Identifying Critical Content

Identifying Critical Content

Classroom Techniques to Help Students Know What is Important

Deana Senn, Amber Rutherford, Robert J. Marzano

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Provides explicit steps for teaching students to identify critical content.

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2014 Finalist, USA Best Book Awards

Do your students know which content is most important to learn? Academic standards call for increased rigor, but simply raising complexity is not enough. Students must also take responsibility for their own learning. They need to be able to determine which content is critical, why it is important, how it connects to their existing knowledge, and when it will inform their future learning. Based on the earlier work of Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Identifying Critical Content: Classroom Strategies to Help Students Know What is Important explores explicit techniques for mastering a crucial strategy of instructional practice: teaching students the skill of identifying critical content. It includes:
  • Explicit steps for implementation
  • Recommendations for monitoring if students are able to identify critical content
  • Adaptations for students who struggle, have special needs, or excel in learning
  • Examples and non-examples from classroom practice
  • Common mistakes and ways to avoid them
The Essentials for Achieving Rigor series of instructional guides helps educators become highly skilled at implementing, monitoring, and adapting instruction. Put it to practical use immediately, adopting day-to-day examples as models for application in your own classroom.
Product Code: BPP140001
ISBN: 9781941112007 | 06/01/14
Publisher: LSI


Identifying Critical Content grabs your attention and holds it because the ‘examples’ and ‘nonexamples’ ring so true to me as a lifelong practitioner. I can hear and see my colleagues and myself in the narrative.”

—Maryann Woods-Murphy, 2009 New Jersey Teacher of the Year

“I knew just a few pages in . . . exactly how I could use its content to grow in my profession. I learned a great deal about effective delivery of critical content, am now able to better identify potential mistakes, and have a new toolkit full of monitoring strategies.”

—Tiffany Richard, 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year

“As I read Identifying Critical Content, I reflected on my own stories and practice and was able to make real connections. Afterward, I was able to walk away with a solid understanding of the topic and techniques I could use immediately and ideas on how to monitor those techniques. As a charter school designer and soon to be leader, I will use this with my faculty and individual teachers.”

—Jessica Waters, 2013 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

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