The author, Mike Schomer, in his book "Results Now: How can We Achieve Unprecedented Improvement in Teaching and Learning" reveals that there is a yawning gap between the most well-known and incontestably essential practices and reality of most classrooms.
This provocative book provides two core
arguments as put forward by Schomer. First, the nature of classroom processes
influences learning outcomes, and secondly, despite best intentions the most of
classroom practices and their quality is doubtful due to teachers' inadequate
development and capacity building in consonance with the new developments and
research in the area of pedagogy, as I gathered after reading the book.
For improving classroom instruction, the
author advocates the action research technique of lesson studies for
school-based professional growth of teachers. For this, the school leaders need
to create teams of teachers to meet regularly to create and refine teaching
units and lessons until they maximise students' learning outcomes.
Another good suggestion made by the author
of the book published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
(ASCD) is that frequent 'lesson fairs' should be held for demonstration of good
teaching sessions and learning material.
book also contains some good case studies and research evidences to emphasise
equity and quality in classroom processes. It is a book worth reading for