In The Genius Hour Guidebook Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi make the case for sharing Genius Hour with your students, explaining why it works and how to bring it alive for your classes. Educator Sandy Wisneski says the easy read is packed with resources.
Category: Book Reviews
Professional books reviewed by educators
Connecting Your Students with the World encourages teachers to step out of their comfort zones and incorporate do-able collaborative online projects to improve communications and encourage both student and teacher creativity, says MS educator Jennifer Wirtz.
The 3rd edition of Marcia Tate’s “Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites” continues to be a research based, easy to read book that is guaranteed to provide you with strategies that engage your students and their brains. Reviewer Linda Biondi offers some choice examples.
Marie C. White and Maria K. DiBenedetto offer a toolbox of strategies that teachers can use to help students become positive, self-regulated learners and practice self-efficacy. Linda Biondi found their description of a self-regulated teacher revelatory.
In 112 pages, Elyse S. Scott shares how she engineered (designed and created) lessons to achieve the learning goals for her 8th graders. The ELA activities and projects she shares are sure to produce readers, writers, and thinkers, says reviewer Anne Anderson.
New in this 2nd edition of the empirical literature on the social and emotional development of gifted children are psychosocial variables as predictors of high performance and diversity issues. A book for educators, not parents, says reviewer Tracie Bell-Moon.
Throughout her book “Story” Katie Egan Cunningham shows how stories remain at the center of literacy learning, says teacher-reviewer Linda Biondi, touching the lives of all children and blending seamlessly into curriculum standards.
In “Standing in the Gap” Lisa Dabbs and Nicol R. Howard encourage all educators, especially new teachers, to find support by connecting on social media, using internet resources in class, and facilitating e-communication with parents. A must read, says educator/writer Mary Langer Thompson.
Gary McGuey and Lonnie Moore augment their concisely presented steps to becoming an inspirational teacher with reflection prompts, questionnaires, and vignettes. Somewhat to her surprise, veteran educator Nancy Chodoroff found herself nodding in agreement throughout the book.
Franklin P. Schargel’s guide to school safety addresses student drug abuse, teen driving accidents, pregnancies, truancy, gambling and more. Former principal Mary Langer Thompson would like more detailed discussion about responding to violence and addressing resource issues.