Now Online: So What Do They Really Know?

June 29th, 2011

“My hope is that teachers will recognize that many of the tools they already use, when given a slight tweak, can serve as powerful assessments that will inform instruction and improve achievement.”

How are students progressing?
What do they need next?
How do I plan my instruction to get students to the next level?

These are the core questions that Cris Tovani asks when assessing students. Her new book So What Do They Really Know? shows teachers how to expand their definition of assessment and make it a powerful part of everyday instruction.

Drawing on her roots as an elementary teacher, Cris explains how she adapted the workshop model to the realities of secondary school—multiple classrooms full of skeptical, struggling adolescent readers and writers. Throughout the book, she shares real student responses to surveys and conversations, a play-by-play description of her English class block, and sample lessons that vividly demonstrate successful practices.

Readers will discover how to:

  • use formative assessments to differentiate instruction;
  • maximize student work time and immediately assess student learning within the workshop model;
  • get trustworthy data from annotations—the most important assessment tool for reading;
  • give students timely and useful feedback;
  • assign grades that accurately reflect what students learn and what teachers value.

So What Do They Really Know? will start shipping in mid-July. You can pre-order and preview the entire book now!

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  • 1. Pat Johnson  |  June 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Can’t wait to read this one. I love everything Cris writes. I know her new one will be fabulous as well!

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