Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

Pair Just-right Texts and Reading Strategies

Every teacher who works with students as readers should read Jennifer Serravallo’s new book, Understanding Texts & Readers, writes NCBT and principal Rita Platt, noting it brings big-picture reading goals, skills, strategies and texts together in a meaningful hierarchy.

Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You

Once readers assess their time management issues, they can try PJ Caposey’s easy-to-implement suggestions to overcome such practices as being tech avoidant, disorganized, checklist dependent or a “people pleaser.” Consultant Anne Anderson likes the book’s education focus.

How We Can Fix Faulty Background Knowledge

Good teachers ‘stir the pot’ to activate student background knowledge before a new lesson. But what if their understandings are flawed? Teacher educator Curtis Chandler has research-based tips to help detect and fix the faults. Plus some tech tools that can add fun to the process.

Integrating Multiple Nonfiction Texts

Nurturing Informed Thinking is filled with practical and inspiring ideas to help students integrate multiple texts about a nonfiction topic. Both content area and ELA teachers will find this book a valuable resource, writes middle school educator Mary K. Marsh.

75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow

Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker’s concise, tips-packed book is a quick read with strategies that can easily be implemented tomorrow, says teacher leader Laura Von Staden. Among her favorites: “Leave One Compliment a Day” and “Ask Yourself Five Questions.”