success and retention. Prior to joining Academic Impressions, Elizabeth served as a K–12 consultant with McREL International, focusing on instructional strategies and technologies. She is a co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day and Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (2nd Ed.)She has presented at the ACEL, ASCD, ISTE, Colorado TIE, Learning Forward, SREB, NSBA’s T+L, and EARCOS conferences. Elizabeth is a former Montessori teacher.

Education: M.A. Information and Learning Technologies, University of Colorado; B.S.Ed. Early Childhood/Elementary Education, University of Georgia