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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 25, 2014

Recently added The First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource : Grade 4-10 :  a resource companion to the First Nations series for Young Readers from Second Story Press by Shawntelle Nesbitt.

The introduction includes praise for this author and resource. “Shawntell Nesbitt gets it! Rich and extensive programming flows throughout Nesbitt’s guide, which demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of all that must be considered when bringing First Nations, Métis, or Inuit culture into the classroom”–Shelley Knott-Fife.

“The series and resource guide are current and allow students to learn about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit role models while incorporating Aboriginal perspective.”–Lynn Herr

“Durham District School Board’s Authentic Learning Wheel and Deconstruction Approach have been incorporated [in this resource] … Nesbitt has recognized the immeasurable value of the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel Teaching of the Four Aspects of Human Beings as foundational to holistic education today”…–Deanna Fry.

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From Bullying to Attention Grabbing Tools — NEW BOOKS

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on February 6, 2014

Two new works on bullying prevention: The bully-go-round, by Larry Swartz and Group bullying exclusion and ganging up, by Addy Ferguson.

Two works on character strengths: Gratitude by Arie Kaplan and Grit by Sara Antill.

Read, write, play, learn : literacy instruction in today’s kindergarten, by Lori Jamison Rog,  shows how to maintain balance to best serve our youngest learners.

Attention grabbing tools for involving parents in their children’s learning, by Jane Baskwill.  Explores a wide range of tools to help establish and maintain a parent-teacher relationship that holds the child at the centre of all education decisions.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on November 6, 2013

Three new ASCD Arias have been added recently.

Teaching with tablets : how do I integrate tablets with effective instruction? by Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher, Alex Gonzalez.

Grading and group work : how do I assess individual learning when students work together? by Susan M. Brookhart.

Fostering grit : how do I prepare my students for the real world? by Thomas R. Hoerr.

PLUS the following four titles :

Succeeding with inquiry in science and math classrooms, by Jeff C. Marshall.

Powerful problem solving : activities for sense making with the mathematical practices, by Max Ray of The Math Forum @ Drexel.

School library makerspaces Grades 6-12, by Leslie B. Preddy.  ” A school library makerspace can provide patrons with a place for learning, doing, and creating.  It offers a location for tackling inventions, fine arts, crafts, industrial technology, hobbies, e-textiles, foodcrafting, DIY couture, fabrication, upcycling, and STEM right in the middle of the information gateway – the library” (Back cover).

Connecting comprehension & technology : adapt and extend toolkit practices, by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, Katie Muhtaris and Kristen Ziemke.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 29, 2013

Terry James Resource Centre has recently purchased a board-wide subscription to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) online journals. This subscription includes full-text access to the following journals: Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, The Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teacher Educator, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Teaching Children Mathematics.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 10, 2013

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Among the thirty new titles that have been added are:

Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish ‘s  How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk, updated with new insights from the next generation and Siblings without rivalry: how  to help your children live together,  then  How to talk so kids can learn at home and in school.

Books with tips for parent engagement :

A Cord of three strands, by Soo Hong. A new approach to parent engagement in schools.

Parent talk!  The art of effective communication with the school and your child, by Cheli Cerra & Ruth Jacoby.

Meet the teacher, how to help your child navigate elementary school, a common sense guide for parents, by Betty Borowski and Laura Mayne.

Stephen R. Covey’s, The 7 habits of highly effective families, and The Leader in me : How schools and parents around the World are inspiring greatness, one child at a time.

Joyce L Epstein’s, second editons of, School, family, and community partnerships : preparing educators and improving schools.  and School, family and community partnership : your handbook for action.

 176 ways to involve parents : practical strategies for partnering with families, by Betty Boult.

Beyond the bake sale: the essential guide to family-school partnerships. 

Bedtime stories and book reports : connecting parent involvement and family literacy.

Books to help parents and teachers with student development:

By Ross W. Greene, Lost at School. Why our kids with behavioral challenges are falling through the cracks and how we can help them. The Explosive child,  a new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children.

Smart but scattered by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, . “The revolutionary “executive skills” approach to helping kids reach their potential”–[cover].

The Out-of-Sync Child, revised and updated edition by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

Sensational kids, by Lucy Jane Miller. Hope and help for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD).

The Organized student : teaching children the skills for success in school and beyond, by Donna Goldberg with Jennifer Zwiebel.

