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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 26, 2013

A Place for Wonder : reading and writing nonfiction in the Primary Grades, by Georgia Heard & Jennifer McDonough. 372.64 HEA

Discusses how to create “a landscape of wonder”, a primary classroom that encourages curiosity, creativity, and exploration.  Provides practical ways to set up “wonder centers,” to gather data through senses, to teach nonfiction craft.  A “how” to establish a classroom environment where students’ questions and observations are part of daily work.  Presents a step-by-step guide to planning a nonfiction reading and writing unit of study, which results in nonfiction texts created by students.  The project includes creating a table of contents, writing focused chapters, using “wow” words, and developing point of view.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on February 5, 2013

Guided Readers : making the most of the 18 – minute guided reading lesson, by Lori Jamison Rog. 372.4162 ROG.

A collection of practical teaching and learning routines to help make guided reading instruction more intentional, manageable, and engaging. Why 18 minutes? 2 minutes transition time and 18 minutes is long enough for some sustained reading – by both the guided small instruction reading group and the independent learners – without depleting the limited attention span of younger children.  There are many lessons, tips, ideas, and practice activities to meet a wide range of learning goals. The routines have been organized by developmental stage, most can be modified to suit readers at different levels or for different purposes.

Rock & Roll Literacy, by Sigmund Brouwer. 428.4 BRO.

“Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write.”  Balancing silly stories with more serious material and armed with music, humor and heart, he connects the dots for people who work with kids to cultivate reading and writing skills. Classroom story starters, along with instructions, can be found online at rock & roll –

100 Minutes : Making every minute count in the literacy block, by Lisa Donohue. 372.6044 DON

Overwhelmed by the skills, strategies, and elements that fit under the “literacy: umbrella?    100 minutes  shows how to fit balanced literacy into a 100 minute literacy block using a framework of whole-class and guided small group instruction, writing sessions, and independent work.  By chunking a literacy block into three distinct sections, this practical resource argues that it is possible to provide opportunities for students to engage in all aspects of literacy, have voice and choice in their learning, capitalize on their strengths, identify areas for growth, and set personal learning goals.

Ban the Book Report : promoting frequent and enthusiastic reading, by Graham Foster.  418.4071 FOS

Offers response assignments that are more closely aligned with the reasons people read – to explore personal interests, to make emotional connections, and to enjoy themselves.  Includes 20 specific assignments that will engage students, and persuade them to respond to their reading in innovative ways, including book talks, alternate covers, talk-show interviews, diary entries for characters, letters to authors, and more.  Each assignment has its own rubric written in student-friendly language, along with student response exemplars from real classrooms.  Offers tips to help launch and manage an independent reading program.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on January 16, 2013

In this selection of books, Julia Cook uses her creative ideas to teach kids the skills they need to grow socially.  As a national award winning children’s author, former counselor, and parenting expert,  the goal behind all of Julia’s books and efforts is to actively involve young people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.  Inspirations for her books come from working with children and carefully listening to parents and teachers.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on December 17, 2012

Engaging students is crucial to learning and interactive whiteboards a valuable tool that will take lessons to the next level in literacy learning.  Explore with Literacy Smarts : simple classroom strategies for using interactive whiteboards to engage students, by Jennifer Harper and Brenda Stein Dzaldov.  Introduces simple activities and tasks that use interactive whiteboard technology in original ways to go beyond simple text and encourages connecting the classroom to the “real” world. 

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Three new volumes with brain-focused strategies for learning-and living for focused classrooms, mindful learning and resilient children from Scholastic.  The MindUp curriculum.  Grades Pre-K-2 ; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8.  “This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life”.

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Another addition Socially responsible literacy : teaching adolescents for purpose and power, by Paula Selvester and Deborah G Summers. A new vision moves teachers away from teaching reading for its own purpose to seeing reading as a way to motivate students to connect with their world.  Each chapter includes reflection questions that move the reader toward personal and professional development, along with classroom applications that provide specific strategies and ideas for engaging literacy projects.

