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The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers

Jennifer Serravallo - 2017
    Now, in The Writing Strategies Book, Jen Serravallo does the same, collecting 300 of the most effective strategies to share with writers, and grouping them beneath 10 crucial goals.You can think of the goals as the what, writes Jen, and the strategies as the how. From composing with pictures all the way to conventions and beyond, you'll have just-right teaching, just in time. With Jen's help you'll:develop individual goals for every writer give students step-by-step strategies for writing with skill and craft coach writers using prompts aligned to a strategy present mentor texts that support a genre and strategy adjust instruction to meet individual needs with Jen's Teaching Tips demonstrate and explain a writing move with her Lesson Language learn more with Hat Tips to the work of influential teacher-authors. She even offers suggestions for stocking your writing center, planning units of study, celebrating student writing, and keeping records.Whether you use Writing Workshop, 6+1 Traits, Daily 5's Work on Writing, a scripted writing program, the writing exercises in your basal, or any other approach, you'll discover a treasure chest of ways to work with whole classes, small groups, or individual writers.I am convinced that helping kids to articulate clear goals for their work, writes Jen Serravallo, and supporting them with strategies and feedback to accomplish those goals, makes a huge difference. With The Writing Strategies Book you can make that kind of difference with your writers every day.

Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child

Pernille Ripp - 2017
    You'll learn how to...Use your own reading identity to create powerful reading experiences for all studentsEmpower your students and their reading experience by focusing on your physical classroom environmentCreate and maintain an enticing, well-organized, easy-to-use classroom library;Build a learning community filled with choice and student ownership; andGuide students to further develop their own reading identity to cement them as life-long, invested readers.Throughout the book, Pernille opens up about her own trials and errors as a teacher and what she's learned along the way. She also shares a wide variety of practical tools that you can use in your own classroom, including a reader profile sheet, conferring sheet, classroom library letter to parents, and much more. These tools are available in the book and as eResources on our website ( help you build your own classroom of passionate readers.

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

G. Kylene Beers - 2017
    Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction.With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:--Create engagement and relevance--Encourage responsive and responsible reading--Deepen comprehension--Develop lifelong reading habits“We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be."

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Robert Probst - 2017
    Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction. With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:–Create engagement and relevance–Encourage responsive and responsible reading–Deepen comprehension–Develop lifelong reading habits“We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be." Includes online resource bank.

When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour

Paul Dix - 2017
    You can buy in the best behaviour tracking software, introduce 24/7 detentions or scream ‘NO EXCUSES’ as often as you want – but ultimately the solution lies with the behaviour of the adults. It is the only behaviour over which we have absolute control. Drawing on anecdotal case studies, scripted interventions and approaches which have been tried and tested in a range of contexts, from the most challenging urban comprehensives to the most privileged international schools, behaviour training expert and Pivotal Education director Paul Dix advocates an inclusive approach that is practical, transformative and rippling with respect for staff and learners. An approach in which behavioural expectations and boundaries are exemplified by people, not by a thousand rules that nobody can recall. When the Adults Change, Everything Changes illustrates how, with their traditional sanction- and exclusion-led methods, the ‘punishment brigade’ are losing the argument. It outlines how each school can build authentic practice on a stable platform, resulting in shifts in daily rules and routines, in how we deal with the angriest learners, in restorative practice and in how we appreciate positive behaviour. Each chapter is themed and concludes with three helpful checklists – Testing, Watch out for and Nuggets – designed to help you form your own behaviour blueprint. Throughout the book both class teachers and school leaders will find indispensable advice about how to involve all staff in developing a whole school ethos built on kindness, empathy and understanding. Suitable for all head teachers, school leaders, teachers, NQTs and classroom assistants – in any phase or context, including SEND and alternative provision settings – who are looking to upgrade their own classroom management or school behaviour plan. Contents include: Visible Consistency, Visible Kindness; The Counter-Intuitive Classroom; Deliberate Botheredness; Certainty in Adult Behaviour; Keystone Classroom Routines; Universal Microscripts: Flipping the Script; Punishment Addiction, Humiliation Hangover; Restore, Redraw, Repair; Some Children Follow Rules, Some Follow People; Your Behaviour Policy Sucks!; and The 30 Day Magic.

From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers

Stephanie Harvey - 2017
    Literacy specialists Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward demonstrate how to “table the labels” and use detailed formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that enable striving readers to do what they need above all - to find books they love and engage in voluminous reading. Loaded with ready-to-go lessons, routines, and “actions,” as well as the latest research, this book is a must for any teacher who strives to make every reader a thriving reader.

Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School

Carla Shalaby - 2017
    Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children—Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus—Troublemakers allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem.From Zora’s proud individuality to Marcus’s open willfulness, from Sean’s struggle with authority to Lucas’s tenacious imagination, comes profound insight—for educators and parents alike—into how schools engender, exclude, and then try to erase trouble, right along with the young people accused of making it. And although the harsh disciplining of adolescent behavior has been called out as part of a school-to-prison pipeline, the children we meet in these pages demonstrate how a child’s path to excessive punishment and exclusion in fact begins at a much younger age.Shalaby’s empathetic, discerning, and elegant prose gives us a deeply textured look at what noncompliance signals about the environments we require students to adapt to in our schools. Both urgent and timely, this paradigm-shifting book challenges our typical expectations for young children and with principled affection reveals how these demands—despite good intentions—work to undermine the pursuit of a free and just society.

The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades

Judith C. Hochman - 2017
    The Writing Revolution (TWR) provides a clear method of instruction that you can use no matter what subject or grade level you teach. The model, also known as The Hochman Method, has demonstrated, over and over, that it can turn weak writers into strong communicators by focusing on specific techniques that match their needs and by providing them with targeted feedback. Insurmountable as the challenges faced by many students may seem, TWR can make a dramatic difference. And the method does more than improve writing skills. It also helps: Boost reading comprehension Improve organizational and study skills Enhance speaking abilities Develop analytical capabilities TWR is as much a method of teaching content as it is a method of teaching writing. There's no separate writing block and no separate writing curriculum. Instead, teachers of all subjects adapt the TWR strategies and activities to their current curriculum and weave them into their content instruction. But perhaps what's most revolutionary about the TWR method is that it takes the mystery out of learning to write well. It breaks the writing process down into manageable chunks and then has students practice the chunks they need, repeatedly, while also learning content.

It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching

Tom Rademacher - 2017
    But first he had to write it. And as 2014’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Rademacher knows what he’s talking about. Less a how-to manual than a tribute to an impossible and impossibly rewarding profession, It Won’t Be Easy captures the experience of teaching in all its messy glory.The book follows a year of teaching, with each chapter tackling a different aspect of the job. Pulling no punches (and resisting no punch lines), he writes about establishing yourself in a new building; teaching meaningful classes, keeping students a priority; investigating how race, gender, and identity affect your work; and why it’s a good idea to keep an extra pair of pants at school. Along the way he answers the inevitable and the unanticipated questions, from what to do with Google to how to tell if you’re really a terrible teacher, to why “Keep your head down” might well be the worst advice for a new teacher.Though directed at prospective and newer teachers, It Won’t Be Easy is mercifully short on jargon and long on practical wisdom, accessible to anyone—teacher, student, parent, pundit—who is interested in a behind-the-curtain look at teaching and willing to understand that, while there are no simple answers, there is power in learning to ask the right questions.

Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff

Shelley Burgess - 2017
    You'll learn where to find the treasure that's already in your classrooms and schools--and how to bring out the very best in your educators.What does it take to be a PIRATE Leader?Passion--both professional and personalA willingness to Immerse yourself in your workGood Rapport with your staff, students and communityThe courage to Ask questions and Analyze what is and isn't workingThe determination to seek positive TransformationAnd the kind of Enthusiasm that gets others excited about educationThe ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.Are you ready to set sail?

When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behavior

Paul Dix - 2017
    It is the only behaviour over which we have enough control. Creating a seismic shift in behaviour across a school requires adult behaviour to be adjusted with absolute consistency. This creates a stable platform on which each school can build its authentic practice. It will result in shifts in daily routines, in how to deal with the angriest learners, in restorative practice and in how we appreciate exceptional behaviour. The book is peppered with case studies from schools across five continents, from the most challenging urban schools to the most privileged schools in the world. This is exceptional behaviour management and leading-edge practice. The approach is practical, transformative and rippling with respect for staff and learners.

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms

Tracy Zager - 2017
    Pose the same question to students and many will use words like "boring", "useless", and even "humiliating". In  Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had , author Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making math class more like mathematics. Tracy has spent years working with highly skilled math teachers in a diverse range of settings and grades. You'll find this book jam-packed with new ideas from these vibrant classrooms.  How to Teach Student-Centered Mathematics: Zager outlines a problem-solving approach to mathematics for elementary and middle school educators looking for new ways to inspire student learningBig Ideas, Practical Application: This math book contains dozens of practical and accessible teaching techniques that focus on fundamental math concepts, including strategies that simulate connection of big ideas; rich tasks that encourage students to wonder, generalize, hypothesize, and persevere; and routines to teach students how to collaborateKey Topics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers:  Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had  offers fresh perspectives on common challenges, from formative assessment to classroom management for elementary and middle school teachersAll teachers can move towards increasingly authentic and delightful mathematics teaching and learning. This important book helps develop instructional techniques that will make the math classes we teach so much better than the math classes we took.

Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5

Jeff Anderson - 2017
     Here, young, emergent writers are invited to notice the conventions of the English language and build off them in this inquiry-based approach to instructional grammar.The book comes with standards-aligned lessons that can be incorporated into basal texts in just 10 minutes a day. Patterns of Power’s responsive, invitational approach puts students in an involved role and has them explore and discuss the purpose and meaning of what they read. Students study short, authentic texts and are asked to share their findings out loud, engaging in rich conversations to make meaning. Inside you’ll find:Over 70 practical and ready-to-use lesson plan sets that include excerpts from authentic and diverse mentor texts curated for grades 1-5 and can be adapted over 5 grade levelsReal-life classroom examples, tips, and Power Notes gleaned from the authors’ experiences that can be applied to any level of writerResources, including a Patterns of Power Planning Guide and musical soundtracks, to use in classroom instruction or as handouts for student literacy notebooks  Patterns of Power provides a simple classroom routine that is structured in length and approach, but provides teachers flexibility in choosing the texts, allowing for numerous, diverse voices in the classroom. The practice helps students build cognitive recognition and provides a formative assessment for teachers on student progress. With these short lessons, students will gain confidence and move beyond limitation to produce effortless writing in your class and beyond.The Patterns of Power series also includes Patterns of Power: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 6-8, Patterns of Power en E spañol : Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish, Grades 1-5, and Patterns of Wonder: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language, PreK-1.