Barbara Coloroso’s, The Bully, the bullied, and the bystander, with 80 minute CD, and the revised edition of Kids are worth it.

Fathering your school-age child : a Dad’s guide to the wonder years: 3 to 9, by Armin A. Brott.

The Mother of all parenting books,  by Ann Douglas. An all-Canadian guide to raising a happy, healthy child from preschool through the preteens.

More than a Mom : living a full and balanced life when your child has special needs, by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett.

The reiussed, Raising your spirited child : guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, energetic, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.

Raising boys in a new kind of World, by Michael Reist.

The two works by Leonard Sax, Girls on the edge, The four factors driving the new crisis for girls;  and  Boys adrift : the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men.

The last two additions are by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey.  Driven to distraction : [revised and updated] recognizing and coping with attention deficit disorder from childhood through adulthood.  The essential reference that revolutionized our understanding of ADHD  and Delivered from distraction : getting the most out of life with attention deficit disorder.

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Collaboration and Social Interaction

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 23, 2013

Guided inquiry design : a framework for inquiry in your school, by Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari.  370.154 KUH.

Presents a framework for changing the culture of the school into a collaborative inquiry community.    The Guided Inquiry process has eight phases: open, immerse, explore, identify, gather, create, share, and evaluate.  Students use museum resources on the web and in their community to engage in the real, interesting problems and questions that scientists, historians, and researchers are grappling with to understand our world. Arranged and organized to be a practical tool for implementing Guided Inquiry in school.

The Learning Commons : seven simple steps to transform your library, by Pamela Colburn Harland.  027.8 HAR.

The seven simple steps will streamline your library users’ information seeking and processing methods, provide your users with the ability to adapt easily to the future, and encourage all of your faculty and staff to work together. Includes photographs and concrete examples of the suggested strategies ; checklists at the end of each chapter serve as indicators for measuring progress.

Seven steps to an award-winning school library program, by Ann M. Martin.   Revised, second edition. 027.8 MAR

The “ultimate user’s guide for undertaking a critical examination of where a program is, and determining how to develop a collaborative approach to take it to where it should be, and beyond!”  Covers all the bases and goes step-by-step through the process.

iPADS in the library :  using tablet technology to enhance programs for all ages, by Joel A. Nichols. 025.50285 NIC

Outlines six compelling arguments for IPADS in the library : provide flexibility, are easy to use, iPads-and other tablets are books, relatively affordable, have iOS and hardware integration, and are popular.  This work contains library program ideas that incorporate tablet technology.  Each program plan is structured with goals, apps, planning notes, other required and optional books and materials, and step-by-step instructions.

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Enhancing teaching and learning : a leadership guide for school librarians, Third edition, by Jean Donham.  027.80973 DON.

Expands previous editions showing how school library professionals can effect change in their library programs by integrating these programs into the school’s overall instructional plan with collaboration between the library professional, school administrators, and the teaching staff.  Revised and updated with real-life examples of issues in school librarianship, current statics and research results on early learning, child poverty, and other topics.  A new chapter has been added on the “virtual school library”

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Reference skills for the school librarian : tools and tips, Third edition by Ann Morrow Riedling, Loretta Shake, and Cynthia Houston.  025.52778 RIE

Continues to provide essential information on reference in the school library.  Written for K-12 Librarians.  Presents helpful tools and easily applied strategies.  This textbook teaches basic reference processes, sources, services, and skills,  Provides authentic, real-world school library media reference scenarios, and exercises.  Includes terminology, techniques, research processes and models, with evaluation and selection strategies.

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Collaborating for inquiry-based learning : school librarians and teachers partner for student achievement, by Virginia L. Wallace and Whitney Norwood Husid.  371.3 WAL

Provides a step-by-step guide to collaborative lesson planning that promotes inquiry learning among students of various ages and abilities.  Directed at collaborative research projects that take advantage of the individual strengths of classroom teachers and school librarians.  The model can be used to create inquiry-based units that include prior knowledge ; higher-order thinking skills, essential  questions, information-search skills, research models, authentic assessments, rubrics, and reflection.  The guide also addresses student variables, standards, increased information literacy, and integration of Web 2.0 tools.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 29, 2013

Net Smart : how to thrive online by Howard Reingold. 302.231 RHE

Daniel H. Pink refers to Net Smart “as a lifeboat for people who want to participate in new technologies without drowning in the flood”.  A guide to being literate in today’s, always-on world.  Illustes how to use the WEB mindfully, articulating a comprehensive set of social norms, practices, and protocols to help unleash the collective power of networked intelligence.

