Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

A System to Teach Short-Response Writing

Literacy coach Amber Bartlein finds Alan Sitomer’s “Mastering Short-Response Writing” to be “a quick read with practical ideas that can be implemented tomorrow.” His Three C’s System has already helped all of Barlein’s writers, including the ones who struggle most.

How to Write Better Lesson Plans

Ben Curran offers a future classic on lesson planning as a reflective, deliberate, on-going practice built with precision and thought. Teacher Linda Biondi thinks pre-service teachers, teacher educators and classroom veterans will all benefit from his practical advice.

Build Logical Reasoning in Content Areas

If a school can agree to have both ELA and content area teachers use the ideas in “Strategic Journeys for Building Logical Reasoning” there is potential for students to achieve more intense thinking rather than surface learning, says reviewer Mary Langer Thompson.

Make This Summer One to Remember

What will you say you did this summer? You have enough time to make a major advancement in some area of your life, writes organizational expert Frank Buck, but you need to plan now. Whether it’s daring adventure or professional growth, here’s how to motivate yourself.

Monitoring the Progress of School Initiatives

You may not be able to stem the tide of Shiny New Things coming your way, but using Woodson and Frakes’ book you will be able to show which reforms are making a difference in the lives of your students and which are just passing fads, writes teacher Alex Valencic.

Everything You Need to Develop Skilled Writers

A book to treasure! All of Jennifer Serravallo’s engaging 300 lessons are fully developed and easily adaptable for differentiation. The premise of the book is to meet the students where they are and not to teach each of the skills in isolation, writes Linda Biondi.