Shift This!: How to Implement Gradual Changes for MASSIVE Impact in Your Classroom

Joy Kirr - 2017
    (Just think about all those New Year’s resolutions that revert to status quo by January 5th!) But real change is possible, sustainable, and even easy when it happens little by little. In Shift This! educator and speaker Joy Kirr identifies how to make gradual shifts—in your thinking, teaching, and approach to classroom design—that will have a massive impact in your classroom. You’ll learn how to… Shift learning to make it authentic and student-led. Shift the classroom environment to make it a space in which students thrive. Shift conversations and classwork to get kids thinking rather than repeating. Shift away from homework and grades to keep the focus on learning. Shift the way you spend your time at school so you have more time to enjoy life at home. You can create the kind of classroom you’ve always dreamed of. Make the first shift today!

Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students

Norman Eng - 2017
    They aren’t engaged in class. Getting them to talk is like pulling teeth. Whatever the situation, your reality is not meeting your expectations. Change is needed. But who’s got the time? Or maybe you’re just starting out, and you want to get it right the first time. If so, Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students is the blueprint. Written for early career instructors, this easy-to-implement guide teaches you to: • Think like advertisers to understand your target audience—your students • Adopt the active learning approach of the best K-12 teachers • Write a syllabus that gets noticed and read • Develop lessons that stimulate deep engagement • Create slide presentations that students can digest • Get students to do the readings, participate more, and care about your course Secrets like “focusing on students, not content” and building a “customer” profile of the class will change the way you teach. The author, Dr. Norman Eng, argues that much of these approaches and techniques have been effectively used in marketing and K-12 education, two industries that could greatly improve how college instructors teach. Find out how to hack the world of college classrooms and have your course become the standard by which all other courses will be measured against. Whether you are an adjunct, a lecturer, an assistant professor, or even a graduate assistant, pedagogical success is within your grasp.

The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching

Jim Knight - 2017
    His well is deep; he draws from it the best tools from practitioners, the wisdom of experience, and research-based insights. And he never loses sight of the bigger picture: the point of all this is to have more impact in this life we're lucky enough to live." --MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, Author of The Coaching Habit "Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance. Jim Knight's work has helped me understand the details of how effective coaching can and should be done." --DR. ATUL GAWANDE, surgeon, public health researcher, and author of The Checklist Manifesto Identify . . . Learn . . . Improve When it comes to improving practice, few professional texts can rival the impact felt by Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching. For hundreds of thousands of educators, Jim bridged the long-standing divide between staff room and classroom offering up a much a more collaborative, respectful, and efficient PD model for achieving instructional excellence. Now, one decade of research and hundreds of in-services later, Jim takes that work a significant step further with The Impact Cycle an all-new instructional coaching cycle to help teachers and, in turn, their students improve in clear, measurable ways. Quintessential Jim, The Impact Cycle comes loaded with every possible tool to help you reach your coaching goals, starting with a comprehensive video program, robust checklists, and a model Instructional Playbook. Quickly, you'll learn how to Interact and dialogue with teachers as partners Guide teachers to identify emotionally compelling, measurable, and student-focused goals Set coaching goals, plan strategies, and monitor progress for optimal impact Use documentary-style video and text-based case studies as models to promote maximum teacher clarity and proactive problem solving Streamline teacher enrollment, data collection, and deep listening Jim writes, "When we grow, improve, and learn, when we strive to become a better version of ourselves, we tap into something deep in ourselves that craves that kind of growth." Read The Impact Cycle and soon you'll discover how you can continually refine your practice to help teachers and students realize their fullest potential. View Jim Knight's Impact Cycle video trailer:

The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator's Creative Breakthrough

Wade King - 2017
    If you are a high school teacher or a kindergarten teacher, the seven steps in The Wild Card will give you the knowledge and the confidence to bring creative teaching strategies into your classroom.You'll learn: Why the deck is not stacked against you, no matter what kind of hand you've been dealt Why you should never listen to the Joker How to identify the "Ace up your sleeve" and use it to create classroom magic How to apply the "Rules of Rigor" in order to fuse creativity with learning How to become the "Wild Card" that changes the game for your students

Because I Had a Teacher

Kobi Yamada - 2017
    A colorful celebration of teachers everywhere.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Tom MacRae - 2017
    Time to make your dreams come true.

Making Every English Lesson Count: Six principles to support great reading and writing (Making Every Lesson Count)

Andy Tharby - 2017
     Combining robust evidence from a range of fields with the practical wisdom of experienced, effective classroom teachers, this is a must-read for trainee and experienced teachers wishing to enhance their skills in teaching English.

Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

Diane Reay - 2017
    The book addresses the urgent question of why the working classes are still faring so much worse than the upper and middle classes in education, and vitally - what we can do to achieve a fairer system.

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

Eddie Moore - 2017
    In fact, they are all-too ordinary. If we are to succeed in positively shifting outcomes for Black boys and young men, we must first change the way school is "done." That's where the eight in ten teachers who are White women fit in . . . and this urgently needed resource is written specifically for them as a way to help them understand, respect and connect with all of their students. So much more than a call to call to action--but that, too!-- The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys brings together research, activities, personal stories, and video interviews to help us all embrace the deep realities and thrilling potential of this crucial American task. With Eddie, Ali, and Marguerite as your mentors, you will learn how to:Develop learning environments that help Black boys feel a sense of belonging, nurturance, challenge, and love at school Change school culture so that Black boys can show up in the wholeness of their selves Overcome your unconscious bias and forge authentic connections with your Black male students If you are a teacher who is afraid to talk about race, that's okay. Fear is a normal human emotion and racial competence is a skill that can be learned. We promise that reading this extraordinary guide will be a life-changing first step forward . . . for both you and the students you serve. About the Authors Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership, and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege, and leadership trainings/workshops. Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation's top motivational speakers and educators, especially for his work with students K-16. Dr. Moore is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference, one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership. Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry, and Education, winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice and sits on the editorial board of the journal, Whiteness and Education. Dr. Michael teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University. Dr. Marguerite W. Penick-Parks currently serves as Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Her work centers on issues of power, privilege, and oppression in relationship to issues of curriculum with a special emphasis on the incorporation of quality literature in K-12 classrooms. She appears in the movie, "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible," by the World Trust Organization. Her most recent work includes a joint article on creating safe spaces for discussing White privilege with preservice teachers.

The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation

Shane Safir - 2017
    . . THE KEY TO BECOMING A TRANSFORMATIVE SCHOOL LEADERThe Listening Leader is a practical guide that will inspire school, district, and teacher leaders to make substantive change and increase equitable student outcomes. Rooted in the values of equity, relationships, and listening, this luminous book helps reimagine what is possible in education today. Drawing from more than twenty years of experience in public schools, Shane Safir incorporates hands-on strategies and powerful stories to show us how to leverage one of the most vital tools of leadership: listening. As a Listening Leader you'll feel more confident in these core competencies:Cultivating relationships with stakeholders Addressing equity challenges in your organization Gathering student, staff, and parent perspectives as rich data on improvement Fostering a thriving culture of collaboration and innovation The Listening Leader offers a much-needed leadership model to transform every facet of school life, and most importantly, to shape our schools into equitable places of learning. As Michael Fullan writes in the Foreword, Read it, act on it, and reap the benefits for all.This book is a 'must have' for any leader trying to move the needle on equity. Drawing from her lived experience as a principal and leadership coach, Safir offers stories that give insight and practical strategies that get results. It's one you'll keep coming back to.--Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the BrainThe Listening Leader immediately changed the way I interact with students, teachers, families and community members.--Tamara Friedman, assistant principal, Berkeley High SchoolShane Safir has written a brilliant book. As engaging as it is informative and as revelatory as it is relevant. It is a must-read for school leaders and those who aspire to lead. --Chris Emdin, associate professor of science education, Teachers College, Columbia University; author of For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya'll too

The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads

Daniel T. Willingham - 2017
    Daniel T. Willingham, the bestselling author of Why Don't Students Like School?, offers a perspective that is rooted in contemporary cognitive research. He deftly describes the incredibly complex and nearly instantaneous series of events that occur from the moment a child sees a single letter to the time they finish reading. The Reading Mind explains the fascinating journey from seeing letters, then words, sentences, and so on, with the author highlighting each step along the way. This resource covers every aspect of reading, starting with two fundamental processes: reading by sight and reading by sound. It also addresses reading comprehension at all levels, from reading for understanding at early levels to inferring deeper meaning from texts and novels in high school. The author also considers the undeniable connection between reading and writing, as well as the important role of motivation as it relates to reading. Finally, as a cutting-edge researcher, Willingham tackles the intersection of our rapidly changing technology and its effects on learning to read and reading.Every teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and school administrator will find this book invaluable. Understanding the fascinating science behind the magic of reading is essential for every educator. Indeed, every "reader" will be captivated by the dynamic but invisible workings of their own minds.