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Culinary Reactions : the everyday chemistry of cooking, by Simon Quellen Field.  664 FIE

The author turns measuring cups, stovetop burners, and mixing bowls into graduated cylinders, Bunsen burners, and beakers.  Every time you follow a recipe, you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams.  But unlike in a laboratory, you can eat your experiments to verify your hypotheses.  This easy-to-follow primer even includes recipes to demonstrate the concepts being discussed.

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Early Childhood Education

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 8, 2013

Six new books to assist with early childhood curriculum planning.

The All-day Kindergarten and Pre-K Curriculum : A Dynamic-Themes Approach, by Doris Pronim Fromberg. 375.001 FRO

Provides examples of how professional early childhood teachers can organize content-rich classrooms with Activity-Based Learning Environments (ABLE).  Dynamic-themes focus on the connection making process of learning, a reflection of how our brains function to create meaning and strengthen memories.  Grounded in theory and research, provides an activity-based and classroom proven curriculum for educators to consider as they plan and intereact with pre-k and kindergarten children.  Describes a culturally sensitive curriculum in the context of literacy, technology, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, and play.

Connecting Emergent Curriculum and Standards in the Early Childhood Classroom : strengthening content and teaching practice, by Sydney L. Schwartz and Sherry M. Copeland.  372.19 SCH.

“Two active early childhood educators provide teachers with resources to bring content alive in the daily, action-based pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms, and explore ways to document it.  Includes lists of key content ideas- coordinated with learning standards in science, mathematics, social studies, and the communication arts – to guide teacher observations, of, and interactions with, young children.  Chapters focus on ways to extend children’s emerging use of content in the block, manipulatives, water and sand, drama, expressive arts, and literacy centers, and link to the development of themes”–cover.

Twelve Best Practices For Early Childhood Education : integrating Reggio and other inspired approaches, by Ann Lewin-Benham.  372.21 LEW.

“Presents 12 best practices inspired not only by Reggio, but also by play-based and Montessori approaches to early childhood education.  These practices are demonstrated, one per chapter, with scenarios from classrooms, dialogues of children and teachers, and work samples showing the outcome of using each practice.  Used together, the 12 best practices offer a new framework for early education.  Written in the accessible style, expands on Lewin-Benham’s earlier works by showing the foundations for teachers to practice the Reggio Approach in their own settings”–cover.

The Problem With Math is English : a language-focused approach to helping all students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics, by Concepcion Molina.  372.7 MOL.

The goal is to raise readers’ mathematics expertise while simultaneously explaining the critical role of language and symbolism in understanding mathematics conceptually.  Philosophy in this book is to help teachers understand mathematics at a conceptual level so that they can develop their own activities to deepen students’ learning.  Through the process of answering questions and solving problems, readers will enhance their level of pedagogical content knowledge.  For Grades 3-9.

Different Speeds and Different Needs : how to teach sports to every kid, by Gary Barber.  796.083 BAR.

For K-12 teachers and coaches a guide to establishing and sustaining inclusive sports programs.  Learn how your sports program can include students with a range of special needs : austism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other attention difficulties, behavioral challenges, visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, physical challenges, anxiety, stress, and depression, height and weight challenges and more.

Teaching in the Digital Age : Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3, by Brian Puerling.  371.33093 PUE.

A go-to resource for using today’s technology in the classroom.  Chapter one emphasizes the importance of goal setting.  Chapter two- eight cover seven technologies to support learning, access student knowledge and teacher practice, and exhibit learning.  QR codes add videos for further explanations and toolbox tips help faciltiate applications.  The seven technologies engage children to create and share ideas: cameras, projectors and document cameras, audio recordings, video conferencing and webcams, publication and presentation tools, videos, multi-touch mobile devices.  Strategies reflect Technology in Early Childhood Programs, the joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young children and the Fred Rogers Center.

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Brain Based Learning: Five New Works on Executive Function and the Brain

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 5, 2013

Executive function in the classroom: practical strategies for improving performance and enhancing skills for all students, by Christopher Kaufman. 370.152 KAU

A practical guide to enhance students attention and impulse control, to manage time and be organized.  Memorable metaphors and classroom examples provide crystal-clear explanations of brain functioning executive function and how it affects students’ learning and behavior.  Provides research-based guidance to improve executive function skills in reading, math, and writing.  Includes practical forms, templates, organizers, and checklists to help students improve in specific areas.

