The following is an outline of several chapters in the forthcoming book, ROLE Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom. Don't miss the remaining chapters, when the book is released in early 2013.
Against Traditional Methods – A results-only learning system is one
that is in direct contrast to a traditional classroom. Learn how the teacher becomes a rebel in his students eyes, which creates automatic support and respect for the results-only
classroom from Day one of the school year.
3. Letting Go of
Homework, Worksheets – A ROLE is about results. It is taking a learning
objective and using a variety of methods to demonstrate meeting the
objective. Gone are traditional in-class worksheets, homework and
grades. This chapter demonstrates how
the results-only system works, complete with project examples,
activities and evaluation. Also, the chapter proposes a homework
challenge that will encourage any teacher to rethink the usefulness of homework.
6. The Evolution of Evaluation – This
chapter presents a Feedback Toolkit, which is filled with web-based
assessment tools and other types of formative assessment. Each tool is
explained and real-class examples are provided.
Stakes Testing: No problem – One of the best aspects of a ROLE is that
not only do students learn more than they ever have in a traditional
classroom, they also pass standardized tests at a much higher rate than
their traditional class peers. See how the author’s test scores
skyrocket over a two-year period, even though he never teaches to the
test, like his traditional colleagues do. Also, learn how minority
students in a ROLE outscore minority students in the traditional
classroom by substantial margins.
9. Who Needs Discipline? Throw out Rules
and Consequences – A results-only classroom is a community of learners.
The intrinsic motivation that grows in students throughout the year
creates an environment of mutual respect and trust. The Do’s and Don’t’s
of a traditional classroom and the carrots and sticks that accompany
them are not necessary in a ROLE. This communal environment and how to
facilitate it are carefully examined in this chapter. Creating this
no-nonsense, discard-the-rules classroom is clearly illustrated in this
chapter, along with a snapshot view of how to incorporate this
problem-free atmosphere into any classroom.
Don't miss ROLE Reversal: Achieving
Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, due in early 2013 by ASCD, the world's top educational leadership organization