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Coming in January 2020 from Prufrock Press

Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning equips teachers with effective questioning strategies to challenge students to think critically, as well as to explore their innate curiosity and imagination. Understanding the levels of Bloom's taxonomy is the key to being able to formulate higher level questions for use in students' assignments, assessments, day-to-day activities, and classroom discussions. But simply asking questions is not enough. Teachers must create a culture in which students expect and can engage in rigorous, higher level questioning and discussions, and are comfortable enough that they can ask those questions of one another and themselves. Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning explores the power of questioning and how it can transform your classroom into an environment in which lively, in-depth dialogue becomes the norm.

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Coming September 2019 from Prufrock Press

Case-based learning brings authentic, real-world learning to the classroom. A prominent educational strategy in professions such as medicine and law, case-based learning has long been an effective way to master knowledge. Doctors study past cases to plan successful treatments and learn from mistakes, while lawyers often review old cases to understand important legal precedents. Case studies are a valuable part of their education―just as they can be for your students. Like inquiry-, problem-, and project-based learning, case-based learning is a crucial component of any authentic classroom. Students study problems that have occurred or could occur in the real world and develop solutions, utilizing critical thinking, creativity, and imagination to answer questions that don't always have one right answer. This book provides strategies, examples, and resources for implementing case-based learning across the disciplines, as well as a detailed walkthrough of how to create your own lessons that use case studies to transform students' thinking and foster 21st-century skills.

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Writing a rubric that can accurately evaluate student work can be tricky. Rather than a single right or wrong answer, rubrics leave room for interpretation and thus subjectivity. How does a teacher who wants to use performance-based assessment in this day and age of SMART goals find a way to reliably assess student work? The solution is to write clear rubrics that allow the evaluator to objectively assess the student work. This book will show classroom teachers not only how to create their own objective rubrics, which can be used to evaluate performance assessments, but also how to empower their own students to create rubrics that are tailored to their work.

“Todd Stanley has written a practical, thorough guide for creating rubrics to evaluate student work. His instructions are clear and to the point. He provides examples of effective and ineffective rubrics. He shares how to assess hard-to-measure skills such as collaboration, curiosity, initiative, and more. He describes how to write rubrics and how to assess their reliability and validity. He discusses how to use rubrics to grade student performance. Those teaching at any level, including higher education, will benefit from this guide.” - Mitchell R. Alegre, Vine Voice

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10 Performance-Based STEM Projects for Grades K-1 provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the projects include:

- Art Bot

- Crack the Code

- Everyone is Playing It

“I really like the layout and pacing of this book. I think the materials required to complete the projects are all very reasonable and most teachers would already have them on hand. I will definitely be adapting some of these projects to complete with my PreK students!” -- Sydney Span, Teacher

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10 Performance-Based STEM Projects for Grades 2–3 provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the projects include:

- Paper vs. Plastic

- The Inkblot Test

- Redesigning the Classroom

“Very well-written. The projects are clearly described with step by step plans for implementing the lessons. The author has selected topics that demonstrate how critical thinking and analysis are useful in real world situations and the projects foster collaboration among students.” -- Hope Hightower, Teacher

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10 Performance-Based STEM Projects for Grades 4–5 provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the projects include:

- Pumpkin Catapult

- Egg Drop Challenge

- The Game of Economics

“There are a lot of things I love about this book! It is an easy to follow book, with great lesson plans for the children. It brings a bunch of new ideas into my classroom and makes it fun for them to learn.” -- Katie Hestness, Teacher

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10 Performance-Based STEM Projects for Grades 6–8 provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the projects include:

- You Be the Teacher

- Escape Room

- Who If You Paid the Bills?

“I gave this book to my cousin and she used it with her 7th graders. All of the kids loved it so much. She says that the projects that she used worked extremely well with her curriculum and that it was very informative.” -- Audrey Jozwick

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This book offers teaching strategies that allow educators to provide students with authentic learning experiences that they can apply to their lives in school―and beyond. Beginning with a justification for authentic learning and how it teaches 21st-century skills, each subsequent chapter discusses a specific strategy and how it allows for authenticity. Strategies include project-based learning, problem-based learning, inquiry learning, and simulations. The book also includes a section on how to create lessons across the curriculum, so that students learn how all of the subject areas fit together, rather than just looking at the separate puzzle pieces. The book concludes with specific tactics that can be used inside and outside the classroom to bring the real world to students.

