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Less Is More in Elementary School
Strategies for Thriving in a High-Stakes Environment

ISBN 9781138022317
Published October 28, 2014 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

In this era of rigorous standards, testing, and overcrowded curricula, many teachers are left wondering how they’re ever going to cover the material. Less Is More in Elementary School offers realistic solutions by providing ways teachers can streamline their curriculum, get the most out of assessment, communicate with families, and engage students in their own learning. This much-needed book will help you meet the demands of the Common Core more efficiently and effectively.

You’ll learn how to…

  • integrate the curriculum so that you can take time to slow down and explore topics in depth;
  • help students become critical readers, problem solvers, collaborators, and communicators;
  • make students more engaged, reflective, and self-regulating;
  • get the most out of assessment during this era of high-stakes testing;
  • maintain high expectations for all students but modify instruction to ensure all students progress;
  • communicate more effectively with families to build trust during a time of change and high-stakes assessments; and
  • overcome obstacles, such as the emphasis on testing, the need for more technology, and finding teacher collaboration time.

Each chapter is filled with practical strategies that you can implement immediately, as well as suggested resources for learning more about a particular topic.

Table of Contents


Meet the Authors

Chapter 1: Less Is More

Chapter 2: Cutting, Combining, and Slowing Down

Chapter 3: Critical Readers and Researchers

Chapter 4: Problem Solvers and Decision Makers

Chapter 5: Effective Communicators

Chapter 6: Engaged Learners

Chapter 7: Collaborators

Chapter 8: Getting the Most Out of Assessment

Chapter 9: Differentiation

Chapter 10: Supporting Teachers Doing Less

Chapter 11: Families, Communities, and Schools Working Together

Chapter 12: Overcoming Obstacles

Chapter 13: Ten Keys to Less Is More

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Renee Rubin is an educational consultant specializing in literacy, ELLs, and family engagement. Previously, she taught elementary schools for 11 years and taught pre-service and in-service teachers at the University of Texas at Brownsville for 13 years.

Michelle H. Abrego is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville in the educational leadership program where she prepares principals and superintendents.

John A. Sutterby is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the area of early childhood education.


"There is a growing need for a book like this one as teachers and administrators search for concrete information, research, and ideas on how to meet the Common Core learning standards in their states in a comprehensive, thoughtful manner. The authors' thoughts, ideas, writings, and clear examples will help educators to move forward in a sound, effective, and inspiring fashion."

--Gregory J. Bartlett, Assistant Superintendent, Brunswick School Department, Brunswick, Maine

"Less Is More is just what a stressed out teacher needs to bring clarity to the task of creating a cohesive instructional plan to meet the demands of any educational system. The authors have targeted proven research strategies and clearly outline how these strategies can create efficiencies that support deeper learning."

--Teresa Tulipana, Principal of Renner Elementary School, Missouri