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Developing Expert Learners
A Roadmap for Growing Confident and Competent Students

Foreword by James Nottingham, Afterword by Shirley Clarke



April 2019 | 264 pages | Corwin

“As educators, we are challenged to prepare our students for college and career readiness as they go into the real world. Developing Expert Learners addresses the intentional moves of the teacher to prepare students for challenging work at their level of learning, resulting in students reaching their fullest potential as experts in their own learning.”

Elizabeth Alvarez, Chief of Schools
Chicago Public Schools

Finally— a roadmap for growing students’ confidence and competence in learning.

We strive to empower our students to lead their own inquiry, discover knowledge, and construct approaches to solving real-life challenges. Often, though, we make the mistake of designing learning experiences that burden students with the unrealistic expectation of expertise that hasn’t yet been developed. The solution: proper scaffolding for surface, deep, and transfer learning. 

Building upon the groundwork from Michael McDowell’s book Rigorous PBL by Design, this new resource provides practices that strategically support students as they move from novices to experts in core academics. You’ll learn high-impact strategies that ensure students develop ownership and confidence in their learning, plus essential tools to build your own efficacy and support your colleagues in building collective expertise. Chock full of mission-critical guidance, this book 

  • Provides an actionable framework for developing student expertise
  • Offers practical strategies, tools, and routines for creating a culture that cultivates expertise and builds student efficacy
  • Gives a simple, effective unit and lesson template that clarifies the steps students must take to build, deepen, and apply core content knowledge and skills
  • Ensures your students’ progress in their learning through a process for selecting instructional, feedback, and learning strategies 
  • Includes strategies for improving your professional expertise individually and collectively
 
Foreword - James Nottingham
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1 Guiding Actions for Expertise and Efficacy
The 5C Guiding Actions for Developing Student Expertise  
Putting Principles of Expertise into Practice Successfully  
 
Chapter 2 Conditions for Impact: Cultivate a Culture of Impact through Efficacy
Culture of Learning  
Recurring Problems  
Defining Efficacy  
Evidence of Efficacy  
Teaching Strategies to Develop Student Efficacy  
 
Chapter 3 Planning for Impact
Focused Design  
Unit Planning: 5 Step Process  
Planning Process  
 
Chapter 4 Teaching for Impact: Developing Expertise
Illuminating the Hidden Lives of Learners  
Establishing Routines  
Expertise-Based Routines  
Sequencing Developing Expertise Routines  
 
Chapter 5 Collective Efficacy: Developing Efficacy and Expertise as Professionals
Creating a process for collective learning through teaming  
Designing core tasks for teams to impact learning  
Core tasks  
Structuring the methods for discussing, debating, and designing next steps  
 
Conclusion
 
Afterword – Shirley Clarke
 
References
 
Appendix
Conditions for Impact Resources  
Planning for Impact Resources  
Teaching for Impact Resources  
Collective Efficacy: Developing Efficacy and Expertise as Professionals  

"Teaching for transfer"  - imparting knowledge and skill in a way that makes them really useful, and not just fodder for exams and tests - is the Holy Grail of education. This book is a wonderfully practical guide to how to do it in any classroom.

Guy Claxton, Author of The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves

As educators, we are challenged in preparing our students for college and career readiness as they go into the real world. Developing Student Expertise addresses the intentional moves of the teacher to prepare students for challenging work at their level of learning, resulting in students reaching their fullest potential as expertise in their own learning.

Elizabeth Alvarez, Chief of Schools, Chicago Public Schools

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