Emily Mofield offers a practical, realistic and highly readable set of 25 different approaches to teaching in her Vertical Differentiation for Gifted, Advanced and High-Potential Students, a book that almost any classroom teacher would find highly useful, writes Leslie Wise.
Sean Ruday and Katie Caprino show that by centering students in assessment, literacy instruction can be tailored to meet their needs and asssure their learning is more authentic and relevant. Theresa Wood says the book is a blueprint to “put the verb back into ‘teacher’.”
In Shifting the Balance (3-5), Cunningham, Burkins and Yates address common misunderstandings that weaken reading instruction in the intermediate grades. Fifth grade teacher Kathie Palmieri found herself impressed by and deeply immersed in the recommended shifts.
Andi McNair’s Genius Hour (2nd Ed) guides educators across grade levels and content areas in developing student Passion Projects start to finish. Reviewer Stephanie Choate gives high marks to the book’s 6-point strategy: passion, plan, pitch, project, product, and presentation.
In Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students Todd Stanley breaks down what PBL is and how to effectively implement it in almost any academic setting. It’s an ideal resource for those new to PBL or interested in reviewing its key aspects, says teacher Erin Corrigan-Smith.
In The Student Motivation Handbook, Larry Ferlazzo shows how to use research backed strategies to build a community of learners in the classroom and drive intrinsic motivation. Every strategy comes with real world, practical examples, writes social studies teacher Alexis Lecznar.
Katelyn Oellerich’s well-researched 9-week program for school-based mental health professionals can also benefit all educators with its CBT and mindfulness case studies, definitions, methods and strategies to help manage student anxiety, writes NBCT Kathleen Palmieri.
To infuse classrooms with meaning, relevance and lots of fun, Stephanie Farley suggests ways to keep teaching student-centered: develop essential questions, make connections, and assess for learning not just grading. A super summer read, writes consultant Cathy Gassenheimer
Educator Jason Ablin has what you need to begin to assure gender equity and fairness to your classroom. K-12 educators will benefit by reading about the research and theory surrounding gender supported by the stories of actual teachers and students, writes Kasey Short.
Author Thomas Hébert recommends K-12 books he believes can help gifted students develop SEL skills. Vignettes from six classrooms demonstrate ways to use text selections effectively. Reviewer Amy Estersohn found the book’s appendix of 160+ suggested texts most valuable.