Empower: What Happens When Student Own Their Learning

John Spencer - 2017
    As they go through school, something happens to many of our students, and they begin to play the game of school, eager to be compliant and follow a path instead of making their own. As teachers, leaders, and parents, we have the opportunity to be the guide in our kids' education and unleash the creative potential of each and every student. In a world that is ever changing, our job is not to prepare students for something; instead, our role is to help students prepare themselves for anything. In Empower, A.J. Juliani and John Spencer provide teachers, coaches, and administrators with a roadmap that will inspire innovation, authentic learning experiences, and practical ways to empower students to pursue their passions while in school. Compliance is expecting students to pay attention. Engagement is getting students excited about our topics, interests, and curriculum. But when we empower students, they crave learning that is both meaningful and relevant to their life, now and in the future. Empower is for you if ...You are a teacher eager to get students making, designing, and creating their own learning path in (and out of) the classroomYou are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who is leading change and working to help your staff thrive in a twenty-first-century learning environmentYou are a coach, staff developer, or teacher leader who is crafting professional learning experiences and wants to encourage colleagues to be the guide on the rideEmpower is focused not only on what happens when students own their learning but also on how to reach a place where that is possible in the midst of standards, set curriculum paths, and realities of school that we all have to deal with. Written by real educators who are still working in schools and with teachers, Empower will provide ways to overcome these challenges and turn them into opportunities for our learners to be unabashedly different and remarkable. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #EmpowerBook and learn more at

Disobedient Teaching: Surviving and Creating Change in Education

Welby Ings - 2017
    Positive disobedience. Disobedience as a kind of professional behaviour. It shows how teachers can survive and even influence an education system that does staggering damage to potential. More importantly it is an arm around the shoulder of disobedient teachers who transform people’s lives, not by climbing promotion ladders but by operating at the grassroots. Disobedient Teaching tells stories from the chalk face. Some are funny and some are heartbreaking, but they all happen in New Zealand schools. This book says you can reform things in a system that has become obsessed with assessment and tick-box reporting. It shows how the essence of what makes a great teacher is the ability to change educational practices that have been shaped by anxiety, ritual and convention. Disobedient Teaching argues the transformative power of teachers who think and act.

No More Fake Reading: Merging the Classics with Independent Reading to Create Joyful, Lifelong Readers

Berit Gordon - 2017
    In this groundbreaking book, Berit Gordon offers the complete solution, a blended model that combines the benefits of classic literature with the motivational power of choice reading. With the blended model, teachers lead close examinations of key passages from classic texts, guiding students to an understanding of important reading strategies they can transfer to their choice books. Teachers gain a platform for demonstrating the critical reading skills students so urgently require, and students thrive on reading what they want to read. In this research-backed book, Gordon leads you step by step to classroom success with the blended model, showing:The basics of getting your classroom library up and running How to build a blended curriculum for both fiction and non-fiction units, keeping relevant standards in mind Tips and resources to help with day-to-day planning Ideas for selecting class novel passages that provide essential cultural capital and bolster students' reading skills Strategies for bringing talk into your blended reading classroom How to reach the crucial learning goal of transfer A practical, user-friendly approach for assessing each student's progress No More Fake Reading gives you all the tools you need to put the blended model to work for your students and transform your classroom into a vibrant reading environment. Berit Gordon coaches teachers as they nurture lifelong readers and writers. Her path as an educator began in the classroom in the Dominican Republic before teaching in New York City public schools. She also taught at the Teachers College of Columbia University in English Education. She currently works as a literacy consultant in grades 3-12 and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World

Django Paris - 2017
    Bringing together an intergenerational group of prominent educators and researchers, this volume engages and extends the concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP)—teaching that perpetuates and fosters linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation. The authors propose that schooling should be a site for sustaining the cultural practices of communities of color, rather than eradicating them. Chapters present theoretically grounded examples of how educators and scholars can support Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, South African, and immigrant students as part of a collective movement towards educational justice in a changing world. Book Features: A definitive resource on culturally sustaining pedagogies, including what they look like in the classroom and how they differ from deficit-model approaches. Examples of teaching that sustain the languages, literacies, and cultural practices of students and communities of color. Contributions from the founders of such lasting educational frameworks as culturally relevant pedagogy, funds of knowledge, cultural modeling, and third space. Contributors: H. Samy Alim, Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, Michael Domínguez, Nelson Flores, Norma Gonzalez, Kris D. Gutiérrez, Adam Haupt, Amanda Holmes, Jason G. Irizarry, Patrick Johnson, Valerie Kinloch, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Carol D. Lee, Stacey J. Lee, Tiffany S. Lee, Jin Sook Lee, Teresa L. McCarty, Django Paris, Courtney Peña, Jonathan Rosa, Timothy J. San Pedro, Daniel Walsh, Casey Wong“All teachers committed to justice and equity in our schools and society will cherish this book.”—Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst“This book is for educators who are unafraid of using education to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.” —Pedro Noguera, University of California, Los Angeles“This book calls for deep, effective practices and understanding that centers on our youths’ assets.” —Prudence L. Carter, dean, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

The Power of a Plant: A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools

Stephen Ritz - 2017
    After what can only be defined as a cosmic experience when a flower broke up a fight in his classroom, he saw a way to start tackling his school’s problems: plants. He flipped his curriculum to integrate gardening as an entry point for all learning and inadvertently created an international phenomenon. As Ritz likes to say, “Fifty thousand pounds of vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens who are growing and eating themselves into good health and amazing opportunities.”The Power of a Plant tells the story of a green teacher from the Bronx who let one idea germinate into a movement and changed his students’ lives by learning alongside them. Since greening his curriculum, Ritz has seen near-perfect attendance and graduation rates, dramatically increased passing rates on state exams, and behavioral incidents slashed in half. In the poorest congressional district in America, he has helped create 2,200 local jobs and built farms and gardens while changing landscapes and mindsets for residents, students, and colleagues. Along the way, Ritz lost more than 100 pounds by eating the food that he and his students grow in school. The Power of a Plant is his story of hope, resilience, regeneration, and optimism.

The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry

Harvey Daniels - 2017
    Smokey Daniels travels the country supporting well planned and organized inquiry teaching, and he gets these two questions most often:Where do I find the time? What are some simple ways I can try with my kids? The Curious Classroom answers these questions. It shares a ladder of 10 inquiry structures. Begin with briefly modeling your own curiosity or start on a higher rung as you gradually move toward units driven by kids' own questions.Ever wonder how to get students genuinely engaged in your curriculum? Or wish you could let them explore those amazing questions they brim with? If so, Smokey provides research-based suggestions that help cover the curriculum by connecting what kids wonder about to the wonders you have to teach them. He shares 10 structures, 34 inspiring models from teachers nationwide, full-color photographs and examples of students work, plus specific suggestions for assessment and grading.Just getting started with inquiry? Looking for your own next step in student-driven inquiry? Or do you just want new teaching ideas to try? Read The Curious Classroom. "By the end of this book," writes Smokey Daniels, "I hope you will say two things:I never knew my kids were capable of working at this level; andThis is the most fun I have ever had in my teaching life."

Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families

Christine E. Goodner - 2017
     Using exclusive interviews, current research, and Goodner’s own experience as a student, parent, and teacher, this book gives practical advice, specific ideas, and big-picture concepts sure to help every parent who reads it. Whether you are just beginning music lessons with your child or are an experienced parent looking for extra ideas and support, Beyond the Music Lesson will inspire you with new insight, motivation, and ways to make the process more successful in your own family.

Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies = Blended Learning That Works

Weston Kieschnick - 2017
    Teachers are better. Blending new technologies into instruction is a non-negotiable if we are to help our students gain the skills they’ll need to thrive in careers. And so too is educators’ old school wisdom in planning intentional blended learning that works. Too often, sincere enthusiasm for technologies pushes proven instructional strategies to the wayside, all but guaranteeing blended learning that is all show and no go.   Bold School is a book that restores teachers to their rightful place in effective instruction. Bold School thinkers embrace Blended pedagogies and Old school wisdom. In Bold School, teachers are put back into the blended learning equation. Blended learning is demystified and distilled into the powerful, yet simple Bold School Framework for Strategic Blended Learning™—a methodology to help you meld purposeful technology use with your old school wisdom to enhance instruction and learning. After all, the goal of blended learning isn’t technology—it’s student achievement. With a Bold School mindset, every teacher is capable of finally delivering on the promise of blended learning.

Educating Drew: The real story of Harrop Fold School

Drew Povey - 2017
    Drew Povey was one of the youngest Heads in the country when he was appointed aged 32 in 2010. Through sheer determination and strong, visionary leadership, Drew and his management team (including his two brothers) have wiped out the GBP600k a year deficit and are reducing the huge debt - while continuing to get standout results from pupils. Their book reveals the untold story of their struggles, and the unique leadership style that has seen a quite stunning turnaround in a school once labelled one of the worst in the country.

Sprouting Into Greatness: Principles of Personal Development That Will Empower You to Create Your Own Destiny

Thea Long White - 2017
    The Sprouting Lifestyle is all about CHANGE, GROWTH, & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. Have you ever felt "stuck in a rut" or resistant to making positive changes in your life? Have you ever been a place of personal or professional stagnation or unproductivity? If so, then Sprouting Into Greatness is the perfect book for you. This motivational business resource will inspire you to SPROUT UP and take control of your life by becoming the best version of yourself and creating success in every area of your life.

Project-Based Writing: Teaching Writers to Manage Time and Clarify Purpose

Liz Prather - 2017
    What about writing readiness?Liz Prather argues that we can set students up for future success when we help them learn to care about what they're writing, and help them manage their time to write. I needed a framework for teaching writing that would keep my students accountable and engaged, Liz explains, but would allow them to write from their own passions, and instill in them an understanding of time management, goal setting, and production. By adding the tenets and practices of project-based learning, I could simultaneously protect the creative processes of my students while helping them learn to manage long term writing projects, the kind of projects they would be doing in college or in a career.Project-Based Writing provides a 7 step structure to conceive, manage, and deliver writing projects built upon student voice and student choice. Liz includes classroom-tested strategies for helping kids persevere through roadblocks, changes in direction, failed attempts, and most importantly, anticipate the tricks of that wily saboteur, Time. Both practical and inspirational, Project-Based Writing teaches kids the real-world lessons they need to become real-world writers.With this book, you will quite likely become the person students remember as the one who taught them how to write.-Cris Tovani

Making Good Progress?: The Future of Assessment for Learning

Daisy Christodoulou - 2017
    Making Good Progress? outlines practical recommendations and support that Primary and Secondary teachers can follow in order to achieve the most effective classroom-based approach to ongoing assessment.Written by Daisy Christodoulou, Head of Assessment at Ark Academy, Making Good Progress? offers clear, up-to-date advice to help develop and extend best practice for any teacher assessing pupils in the wake of life beyond levels.

