The Art and Science of Lesson Design: Practical Approaches to Boosting Cognitive Rigor in the Classroom (Hardback)
  • The Art and Science of Lesson Design: Practical Approaches to Boosting Cognitive Rigor in the Classroom (Hardback)

The Art and Science of Lesson Design: Practical Approaches to Boosting Cognitive Rigor in the Classroom (Hardback)

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Hardback 158 Pages / Published: 11/01/2020
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The Cognitive Rigor Matrix superposes two of the most common tools used in K-12 education: Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge. This matrix has been adopted by numerous state departments of education and national organizations to evaluate the rigor of educational materials. The matrix also offers a powerful ability to help teachers plan and carry out standards-based lessons that best support student learning. This book provides a systematic means of leveraging the Rigor Cube to develop rigorous, standards-based lesson plans. The approach employed in this book includes the development of culminating activities for students to demonstrate their learning, identification of standards-based lesson content, selection of potentially effective instructional methods, and student questioning strategies. Special methods for supporting students who are deficient in their background knowledge without undermining the rigor of lessons are also included. Sample lessons are included that illustrate every step of the lesson planning process from start to finish. These sample lesson plans address state content standards related to the Common Core State Standards (both math and English language arts), Next Generation Science Standards, career-technical education standards, and art.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475854428
Number of pages: 158
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 229 x 159 x 16 mm

A decade after John and I co-authored an article about cognitive rigor, many teachers still struggle with how to design curriculum and assessments that are less about difficulty and more about complexity. Dr. Walkup's use of the 'Rigor Cube' offers a new perspective to teachers in lesson plan development.--Karin Hess, EdD, internationally recognized leader in curricular rigor and assessment
Dr. Walkup has provided educators with a trifecta in his book, The Art and Science of Lesson Design. He lays out the what, the why, and the how of creating lessons that are engaging, relevant, and rigorous for students. He meticulously walks readers through every aspect of the planning process providing examples as quality models. Walkup brings the cognitive rigor matrix to instructional life.--Connie Hamilton, EdS, author, Hacking Questions; co-author, Hacking Homework; K-12 curriculum director, Saranac Community Schools; education consultant
No matter what pedagogical preferences a teacher may have, Dr. Walkup's Rigor Cube helps determine how to fit the content and goals with the appropriate teaching strategy. His subtle humor, practicality, and humility bridge the gulf between teaching philosophy warriors. This standards-based lesson planning guide is a must-have for both pre-service and veteran educators.--Lane Walker, EdD, NBCT teacher, high school mathematics
The Art and Science of Lesson Design cuts through the noise typically associated with many books on education and lays out a clear, thorough, well-researched path to designing rigorous lessons. As a teacher in a competitive college preparatory school, I have used Dr. Walkup's guide to plan, deliver, and assess high quality lessons that both stimulated and challenged my students. This book should be required reading in every teacher preparation program and it should be on the shelf of every educator.--Matthew Ryan, high school English teacher

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