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.
Category: Book Reviews
Organized and user friendly, Professional Learning in the Digital Age by Kristen Swanson provides educator cases, face-to-face protocols, research snippets and to-do lists to help teachers move through the process of developing their PLN, says reviewer Nicole Miller.
Common Core Reading Lessons: Pairing Literary and Nonfiction Texts to Promote Deeper Understanding is a winner! Authors O’Reilly and Stooksbury take a positive, practical approach for dealing with the CCSS’s emphasis on nonfiction, says reviewer Anne Anderson.
The Common Core Writing Book: Lessons for a Range of Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences by Gretchen Owocki provides quick, practical strategies closely aligned with each of the standards, says reviewer Linda Biondi. A sure winner in grades 4 & 5!
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.
Creating Content with Your Tablet by Susan Brooks-Young is just the ticket for any teacher who wants to integrate tablets and apps meaningfully, no matter the grade level or type of device being used, says reviewer Jennifer Underwood.
In Dispositions: Reframing Teaching and Learning, Costa & Kallick present evidence of the important role dispositions play in student success and how to strengthen them. The book may be too scholarly for some readers, says reviewer Laura Von Staden.
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.
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.