Yardsticks: Child and Adolescent Development

Chip Wood - 2017

If You Were Me and Lived in...Germany: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

Carole P. Roman - 2017
    Roman when she visits the beautiful land of Germany in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the central Europe to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

Map It: The hands-on guide to strategic training design

Cathy Moore - 2017
    You'll learn how to: Help the client identify what's really causing the performance problem. Determine the role (if any!) of training. Create realistic activities that help people practice what they need to do, not just show what they know. Choose the best format for each activity -- online, projected to a group, on paper, as a small-group activity, over email... Provide each activity at the best time -- in the workflow, available on demand, spaced over time... Let people pull the information they need to complete the activity -- no more information dumps! Enjoy creating challenging activities that people want to complete. Show how your project has improved the performance of the organization. Using humor and lots of examples, Map It walks you through action mapping, a visual approach to needs analysis and training design. Organizations around the world use action mapping to improve performance with targeted, efficient training.Try sample activities, download job aids, and learn more at

If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars

Carole P. Roman - 2017
    Roman when she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about how life would be living on the Red Planet. Travel to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Look into the sky and watch Phobos and Deimos, Mars' two moons. Discover what you would wear, and how the seasons change. See Mars through the eyes of an adventurous youngster like you and understand what life is like in a trip of a lifetime. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair traveler.

What Does This Look Like in the Classroom?: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

Carl Hendrick - 2017
    But every year thousands of research papers are published, some of which contradict each other. How can busy teachers know which research is worth investing time in reading and understanding? And how easily is that academic research translated into excellent practice in the classroom?In this thorough, enlightening and comprehensive book, Carl Hendrick and Robin Macpherson ask 18 of today's leading educational thinkers to distill the most up-to-date research into effective classroom practice in 10 of the most important areas of teaching. The result is a fascinating manual that will benefit every single teacher in every single school, in all four corners of the globe.Contributors: Assessment, marking & feedback: Dylan Wiliam & Daisy Christodoulou; Behaviour: Tom Bennett & Jill Berry; Classroom talk and questioning: Martin Robinson & Doug Lemov; Learning myths: David Didau & Pedro de Bruyckere; Motivation: Nick Rose & Lucy Crehan; Psychology and memory: Paul Kirschner & Yana Weinstein; SEN: Jarlath O Brien & Maggie Snowling; Technology: Jose Picardo & Neelam Parmar; Reading and literacy: Alex Quigley & Dianne Murphy

Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership

Jennifer Casa-Todd - 2017
    In our networked society, students need to learn how to leverage social media to connect to people, passions, and opportunities to grow and make a difference. Social LEADia offers insight and engaging stories to help you shift the focus at school and at home from digital citizenship to digital leadership.

Joy Write: Cultivating High-Impact, Low-Stakes Writing

Ralph Fletcher - 2017
    But not just any kind of practice will do. You've got to bring the joy! In Joy Write, beloved writer and teacher Ralph Fletcher shows you how."A writer needs wide latitude so she can bring all her intelligence to the task," Ralph observes. "Assigning a particular format-a hamburger essay, for instance-would curtail this play, if not eliminate it entirely." That's why, instead of teacher-driven assignments, Joy Write shares the whys and the how of giving students time and autonomy for the playful, low-stakes writing that leads to surprising, high-level growth.First Ralph makes the case for carving out classroom time for low-stakes writing, despite pressure to focus on persuasive essays and test prep. Then he shares five big ideas for choice-driven, authentic, informal writing-deeply engaging work that kids want to do. He also provides numerous suggestions for helping students build and flex their writing muscles, increase their stamina, and develop passion for expressing themselves with the written word."We don't teach students to write," Ralph Fletcher advises, "so much as create a safe space where they can teach themselves by doing." Trust Ralph and find out how to bring the joy to your writers.

If You Were Me and Lived in... the Mayan Empire

Carole P. Roman - 2017
    Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series.Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children who lived during the Han Dynasty did for fun.If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater - 2017
    Anything." Amy Ludwig VanDerwater explains in Poems Are Teachers. This is a practical book designed for every classroom teacher. Each lesson exploration includes three poems, one by a contemporary adult poet and two by students in grades 2 through 8, which serve as models to illustrate how poetry teaches writers to:find ideas choose perspective and point of view structure texts play with language craft beginnings and endings choose titles. Students will learn how to replicate the craft techniques found in poetry to strengthen all writing, from fiction to opinion, from personal narrative to information. "Poets arrange words and phrases just as prose writers do, simply in tighter spaces," Amy argues. "In the tight space of poetry, readers can identify writing techniques after reading one page, not thirty pages."

Teaching Math with Google Apps: 50 G Suite Activities

Alice Keeler - 2017
    Bringing technology into the classroom is about so much more than replacing overhead projectors and chalkboards with Smart Boards. Unfortunately, as Stanford Professor Jo Boaler says, “We are in the twenty-first century, but visitors to many math classrooms could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time and walked into the Victorian era.” But that’s all about to change . . . In Teaching Math with Google Apps, author-educators Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington reveal more than 50 ways teachers can use technology in math classes. The goal isn’t using tech for tech’s sake; rather, it’s to help students develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to apply mathematical concepts to real life. Memorization and speed tests seem irrelevant to students who can find the solution to almost any math problem with a tap of the finger. But today’s digital tools allow teachers to make math relevant. Specifically, Google Apps give teachers the opportunity to interact with students in more meaningful ways than ever before, and G Suite empowers students to stretch their thinking and their creativity as they collaborate, explore, and learn. Teaching Math with Google Apps shows you how to: Create engaging activities that make math relevant to your students Interact with students throughout the learning process Spend less time repeating instructions and grading work Improve your lessons so you can better meet your students’ needs Packed with lesson ideas, links to downloadable templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources, Teaching Math with Google Apps equips you to bring your math class into the twenty-first century with easy-to-use technology. What are you waiting for?

Ditch That Homework: Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete

Matt Miller - 2017
    Parents wonder if it’s worth the tears, frustration, and nightly arguments. eachers debate whether it’s really helpful or just busywork that consumes their precious time. One thing everyone can agree on is that homework is a contentious topic. In Ditch That Homework, Matt Miller and Alice Keeler discuss the pros and cons of homework, why teachers assign it, and what life could look like without it. As they evaluate the research and share parent and teacher insights, the authors explore some of the benefits for ditching homework: * Better education for all students * Reduced stress for families * More intentionality with lesson planning * Increased love of learning * More time for teachers to focus on learning at school and enjoying their after-school hours And that’s just the beginning. Miller and Keeler offer a convincing case for ditching—or at a minimum greatly reducing—homework. They also provide practical guidance on how to eliminate homework from your lessons. You’ll discover strategies for improving learning through differentiation and student agency and by tapping into the way the brain works best. Are you ready? Read this book and you’ll understand why it’s time to Ditch That Homework!

Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities

Kristen Mattson - 2017
    Don’t give out passwords. Don’t bully other students. But the conversation then shifted and had many asking, “Why aren’t we teaching kids the power of social media?” Next, digital citizenship curriculum moved toward teaching students how to positively brand themselves so that they would stand out when it came to future scholarships and job opportunities. In the end, both messages failed to address one of the most important aspects of citizenship: being in community with others. As citizens, we have a responsibility to give back to the community and to work toward social justice and equity. Digital citizenship curricula should strive to show students possibilities over problems, opportunities over risks and community successes over personal gain. In Digital Citizenship in Action, you’ll find practical ways for taking digital citizenship lessons beyond a conversation about personal responsibility so that you can create opportunities for students to become participatory citizens, actively engaging in multiple levels of community and developing relationships based on mutual trust and understanding with others in these spaces.

Hooked on Books: Transforming the Teaching of Reading

Jane Considine - 2017
    As a result, progress scores were in the top 11% for reading in 2016. Our work with Jane Considine has been fundamental in our school's progress and our children's outcomes, helping the school's Ofsted rating go from Inadequate to GOOD in 3 years. Thank you!"  Mark Richards, Headteacher of St John's C of E Primary School, Dorking. This book introduces you to the 'Reading Rainbow' that is both systematic and transformative for teachers who want to teach reading in a productive and inspired way. An accessible read that leads teachers into the classroom making a difference where it matters to pupils. This work is evidence-informed and driven and shows teacher what can be achieved with clear structures, high expectations and has been tested out in hundreds of classrooms in the UK and has been shown to make a real difference. "It's wonderful to see our pupils 'hooked on books' and confidently using the Reading Rainbow to master the more challenging aspects of reading comprehension. Literacy skills have improved exponentially as a result of this vibrant reading culture." Lynn Newbery, Curriculum Lead (Literacy) & Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)* * SLEs are outstanding school leaders, working nationwide to develop teachers' leadership capacities. All primary school teachers who need to improve how they teach reading and maximise pupils reading results and  reading engagement. A must have book in every school. Practical accessible and transformational. Simple, effective strategies that can be deployed immediately and make a real difference. The book offers everything teachers need - knowledge, structure and clear ways forward.

Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom

Amy Burvall - 2017
    Each item in the catalog features a pathway for facilitating the thinking and making, an inventory of critical thinking skills developed during the experience, multiple suggestions for content area integration, and ideas for further enrichment and exploration.Turn the pages with an open mind and nagging curiosity; close the cover with a concrete plan and collection of strategies for integrating innovative imagination into your daily classroom practice.Explore a catalog of over 40 classroom-ready exercises, lessons and experiences tailored to middle and high school, easily adapted to elementary and higher educationDiscover over 80 ideas for integrating critical creativity into math and science, physical education and health,world languages and social studies, English language arts and more.Tap into an increasingly diverse creativity toolbox, ranging from LEGO bricks and Oreo cookies to programmable robots and mobile appsUncover strategies and tools for students to explain their intentions and go from "cool idea" to authentic understandingLearn how critical creativity can be used for both formative and summative assessments and be put to work in both traditional and standards-based learning environmentsConnect to an international network of educators and creators harnessing the power of intention and serious fun

The New 3 Rs of Teaching and Learning

Jamie Bricker - 2017
    If classroom tasks don't routinely connect with these critical components, then educators must ask themselves - "What R we teaching our students?"

Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach

Juliet Robertson - 2017
    The natural and built worlds provide dynamic and constantly changing environments, offering an endless supply of patterns, textures, colours, quantities and other attributes that underpin much of the necessary early maths experiences. Children need lots of physical experiences that embody what maths is all about. For example, how much easier is it to understand the concept of weight if you can repeatedly lift, move and carry a range of heavy and light objects? Being outside makes maths real. In the classroom, maths can seem disconnected from everyday experience. Real maths is really messy. Aside from mud pies and puddles, the cognitive processes involved mean it is not a smooth linear pathway of learning but rather an interconnected network. Lots of playing and activity along the way is a must. Messy Maths is packed full of activities to encourage children to learn through hands-on experience. Suitable for early years educators (of ages 36).

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers

Ruth Ayers - 2017
    She explores the power of stories to heal children from troubled backgrounds and offers up strategies for helping students discover and write about their own stories of strength and survival. She shares her own struggles and triumphs and hard-earned lessons from raising a family of four adopted children. Her experience is invaluable to any teacher who’s met children living in poverty, in unstable households, or in fear of abuse.Ayres explores brain research and the ways trauma can change the brain and how encouraging all students to write can help offset some of these effects. She believes that all students benefit from revealing their stories, by communicating information and opinion that allows darkness to turn to light in the lives of children. In the last part of her book she offers up practical suggestions for enticing all writers, regardless of their struggles. Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers invites you on a journey to become a teacher who refuses to give up on any student, who helps children believe that they can have a positive impact on the world, and who—in some cases—becomes the last hope for a child to heal.

The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders

Alexis Wiggins - 2017
    In these classes, the teacher's role shifts from star player to observer and coach as the studentsThink critically, Work collaboratively, Participate fully, Behave ethically, Ask and answer high-level questions, Support their ideas with evidence, andEvaluate and assess their own work.The Spider Web Discussion is a simple technique that puts this kind of class within every teacher's reach. The name comes from the weblike diagram the observer makes to record interactions as students actively participate in the discussion, lead and support one another's learning, and build community. It's proven to work across all subject areas and with all ages, and you only need a little know-how, a rubric, and paper and pencil to get started. As students practice Spider Web Discussion, they become stronger communicators, more empathetic teammates, better problem solvers, and more independent learners--college and career ready skills that serve them well in the classroom and beyond.Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that's both revolutionary and truly inspiring.

Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education

Carol Salva - 2017
    Circumstances such as upheaval due to war and political turmoil in their native countries may have contributed to minimal education experiences, thus prompting current educators to adopt an innovative approach in meeting students’ cognitive, affective, and linguistic needs. In the pages of this teacher-friendly framework, educators will explore interactive and engaging learning strategies which maximize English language development as students learn academic content. A distinctive thread woven through the pages is the growth mindset belief that with effort and targeted strategies, students are able to accelerate their learning despite challenges they may have faced. Boosting Achievement encourages a practical approach to instruction that incorporates authentic learning experiences while leveraging students’ unique backgrounds and perspectives to enrich our classrooms and learning environments.

The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing Professional Development

Rich Czyz - 2017
    In The Four O'Clock Faculty, Rich identifies ways to make PD meaningful, efficient, and, above all, personally relevant. This book is a practical guide that reveals why some PD is so awful and what you can do to change the model for the betterment of you and your colleagues.

Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 4

Jo Boaler - 2017
    In this volume, you'll find a collection of low floor, high ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas at the fourth-grade level through visualization, play, and investigation. During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message—that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student engagement, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that: There is no such thing as a math person - anyone can learn mathematics to high levels. Mistakes, struggle and challenge are the most important times for brain growth. Speed is unimportant in mathematics. Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics. With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.

A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades

Lucy Calkins - 2017

Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle Over Educational Equality

Pamela Grundy - 2017
    West Charlotte opened in 1938 as a segregated school that embodied the aspirations of the growing African American population of Charlotte, North Carolina. In the 1970s, when Charlotte began court-ordered busing, black and white families made West Charlotte the celebrated flagship of the most integrated major school system in the nation. But as the twentieth century neared its close and a new court order eliminated race-based busing, Charlotte schools resegregated along lines of class as well as race. West Charlotte became the city's poorest, lowest-performing high school--a striking reminder of the people and places that Charlotte's rapid growth had left behind. While dedicated teachers continue to educate children, the school's challenges underscore the painful consequences of resegregation.Drawing on nearly two decades of interviews with students, educators, and alumni, Pamela Grundy uses the history of a community's beloved school to tell a broader American story of education, community, democracy, and race--all while raising questions about present-day strategies for school reform.

Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-12 (Corwin Literacy)

Douglas Fisher - 2017
    In this companion to Visible Learning for Literacy, Fisher, Frey, and Hattie show you how to use learning intentions, success criteria, formative assessment and feedback to achieve profound instructional clarity. Chapter by chapter, this acclaimed author team helps put a range of learning strategies into practice, depending upon whether your 6–12 students are ready for surface, deep, or transfer levels of understanding.

Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty

Robert Talbert - 2017
    As a teaching method, flipped learning becomes demonstrably more powerful when adopted across departments. It is an idea that offers the promise of transforming teaching in higher education.

Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading: Shifting to a Problem-Based Approach

Vicki Vinton - 2017
    Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading, however, will help you become more aware of the problems texts pose for readers at the literal, inferential, and thematic levels, and then show you how to create opportunities for students to read closely and think deeply as they wrestle with those problems.Additionally, you'll learn how to:- Develop a repertoire of dynamic teaching moves that will help you probe student thinking and provide responsive feedback when students most need it.- Shift your focus from the teaching of complex texts to complex thinking.- Help students develop lines of inquiry as readers.Chock-full of classroom examples and the voices of students figuring things out, Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading connects the practices in the book to all sorts of current thinking and trends-from growth mindsets to the Common Core State Standards and from productive struggle to educational neuroscience. That breadth and depth ensures that Vicki's book is one that educators will be talking about-and you don't want to miss.

If you were me and lived in... Cuba: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

Carole P. Roman - 2017
    Roman when she visits the exciting island of Cuba in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Caribbean to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the country through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

Evolution in Minutes

Darren Naish - 2017
    From the theories of Charles Darwin and the Survival of the Fittest to cutting-edge research on consciousness and artificial life, he explains where we came from, how we became human, and what might happen to us next. Immense in scope, and with 200 informative images and diagrams, Evolution in Minutes concisely covers the concepts, rival theories, history and politics of evolution, as well as explaining the development of life across deep time as revealed by the fossil record, from the earliest bacteria via dinosaurs and Neanderthals to humankind - and beyond.

Yes, but why? Teaching for understanding in mathematics

Ed Southall - 2017
    Understanding why what you're doing works is the part that often stumps students and teachers alike. Does math feels like a collection of random rules and steps that somehow lead you to an answer? Don't worry, you're not alone. Ask yourself: why do we have odd and even numbers? Why do two negative numbers multiply to make a positive? Why do fraction operations work? What is cosine and where does it come from? Yes, but why? answers all of your questions, and sheds light on the hidden connections between everything in mathematics at school. Math makes sense. It always has, but until now maybe no-one ever showed you. A must-read for those training to teach primary or secondary mathematics via university-based (PGCE, BEd, BA w/QTS) or school-based (School Direct, SCITT, Teach First) routes and current teachers wishing to deepen their mathematical understanding.

The (Un)official Teacher's Manual: What They Don't Teach You in Training

Omar Akbar - 2017
    Many of the difficulties however, are not in the classroom... In The (Un)official Teacher's Manual, Omar Akbar offers direct, humorous and accessible advice on how to deal with the daily issues faced by a teacher- none of which involve teaching! Includes guidance on: lesson observations, emails, promotions, avoiding meaningless extra work, meetings, parents, maintaining a work-life balance, dealing with workplace bullying, and much more. While Omar pulls no punches on the reality of working in a school, a positive streak is maintained throughout. A must read for any teacher or potential teacher. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Contents: Introduction: Why This Book Was Written 1. How to Get the Most from Observations, Learning Walks, and Book Scrutinies 2. The Don’ts of the School Email System 3. How to Get Promoted and Other Things to Consider 4. How and When to Say No and Yes 5. The Dos and Don’ts of Meetings 6. How to Get Parents on Your Side 7. Guidance for Trainee Teachers 8. Ensuring a Life-Work Balance 9. Bullying: the Problem and the Solution 10. How to Get the Teaching Job You Want 11. Maintaining Good Relationships 12. Why It’s All Worth It

Memorable Teaching: Leveraging Memory to Build Deep and Durable Learning in the Classroom

Peps Mccrea - 2017
    I doubt you'll find an education book with more useful insights per minute of reading time." - Dylan Wiliam - Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, UCLThis book is for any educator who's interested in understanding how learning works, and how to optimise their teaching to make it happen.From the author of Lean Lesson Planning, this latest instalment in the High Impact Teaching series pulls together the best available evidence from cognitive science and educational research, and stitches them together into a concise and coherent set of actionable principles to improve your impact in the classroom.POWER UP YOUR TEACHINGIt's an evidence-informed teacher's guide to building enduring understanding, and sits alongside books such as Make It Stick, Why Don't Students Like School?, and What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Psychology.---CONTENTSAct I PreliminariesWhy memory?Memory architectureThe 9 principlesAct II Principles1: Manage information2: Orient attention3: Streamline communication4: Regulate load5: Expedite elaboration6: Refine structures7: Stabilise changes8: Align pedagogies9: Embed metacognitionPRAISE FOR MEMORABLE TEACHING"I can't remember when I have ever read a book that takes such complex ideas and communicates them with sophistication and simplicity." - Oliver Caviglioli, Founder and author of HOW2s"The book packs an awful lot of useful material into a short, easy to read format and as such is something that all teachers should add to their collections." - Josh Goodrich, Head of CPD at Oasis Southbank"A truly excellent book which sets out the science behind learning with remarkable clarity." - Mark Enser, Head of Geography at Heathfield Community College

