The Science Teacher’s Toolbox is written in a practical format with easy-to-follow directions for grades 4-12, says middle level science educator Tracy Albers. She suggests you “have your page marker tabs ready when you read through this treasure trove of valuable strategies!”
Category: Book Reviews
Professional books reviewed by educators
In Learning That Sticks, author Bryan Goodwin and colleagues break student learning down into a 6-phase mental model based on what researchers are learning about the brain and the ways it manages information. It’s worth the read, writes teacher leader Laura Von Staden.
Reading Concept-Based Instruction will help teachers use curriculum mapping to identify thematic trends and then pull that information together for effective cross-curricular planning. Social studies teacher Mary Marsh says the book’s challenges will be worth the effort.
Gholdy Muhammad shows how educators can achieve a transformation in equitable education by implementing a framework of Historically Responsive Literacy based in identity development, skill development, intellectual development, and criticality, writes teacher Nicole Warchol.
PBL expert Dayna Laur packs her book with 8 chapters of learning sciences-based practical examples, offering authentic challenges and connecting content standards to teens’ real lives. The complex student-centered activities earn a thumbs up from teacher Susi Durand.
The Social Studies Teacher’s Toolbox is THE book that will help teachers develop a rich social studies curriculum founded in research and practical knowledge, writes teacher educator Linda Biondi. This major resource will be welcomed by novice and veteran teachers alike.
Judy Willis MD and her daughter, both teachers, offer a well-researched book – supported by their experience as educators and neuroscience experts – that’s filled with strategies to help students make learning leaps. For Laura Von Staden, “This is 200+ pages of pure gold.”
Practical, touching and funny, David Sherrin’s Authentic Assessment in Social Studies: A Guide to Keeping It Real offers a multitude of innovative approaches while reminding us that student potential lies at the heart of everything we teachers do, writes Sarah Cooper.
Author Ariel Tichnor-Wagner provides school leaders with tools to reflect on curricular programming and to scale these learning experiences for students and staff. Middle School head Michael McLaughlin finds the book’s ideas timely and actionable.
Matt Glover shows teachers how they can marry genre units with craft and process studies to give students choice and agency throughout the school year. ELA teacher Rebecca Crockett thanks Glover for revealing ways to teach state standards and give writers more autonomy.