Dr. Robert “Bob” Marzano

I was priviledged enough to be invited to TWO days of the very insightful, Dr. Robert Marzano.  It was a keynote format, which was kind of nice.  It meant I got to sit back and enjoy the expertise of Dr. Marzano for two days straight.

A lot was covered in this conference, but things of exceptional note include:

1) Abandoning the arbitrary 100-point scale.  Instead of randomly assigning values to questions (which also changes from teacher-to-teacher, thus abandoning all hope of PLC’s having a common base), we should look at creating scoring rubrics that focus on determining whether or not students met the learning goals, or even surpassed them.

2) Collegiality.  Being able to ask and answer the tough questions.  Knowing that the reason we’re all in this is to heighten student achievement, not stroke our own egos with our “perfect” lessons.  Continually asking ourselves the 10 questions from The Art and Science of Teaching, to make sure that we’re creating effective lessons with objectives, engagement activities, and rigorous content.

3) Lesson Segments.  Lessons are split into segments, not a running checklist for all times of the day.  As long as you make sure your segments include what they need for any given lesson (based on its type), then you’re on your way to creating an effective environment for kids.

There’s a lot more to be learned from this man (as evidenced by the attendance, and breadth of books available by him), but those are the main points I really took to heart.

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One Response

  1. Just wanted to let you know that we’re starting a blog series at ASCD’s blog (www.ascd.org/blog), where a classroom teacher will give her chapter-by-chapter analysis of using Marzano’s Art & Science of Teaching in the classroom. Each post will also feature a reply from Dr. Marzano. Check out the first posts–
    http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2009/01/art-science-part-1.html

    http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2009/01/marzano-responds-art-science-part-1.html

    Check back at the end of every month (except June & July), for the latest installment in this series.

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