Moving Beyond the Textbook
EDUC 316 - 9/18/12
How often are textbooks used as the sole means of instruction?
Unfortunately, some studies indicate that as much as 95 percent of classroom instruction and 90 percent of homework assignments for elementary students are based on textbook materials (Sosniak & Perlman, 1990).
Why Textbooks Cannot Stand Alone (pg. 167)
- Relying on textbooks as the sole material for your instruction contributes to your students' view that education is disjointed, abbreviated, and often unorganized.
- Textbooks do provide students with condensed information about topics. However, the information is just an overview.
- Students typically have a difficult time "connecting" to the material.
- Common Core vs. Textbooks? Link to Article
- Textbooks are often written in vague / hard to understand language.
- Most of the time, textbooks do not who the connection to other subject areas.
Other Resources to Strengthen Textbook Instruction
- other texts
- primary sources
- classroom discussion
- readers theater
- small group
- hands-on activities
The basic premise is...levels of understanding are increased when students see material repeatedly in different forms...
Richardson, J. S., Morgan, R. F., & Fleener, C. E. (2008). Reading to learn in the content areas . Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.