Category: Book Reviews

Professional books reviewed by educators

Deepen Math Thinking with Percussive Dance

Malke Rosenfeld’s Math on the Move is about changing student mindsets about mathematics through whole body movement. Linda Biondi finds it packed with K-8 classroom tested activities, coaching tips, video clips and more to have students “dancing in the aisles”!

Teaching Writing in MS: A Plan for the New Teacher

Anna Roseboro’s Teaching Writing in the Middle School can serve as a practical handbook to support the work of beginning English Language Arts teachers. Literacy coach Cynthia McKenzie says those new teachers will find many helpful ideas in the year-long guide.

199 Tips Help You Be a Successful Principal

Curious about the “Cart of good and evil” (Tip #153)? Retired principal Mary Thompson finds lots to like in Francy Fleck’s tips for succeeding in the challenging position of school leader. Quotations and research support the tips, and Thompson offers a rich sample.

Math Projects Need Deeper Math Lessons

State math consultant Sara Schafer is often asked for rich math projects at the elementary school level. While some of the projects in 10 Performance-Based Projects show promise, the lack of mathematically robust content in the grades 3-5 book disappoints her.

Be the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had

Pre-service teacher Emmy Avery Witham didn’t look forward to teaching math. But reading the ‘real-world’ strategies in Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had by Tracy Johnston Zager has boosted her confidence that she can help students succeed in math class.

Making the Journey as an ELA Teacher

Leila Christenbury and Ken Lindblom pack the voices of teachers and students, activities, stories, recommended reading, and references into the journey they lay out for new and novice ELA teachers. Forty-year veteran Linda BIondi recommends their book highly.

Navigating Obstacles to Discover Innovation

Jennie Magiera urges teachers to launch edventures, pursuing innovations that boost student engagement, build class culture, differentiate, promote digital citizenship and more. Laura Von Staden also likes Magiera’s plentiful ideas about professional learning.

Help Students Confront Social Cruelty & Injustice

Rosalind Wiseman’s Owning Up takes on the ambitious task of talking to middle schoolers about some of the complex social situations adolescents encounter. Maeghan Warburton recommends the 17 flexible lessons addressing bullying, social cruelty, and injustice.