Reviewer Rebecca Crockett praises Charles Fuhrken’s What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them), a book of practical, teaching-friendly advice about prepping students for reading tests.
Teaching and learning in grades 4-8
Bill Bigelow’s teacher-friendly book, The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration, offers concrete strategies & teaching resources to help students understand immigration and globalization issues, says reviewer Kelly Moser.
How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core: Seven Student Proficiencies of the New National Standards may be too structurally complex to be a valuable everyday resource to the classroom educator, but there’s plenty to admire, says reviewer Kevin Hodgson.
This powerful guide for PK-8 educators, Interactive Modeling: A Powerful Technique for Teaching Children by Margaret Berry Wilson, can help improve our teaching of essential academics, social skills, routines and behaviors, says reviewer Linda Biondi.
Special ed teacher Laura Von Staden, mom of two children with ADHD, says this otherwise useful book, The Energetic Brain: Understanding and Managing ADHD, lacks the detail about specific interventions teachers need.
Larry Ferlazzo effectively ties student motivation to relationship-building, classroom culture and metacognition, our book reviewer Becky Bair says.
Teach Like a Champion Field Guide: A Practical Resource to Make the 49 Techniques Your Own by Doug Lemov provides new and useful information “to refresh my classroom teaching,” says reviewer Susan Shaver.
125 icebreakers and 40 closure activities all in one book! Kick-Start Your Class: Academic Icebreakers to Engage Students by LouAnne Johnson is a teacher’s dream come true, says our reviewer Anne Anderson.
Living the Questions: A Guide for Teacher-Researchers by Ruth Shagoury and Brenda Miller Power can help educators analyze, reflect upon and improve their practice, says reviewer Amanda Wall.
Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time by Jane E. Pollock, Sharon M. Ford and Margaret M. Black is a great resource for implementing Classroom Instruction That Works strategies for ESL/ELL students, says ESL teacher Julie Dermody.