1st Edition

Creating a Classroom Culture That Supports the Common Core
Teaching Questioning, Conversation Techniques, and Other Essential Skills

ISBN 9780415732307
Published December 4, 2013 by Routledge
108 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Is your classroom culture conducive to the expectations of the Common Core? Teaching content is not enough; students need a classroom structure and atmosphere that will help them learn key academic skills. This practical book will show you how to transform your classroom culture, raise the level of rigor, encourage higher-level questioning and critical thinking, and promote academic discussions. You will also find out how to adjust your classroom management techniques so that students learn to regulate themselves while completing these higher-level tasks.

Special Features in Each Chapter:

  • Key Idea—a summary of the essential idea that will be addressed in the chapter
  • Practical strategies—a variety of easy-to-implement ideas that you can try right away
  • Connections to the Common Core State Standards—how the skills taught in this book will help students meet the standards
  • Reflection Questions—thoughtful questions that will help teachers apply their learning to their own classrooms. These questions can be answered independently or used in book study groups.
  • Extend Your Knowledge—creative ideas for extending your knowledge beyond the ideas in this book

Table of Contents

  1. Creating a Classroom Culture that Supports the Common Core
  2. Managing Behavior in the Common Core Classroom
  3. Rigor in the Common Core Classroom
  4. Questioning in the Common Core Classroom
  5. Critical Thinking in the Common Core Classroom
  6. Academic Conversations in the Common Core Classroom

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Bryan Harris, Ed.D is Director of Professional Development and Public Relations for the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Arizona. He is a national speaker and consultant on the topics of student engagement, classroom management, motivation, and brain-based learning.


"In fewer than 100 pages a teacher can learn a little more about building culture and teaching essential skills that support the Common Core...This book is a strong read for teachers who are looking for easy-to-implement ideas to strengthen student learning."

--Lena Welch, Middleweb