I love this book. Love it. Mike Schmoker, a long advocate of using data to guide instruction, brings so many of his ideas together here. He has written a simple and direct book that basically says we just need to do two things well: Check for understanding and Promote excellent reading and writing skills.
- “Much of good education consists, as it always has, of a simple combination of one or more good texts matched with an interesting question.”
- If we could institute only one change to make students more college ready, it should be to increase the amount and quality of writing students are expected to produce.”
- “The Impact of Formative Assessment and effective Checking for Understanding is:
- 20 to 30 times as much positive impact on learning than the most popular current initiatives
- About 10 times as cost-effective as reducing class size
- Would add between 6 and 9 months of additional learning growth per year
- Accounts for as much as 400% “speed of learning differences” (4x as fast)”
- “Simply asking, ‘Does anyone have any questions?’ does not work.”
I liked this so much that I made a presentation to the MBUSD Board of Trustees on March 30, 2011. You can see that PowerPoint here.