I recently read The New Art and Science of Teaching: More Than Fifty New Instructional Strategies for Student Success by Robert J. Marzano (2017).
RJM has been an influential researcher and thought-leader for decades in the arena of teaching and learning. In this book, which he describes as a manifesto, he synthesizes his previous work/writings into a superb compendium of effective teaching strategies.
He concludes the book with eight recommendations for substantive change in the interest of making a better learning experience for students. Those eight recommendations follow.
Recommendation 1: Create a
system that ensures teacher development.
Recommendation 2: Focus on unit
planning as opposed to lesson planning.
Recommendation 3: Use blended
Recommendation 4: Ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum
involving cognitive and metacognitive skills.
Recommendation 5: Rely on
Recommendation 6: Change report cards.
Recommendation 7: Adjust scheduling to address the differential effectiveness of teachers.
8: Gradually move to a competency-based system.
Sure wished I'd have had such a guide when I started my teaching career in 1980.