Motivated: Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join in

Ilana Seidel Horn - 2017
    Shouldn't math be a little more engaging? Ilana Seidel Horn understands your frustration.Participating in math class feels socially risky to students. Staying silent often feels safer. In Motivated, Ilana shows why certain teaching strategies create classroom climates where students want to join in.Five factors of motivational math classrooms She introduces six different math teachers, in a range of school settings, who found that motivation requires more than an interesting problem. Their experiences highlight five factors that lower the risks and raise the benefits of participation:Belongingness comes from students' frequent, pleasant interactions with their peers and teachers.Meaningfulness answers the question, When are we going to use this?Competence helps all students discover their mathematical strengths.Accountability inspires students to participate in classroom life.Autonomy produces learners with tools for making sense of their work and seeing it through. These features of motivational math classrooms are explored in-depth. You'll find suggestions for identifying what impedes each factor, along with strategies for weaving them into your instruction. You'll also be introduced to an online community who support each other's efforts to teach this way.A guidebook for motivating math students Motivated is a guidebook for teachers unsatisfied with questions met by silence. By examining what works in other classrooms and following the example of been-there teachers, you'll start changing slumped shoulders and blank stares into energetic, engaged learners.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers: 101 Stories about How You Make a Difference

Amy Newmark - 2017
    They’ll all be inspired and re-energized by these 101 stories about what matters most—knowing that they make a difference. You’ll laugh along with their adventures, tear up over their heartwarming experiences, and feel proud… because it all starts with teachers.These stories remind us that teachers have a lasting impact. And these writers share the best lessons they learned from the ups and downs of their educational journeys. It’s a fascinating look inside the classrooms of teachers—from preschool to high school and beyond — and how teachers truly shape the future. This collection is a gift to all the teachers out there—a fun, moving read and a big thank you for all they do!

The Learning Rainforest: Great Teaching In Real Classroom

Tom Sherrington - 2017
    Aimed at teachers of all kinds, busy people working in complex environments with little time to spare, it is a celebration of great teaching - the joy of it and the intellectual and personal rewards that teaching brings.The core of the book is a guide to making teaching both effective and manageable; it provides an accessible summary of key contemporary evidence-based ideas about teaching and learning and the debates that all teachers should be engaging in. It's a book packed with strategies for making great teaching attainable in the context of real schools.The Learning Rainforest metaphor is an attempt to capture various different elements of our understanding and experience of teaching. Tom's ideas about what constitutes great teaching are drawn from his experiences as a teacher and a school leader over the last 30 years, alongside everything he has read and all the debates he's engaged with during that time.An underlying theme of this book is that a career in teaching is a process of continual personal development and professional learning as is engaging in fundamental debates rage on about the kind of education we value. As you meet each new class and move from school to school, your perspectives shift; your sense of what seems to work adjusts to each new context.In writing this book, Tom is trying to capture some of the journey he's been on. He has learned that it is ok to change your mind. More than that - sometimes it is simply necessary to get your head out of the sand, to change direction; to admit your mistakes.

Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe

Jess Shatkin - 2017
    Texting while driving. Binge-drinking. Bullying. Unprotected sex. There are plenty of reasons for parents to worry about getting a late-night call about their teen. But most of the advice parents and educators hear about teens is outdated and unscientific--and based on the rates of teen pregnancy, accidents, addiction, and more.Acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist Jess P. Shatkin brings more than two decades' worth of research and clinical experience to the subject, along with cutting-edge findings from brain science, evolutionary psychology, game theory, and other disciplines -- plus a widely curious mind and the perspective of a concerned dad.Using science and stories, fresh analogies, clinical anecdotes, and research-based observations, Shatkin explains: Why "scared straight," adult logic, and draconian punishment don't work. Why the teen brain is "born to be wild"--shaped by evolution to explore and take risks.The surprising role of brain development, hormones, peer pressure, screen time, and other key factors.What parents and teachers can do--in everyday interactions, teachable moments, and specially chosen activities and outings--to work with teens' need for risk, rewards and social acceptance, not against it.

A CiRCE Guide to Reading

Andrew Kern - 2017
    Learn to:-Take charge of your reading-Dialogue with a book and its author-Scan, read, and review in layers-Keep a commonplace book-Master highlighters-Wrestle with even the most challenging text-Discuss texts with other book lovers

Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors

Beth Finke - 2017
    You’ll cry. You’ll write. She’s never taught a class in her life. But when the City of Chicago calls on blind writer Beth Finke to teach a memoir-writing class for older adults, she reluctantly agrees. What she learns about her students, their stories, and herself will move and inspire you. Written the way Beth hears life, you will come to know and love Minerva, Wanda, Hannelore, and the whole colorful cast of characters who build a community around Beth’s classes. Generously sprinkled with excerpts in her students’ own voices, Beth’s book will convince you to get your own stories down on paper while there’s still time.

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing

Patricia M McGee - 2017
    Put down the red-pen, fix-it mindset and help your writers take risks, use grammar as an element of craft, discover their writing identities, elaborate in any genre, and more. Includes lots of helpful conference language that develops tone and trust and forms for reflecting on writing.

Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children's Thinking

Janis Strasser - 2017
    Asking rich, thoughtful questions can spark young children's natural curiosity and illuminate a whole new world of possibility and insight. But what are "big" questions, and how do they encourage children to think deeply? With this intentional approach--rooted in Bloom's Taxonomy--teachers working with children ages 3 through 6 will discover how to meet children at their individual developmental levels and stretch their thinking. Featuring contributions from respected names in the field, this book - Offers a foundation for using high-level questions in preschool and kindergarten interest areas - Provides tips for getting started and examples of questions at each of the six levels of questioning - Explores the use of high-level questions during daily classroom routines and in a variety of contexts - Recommends picture books that support the use of high-level questions - Includes an extensive resource section for teachers and families With the guidance in this book as a cornerstone in your day-to-day teaching practices, learn how to be more intentional in your teaching, scaffold children's learning, and promote deeper understanding.

Write Your Way In: Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay

Rachel Toor - 2017
    It’s even worse when it feels like your whole future—or at least where you’ll spend the next four years in college—is on the line. It’s easy to understand why so many high school seniors put off working on their applications until the last minute or end up with a generic and clichéd essay. The good news? You already have the “secret sauce” for crafting a compelling personal essay: your own experiences and your unique voice.  The best essays rarely catalog how students have succeeded or achieved. Good writing shows the reader how you’ve struggled and describes mistakes you’ve made. Excellent essays express what you’re fired up about, illustrate how you think, and illuminate the ways you’ve grown. More than twenty million students apply to college every year; many of them look similar in terms of test scores, grades, courses taken, extracurricular activities. Admissions officers wade through piles of files. As an applicant, you need to think about what will interest an exhausted reader. What can you write that will make her argue to admit you instead of the thousands of other applicants? A good essay will be conversational and rich in vivid details, and it could only be written by one person—you. This book will help you figure out how to find and present the best in yourself. You’ll acquire some useful tools for writing well—and may even have fun—in the process.

The Elements of Style Workbook

William Strunk Jr. - 2017
    published in 1920, with relevant updates for modern times. We have adapted Strunk's original Elements of Style to include essential exercises (with answer keys). These exercises help writers gain command of grammar as well as stylistic structures and devices through guided practice.Essential for today's writers, Strunk's original chapters regarding rules of usage and principles of composition are represented in this Elements of Style Workbook . These original lessons, along with style exercises that teach writers to flex their writing style at will, include grammar concepts, sentence writing, paragraph writing, and style writing exercises that amplify the impact of the original Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.True to Strunk's original masterpiece, this Elements of Style Workbook addresses the most common grammar and writing issues novice writers face, which are the same grammar and writing issues that have plagued English writers for over a century. We honor Strunk's identification of these main writing challenges, and do not dilute the prominence of these points with either less difficult lessons or more advanced lessons in regard to either grammar or writing. In this way, we retain Strunk's original focus on the essentials. We have reproduced these essential lessons here and provided targeted practice to enable writers to strengthen those skills.While holding true to the original Elements of Style , this Elements of Style Workbook also amplifies some troublesome yet vital stylistic points of practice with the following augmentations:- Grammar on past perfect- Expansive style section- Excerpts from literature masters as style examples and guidesNone of these highly useful components were present in the original Elements of Style, nor have they been represented in any Elements of Style edition since then.Style Types included The style section draws from Noah Webster's articulate delineations of style types. Each style type draws from a master of literature illustrating that particular style. Writers are challenged to imitate, recreate, and eventually alter the styles of the given passages by shifting the writing passages from one style to another. The following style types are included:1. Forceful writing style2. Vehement writing style3. Elegant writing style4. Brief writing style5. Copious writing style6. Precise writing style7. Neat writing style8. Loose writing style9. Feeble writing style10. Plain writing style11. Diffusive writing style12. Ornamental writing styleTogether, these style types represent the vast majority of writing styles used by literary masters in the English language.The Elements of Style Workbook--An English writing workbook like no otherWith its loyalty to the highly acclaimed and extremely successful original edition of Strunk's The Elements of Style , augmented by Webster's clearly defined articulation of style types and supplemented by ample, targeted, and clear exercises for both writing and grammar. The Elements of Style Workbook offers an essential grammar and writing resource like no other. Whether you are beginning your journey to quality writing or would like to refine your command of voice and style, you will find this updated version of a tried-and-true resource, The Elements of Style Workbook , a vital aid and guide to both grammar and writing.

