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Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.


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Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.

30 review for The Art And Science Of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework For Effective Instruction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    While this book is heavy on "impressive" statistics that are supposed to wow the reader, the ideas and framework questions Marzano presents in this professional development book are not very new ideas. I would recommend this to new teachers and veteran teachers who are burned out and need a fresh perspective to help their students learn effectively. While this book is heavy on "impressive" statistics that are supposed to wow the reader, the ideas and framework questions Marzano presents in this professional development book are not very new ideas. I would recommend this to new teachers and veteran teachers who are burned out and need a fresh perspective to help their students learn effectively.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    If I were an administrator who never taught, this would be incredibly helpful; if I were a first or second year teacher, it would be incredibly helpful. However, really all I got out of it were a couple of reminders. Not altogether bad. I'm just not in a place in my career where this was useful. Definitely useful for the aforementioned professionals. If I were an administrator who never taught, this would be incredibly helpful; if I were a first or second year teacher, it would be incredibly helpful. However, really all I got out of it were a couple of reminders. Not altogether bad. I'm just not in a place in my career where this was useful. Definitely useful for the aforementioned professionals.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    So so book. Some good ideas but not enough geared towards k-2 or even K-5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josh Aronovitch

    Not impressed. Most of the points made are common sense dressed up in the jargon of the day. I am skeptical of a book that relies on research linking various differences in teaching to "student achievement" without digging deeper into how we measure student achievement. All these correlations depend on the reliability of our measurements of student achievement, and I don't think we are good enough at testing what really matters to unquestioningly assume these measures are valid. Overall, disappo Not impressed. Most of the points made are common sense dressed up in the jargon of the day. I am skeptical of a book that relies on research linking various differences in teaching to "student achievement" without digging deeper into how we measure student achievement. All these correlations depend on the reliability of our measurements of student achievement, and I don't think we are good enough at testing what really matters to unquestioningly assume these measures are valid. Overall, disappointed, and a bit more worried than I was before that our school district is using the Marzano model to evaluate our teachers...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Klaiber

    I've read two other books written by Marzano, and this book blends the research of many studies with practical application very well. I've been teaching for more than 20 years, and I found this book challenging me to switch up a few things. I highly recommend it to any teacher. In fact, I'm thinking of having the Algebra 1 teacher cohort in my department read it together and discuss at monthly meetings. I've read two other books written by Marzano, and this book blends the research of many studies with practical application very well. I've been teaching for more than 20 years, and I found this book challenging me to switch up a few things. I highly recommend it to any teacher. In fact, I'm thinking of having the Algebra 1 teacher cohort in my department read it together and discuss at monthly meetings.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    The information's good....but what gets me is that it is other places and has been all along. I prefer Harry Wong's The First Days of School....which gets it right AND trusts that the teacher knows best. Sigh....those were the good days. Marzano's sudden popularity seems like one more stripe in the road to a national curriculum and merit pay. The information's good....but what gets me is that it is other places and has been all along. I prefer Harry Wong's The First Days of School....which gets it right AND trusts that the teacher knows best. Sigh....those were the good days. Marzano's sudden popularity seems like one more stripe in the road to a national curriculum and merit pay.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Loveless

    The Art and Science of Teaching is not a page turner; the subtitle, "A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction" should have given that away. The book is intended to be a meta-analysis of factors that make up good teaching. It is factual, comprehensive, and filled with citations of educational research. However the style of writing is dry. Also, in many cases the book says things that are obvious to the point that they don't need to be said. For instance few teachers need to be told tha The Art and Science of Teaching is not a page turner; the subtitle, "A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction" should have given that away. The book is intended to be a meta-analysis of factors that make up good teaching. It is factual, comprehensive, and filled with citations of educational research. However the style of writing is dry. Also, in many cases the book says things that are obvious to the point that they don't need to be said. For instance few teachers need to be told that rules and procedures should be established at the beginning of the year. Overall the level of advice is general and lacking in adequate details. For instance, readers are told that establishing positive relationships with students is important, but the suggestions include greeting students at the door and engaging in friendly banter. The book outlines the major considerations that need to be addressed by teachers, and those new to the profession might find it most helpful. Experienced teachers will find a few things to think about, but it will have limited benefit for them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Huizing

    The leadership team read this at school and there are great strategies that could work. However, as with all things in education, we will need to see if our learning environment and the dynamic of each classes and our stakeholders will be enhanced by some of these new methods. We are piloting some of the feedback methods this year.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    Marzano answers ten key pedagogical questions thoroughly, but the book reads like a research paper with many distracting citations. I prefer Fred Jones’s presentation, “Tools for Teaching.” It’s more entertaining. My understanding is that Marzano’s recent edition (2018?) is more palatable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pete Jurchen

    This is a fantastic synthesis of the best of Marzano's other research works. I plan on keeping this handy as a reference for best practice in curriculum design. Highest recommendation. This is a fantastic synthesis of the best of Marzano's other research works. I plan on keeping this handy as a reference for best practice in curriculum design. Highest recommendation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vance J.

