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.


Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. He has published numerous articles on improving student achievement.

Nancy Frey is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University. Frey also teaches classes at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Early Career Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has published many articles and books on literacy and instruction.

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