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Teaching Beyond the Test: Differentiated Project-Based Learning in a Standards-Based Age

Phil Schlemmer, Dori Schlemmer
Free Spirit Publishing
240 pages. $34.95.

This classroom guide for grades six and up helps teachers balance “meaningful, student-centered education and the realities of modern U.S. schools.” To help youths apply knowledge and skills to lifelong learning and employment, the authors advocate “structured freedom,” allowing “a diverse group of students to achieve similar results while following separate paths” to produce individual or team projects.

Three ready-to-use projects, such as a Candidates’ Debate and a Math Investment Plan, are offered in each discipline: English/language arts, math, science and social studies. The guide includes reproducible pages, assessment rubrics, content standards, planning charts and other rich materials. Four projects appear only on the enclosed CD-ROM. Both inexperienced and veteran teachers will find all the tools they need to master this enlightened method. (800) 735-7323, http://www.freespirit.com.

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