Helping students take control of everyday executive functions : the attention fix, by Paula Moraine.  371.9 MOR

Attention is addressed in context as one of the executive functions.  Ideas are offered for understanding, nurturing, and reviving executive function from the perspective of the parent, teacher, and the student.  Presents an innovative model for strengthening and developing executive function in any student.  Provides guidance on how to support each student’s evolving executive function, and how to encourage those who are ready to develop self-advocacy and become more responsible for the development of his/her own executive function skills.

Beyond behavior management : the six life skills children need.  Second edition, by Jenna Bilmes 371.1024 BIL

Developed and tested in the classroom.  Help for you to guide young children’s behavior by helping them build essential life skills : collaboration, adaptability, attachment, self-regualtion, contribution, and belonging.   This strength-based approach includes strategies, examples of supportive interactions, and special activities to help manage challenging behaviors and foster social and emotional development.  Second edition aligns each life skill with early learning standards, and addresses cultural awareness and its impact on child development.–Provided by publisher.  

Beyond the label : a guide to unlocking a child’s educational potential, by Karen L. Schiltz …[et al].  370.154 SCH

This book for parents, educators and healthcare providers shows how to obtain necessary assessments to better understand a child’s strengths and weaknesses in school.  Explains what an educational accommodation is and how it can serve as a bridge to learning by specifically targeting a child’s weaknesses in school to level the playing field.  Provides clear insights into often opaque labels and acronyms that are rapidly hurled at parents…

Positive strategies for students with behavior problems, by Daniel Crimmins …[et al].  370.1528 POS

Provides a staring point for educators supporting students with challenging behavior and provides a means to deliver effective supports that are grounded in research and anchored in a humanistic orientation.  Includes several case examples – one in depth through several chapters allows readers to follow a student as members plan and conduct a functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plan.

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Community in TOP GRADE: Can Lit for the Classroom

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 5, 2013

Six new works from Top Grade the Canadian children’s publishers initiative.

Righting Canada’s wrongs resource guide, by Lindsay Gibson, Ilan Danjoux, and Roland Case, The Critical Thinking Consortium.       940.531771 GIB

Includes resource guides for Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War and Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War.  Support for teaching about Canada’s past treatment of ethnic minorites and how to approach the topic of racism.  The series is devoted to the explanation of the stories of the Canadian governments’ racist actions against various ethnic groups through our history, the fight for acknowledgement and justice, and the eventual apologies and restitution of subsequent governments.

Pier 21 : Listen to my story, by Christine Welldon.  325.71 WEL

Get to know the children and their families who arrived at Halifax’s Pier 21 from countries such as Estonia, Italy, and Ukraine, as well as Scottish and Jewish orphans.  They came to escape World War, Russian Communist rule, to find work, and search for farmland.

Sagkeeng Legends stories by John C. Courchene ; compiled by Craig Charbonneau Fontaine.  398.2 COU

Two stories in Anishanabemowin are translated into English.  Anishanabe syllabics are included in the translation as they capture the true sounds and expression of Indigenous languages.  Oral history is crucial in determing Indigenous Peoples’ connection to lands.  These stories provide connection in the Sagkeeng First Nation, continuing existence as Anishanabe, and evidence of the rich history of the Courchene family.

Manitowapow : Aboriginal writings from the Land of Water, editors Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou.  819.08 MAN

This is the first book in the Debwe series.  The “Debwe series” named for the Anishinaabe concept meaning “to speak the truth” showcases both established and new writers, who work with experienced Aborigial editors to create books of the highest quality.  This anthology is a rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches.  It features historical writings, literary writing, nonfiction and political writing, local storytellers and keepers of knowledge, new vibrant voices that express modern Aboriginal experiences.

Follow Your Money : who gets it, who spends it, where does it go? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka.  330 SYL

Accessible and fun, a vital introduction to the way money flows from creator to distributor, to retailer and customer.

Moving out : a young adult’s guide to living on your own, by Cindy Babyn.  646.700842 BAB

“Practical and philosophical on how youth can look for apartments, find movers and roommates, budget, stand up for their tenant rights, effectively overcome homesickness, develop good health and social habits, respect the environment, and live with all the cultures of the world in one of our great Canadian cities”–cover.

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