Now We're Talking: 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership (Making Time for Classroom Observation and Teacher Evaluation)

Justin Baeder - 2017
    Organized into 21 chapters designed to be read over a period of 21 school days, Now We're Talking! presents a results-driven approach that far surpasses traditional walkthrough models of feedback for teachers. School leaders will complete two cycles of classroom visits while reading the book and establish the necessary foundation for subsequent visits.This plan will help you incorporate daily classroom walkthroughs to improve teaching and learning: -Understand how daily classroom observation can help you make informed decisions that foster rich relationships with teachers, improve professional practices, reduce stress, and increase student learning. - Discover how to conduct teacher evaluations and classroom walkthroughs to improve teaching and learning, fostering high-performance results and high-quality instructional leadership. - Take part in 21 days of action challenges toward making teacher observations and giving feedback to teachers after observation a daily practice. - Learn supervision and instructional leadership skills that establish effective communication in schools. - Gain time-management tips for streamlining your inboxes, staying organized, and prioritizing work so you have time for daily classroom visits and lesson observation feedback.Contents: Week 1: High-Performance Instructional Leadership Fundamentals Chapter 1: Understanding Why Instructional Leaders Belong in Classrooms Chapter 2: Following the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Model Chapter 3: Acknowledging Related Instructional Leadership, Supervision, and Walkthrough Models Chapter 4: Conducting Your First Two Cycles of Visits Chapter 5: Thinking Ahead to Your Third Cycle of VisitsWeek 2: High-Performance Habits Chapter 6: Making Time to Visit Classrooms Chapter 7: Keeping Your Communication Channels Under Control Chapter 8: Managing the Work You're Not Doing Yet Chapter 9: Organizing Your To-Do List Chapter 10: Maximizing Your Mental Energy With HabitsWeek 3: High-Impact Instructional Conversations Chapter 11: Going Beyond Data Collection and the Feedback Sandwich Chapter 12: Facilitating Evidence-Based Conversations Chapter 13: Bringing a Shared Instructional Framework Into the Conversation Chapter 14: Developing Skills for High-Impact Conversations Chapter 15: Handling the Toughest ConversationsWeek 4: High-Performance Instructional Leadership Enhancement Chapter 16: Building Your Feedback Repertoire Chapter 17: Balancing Your Formal Evaluation Responsibilities Chapter 18: Identifying Improvements From Classroom Visits Chapter 19: Opening the Door to New Models of Professional Learning Chapter 20: Choosing an Instructional Focus for an Observation Cycle Chapter 21: Scaling Classroom Visits Across Your School and District

The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders

Alexis Wiggins - 2017
    In these classes, the teacher’s role shifts from star player to observer and coach as the students Think critically, Work collaboratively, Participate fully, Behave ethically, Ask and answer high-level questions, Support their ideas with evidence, and Evaluate and assess their own work. The Spider Web Discussion is a simple technique that puts this kind of class within every teacher’s reach. The name comes from the weblike diagram the observer makes to record interactions as students actively participate in the discussion, lead and support one another’s learning, and build community. It’s proven to work across all subject areas and with all ages, and you only need a little know-how, a rubric, and paper and pencil to get started. As students practice Spider Web Discussion, they become stronger communicators, more empathetic teammates, better problem solvers, and more independent learners—college and career ready skills that serve them well in the classroom and beyond.Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that’s both revolutionary and truly inspiring.

Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics

Sunil Singh - 2017
    Blending classic wisdom with over 100 pop culture references--music, television and film--Singh whimsically switches the lens in this book from the traditional society teaching math to a new and bold math teaching society. Written with charming buoyancy and intimacy, he takes us on an emotional and surprising journey through the deepest goldmine of mathematics--our personal happiness.--Dan Finkel, Founder of Math for Love, Creator of Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot, TEDx Speaker: Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching

Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes

José Antonio Bowen - 2017
    TNT is both a design guide and a 'sourcebook' of ideas: a great companion to the award-winning Teaching Naked book. Teaching Naked Techniques helps higher education faculty design more effective and engaging classrooms. The book focuses on each step of class preparation from the entry point and first encounter with content to the classroom 'surprise.' There is a chapter on each step in the cycle with an abundance of discipline-specific examples, plus the latest research on cognition and technology, quick lists of ideas, and additional resources. By rethinking the how, when, and why of technology, faculty are able to create exponentially more opportunities for practical student engagement. Student-centered, activity-driven, and proven again and again, these techniques can revolutionize your classroom. Create more effective, engaging lessons for higher education Utilize technology outside of the classroom to better engage during class time Examine discipline-specific examples of Teaching Naked Techniques Prepare for each class step by step from the student's perspective Teaching Naked flips the classroom by placing the student's first contact with the material outside of class. This places the burden of learning on the learner, ensures student preparation, and frees up class time for active engagement with the material for more effective learning and retention. Teaching Naked Techniques is the practical guide for bringing better learning to your classroom.

The Writing Teacher's Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose & Play

Ralph Fletcher - 2017
    Fletcher, a wise and witty writing companion, shows us why encouraging choice, purpose, and play helps students find their voices and produce strong, effective writing.

A Grander Story: An Invitation to Christian Professors

Rick Hove Hove - 2017
    Whether serving at institutions public or private, research or teaching, two-year or four-year-as tenure-line professors, adjuncts, lecturers, or visiting scholars-our hope is that God will use this book to encourage each professor in his or her calling and help usher in the day when movements of Christ-following professors on every campus will be used by God to bless those around them and the world. About the Authors: Two Faculty Commons (A Ministry of Cru) staff members wrote this book together and compiled the six faculty stories. Faculty Commons serves professors and graduate students across the country. Begun as Christian Leadership Ministries in 1980, more than two thousand professors are currently involved with Faculty Commons on more than two hundred campuses across the country. Rick Hove has served as a Cru staff member since 1979 and as the executive director of Faculty Commons since 2005. He studied civil engineering at Georgia Tech, graduating with highest honors, and earned his master’s of divinity at Trinity International University (summa cum laude). He and his wife, Sonya, live between Duke University and the University of North Carolina in Durham, North Carolina. Heather Holleman is likewise on the staff of Faculty Commons. She completed her undergrad work at the University of Virginia, graduating with highest distinction and earning the Wagenheim Prize for the best essay written by an undergraduate for her work on Emily Dickinson. She earned her PhD at the University of Michigan (2002), studying shame and guilt in nineteenth-century British poetry, and currently serves as a faculty lecturer in the English Department of Penn State, teaching freshmen composition and serving as the program director for Advanced Writing in the Humanities. She publishes books in the Christian living genre for women and regularly speaks at Christian conferences.

Making Every Primary Lesson Count: Six Principles to Support Great Teaching and Learning

Jo Payne - 2017
     Combining robust evidence from a range of fields with the practical wisdom of experienced, effective classroom teachers, this is a must-read for trainee and experienced teachers wishing to enhance their practice as well as school leaders looking for an evidence-based alternative to restrictive Ofsted-driven definitions of great teaching.

The Essential Poet's Glossary

Edward Hirsch - 2017
    Now, The Essential Poet’s Glossary gleans the very best from that extraordinary volume. ​Edward Hirsch’s sparkling new work compiles poetic terms spanning centuries and continents, including forms, devices, movements, aesthetics, rhetorical terms, and folklore. Knowing how a poem works is crucial to unlocking its meaning — entries will deepen readers’ relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of understanding in each new poem they encounter. Shot through with the enthusiasm, authority, and sheer delight that made A Poet’s Glossary and How to Read a Poem so beloved, this Essential edition is the book that all readers, writers, teachers, and students of poetry will return to again and again.

Inside Story: Everyone's Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction

Julia Goldberg - 2017
    Drawing on and integrating examples and advice from diverse practitioners in the field, Inside Story extends beyond idea and inspiration with practical advice, examples and exercises geared toward everyone from writing students, citizen journalists, bloggers and working writers. Inside Story provides a keen focus on the fundamental aspects of reporting, including interviewing and researching, while also offering advice and exercises toward writing nonfiction dialogue, devising structure and creating a sense of people and place from the ground-up. The book also explores the ethical implications of writing in the real world, providing insight and humor at each step of the way.“Fellow journalists and memo writers, here is a book to keep close at hand. Not only does Goldberg nail all the ingredients of good writing and reporting, but she also provides an illuminating set of examples from the very best in the industry. It reads the way a book on writing should read.”—Erik Wemple, media critic, the Washington Post"Who needs a four-year journalism degree or a two-year master's when you have this book? Julia's tome distills the wisdom, wit, fearlessness, judiciousness and sheer joy that all great nonfiction writers need in easy-to-read prose and with great case studies. If you don't win a Pulitzer after reading Inside Story, then you didn't read it close enough."—Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly and author of ¡Ask a Mexican!"Digital disruption, creative destruction, revolutionary technology, the fall and rise of old and new journalism and publishing paradigms—amid all this noise and opportunity, good writing and honest, well-crafted reporting endure. Julia Goldberg's transcendently intelligent guide offers any fact writer who aspires to navigate the 21st century a beautifully stocked toolbox of advice, strategies, craft wisdom, encouraging examples, and hard-won perspectives on getting the job done right. Beyond its up-to-date practical wealth, Inside Story inspires by being the kind of stylish, authoritative, and vividly alive creative nonfiction it will empower its readers to make."—Hal Espen, former editor of Outside magazine

The Weird Animal Club: It's Ok to Be Different

Christopher Knott-Craig - 2017
    But sometimes, there's something that makes us different from others. In many cases, that can make finding friends difficult.But as author Christopher Knott-Craig, MD, shows in his book, The Weird Animal Club, that doesn't have to be the case. All the characters you'll meet have a physical difference of some kind. It causes them to feel lonely and sad, until they find other animal friends who are also different. They all become friends and learn that being different means they are special, and being different is good.The Weird Animal Club teaches people of every age that differences don't matter when it comes to making friends. Friendship happened for these animals, and it can happen for you.

The Growth Mindset Playbook: A Teacher's Guide to Promoting Student Success

Annie Brock - 2017
    Studies show growth mindset results in higher engagement, better test scores, and all-around greater student success. In this follow-up to widely praised The Growth Mindset Coach, education professionals Annie Brock and Heather Hundley show how to take mindset to the next level with further resources, examples, and ideas. The all new book is packed with detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, and discussion points for talking with parents and other educators. Featuring up-to-date information on brain science and current mindset studies, The Growth Mindset Playbook shares fascinating research, tips, and strategies that help educators fully understand and implement growth mindset instruction and best practices. They break down the research and studies into actionable steps for building a culture of mindset not only in the classroom, but at the school level as well.

