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Why Tools?

At Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press, our goal has always been to help teachers bring the best practices into their classrooms. This goal is founded on a recognition that too often goes unstated: teaching is hard work. That’s why we’ve spent the past forty years working with educators to turn the best educational research into practical techniques that are easy to implement in the classroom. We call these techniques tools because they’re designed to make the hard work of teaching easier and more effective.

The use of these proven, teacher-friendly tools will unquestionably engage learners while enhancing the quality of classroom assessment practices.

Jay McTighe
Co-author of the Understanding by Design Series

This amazing, extensive, and well-researched collection of instructional tools should be in every teacher’s professional library.

Arthur L. Costa, EdD
Professor Emeritus, California State University

This book is packed with powerful, easy-to-use tools. Anyone who wants to improve teaching—teacher, coach, administrator, anyone—will find it incredibly useful.

Jim Knight
Author of The Impact Cycle and Better Conversations

Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works

Tools For a Successful the School Year

Tools for Thoughtful Assessment

Tools for Conquering the Common Core

Math Tools,
Grades 3–12

Tools for Promoting Active, In-Depth Learning