Category: Book Reviews

Inside the Flipped Classroom

Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams is a definite keeper, says reviewer Marsha Ratzel. It’s short, to-the-point, and written expressly to help teachers study a new idea.

Good but Incomplete Advice

Frank Buck’s Organization Made Easy! / Tools for Today’s Teachers has many good ideas, but reviewer Fran Lo wishes there was more about paper-grading and some secondary examples.

Exciting Students about Math

Neurologist & middle grades teacher Judy Willis hits a home run with Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, her book on helping students learn to love math, says teacher Cossondra George.

Learn with Storyboards

Storyboarding can help kids organize their written and visual work, says reviewer Laura Reasoner Jones. Get Graphic! Using Storyboards to Write and Draw Picture Books, Graphic Novels, or Comic Strips by Mark Thurman and Emily Hearn offers step-by-step help.

How to Stop Wasting Minds

Reviewer Renee Moore agrees with Ron Wolk’s assertion that America’s public education problem is not about “performance” but poor system design in Wasting Minds: Why Our Education System Is Failing and What We Can Do About It.

RTI: Instruction First

In this review of “Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction & Intervention” special ed teacher Elizabeth Stein says authors Fisher and Frey combine their expertise to share knowledge and practical ideas. They remind teachers that the thrust of RTI is about “high quality core instruction at the whole class level before students struggle.”