Category: Book Reviews

Professional books reviewed by educators

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Marzano on Stimulating Cognitive Growth

Opening with Darrell Scott’s message after his daughter Rachel’s death at Columbine High, Awaken the Learner offers Robert Marzano’s strategies to expand student learning by helping them understand how they think and make choices, says Laura Von Staden.

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Help Students Use Text-Based Evidence

In Teaching Interpretation educators Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen provide a book packed with detailed guidance and resources to help students read closely, letting them slow down to notice, wonder and connect meaning, says reviewer Linda Biondi.

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Quick Solutions to 60 Common Challenges

Using a “If this happens – try this” format, Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker provide 60 “Quick Answers for Busy Teachers.” Reviewer Laura Von Staden says new teachers and vets can benefit. Using downloadable slides, the content can easily supplement PD.

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Help Students Develop a Sense of Numeracy

Lessons and Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy is not a quick-to-read resource, but it is ready to use. Reviewer Lynne Menechella finds it “a great, thorough book for…teachers who would like to have their students develop better number sense.”

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Collaborative School Leadership for All

The new edition of A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence offers essential ideas for collaborating with all school stakeholders. Reviewer Tamekia McCauley says the authors provide extensive implementation guidance for their 9 topics, from Planning to Culture.

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How to Create a Student Storytelling Club

Karen Chace knows storytelling can build literacy as well as joy. In Story by Story she explains in detail how to develop students’ storytelling skills and how to gain support for storyteller festivals. Reviewer Kevin Cordi especially values her reports of student engagement.