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Working on the Work: An Action Plan for Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents, 1st Edition ePub download

by Phillip C. Schlechty

  • Author: Phillip C. Schlechty
  • ISBN: 0787961655
  • ISBN13: 978-0787961657
  • ePub: 1937 kb | FB2: 1546 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Schools & Teaching
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 29, 2002)
  • Pages: 160
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 356
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Working on the Work provides an instructional model for teachers to use in devising their curricula. Schlechty takes everything he knows about education, places it in a user-friendly format, and delivers it to the schoolhouse. The Indianapolis Star, August 6, 2003). This book is such a valuable tool that I plan to discuss it, line by line, with my teachers. Judy Love, principal, Hayden Elementary School, Hayden, Indiana. Any teacher who is interested in providing an authentically engaging classroom should embrace and utilize Phil Schlechty's WOW philosophy. Maverick educator Phillip Schlechty believes that the key to improving education is to improve the quality of this student work.

Schlechty center on engagement In E. Andrew & D. Carol (Ed., Hand book of competence and motivation. Workaholic and work engaged employees: Dead ringers or worlds apart?

Schlechty center on engagement. Retrieved from 15798 Schmakel, P. (2008). Early adolescents’ perspectives on motivation and achievement in academics. Urban Education, 43, 723-749. Shernoff, D. Csikszentmihalyi, . Schneider, . & Shernoff, E. S. (2003). In E. USA: The Guilford Press. Tadich, . Deed, . Campbell, . & Prain, V. (2007). Workaholic and work engaged employees: Dead ringers or worlds apart?. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 16 (4), Vialle, . Lysaght, . & Verenikina, I. (2005). Psychology for educators.

He calls this "Working the Work" (WOW), and he′s developed a framework that allows educators to put the WOW principles into practice.

Maverick educator Phillip Schlechty. Working on the Work is an essential book for educators. It is logical, straight-forward, and comprehensive

Maverick educator Phillip Schlechty. It is logical, straight-forward, and comprehensive. It starts from a broad philosophical base but discusses practical hands on ideas.

This book, which is a companion to the books, "Shaking up the Schoolhouse" and "Inventing Better Schools," presents the Working on the Work (WOW) framework for improving student performance by. .

This book, which is a companion to the books, "Shaking up the Schoolhouse" and "Inventing Better Schools," presents the Working on the Work (WOW) framework for improving student performance by improving the quality of schoolwork. Schlechty, Phillip C.

Working on the Work: An Action Plan for Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents (Jossey Bass .

By Phillip C. Schlechty. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove Working on the Work from your list? Excerpts. In Shaking Up the Schoolhouse (Schlechty, 2000), I distinguish among five types of responses students might make to any school task (see Figure . ): Authentic engagement.

Is the work you give students engaging--enabling them to learn what they need to learn in order to succeed in the world? Maverick educator Phillip Schlechty believes that the key to improving education is to improve the quality of this student work. He calls this "Working the Work" (WOW), and he's developed a framework that allows educators to put the WOW principles into practice. Beginning with 12 essential components of a WOW school, Schlechty suggests ways to improve the quality of content, organization of knowledge, measurement of achievement, nurturance of creativity, and novelty and variety of tasks. In addition, you'll get: * Practical guidelines for re-designing classroom activity so that more students are highly engaged in schoolwork * Clear and compelling standards for assessing student work You'll also make clear connections between what students are doing and what they are expected to produce as you gain insight into the roles of teachers, principals, and superintendents--and, how they individually and collectively play a part in the WOW process.
Qane
Revolutionary. In a simple, practical format, Phillip Schlechty sums up a lifetime educational research and reform. He has written dozens of books, but this one focuses on one simple concept: the importance of providing meaningful, engaging work for students.

Most reform efforts focus on the students. Do things to make them learn more. More measuring. More assessment. More direct instruction. Some reforms focus on the teachers. More accountability. More measurement. More in-service. Few reforms focus on what matters most--the work. When the goal becomes improving the work provided to students, a shift occurs. Professional development becomes meaningful. Real collaboration occurs, and as a result, the quality of work provided to students increases. Everyone become engaged. Motivation soars.

I've been around education enough and have seen enough success and failure stories to realize that the primary drivers of success are motivation and opportunity. Unfortunately, we spend most of our time focusing on secondary drivers: ability and skills--and most people believe you can't do much about ability, so that leaves us with skills. Though skills are important, I do not believe they make or break ultimate success. That's why I like this book so much.

