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Purposeful Classroom, The

  • Title:The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind
  • Author:Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher
  • Publication Date:2011
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781416613145
  • Publisher:ASCD

One of the best ways to make sure the spirit of accountability is reflected in your teaching practice is to make sure everything you do in the classroom relates to a specific learning outcome. ASCD best-selling authors Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey explain exactly how to do that and take you through all the steps of making sure every lesson plan has high expectations and a clear purpose for learning. Discover how purposeful learning engages your students more meaningfully and increases their understanding of subject matter. And learn how to embed purpose into every aspect of your instructional plans by

  • Writing well-crafted purpose statements that advance a learning agenda for every student.
  • Making sure that the purpose of a lesson is connected to a theme, problem, project, or question that is meaningful and interesting to students.
  • Involving students in understanding and "owning" the purpose of a lesson.

To help you put the power of purposeful learning into practice right away, the authors equip you with lots of specific tools and strategies that work in every grade and subject, including

  • Tasks, assignments, and activities that directly reflect the purpose of a lesson.
  • Written, non-written, and digital ways for students to demonstrate the purpose of lessons in classroom assessments.
  • Clear, specific indicators of your success.
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Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design, as well as books, such as Creating Literacy-rich Schools for Adolescents (with Gay Ivey), Checking for Understanding (with Nancy Frey), Better Learning Through Structured Teaching (with Nancy Frey) and Content-area Conversations (with Carol Rothenberg), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Nancy Frey) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Nancy Frey, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has co-authored several books on literacy such as Teaching Visual Literacy and Checking for Understanding (with Douglas Fisher), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Doug Fisher) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Dou Fisher, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).


She was a co-recipient (with Doug Fisher) of NCTE’s 2004 Kate and Paul Farmer award for outstanding writing for their article, “Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and The Internet In an Urban High School,” published in The English Journal. She teaches a variety of courses in elementary and secondary literacy in content area instruction and supporting students with diverse learning needs.

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