The New Classroom Instruction That Works

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The New Classroom Instruction That Works

The Best Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

By: Bryan Goodwin, Kristin Rouleau

Publication date: 2022
ISBN: 978-1-4166-3161-3
Subject: Instruction
Highlights: Best Seller, New Release

The New Classroom Instruction That Works reveals 14 research- and evidence-based instructional strategies that teachers of all grade levels can use to increase student learning outcomes.

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The book that inspired millions of educators to refine their approach to teaching returns for an all-new third edition. Built on a more rigorous research base and updated to emphasize student diversity, equity, and inclusion, The New Classroom Instruction That Works reveals 14 instructional strategies proven to promote deep, meaningful, and lasting learning. Learn what each strategy is, and when, how, and why to use each one for maximum positive impact on student learning and achievement:

  • Cognitive interest cues
  • Student goal setting and monitoring
  • Vocabulary instruction
  • Strategy instruction and modeling
  • Visualizations and concrete examples
  • High-level questions and student explanations
  • Guided initial application with formative feedback
  • Peer-assisted consolidation of learning
  • Retrieval practice
  • Spaced and mixed independent practice
  • Targeted support
  • Cognitive writing
  • Guided investigations
  • Structured problem solving

These strategies—all of which are effective and complementary—are presented within a framework geared toward instructional planning and aligned with how the brain learns. For each strategy, you'll get the key research findings, the important principles of classroom practice, and recommended approaches for using the strategy with today's learners.

Both new and veteran teachers will finish this book with a better understanding of how effective teaching boosts student achievement and a clearer idea of what to do, when to do it, and why.

“Goodwin and Rouleau establish a well-rounded foundation for a teacher’s ability to support student engagement with higher-order thinking activities by supplying teachers with an intentional map of cognitive and metacognitive thinking strategies. …Any educator struggling with supporting their students’ ability to retain information would find the culturally responsive strategies shared in chapters Five through Seven helpful.” – Sydney Carroll, book review in the American School Board Journal, June 2023

The New Classroom Instruction That Works: The Best Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement is authored by Bryan Goodwin and Kristin Rouleau with Cheryl Abla, Karen Baptiste, Tonia Gibson, and Michele Kimball.

This is a copublication of ASCD and McREL International.

Pages: 178
Language: English
Publisher: ASCD
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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

Kristin Rouleau

Kristin Rouleau is senior director of learning services and innovation at McREL International, working with schools, districts, and state departments of education as they navigate change and implement practices to increase student achievement. Kristin earned her administrative credentials from the University of Washington, her master’s in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University. As of this writing, she is a doctoral student in leadership for educational equity at the University of Colorado–Denver.

The Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW) book series is one of the most widely used resources for increasing student achievement for good reason: Each book provides evidence-based insights from rigorous research to strengthen teachers’ instructional planning and delivery. Through these books, you’ll understand why and how McREL’s nine categories of instruction work, and learn to effectively use them in specific situations, including with English language learners and with classroom technology. You’ll see how these methods connect directly to students gaining key 21st-century skills. Learn how to design lessons and teaching techniques that will work best in your classroom to heighten engagement and deepen understanding with your students. A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works offers guidance, rubrics, checklists, templates, tools, protocols, and tips to help you easily apply the various CITW teaching strategies in specific situations and with various tasks. Make your classroom the paradigm for CITW!