Essentials of Middle and Secondary Social Studies provides helpful lesson plans and activities, but educators may want to look elsewhere for teaching diverse learners and up-to-date technology resources, says reviewer Shane Smith.
Category: Book Reviews
Professional books reviewed by educators
In Create Compose Connect! Jeremy Hyler and Troy Hicks present strategies that can balance the need for rigor with reading and writing in the classroom – meeting the CCSS – while still meeting young people with technology that is relevant for them.
Each chapter of The Language of Learning helps teachers craft lessons that teach how to have academic conversations that are clear, coherent, purposeful and well reasoned, conveying curiosity, open-mindedness and respect, says reviewer Linda Biondi.
Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners by Jane E. Hill and Kirsten B. Miller is valuable for ensuring that English learners are challenged at Bloom’s higher levels of thinking and understanding, with the appropriate scaffolding, says reviewer Jennifer Underwood.
Todd Whitaker’s Shifting the Monkey can help principals make sure that the right people are taking care of problems and responsibilities (the monkeys) in the school, says reviewer Matt Renwick, freeing principals like himself to concentrate on their most critical duties.
With its emphasis on building teachers’ confidence and capacity, Technology Together is a terrific resource for school & district technology and administrative leaders, as well as central office curriculum and PD staff, says reviewer and deputy superintendent Marilyn King.
In a concise and enjoyable book, Meenoo Rami invites educators to reinvigorate their professional lives through mentors, networks, intellectual growth, and by empowering students to become more passionate learners, says reviewer Jessica Valenti.
With its thorough discussion of the impact that teacher language can have on children’s learning, the 2nd edition of The Power of Our Words is a thought-provoking read no matter what grade or subject you teach, says reviewer Jennifer Jankowski.
Teacher José Vilson’s must-read book, This Is Not A Test, cuts through political platitudes into the heart of America’s unresolved contradictions: public education and democratic principles; equity and privilege, race and class, says reviewer John Norton.
In Reading Unbound, reviewer Alexa Patterson says, Jeff Wilhelm and Michael Smith share student attitudes about reading and suggest ways to add favorite genres in the classroom, boost student interest in books, and make ties to the Common Core.