Category: Book Reviews

Teaching Science with Engaging Picture Books

“Perfect Pairs” uses fiction and nonfiction life science books to promote inquiry learning in grades 3-5. The 20 richly detailed, standards-aligned lessons can help any teacher engage students in exploration, fact-gathering and deduction, says 4th grade veteran Linda Biondi.

Easy-to-Use Strategies to Develop Young Writers

In “The Writing Strategies Book” Jennifer Serravallo has pulled together 300 useful writing strategies and lessons, coordinated by grade, genre, and point in the writing process. Serravallo’s well-organized and easy-to-use resource is sure to come in handy right away, says reviewer Kevin Hodgson.

Writer’s Workshop with Latino Mentor Texts

“Equal parts how-to and shopping list,” teacher Any Estersohn says Ruth Culham’s Dream Wakers will help any middle grades ELA or social studies teacher add more Latino voices and mentor texts – especially in classrooms with a writer’s workshop teaching approach.

How to Reach & Teach Students with Autism

Barbara Boroson offers a useful, comprehensive, summative guide providing positive and proactive strategies to educators who are not familiar with or may not be comfortable yet working with students on the autism spectrum, says SpEd veteran Carrielynnn O”Reilly.

A Powerful Tool to Support Math Intervention

Weber, Crane and Hierck provide many charts, examples and resources that can be instantly adopted, adapted, or enhanced for a school or district RTI process in middle school math. Instructional coach and interventionist Kim Schneider offers her highest praise.

BRAVO Principals Lead Through Relationships

BRAVO Principal, with its reflection questions and support exercises, is an effective resource for keeping school leaders centered on what matters most to promote the success of each of our students in our learning organizations, writes MS principal Dennis Schug.

140 Twitter Tips Help Educators Get Connected

Reviewer Laura Von Staden believes every educator can gain innumerable resources and make valuable connections by using Twitter. She highlights some of the basic and advanced Twitter tips in this book by teacher-experts Brad Currie, Billy Krakower and Scott Rocco.

Managing the Inner World of Teaching

Using a model based on three decades of research into the operations of the human mind, Robert and Jana S. Marzano help teachers understand how and why they and their students react in specific situations. It’s well worth the challenging read, says Ashley Pursley.

Every Child a Super Reader with 7 Strengths

Every Child a Super Reader can empower students to become lovers of reading who understand what they read. Teacher Linda Biondi says its lessons and resources will help students analyze a text, appreciate the craft, and become voracious consumers of the written word.