Category: Book Reviews

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A New Way to Think about Student Motivation

The new book Motivation to Learn doesn’t just talk about the theories behind motivating learners. Using a fresh metaphor (river rafting), it gives new & veteran teachers “concrete strategies for creating a classroom culture that maximizes student engagement,” says reviewer Tasha Kirby.

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Using Science Notebooks to Grow Student Ownership

The authors of Science Notebooks: Writing about Inquiry not only offer a practical standards-aligned guide to helping students gather and assess data in the inquiry classroom, they help teachers envision how science notebooks can promote student ownership of learning.

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Hands-On Activities for Math CCSS Learning

The ideas in Teaching the Common Core Math Standards with Hands-On Activities worked when she gave them a test run in her classroom, says reviewer Linda Biondi. The book is teacher friendly and ready to use. “You can tell that the book is written by teachers who are currently teaching.”

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Helping Fearful Children at Home and School

Teachers and parents alike can find helpful interventions for children’s and teen’s tangles with the Worry Monster in psychologist Daniel B. Peters’ Make Your Worrier A Warrior. Reviewer Lorie Shiveley describes how she has used several ideas in her own classroom and family.