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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books,U.S. (30 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325005966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325005966
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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High expectations play a central role in encouraging student achievement, argues Massachusetts public school teacher and education consultant Berger. He describes his work with students and schoolteachers and compares it to carpentry, where craftsmanship is valued as part of the culture. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emma Hearn on 29 Nov 2013
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A thoroughly inspirational read. If all educators could work in this way our young people would be desperate to go to school and we would really be creating independent, creative and dynamic citizens of the future. Read it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Jackson on 3 Aug 2011
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It is difficult to overstate the potential significance of this little book to the education of young people. It represents a paradigm-shift in terms of beliefs and practices about what can be achieved in terms of quality of work by all students. Its alluring charm is its simplicity and self-evident authenticity; its warmth and generosity; its conviction and passion for student success. Having visited schools in the states that have modelled their practices on Ron Berger's approaches, I have seen levels of student engagement, achievement and self-esteem beyond anything I thought possible in mainstream schooling systems. Those involved in running our schools should take note; those who work in them, who really care about students, should devour this book.
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This is a bible to teachers wanting to introduce enquiry type learning into their school. It does not have the methods but is heavy on the culture and inspiration of why enquiry is so powerful. When I question whether what I am delivering in my D&T lessons is fit for modern society, I come back to this book and find myself looking for more ways to work with children collaboratively and enable them to strive for excellence in all that they do.
I would recommend this book to classroom teachers, subject leaders, curriculum designers, head teachers and parents who want to know why spending more time with their children over the weekend learning how everything 'is', is so rewarding.
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This book kept me up until 1am on a school night, and when I woke up I was so reinvigorated by the ideas and honesty in the book that I felt like I had slept for my 8 healthy hours!

Ron Berger is a teacher, and is talking about 1st hand experience and a lifetime of commitment to the ideas, which have been tried tested and shown to work in the best way.

For all those who have a hangover from reading about lovely theories on education with no practical purpose, this is the Alka-Seltzer.

I have shared this with colleagues, changed the way I talk to classes, changed the curriculum models for our assessment procedures and taken whole year groups out of the normal timetable to work through some of these ideas.

I plan on re-reading it soon!
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Written by a teacher who genuinely loves what he does and has a passion for quality work. I wish I read this book 7 years ago at the start of my career. However, it has given my values of eduction and teaching a reboot. Ron Berger and project based learning has reinvigorated by passion for teaching and my role as a designer of excellent learning through authentic student projects. I'm @travelgeordie on twitter.
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