This book emphasizes the importance and central role of student engagement--which leads to motivation--and broadcasts the message loud and clear that teachers can and should control the level of student engagement occurring in their classrooms by the quality and kind of work they provide. Brilliant stuff.

There are many great quotes throughout this book, but my favorite is found on page 85 when Schlechty describes the kind of leaders our schools need..."superintendents who are prepared to lead school reform rather than simply endorse it. It requires principals who are prepared to assume responsibility for developing teachers rather than simply supervising them. It requires teachers who are flexible and creative rather than rigid and pedantic. It requires faith in the proposition that all students can learn and will learn at high levels if they are provided with schoolwork that is responsive to their personal needs, values, and interest."

A must read for anyone thinking beyond the most recent educational fad and is concerned about long term improvement and reform.
Fiarynara
Got it.. Thanks.
Hamrl
Working On the Work is truly an action plan for teachers, principals, and superintendents. Useful information provided in book.
Book arrived within a few days of being ordered in very good condition. Working on the Work: An Action Plan for Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents (Jossey Bass Education Series)
Xtreem
Book in fair condition.
Lcena
Good book
Delalbine
This book takes the most basic teaching principles and turns them into something of a project. The focus seems to me process not product--more of a top down approach in a roundabout way. I agree with the other criticisms that this offers little in the way of new and exciting ideas yet screams of educational lingo in an almost College of Education type of style. Most good educators strive everyday to be more innovative, creative and seek to develop a love for life-long learning in students. Why else would we be in the field? I am not sure that I needed to read this book to remind myself of that when I have 130 students to remind me of my purpose everyday. The reader that said that administrators love this and teachers hate it hit the nail on the head.
ALAN
This book is a complete waste of time... but not money. It's made PLENTY of that for Schlechty, whom I consider little more than a snake-oil salesman. I have this book--it is unbelievable that people would actually PAY for such a waste. Bear in mind that its author, who is going to tell teachers HOW they should teach, hasn't spent so much as a single semester IN the trenches actually teaching grade-school children. Nope, he establishes an institute, hitchhikes on all the $$$ to be made from the so-called 'professional development' scam, and offers us things that when reviewed in retrospect would make any half-decent educator say... 'Well DUH!'. All this thing does is repackage the concept that kids need to be motivated -- another 'DUH' moment. If you really NEED this book, it is my opinion that you're either not a professional school teacher, or not a very good one because it is so full of nebulous, and yet obvious common sense ideas. Oh, they give it nice catchy names and terms, and Dr. Schlechty has made quite a comfortable living telling people how to do what he has never done as a career, and school systems that are obsessive about PR moments lap up his Kool-Aid like thirsty camels. They even ADMIT in the book that its actual results are pretty much NOT empirical--(translated: you won't be able to measure the impact of the program--that's not a program)...directly from the text: "NO systematic research program has been directed at assessing the impact of WOW on improving schools. The primary reason this is so is that WOW is NOT a program. It is a system of thought and a way of life"... (gag!)

How's that for insulating yourself from any potential negatives? Schlechty asserts that the book is primarily aimed at principals and superintendents--why? Because they can IMPOSE this nonsense on teachers on a system-wide basis. And they do, much to his doubtless fattening bank account. I wonder if he's had any of his minions purchase it so they can 'review' it for the benefit of upping the ratings? I know of NO teacher who buys this as anything other than what it is--repackaged, then regurgitated basics.

Finally, he also asserts the three things that can be done to improve schools/education are to "work on the students, work on the teachers, or work on the work WOW !!!!" Funny, I thought a LOT of what happens to these kids originates at HOME, and yet there is no suggestion whatsoever about working on the "parents". Nope it's all about being "engaging" the latest buzzword for simple motivation. Yes he gives all the nice sounding rhetoric, and renames umpteen basic ideas of good common-sense classroom techniques; but to even suggest this is new is tantamount to claiming Brand X cleans your laundry better than brand Y when all Brand X has done was use exactly the same formula and ingredients... but simply repackaged the contents and put a different name on it. That, in essence, is all WOW is about. As someone else has suggested, if you're already a decent teacher--don't waste your time. If you're an administrator looking to look good for the public... buy it in massive quantities, shove it down your already overworked teacher's throats and spend lots of money convincing a gullible public that you've really made strides in improving... on the wheel!
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