Category: Book Reviews

Tapping the Power of Daily Student Writing

Mary Tedrow makes a strong case for daily student writing that generates ideas and wonderings not only in English but all content areas. Sarah Cooper finds Tedrow’s detailed guide to using Daybooks and her recommendations on grading and indexing particularly helpful.

A Deeper Look at Assessing Kids’ Writing

A Closer Look: Learning More About Our Writers with Formative Assessment (K-6) provides insight into an area often glossed over during writing instruction. Teacher turned teacher educator Benjamin Boche reports novices and veterans can deepen their workshop practice.

How and Why to Mentor Student Teachers

Doug Robertson offers meaningful, practical advice on how to insure that having or being a student teacher benefits both sides. In addition to plentiful laughs, teacher-librarian and former mentor Rita Platt finds useful tips on many aspects of having a student teacher.

How to Use Grading to Improve Learning

No matter where you are in your journey to understand grading, this book can help, says middle school teacher Emily Prissel. Susan Brookhart does a nice job of presenting important ideas succinctly and clearly, while giving practical advice and ready-to-use strategies.

No More Fake Reading: Create Joyful Readers

Berit Gordon offers a step-by-step plan for playing catch up with students who are not regular readers and therefore do not have the reading skills or the knowledge base to feel anything but overwhelmed and bored by classic literature, says classics teacher Kelley Pujol.

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

You might look at Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s table of contents in “Just Ask Us” and think that you’ve seen these topics before. You have – but you likely haven’t seen them all in one place, enchanced by the rich voices and wisdom of our students. says teacher Sarah Cooper.

Help Every Child Identify As a Passionate Reader

Teachers will want to keep Pernille Ripp’s Passionate Readers as a “forever resource,” says former reading teacher Mary Langer Thompson. This practical book, full of bold ideas and ready-made resources, centers on helping students become life-long lovers of reading.

STEM Guideposts Help Show the Way

STEM Lesson Guideposts offers detailed guidance to teachers on how to help students integrate the STEM disciplines and apply what they are learning by designing units that use real-world problems. Student teacher supervisor Linda Biondi highly recommends the book.