Module 2.0: The Art and Science of Teaching

The Art and Science of Teaching

The Art and Science of Teaching was a book written by Robert Marzano that created a comprehensive framework for effective instruction. Using years of research and data, Marzano was able to create a framework that describes empirically specific areas of the instructional environment that are most effective to impact student learning.  The book is structured through a series of questions that teachers and instructional leaders should ask as they plan their instruction. Dr. Marzano refers to specific instructional techniques that are necessary for effective instruction.

Prior to the Art and Science of Teaching was a book called, Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, which listed and defined what we now call the “Marzano Nine”. Nine instructional strategies, listed in order of significant impact, that teachers and campus leaders should use to measure and promote effective instruction.

We use the Art and Science of Teaching book in this course for instructional leaders to use as they evaluate instruction on their campus.  The questions listed for each chapter are a model for improving instruction and driving conversations on student achievement, data, planning, curriculum, and classroom management.

Learn more about The Art and Science of Teaching from Dr. Marzano.
Video:  The Art and Science of Teaching

Review the textbook paying close attention to the questions that Marzano poses in his framework.  Refer to the picture at the top of this page. Don’t get bogged down too much in the research or statistics that are cited in the book.  Instead, take note of the strategies and the fundamental questions that Marzano uses to develop this effective framework.

Course Materials:
Video:  Marzano’s Nine Strategies of Effective Instruction: Introduction
Video:  Marzano Strategies: The First Three
Video:  Marzano Strategies: The Second Three
Video:  Marzano Strategies: The Third Three

Assignments:
After you review the 10 questions posed in the framework, choose 2 questions that you believe are essential for instructional leaders to use as they develop the instructional model and strategy for their campus. Write a 800 word essay that illustrates your position. Use the textbook, videos, and Internet resources to support your position. Upload your essay to Blackboard under Model 2.

References:

Marzano, R.J. (2007). The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction. Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Marzano, R.J., Pickering, D.J., & Pollock, J.E. (2000). Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Acheivement. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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