Category: Book Reviews

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Focus on the Reader, Not the Complex Text

It’s hard to put down Readers Front & Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Texts, says our reviewer. Dorothy Barnhouse shows teachers how to focus on the reader, not the text, by using conferencing, questioning & other student-centered strategies.

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An Even Better Morning Meeting Book

The 3rd edition of The Morning Meeting Book (K-8) is a well-researched, easy-to-read and ready-to-apply guide to one of the Responsive Classroom’s core strategies, says teacher Linda Biondi, who recommends it for both new & ongoing Morning Meeting practitioners.

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Have Some Serious Fun in Your Classroom

Loaded with ideas for blending fun and joy into the serious business of learning, the new book Serious Fun: Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students is easy to read and ready to use in the classroom, says reviewer Laura Von Staden.

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Successful Intentional Talk in Mathematics Class

Intentional Talk, says reviewer Linda Biondi, gives upper elementary educators an unparalleled look at the important role classroom discussions can play in deepening students’ mathematical understanding, as well as the tools & insights to create a culture of questioning.