Put Thinking to the Test

How can teachers use the comprehension strategies put forward in books like Strategies That Work and Mosaic of Thought to help students become not just better readers and thinkers but also better test takers? The four authors of Put Thinking to the Test have spent years pursuing that question and have developed a groundbreaking approach, as their colleague Ellin Oliver Keene writes in the foreword to the book:

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How can teachers use the comprehension strategies put forward in books like Strategies That Work and Mosaic of Thought to help students become not just better readers and thinkers but also better test takers? The four authors of Put Thinking to the Test have spent years pursuing that question and have developed a groundbreaking approach, as their colleague Ellin Oliver Keene writes in the foreword to the book:
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About the Author(s)

Lori has twenty four years of elementary classroom and staff development experience behind her. She is currently the senior director of professional development for the Public Education and Business Coalition in Denver.

Missy Matthews received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Utah and her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Cheryl began her teaching career at the age of seven in the basement of her childhood home. "I did a fantastic job of educating the baby dolls seated quietly on the couch. I've always loved kids and that love of kids propelled me into a teaching career," she says.

Patrick is the youngest of ten children--five boys and five girls. "My parents were wonderful role models of literacy and learning, hard work, and humility," he says. His mother was a cook and owned a restaurant, and his father, a bricklayer by trade, helped run the restaurant and served as a "night cop" in their hometown.

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Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
About Our Book
SECTION ONE: Wondering About Tests
Introduction
Chapter 1: Coming to Know Standardized Tests: Walking in Our Students' Shoes
Chapter 2: Tests as a Genre: What Makes Standardized Tests Unique
Chapter 3: Increasing Student Stamina: The Role of Workshop Structures in Becoming Successful Test Takers
SECTION TWO: Thinking About Tests
Introduction: Applying Proficient Reader Research to Test Taking
Chapter 4: Ask Questions
Chapter 5: Create Mental Images
Chapter 6: Draw Inferences
Chapter 7: Synthesize New Learning and Ideas
Chapter 8: Activate, Utilize, and Build Background Knowledge (Schema)
Chapter 9: Determine the Most Important Ideas and Themes
Chapter 10: Monitor for Meaning and Problem-Solve When Meaning Breaks Down
SECTION THREE: Still Learning About Tests
Introduction
Chapter 11: Q and A -- Weaving Thinking Together with Testing
Chapter 12: Integrity: It's All About Being True to Ourselves and Our Profession
References

Product Details

Grade Range: 3-8
Media: 184 pp/paper
Year: 2008
Item No: 0731Item No: 0878Item No: B731
ISBN: 978-157110-731-2ISBN: 978-157110-878-4ISBN: 978-15711B-731-2

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