Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4758-2066-9 • Paperback • August 2015 • $23.00 • (£17.99)
978-1-4758-2067-6 • eBook • August 2015 • $21.50 • (£16.99)
John Jensen is a clinical psychologist licensed in Alaska. He has been investigating child motivation and learning since 1971.
1. The hole we were in.
2. How the problem arose.
3. How Common Core solved the problem.
4. The objections to Common Core.
5. How standards create a problem.
6. The clue from your use of paper.
7. How the response addresses the problem.
8. Why students retain so little.
9. How a simple idea can matter.
10. An effective solution.
11. How you can apply the solution.
12. How you can help students assimilate knowledge.
13. How teachers may handle levels of ability.
14. What it means to learn a whole subject.
15. How you can help students be creative.
16. How this approach remedies the Learn and Lose System dominating U.S. education.
17. How you can motivate students to cooperate.
18. How to include parents.
19. How students can perform publicly.
20. How to meet required testing.
21. How to test exactly what students know.
22. How testing can energize students.
23. How quickly you can make these changes.
24. The core of Common Core.
This key resource shows teachers how to thrive in the bipolar world of successful-for-life students and the Common Core. It’s a great read.
— Eric Jensen, PhD, author of “Teaching with the Brain in Mind”, “SuperTeaching” and many others
A much needed contribution to the debate over Common Core and the role of standardized testing as a tool for improving learning. He nails it time after time and even has some ideas for what else could have been--and still could be. Hurrah.
— Deborah Meier, MacArthur Award-winning founder of the Central Park East Schools in New York and the Mission Hill School in Boston
The current educational train wreck that is the Common Core State Standards has as its fundamental flaw an almost complete lack of science underpinning its design and its foundational policies. Instead, the creators of the Common Core built their edifice upon a combination of unicorn dreams and rainbows, pretty to look at but lacking in substance. In this volume author John Jensen posits another basic flaw in the Common Core, a lack of understanding in how learning becomes permanent in a student. Modern American public education practices the Learn and Lose It System, says Jensen, which the Common Core does nothing to remedy. Instead, Jensen argues that we need to instead create a learn it & retain it set of teaching principles in our classrooms, and he succinctly lays out just such a system of teaching precepts revolving around student motivation, how to discover student knowledge without resorting to soul-crushing high stakes tests and a universally effective learning method that any teacher can implement in his or her classroom. Being a long-time classroom teacher with a vast amount of classroom experience Jensen can talk the talk around these issues because he has walked the walk throughout his career. This is in stark contrast to the Common Corers, who only know how to talk. This short volume needs to be required reading for any classroom school teacher who wishes to mitigate the destructive impact the Common Core is having in American education. And I would recommend that the creators and proponents of the Common Core State Standards be required to read it, too, and then have to take and pass a high stakes test on its content. Then maybe some of the vast silliness surrounding the Common Core would be put to rest.
— Richard Ham, third grade public school teacher, Seattle, Washington
John Jensen’s prescription for how American students can be brought to fuller engagement, effort, mastery, and retention deserves a far broader audience than the title Rethinking Common Core will draw. Yes, the Common Core flaw that Jensen identifies is real, and the “missing piece” he proposes is so intuitively convincing (and at almost no cost!) that I marveled that I hadn’t thought of it myself. It’s intuitively convincing because it resonates with a feature of the American mindset – the drive to perform masterfully before an audience and be applauded – that one can readily observe in any school playground. Jensen’s insights would be penetrating and applicable even if Common Core did not exist.Every thought-leader committed to the improvement of education in the U.S. would do well to read this book.
— Cornelius N. Grove
Looking at my own deep learning, it has always involved my own writing out and summarizing of the ideas. My best learning has involved explaining the concepts to others. Together, the writing and the explaining form the center of this approach.
— Francis Kisner, math and physics teacher
John Jensen points out many key ideas about learning in his new book Rethinking Common Core. I especially liked when he mentioned that the teacher has to convey meaning and reaffirm the context. Jensen discusses concepts that help make sure genuine learning takes place.
— James Sangiorgio, Business and Paralegal Law Professor
The surprisingly broad and continuing discussions about the Common Core Standards are a bit surreal, suggesting that the main issue is getting agreement on what kids should know. This book takes a very different perspective by emphasizing that getting kids to know the things described in the Common Core is a much bigger issue than just declaring what the goals might be. This refreshing view should in fact be central to all of the discussions if we are to improve our schools John Jensen's crisp and astute writing touches on a wide range of important but under-discussed topics. This book not only recognizes that it is the lasting knowledge of students that will have long run impacts on our Nation but also tries to describe answers.
— Eric A. Hanushek, Stanford University, author of "Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School."
Jensen's Rethinking Common Core: The Missing Piece Sabotaging Its Success puts teachers squarely in the camp of ensuring learning, objective knowledge acquisition, and its most critical component, retention by students of all abilities. Whether it is Common Core or learning under any other label, Jensen's model of Teaching-Writing-Boundary Key Points-Deepening for retaining crucial knowledge produces among the largest effect sizes in learning research. Moving from the self-system to the meta-cognitive system where student writing stimulates the reticular activating system (RAS) in the brain awakening the cerebral cortex, and finally to the cognitive-system, students learn to link key information to other ideas and prior learning. The result is increased meaning, understanding, and retention. Reciting their developed knowledge to a peer, to the class, and finally before parents, students receive important affirmation for their hard work in increasing their knowledge base. Teachers will thank Jensen for his well-articulated help with a missing component of Common Core and current education.
— Deann Nelson, EdD, educational psychologist and education activist
As a classroom teacher, I experienced, firsthand, the frustration and struggle most students face with the current conditions of Common Core. Having taught several grades of general education students and special education students through the years, the definitive statement in your writing is this...."One can understand only what one can remember".
The pacing of Common Core instruction and curriculum leaves little time for retentive learning. This book will be an asset to administrators and teachers, with practical solutions that change the focus away from standards and goals that produce mediocrity, thereby enhancing the learning experience for each student, within their developmental possibilities.
— Roberta Star Schryver, M.S.Ed., Education Specialist