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Teach Smart

11 Learner-Centered Strategies That Ensure Student Success, 1st Edition

By P J Caposey, Todd Whitaker


128 pages

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Paperback: 9781596672499
pub: 2013-07-29
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pub: 2015-08-27
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pub: 2013-12-17
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Transform your classroom from teacher-centered to learner-centered! This book shows you how with eleven easy-to-implement strategies you can use immediately to put students at the center! Get your students geared up for success and high achievement with great ideas for

  • providing a roadmap;
  • giving the work back;
  • differentiating daily instruction;
  • communicating for your audience, not to your audience;
  • giving students choices;
  • planning intentional engagement;
  • asking better questions, and so much more!

For each strategy, you get a clear example of what it looks like in action, as well as a breakdown of how to make it work in your classroom!



"This is an excellent book for administrators to aid them in picturing what they would see in a learner-centered classroom as well as to give them focus areas for professional development activities. This book will also help instructional coaches working with teachers to help them implement those strategies. The straightforward voice of this book appeals to me, as we are working to help teachers understand we aren’t making much progress by doing what we’ve always done, and what we’ve always done (with the best of intention) is not necessarily what’s best for kids. As I read, I could … feel the authors’ passion for their work."

—Susan Gorman, Director of School Improvement, Osawatomie Schools, Osawatomie, KS

"This is a good purchase for both teachers and administrators. There are lots of great examples that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. It is also a good book for administrators for two reasons. One: it provides a resource to help teachers who are struggling or looking for ways to increase student engagement. Two: it provides great "look fors" when observing classrooms and teachers. The examples are current and very user friendly. They are broken down into very manageable chunks that can be utilized by teachers immediately. While there may be other books out there with the same intent, I would recommend this one to teachers and administrators."

Dr. David S. Ellena, Ed.D., Principal, Tomahawk Creek Middle School, VA

"This book hit the nail on the head. It is very relevant to today’s teaching and would be a great mentor resource. Our new evaluation is based on student-led classrooms, so this book would be very beneficial for teachers to read and utilize. This book totally correlates with our FEAPS (Florida Educator Accomplished Practices) and the Appraisal system we developed. I especially liked the questioning chapter. It cleared up some misconceptions that take place when asking questions."

Peggy Yelverton, Resource Teacher, Brevard County Induction Program/Alternative Certification Program, FL

Table of Contents


Strategy 1: Begin on Day One

Strategy 2: Communicate for Your Audience

Strategy 3: Provide a Roadmap

Strategy 4: Give the Work Back

Strategy 5: Differentiate Daily

Strategy 6: Give Students the Right to Choose

Strategy 7: Student-First Homework

Strategy 8: Questioning for Kids

Strategy 9: Intentional Engagement

Strategy 10: Connection, Not Compliance: Kid-Centered Classroom Management

Strategy 11: Seek Feedback

About the Originator


PJ Caposey

Oregon, Illinois, United States

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