    Heavily sourced, I thought this a good primer on teaching. Reminded me of several things to check on in my own practice this upcoming school year.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Useful methods and strategies to use in a classroom. Not thrilling

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Clifford

    Extremely useful resource for all teachers. Will definitely be coming back to read and refresh certain ideas mentioned in this text in the future and especially before interviews too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marcie Marzullo-Bertelsman

    Too much theory, not enough practical.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Seth the Zest

    Dry but useful for teachers. I think the chapters on behavioral management are well-intended but wouldn't work in a great many school districts. Dry but useful for teachers. I think the chapters on behavioral management are well-intended but wouldn't work in a great many school districts.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    Simply a collection of educational best practices.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steve D

    Overall, I think this book is helpful, but I did have a couple problems with Marzano's The Art and Science of Teaching. First, as I read through the various strategies, and especially the forced sample student-teacher conversations that went along with them, I got the impression that the book was directed towards teachers within more prestigious school districts. Some of the strategies are universal, but I question the effectiveness of other strategies in a district with real problems. Second, I Overall, I think this book is helpful, but I did have a couple problems with Marzano's The Art and Science of Teaching. First, as I read through the various strategies, and especially the forced sample student-teacher conversations that went along with them, I got the impression that the book was directed towards teachers within more prestigious school districts. Some of the strategies are universal, but I question the effectiveness of other strategies in a district with real problems. Second, I found the reading, especially the Research and Theory segments of each chapter, to be a bit dry. That doesn't make it a bad book, but there's nothing in there that's really going to grab your attention. If you're having a hard time getting through it, just jump to the Action Steps section of each chapter, which will provide you with specific strategies. On the positive side, I will say that Marzano, in detailing his ten design questions, brings forth several strategies that I will certainly try in the classroom. In particular, I like his focus on establishing rules and procedures (and the rewards/consequences that go along with them), engaging students in various activities on a daily basis, and establishing strong teacher-student relationships. At the end of the book, Chapter 10 - What will I do to develop effective lessons organized into a cohesive unit? - offers an excellent summation of the previous nine chapters. It also gives specific components that a teacher should incorporate into each lesson in order to make it effective. Overall, I would certainly recommend this book to teachers who want to help their students achieve at a higher level.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Marzano does a good job here, as he has before, of synthesizing the research and making it understandable and applicable. I read this with an inward eye, assessing my own classroom behaviors and procedures. I would like to spend time talking to colleagues about these questions and how they play out in our practice.I was interested to see him spend time and space discussing the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships. Not necessarily close 'friendly' relationships, but positive, Marzano does a good job here, as he has before, of synthesizing the research and making it understandable and applicable. I read this with an inward eye, assessing my own classroom behaviors and procedures. I would like to spend time talking to colleagues about these questions and how they play out in our practice.I was interested to see him spend time and space discussing the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships. Not necessarily close 'friendly' relationships, but positive, professional ones. Ones focused on teaching and learning, on goals and expectations. LOTS of stickies peppered throughout, and I think I'll make a copy of the Questions for Daily Reflection to keep on my desk...along with my National Board Standards...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather Obartuck

    The county I teach in evaluates instructional coaches and teachers with standards based on Marzano's books. I must admit, when I first read his book, I found myself having to refocus and reread constantly - it just did not hold my interest! After rereading and discussing with my PLC, I began to take more of an interest, especially the chapters on creating effective rubrics and rethinking how homework is assigned and graded. Overall, I would recommend this as a book study for any school looking f The county I teach in evaluates instructional coaches and teachers with standards based on Marzano's books. I must admit, when I first read his book, I found myself having to refocus and reread constantly - it just did not hold my interest! After rereading and discussing with my PLC, I began to take more of an interest, especially the chapters on creating effective rubrics and rethinking how homework is assigned and graded. Overall, I would recommend this as a book study for any school looking for ways to raise rigor effectively in their school.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Huelsenbeck

    This is a good book about teaching. But, you know what? There are millions of good books about teaching. I read this book because in our school district we teachers are being evaluated on the basis of how well we follow this particular recipe for teaching. I find it frustrating, because I know in a few years we will be required to change the way we teach again to fit whatever new fashion our legislators and administrators become enthralled with. I wish teachers were allowed to self-correct based This is a good book about teaching. But, you know what? There are millions of good books about teaching. I read this book because in our school district we teachers are being evaluated on the basis of how well we follow this particular recipe for teaching. I find it frustrating, because I know in a few years we will be required to change the way we teach again to fit whatever new fashion our legislators and administrators become enthralled with. I wish teachers were allowed to self-correct based on what works with their students rather than be forced to line up our little ducks just so.