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Calm, alert, and learning : classroom strategies for self-regulation by Stuart Shanker. Canada’s leading expert on self-regulation guides through an exploration of the five major domains of self-regulation-what they are, how they work, what they look like in the classroom, and what we can do to help students strengthen in a domain.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 29, 2012

Les jeunes lecteurs peuvent decouvrir beaucoup d’information, en francais, sur  le Canada: les celebrations canadiennes, les emblemes canadiens, gouvernement Canadien, l’histoire du Canada, les jours de Fete du Canada, les pionniers canadiens, les sciences, Regions geographiques du Canada, la terre et les habitants du Canada.

Les sciences:  Les saisons est un survol excellent sur ce qui fait que chaque saison est unique.  A partir de la couleur changeante des feuilles a l’automne et de la naissance des bebes animaux au printemps a la formation des flocons de neige en hiver et au temps plus chaud a l’ete.

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Je regarde le ciel guide les jeunes lecteurs parmi les objets et les visions qu’ils peuvent apercevoir quand ils observent le ciel.

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Les celebrations canadiennes chaque livre donne de l’information sur l’histoire, les symboles et les traditions de ces celebrations speciales.

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La serie Les emblemes canadiens explore les symboles qui ont forme l’identite de notre nation.  Chaque livre explique comment un symbole est devenu important pour le Canada et quel role ce symbole dans la societe canadienne de nos jours.

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La serie Gouvernement Canadien examine le role du gouvernement dans le developpement du pays.  Les six livres de cette serie explorent les relations entre le Canada et le village mondial, la Constitution du Canada, les droits de la citoyennete dans une societe multiculturelle et les structures sociales, economiques et politiques du Canada.

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La serie L’histoire du Canada celebre l’histoire passionnante du Canada et guide le lecteur au moyen d’une exploration approfondie des principaux evenements qui ont faconne la nation.

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Les jours de Fete du Canada donne aux lecteurs une vue captivante des traditions et des celebrations qui accompagent les jours feries les plus importants du Canada.  Chaque livre revele des faits fascinants sur l’histoire, les traditions, les symboles et les festivites de chacun de ces jours speciaux.

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Apprenez quelque chose sur les vies des gens travailleurs qui ont ete les premiers a s’etablir au Canada dans la serie Les pionniers Canada.  Elle aide les eleves a comprendre les differents roles qui etaient importants dans toute communaute de ce temps-la.

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Les eleves qui commencent le secondaire peuvent explorer la terre, les animaux sauvages, le climat et les habitants de chacune des sept regions geographiques du Canada dans la populaire serie Regions geographiques du Canada.  Chaque titre presente des images captivantes, des tableaux, des connaissances-eclair, des photos en couleur et une image satellite de la region.

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La terre et les habitants du Canada proposent un voyage fascinant a travers les dix provinces et les trois territoires du Canada.  Ces livres explorent les caracteristiques naturelles et culturelles qui rendent chaque province ou terriroire unique, y compris son environnement, ses arts, ses sports et les cultures de la region.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 29, 2012

New print edition from Canadian Curriculum Teacher Helper series. Students will learn about Canada in these simple to understand, comprehensive unit helpers.  Follow-up activities are included designed to consolidate the concepts taught.  Includes assessment ideas and an end-of unit test. Our new titles : All about Canada Grades 1-2 ;  Canada’s aboriginal peoples Grades 4-6 ;  Canada’s geographical regions Grades 4-6 ;  Canada’s pioneers Grades 2-4 ;  Canadian government Grades 4-6 ;  Canadian traditions and celebrations Grades 2-3 ;  Music lessons Grades 1-3 ;  Our community Grades 1-2 ;  Urban & rural communities  Grades 2-3. 

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Canadian content for Canadian teachers.  GEOWAT- Innovative Teacher Publishing has all of their titles available on-line.  Navigate to the subject of your choice and click on a book to see a sneak-peek of its content.  Sneak-peeks are printer friendly, so feel free to print and use in your class.