“This book deals with one of the specific issues of the classroom: its lack of real-life relevance. In order to make material appear meaningful, a number of tricks can be employed to motivate students and get away from materials that are produced specifically for the classroom environment. Lots of good ideas here that can be used for any number of topics and in any number of subjects, from Math and Science all the way through Language Arts.” -- Anne Denney, Teacher

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When Smart Kids Underachieve in School: Practical Solutions for Teachers takes a look at the 10 most common reasons why some smart, advanced, and gifted students do not reach their achievement potential. Reasons for underachievement range from social-emotional needs, lack of proper programming, not being challenged, and potential learning disabilities. Each chapter discusses a different cause and three practical strategies that can be used to overcome it. Useful for teachers, counselors, gifted coordinators, and administrators, this book is an easy-to-read, must-have resource for any educator looking to identify, understand, and reverse underachievement.

"When Smart Kids Underachieve in School" is an easy-to-read and essential instructional resource for any educator looking to identify, understand, and reverse underachievement.” --Midwest Book Review

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Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom makes the case that project-based learning is ideal for the gifted classroom, focusing on student choice, teacher responsibility, and opportunities for differentiation. The book also guides teachers to create a project-based learning environment in their own classroom, walking them step-by-step through topics and processes such as linking projects with standards, finding the right structure, and creating a practical classroom environment. Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students also provides helpful examples and lessons that all teachers can use to get started.

“We are using this book for a book study and it has provided us with great resources, ideas & research to help us jumpstart PBL for our students.” -- Suzy K., Teacher

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Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

“This teacher's math workbook is part of the 10 Performance-Based Projects series which provides good opportunities for advanced learners to integrate their math learning with other 21st century skills, including flexible thinking, collaboration and presentation . . . For teachers interested in adding some additional hands-on activities to their math curriculum, this workbook can be useful resource to use.” --Mindprint Learning

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Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

“I was pleased with the project choices, the fluidity of the tasks in each selection that made the material relevant to most any grade/topic, and the easy-to-follow format that allowed me to incorporate the performance based tasks immediately. I will definitely be utilizing Todd Stanley's text again in my classroom.” --Jennifer Wirtz, MiddleWeb

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Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

“[T]he problem-based learning projects will help children achieve higher levels of thinking skills and develop projects that relate to 21st Century skills. Projects are aligned with Common Core Standards and Next Generation Standards. The book is designed for use in grades three to five but could be adapted for middle school science classrooms.” --Ruth Ruud, NSTA Recommends

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Where K-12 instruction once centered on content and memorization, today’s educators want, most of all, to teach their students to think critically and perceptively. What better way than with project-based learning (PBL)? Author Todd Stanley provides a teacher-friendly, step-by-step approach to implementing PBL, showing readers how to:

Use project and classroom management skills to create a positive, productive learning environment

Develop curriculum around ten different project types

Link projects with today’s standards

Teach students how to effectively collaborate and bring out the best in each other

"This book presents a well-organized framework for the educator interested in creating opportunities for students to learn successful skills for the future. It is a complete guide for philosophy, planning, implementation, and assessing the 21st century classroom." -- Avis Canty-Duck, Teacher

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Performance-based assessments allow classroom teachers an alternative to traditional multiple-choice tests. We often use fill-in-the bubble assessments in education to determine the readiness of students. However, in the 21st-century workplace, these types of tests fail to truly prepare students. How many times in the real world are we called upon to take a multiple-choice test? In the real world, we are called upon to prove our merit through performance-based assessments, displaying our 21st-century skills. We should be preparing students for this in the classroom. Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills makes the argument that teachers should use performance-based assessments in the classroom. It guides the educator step by step to show how he or she can create performance-based assessments for students, including what they look like, teaching students how to create them, setting the proper classroom environment, and how to evaluate them.

“There are many different ways to assess knowledge today aside from just taking a test. 'Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills' is a great tool for teaching skills useful today and tomorrow. Covering everything from public speaking to portfolios to Internet scavenger hunts, Stanley offers a detailed explanation of each activity as well as a thoughtful list of pros and cons. The book also contains a wonderful section on how to create rubrics for the activities as well as examples. The reproducible section alone is worth the price of the book. A definite must for any teacher.” -- Mandy Marie, Teacher