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

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 the president and CEO of McREL International. Goodwin, a former teacher and journalist, has been at McREL for more than 15 years, serving previously as chief operating officer and director of communications and marketing. Prior to joining McREL, he was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and an award‐winning business journalist. He frequently presents keynotes and conference sessions on best practices for instruction, school leadership, and education innovation. Bryan thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges.

Education: B.A. in Professional Writing and Environmental Studies from Baylor University. M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell was a supervising principal consultant with McREL International, where she worked with schools and districts on effective instructional strategies, conducted instructional technology audits, and helped organizations strategize for the future using scenario planning. Prior to joining McREL, Elizabeth served as a curriculum director and elementary teacher, where she focused on combining 21st century learning environments with Montessori philosophies.

Education: MA Information and Learning Technologies, University of Colorado, BSEd Early Childhood/Elementary Education, University of Georgia