  21. 4 out of 5

    J & J

    It has been some time now since I read this book (as well as a second Marzano book) and what I've found is that much of what's stated and/or demonstrated in these books is very much based upon the reader or evaluator's interpretation, not necessarily Marzano's intended outcome. In addition, I am yet to find any worthiness in most of his evaluation premises, although, I do find his data compelling and logical. It's unfortunate that in some schools, his general/basic ideals are twisted and then us It has been some time now since I read this book (as well as a second Marzano book) and what I've found is that much of what's stated and/or demonstrated in these books is very much based upon the reader or evaluator's interpretation, not necessarily Marzano's intended outcome. In addition, I am yet to find any worthiness in most of his evaluation premises, although, I do find his data compelling and logical. It's unfortunate that in some schools, his general/basic ideals are twisted and then used in ways unintended therefore causing vast confusion amongst teachers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Excellent chapter in here about homework. Every teacher should read and reassess homework. This is the text Palm Beach County gave the principals and sent them to a workshop. Teachers' evaluations will be based on his research. I read it, not chapter by chapter, it is kinda dry. I was able to compare what I was doing that was effective. Definitely the chapter on homework is worth reading and sharing with school. I photocopied it. Excellent chapter in here about homework. Every teacher should read and reassess homework. This is the text Palm Beach County gave the principals and sent them to a workshop. Teachers' evaluations will be based on his research. I read it, not chapter by chapter, it is kinda dry. I was able to compare what I was doing that was effective. Definitely the chapter on homework is worth reading and sharing with school. I photocopied it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This books is a great read for teachers especially those who reside in an area in which teachers are to be evaluated using the Marzano Domains. I found this book to be quite informative even though I do believe most teachers do implement some of these strategies into their own classroom. The book is also beneficial to read especially if you are a beginning teacher like I am. Knowing the lingo will really put a feather in your cap when speaking to other teachers and of course administration.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book is full of research results that support many things I do in the classroom. I also now have a new bucket of tools to incorporate into my lessons. Sometimes I do things and didn't really now why or have a purpose, this text helped me by giving great daily reflection questions to make each part of my lessons meaningful/purposeful. I like the idea of giving parents guidelines for homework. I want to try interactive homework this year! This book is full of research results that support many things I do in the classroom. I also now have a new bucket of tools to incorporate into my lessons. Sometimes I do things and didn't really now why or have a purpose, this text helped me by giving great daily reflection questions to make each part of my lessons meaningful/purposeful. I like the idea of giving parents guidelines for homework. I want to try interactive homework this year!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Mary

    This book would probably be good for a more seasoned teacher than I am. I read this as a first year teacher but I was still trying to get my classroom management under control before I was ready to delve into the logistics of comprehensive effective instruction. I think that once you are comfortable in the classroom you can perfect your art of teaching but with the first year you are trying to float instead of sink.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nass

    I'm trying to grow up and read more professional books. Marzano is a name that gets thrown around quite a bit at my school, and I saw this book at Borders, so I thought, why not? What else am I doing? It was a good read--a reminder of a lot of the basic tenants we are taught in undergrad. There were a few gems that I pulled out and hope to be cognizant of when the students come back! I'm trying to grow up and read more professional books. Marzano is a name that gets thrown around quite a bit at my school, and I saw this book at Borders, so I thought, why not? What else am I doing? It was a good read--a reminder of a lot of the basic tenants we are taught in undergrad. There were a few gems that I pulled out and hope to be cognizant of when the students come back!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Duda

    Good research-especially on the usefulness of homework and its impact on younger vs. older kids and the use of cooperative groups. Some great ideas too for teachers to use more student self-monitoring to measure progress. I took off one star because the math involved with the graphs was not very user friendly or understandable. I know I'm an English teacher but gee-whiz! Good research-especially on the usefulness of homework and its impact on younger vs. older kids and the use of cooperative groups. Some great ideas too for teachers to use more student self-monitoring to measure progress. I took off one star because the math involved with the graphs was not very user friendly or understandable. I know I'm an English teacher but gee-whiz!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Candace Wegner

    I read this in chunks as needed and view it more as a resource tool. I strongly recommend, too, taking the class with Robert Marzano. He really helped clarify everything and gave suggestions on how one might adapt it to a specific school. I walked away feeling empowered to design an instructional model for our school. Highly recommend this resource.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I find the title of this book misleading as the "art" of teaching is not chapters upon chapters of nonsense statistical data. You can have all of the data in the world about your students and still not be an effective teacher. I guess I am "old school" in a way of thinking do what's right for kids. I don't need a book to tell me that. I find the title of this book misleading as the "art" of teaching is not chapters upon chapters of nonsense statistical data. You can have all of the data in the world about your students and still not be an effective teacher. I guess I am "old school" in a way of thinking do what's right for kids. I don't need a book to tell me that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Well, this book is definitely for a new teacher or a teacher who has not read any research in the last 20 years and needs to recharge and get into the 21st century mode of teaching. The book is good, it is not for experienced teachers who read current educational books and journals. I see this as a college text, possibly.

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