If you need content-rich short nonfiction texts to support social studies lessons, this spiral bound book is for you. “The American Revolution and Constitution” also provides online access to a ‘trove’ of lesson-ready images and resources, says reviewer Linda Biondi.
Category: Book Reviews
Professional books reviewed by educators
In “Loving Learning” Tom Little showed a keen awareness of trends in best practices, connecting progressive pedagogy to 21st century evidence-based teaching, says reviewer Eric Moore. How Little’s concepts take hold in public schools is not demonstrated.
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.
The Teacher’s Guide to Tech 2015 by Jennifer Gonzalez welcomes educators into a comfortable space to explore new tech tools, says reviewer Sandy Wisneski. Readers will find practical text & video suggestions for selecting and implementing tools efficiently.
Each chapter of Cultural Literacy for the Common Core includes ELA connections, practical advice, research support, and classroom examples. Teachers can modify the ideas for students across grades and content areas, says reviewer Ashley Walther.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.