Gods of the North

Lucy Coats - 2017
    And it seems that Odin, the ruler of the Asgardians, has an important mission for Demon. Goldbristle, the gods’ prized shining boar, is losing his light. Now Demon must travel north and search this cold, snowy land for anything that might cure him. The latest installment in this chapter book series by Lucy Coats blends elements of mythology, fantasy, animals, and adventure with plenty of humor and heart.

Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform

Steven Singer - 2017
    There’s an awful lot of talk about public education in America today. Have you ever wondered if even half of it is true?For example, have you ever wondered if our public schools are really failing or if they might actually be some of the best in the world? Have you ever wondered if “School Choice” was actually about giving someone else more options and reducing freedom for you and your children? Ever wondered about the relationship between standardized testing and Nazi eugenics? How about if teachers unions should be doing more to fight for students’ civil rights? And now that we’re talking about it, why do white people sometimes snicker at black names? And how can you protect your children from toxic testing? Why does Common Core still exist? What’s it mean to be racist in America today? And why do the rich need racists?If so, then you’re cordially invited on a fantastic journey where few have gone before: into the mind of a public school teacher. Become a fly on the wall in our public school system. See what few non-professionals have seen before. It’s an eye-opening experience guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers, but you’ve been warned: this is the work of a gadfly.Praise for Gadfly On The Wall“In his biting commentary on issues related to teaching, education reform, poverty, and racial and gender inequality, Steve Singer has been both a voice of truth and a stinging critic pointing out the deep flaws in the logic and propaganda floated by the apostles of privatization and corporate education reform.” - Yohuru R. Williams, Professor of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota“Steven Singer may be the wisest and most eloquent voice we have defending public education from its many enemies. His moral compass is unfailingly sound, and his sympathies always on the side of the marginalized and forgotten.” - Mark Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University“As a teacher educator I have been searching for a book written by a teacher that exposes the privatization of public education and pushes back against racist school policies and practices.” - Denisha Jones, Professor of Curriculum Theory, Pre-school Education and Teacher Education at Trinity Washington University“Here's the best of what you missed in one place. Inspiring and infuriating, Steven Singer is one of the best education bloggers of this generation.” - Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Sacramento State University“In these troubled and troubling times, there is no one who writes more passionately about public education, teachers, and the struggle for justice and equity than Steve Singer.” - Peter Greene, Education blogger and teacher“Thought-provoking. A concise source of valuable information, and definitely worth preserving in book form.” - Mercedes Schneider, PhD., Teacher, researcher, blogger and author of Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools? and School Choice: The End of Public Education?“Steven Singer’s Insightful, perceptive, informative and powerful posts are helping to educate, persuade and mobilize people to fight back against the charter school industry and those seeking to privatize public education in the United States.” - Jonathan Pelto, Founder and Coordinator of the Education Bloggers Network“Steve Singer writes from the front lines of the public school wars with wit and intelligence.” - Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies and Director of the Women's Institute at Chatham University, author of the Yinzercation blog

What Are the Rest of My Kids Doing?: Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop

Lindsey Moses - 2017
    Their how-to suggestions including lesson plans, assessment tools, student samples, and classroom vignettes show how a traditional workshop approach can be easily adapted to meet the needs of our very young readers. Take the anxiety out of reading workshop with Lindsey and Meridith's research-based, proven strategies for scaffolding independence for K-2 students.

Reimagining Writing Assessment

Maja Wilson - 2017
    She reminds us that "assess" in its Latin derivation means "sit beside." In this book she models new ways of "sitting beside," listening to student stories of the writing, respecting the writer's intentions, and telling stories of our reading. Taking the form of conversations, Maja's new definition of writing assessment is not an outcome or final evaluation: it is an ongoing process in which writers and readers make meaning from texts and attempts, from intentions and effects. In this process, teachers come to understand how to teach and talk with each student about writing differently. And students learn to understand and take control of their own development as decision-makers.

Teaching with Respect: Inclusive Pedagogy for Choral Directors

Stephen Sieck - 2017
    Teaching with Respect prompts us to ask deeper questions about the language we use, about systems of power, about our heritage and inheritance. When we examine our teaching, we may find that, while we do not intentionally act with racism, sexism, or bigotry, we may be complicit in adopting systems and language that marginalize and discriminate. But since we want to be the kind of directors that foster artistic communities built on respect, we must be willing to ask such questions. And the burden cannot be on our singers who are being marginalized to teach us a more respectful path; it is on us to learn how it is that we are marginalizing. In this book we look closely at our teaching strategies. How does our repertoire and instruction intersect with our singers' identities, specifically their learning abilities, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and race? How do we engage with our audience? The book suggests an ethical approach to teaching choral music that is centered on respecting the singers in front of us. Readers will discover ways to maintain and elevate their artistic standards of excellence while also expanding their mindset.

Teacher Tom's First Book: Teaching and Learning From Preschoolers

Tom Hobson - 2017
    Conceived as a “best of” compilation from the award-winning Teacher Tom’s Blog (, this book encapsulates, in stories from the classroom, what makes his democratic play-based curriculum such a powerful way for young children to learn life’s most important lessons.

Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World

Ana Homayoun - 2017
    Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life. Written by noted author and educator Ana Homayoun, Social Media Wellness is the first book to successfully decode the new language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students:Manage distractions Focus and prioritize Improve time-management Become more organized and boost productivity Decrease stress and build empathy With fresh insights and a solutions-oriented perspective, this crucial guide will help parents, educators and students work together to promote healthy socialization, effective self-regulation, and overall safety and wellness. "Ana Homayoun has written the very book I've yearned for, a must-read for teachers and parents. I have been recommending Ana's work for years, but Social Media Wellness is her best yet; a thorough, well-researched and eloquent resource for parents and teachers seeking guidance about how to help children navigate the treacherous, ever-changing waters of social media and the digital world." --Jessica Lahey, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Gift of Failure "This is the book I've been waiting for. Ana Homayoun gives concrete strategies for parents to talk with their teens without using judgment and fear as tools. This is a guidebook you can pick up at anytime, and which your teen can read, too. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know." --Rachel Simmons, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Curse of the Good Girl Read About Ana Homayoun in the news: NYTimes, The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers Pacific Standard, Holier Than Thou IPO: Snapchat and Effective, Emojis, Streaks, Stories, and Scores: What Parents Need to Know About Snapchat Los Angeles Review of Books, Life and Death 2.0: When Your Grandmother Dies Online

Too Many Friends

Kathryn Apel - 2017
    They're all different and she likes them all.But sometimes when you have too many friends, being a good friend to everyone isn't that easy.A verse novel about the innocence, joy and heartache of schoolyard friendships.

Rethinking Bilingual Education: Welcoming Home Languages in our Classrooms

Elizabeth Barbian - 2017
    Bilingual educators and advocates share how they work to keep equity at the center and build solidarity between diverse communities. Teachers and students speak to the tragedy of language loss, but also about inspiring work to defend and expand bilingual programs.

Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing

Stacey Waite - 2017
    Rather than positioning queerness as connected only to queer texts or queer teachers/students (as much work on queer pedagogy has done since the 1990s), this book offers writing and teaching as already queer practices, and contends that the overlap between queer theory and composition presents new possibilities for teaching writing. Teaching Queer argues for and enacts “queer forms”—non-normative and category-resistant forms of writing—those that move between the critical and the creative, the theoretical and the practical, and the queer and the often invisible normative functions of classrooms.

Dropout: How School Is Failing Our Kids (And What We Can Do About It)

Leslie Gavel - 2017
     In the fall of 2000, while in Grade 7, Leslie Gavel's daughter Avery began what would be a four-year disengagement from school. Avery didn't fit the stereotype of the "dropout." Why would a privileged, middle-class adolescent choose this path when dropping out was a social stigma and would complicate her personal life and career choices?Leslie began to analyze the school system itself, but all of her research led not to answers but to further questions. Did school--its history, structure, practice--play any role in underachievement? Was the problem of marginal or failing grades, chronic student dissatisfaction, and disruptive classroom behaviour always the fault of the student--and, by extension, her parents--or could it be the fault of the school system itself? And did dropping out--an ultimate taboo for teenagers, along with pregnancy and drug abuse--really have to mean the end of the world for child and parent?Told from the deeply personal perspective of a concerned parent, Dropout is a memoir about one family's experience in the public school system. It also considers the latest research in alternative approaches to school, and offers suggestions for students who may not fit the educational mould or society's definition of "success." Leslie Gavel, a former social worker, is a Calgary freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Canadian Living, More, Today's Parent, Avenue and several Canadian and American newspapers, and has been produced for CBC national radio. Born and raised in Regina, she has lived in Calgary for decades. Advance praise for Dropout: "In a courageous act of often painful self-disclosure, Leslie Gavel exposes the secret, massive and most crippling bullying that haunts Western educational systems: our abandonment and degradation of students who do not fit our perception of 'school success.' Like callous physicians who coldly dismiss patients who have illnesses they don't understand, our schools treat non-achievers as pariahs, as 'lepers' confronting us with things we'd rather not see. This bullying is even more damaging than peer abuse for struggling kids like Gavel's daughter since the devastating rejection comes not from teenaged jerks, but from admired and respected adult authorities. This brave book should be required reading for anyone who claims the title of 'educator' and will help parents to bind the wounds of these suffering children and nurture them back to life success and happiness." --Dr. Michael J. Bradley, author of Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind"Dropout is not only a ruthlessly honest saga of one family's conflict over school, it is also a polemic that rails against a system that cries out for fundamental reform. Through research and storytelling, Leslie Gavel shows the reader what's wrong with school as it's conducted today, which is not unlike how it was conducted one hundred years ago when the goal was to produce workers for factories who'd do as they were told. Gavel warns something must change or our children will continue to be victims of an oppressive, authoritarian institution. I wish I'd read Dropout before my own kids faced off against our one-size-fits-all educational system." --Robert W. Fuller, Ph.D., former president of Oberlin College

Practicing Presence: Tools for the Overwhelmed Teacher

Lisa J. Lucas - 2017