Prepare educators to tackle rigorous standards with renewed confidence and enthusiasm. This book is a pathway to student-centered classrooms. Teaching becomes easier and much more enjoyable as students take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. The book includes a resources section with the SOAR (Students’ Opportunities for Achieving Rigor) Rubric, a companion tool to standards-based lesson plans. The rubric drills down the differences between traditional (old economy), student-centered, and real-world applied (new economy) techniques for gathering student evidence. Teaching becomes easier and much more enjoyable as students take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. This engaging story will help educators and learners soar higher and farther than they ever imagined.
Product Code: BPP160004
ISBN: 9781943920037 | 05/17/16
“Michael Toth uses the art of storytelling to provide a compelling narrative for essential changes that we need to see when it comes to instructional design. His SOAR Rubric will assist all educators in adequately addressing the challenges that new standards represent while helping them transform instruction to better meet the needs of our learners.”
—Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
“Who Moved My Standards? reminds us that learning should be about igniting the imagination, building a community, and reaching out and within to reach new heights. Bravo! A fun and challenging read that has much to teach us about where we are today in education!”
—Casey Reason, PhD, Professor, University of Toledo
“The final thoughts about ‘teacher over-support’ really stood out to me. Our students work for the rubric checklist instead of learning how to learn. I heard this as a theme throughout the book, and I totally agree with Toth that students need to take responsibility for their own learning. This is a great quick-but-powerful read. I can’t wait to share it with the schools I work with!”
—Meg Ormiston, Education Author and Consultant, CEO of Techteachers.com
Who Moved My Standards? by Michael Toth offers a delightful parable that embraces educational change as an opportunity to develop and enhance learner skills. The blue jays and the squirrels soar as they collaboratively solve a real world problem. Analogously speaking, we need to set the stage for our students to creatively research, analyze and synthesize their skill sets to achieve successes with the standards- and ultimately admire life. As Toth astutely states, students also need to SOAR in a changing world. This tale values the joy and creativity of learning that is sparked by challenge. Good is just that; learners deserve better! Kudos to Toth who invites us to view the sky as the limit!
―Toby J. Karten, Director of Tamka Educational Products, LLC