Peg Grafwallner’s Ready to Learn is packed with ah-ha moments and resources to help any teacher up their game using FRAME: Focus, Reach, Ask, Model, and Encourage. Rita Platt feels the common sense approach to framing lessons will build student buy-in and deepen learning.
Category: Teaching Ideas
“Instructional Planning for Effective Teaching” could be helpful to new teachers who might benefit from its research about the planning methods of “effective” teachers, writes reviewer Robbi Ndebi. But more examples of strong vs. weak instructional design would be helpful.
Using a “If this happens – try this” format, Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker provide 60 “Quick Answers for Busy Teachers.” Reviewer Laura Von Staden says new teachers and vets can benefit. Using downloadable slides, the content can easily supplement PD.
Among the elements of Suzy Pepper Rollins’ Learning in the Fast Lane that reviewer Carolyn Miller liked best were her references to recent research, her fresh suggestions for making formative assessments, and her close look at student motivation. And there’s lots more to try out!
Teach Smart by PJ Caposey and Todd Whitaker lays out an easy to use guide for how to help each teacher get better at the craft, says reviewer Stephanie Rosch. The short book includes “real life examples of classrooms, practical strategies for any grade level, and black line masters for some of the strategies.”
The Best-Kept Teaching Secret “will be a book that I’ll refer to often,” says MiddleWeb reviewer Sandy Wisneski. Smokey and Elaine Daniels offer ideas that are both powerful and simple to implement, she writes, showing teachers how to bring life to “written conversations.”
Jack Berckemeyer’s book is so full of wonderful wisdom and advice, says our reviewer Alex Valencic, that he wonders how he’s managed without it so long.
Rick Wormeli’s Metaphors and Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching in Any Subject shows how teachers can make purposeful use of analogies to help students build understanding, says MS teacher Marsha Ratzel.
The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I’ve Learned About Teaching Along the Way is a major collection of the author’s columns and articles on middle grades teaching practice and is indeed “crazy good stuff,” says reviewer Elizabeth Stein.
Compare & Contrast: Teaching Comparative Thinking to Strengthen Student Learning, one of a series of books intended for study by professional learning “clubs,” explores a basic strategy of good teaching effectively, says reviewer & NBCT Joni Allison.