Students should read things in class and then write about them with teacher supervision. He points to several examples of teachers and schools who have improved significantly by simply working harder on reading and writing. The common sense approach to helping the students seems to be what Schmoker recommends. I found Schmoker to be very persuasive in recommending that this would help to strengthen teaching and deepen learning in our schools. First, Schmoker clearly was an English teacher, and the recommendations he makes apply far more meaningfully to humanities classes than to all other disciplines. My high school kept trying to implement the ideas of Results Now across the board, and it caused a lot of needless trouble for the math and music departments, for instance. I dont think that Schmokers recommendations that students read and write a lot are equally applicable for all disciplines in a school.
Regarding the section "Redefining Leadership: The Power of Simplicity and Economy" ends, the first step in doing so is to put administrators in front of a classroom on a regular basis to do what they're asking of us as teachers. Having found the time, how will this redefine leadership? When a principal walks in the shoes of a teacher, he gains the teacher's trust and respect. This will promote trust between teachers and their principals. But not all administrators are like the ones I work with.
Four years into my career as an elementary school teacher, I already have been amazed by the number of education fads that have come and gone. Mike Schmoker in Results Now lays out a plan of action that goes against what is so often taught in teacher and administrator preparation programs and what is in practice in most schools and districts across America.
I deeply appreciate the approach that Schmoker takes in suggesting that the primary work and responsibility of carrying out the vision of equality and civil rights that is the bedrock of the "America" we all want to believe in falls to educators.
I am involved in public education as a middle school principal.
If you want the short and sweet here it is: small school perspective, cross discipline tiered planning, principals who share time in the classroom, and do everything Harry Wang said in his book.
In the introduction Schmoker states "most, though not all-insruction is mediocre or worse (Goodlad and Sizer 2002.)Then he states he dedicates this book to the "hard, often heroic work done by many teachers and administrators, for their candor and courgae.
The ideas in this book align with best practices in literacy education, but these perspectives are given from Schmoker's experience as a school administrator.