R. Marzano et al, What Works in Classroom Instruction

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This is an examination of a range of activities that have ‘a strong influence on student achievement’.  These activities are:

  • Identifying similarities and differences
  • Summarising and note taking
  • Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
  • Homework and practice
  • Nonlinguistic representations
  • Co-operative learning
  • Setting goals and providing feedback
  • Generating and testing hypotheses
  • Activating prior knowledge

There is a chapter on each of the above, and every chapter conclusions with a clear and concise briefing on the relevant research in that area.  Most of the chapters start with a written snapshot of the technique in question being used in a lessons.  All the chapters contain myriad ‘illustrations’, detailed examples of exactly how the particular technique can be used in the classroom.  The illustrations are examples of tasks and worksheets and are drawn from a wide variety of subjects.  The range of illustrations provides plenty of inspiration – it would be easy to use them…

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