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Education Treasure

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 26, 2012

When Teaching Gets Tough : Smart Ways To Reclaim Your Game by Allen N. Mendler. ASCD memberbook.

Overwhelmed by unruly students, difficult parents, and never-ending classroom distractions?  Tired of scavenging and pleading for basic school supplies?  Wonder if anyone notices or cares how much effort you put into teaching everyday?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you.  Reclaim and sustain your energy and enthusiasm for teaching with practical strategies you can use to make things better right away.  The discussion is organized around : managing difficult students ; working with unappreciative and irritating adults ; making the best of an imperfect environment ; finding time to take top-notch care of yourself.  Also includes sections for administrators who want to help teachers stay at the top of their game.

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Lives of the Artists : Masterpieces, Messes (and what the neighbors thought) by Kathleen Krull.

What’s behind all that painting, drawing, and sculpting?  What is it about artists that makes both their work and lives so fascinating – to themselves, to their curious  neighbours, and to all of us?  Come along on this fly-on-the-wall tour across centuries and continents and discover why the neighbours of twenty of the world’s greatest artists have had so much to whisper about.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on June 11, 2012

Canadian Teachers’ Federation “believes the role of educators is critical in creating positive societal change to address the realities of BGLTT issues for students, parents, and teachers.

Teachers can no longer ignore or deny homophobic and heterosexist prejudice and hatred in addressing discrimination in Canadian education.

The following CTF publications have been produced to help teachers, school administrators, and counselors understand the educational, health and safety needs of bisexual, gay, lesbian, trans-identified and two-spirited (BGLTT) students:”…

Supporting transgender and transsexual students in K-12 schools (2012)  306.76 WEL

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 Challenging silence, challenging censorship (2007)  306.766 SCH

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Gay-straight student alliance handbook (2006) 306.766 WEL

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Lessons learned: a collection of stories and articles about bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender issues (2005) 306.766 LES

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CTF  “hope these resources will become important contributions to anti-homophobia and anti-heterosexism education which will promote equity through practicing the principle of inclusion, affirming the identity of individuals and groups, initiating comprehensive schools programs supporting equity.”

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on May 3, 2012

Carly’s Voice: breaking through autism by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann, takes the autism conversation to new places and disproves the ridiculous notion that nonverbal people with autism don’t have feelings and thoughts or are unintelligent.   At the age of two Carly was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking.  After years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable.  Then at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.  In Carly’s Voice, her father, Arthur Fleischmann, blends Carly’s own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter.  Many thousands of people follow her  via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on December 21, 2011

Literacy Is Not Enough: 21st-Century Fluencies For The Digital Age by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes, Andrew Churches.  The fourth book in the 21st Century Fluency series identifies and explains the fluencies: solution fluency, information fluency, creativity fluency, media fluency, collaboration fluency, and global digital citizenship. The balance of the book introduces the framework for integrating the fluencies in traditional curriculum.

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Apps for Learning: 40 Best iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone Apps For High School  Classrooms by Andrew Churches, Harry Dickens.  Covers mobility apps categories for utilities, general classroom applications also specialty apps designed with unique learning tools that students can utilize both in class and on the go.  Includes detailed descriptions for some of the best apps around for high school students.  Explores the versatility of utility apps like Atomic Web Browser and GoodReader.  Make use of general apps like Evernote, Pages, and Dragon Dictation, or have fun on projects using Garage Band, iMovie, or Whiteboard HD.  Or create unique learning adventures using speciality apps like Comic Touch, StoryKit, Video Science, or NASA App HD. 

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The Active Classroom: Practical Strategies For Involving Students in the Learning Process by Ron Nash. Just by dipping into the book, teachers will be able to begin implementing Nash’s ideas immediately.  A highly valuable resource for busy teachers, who can look at almost any section and within minutes select an idea, a tool, or a strategy, and put it into action the next day.

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On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character by Samuel Casey Carter.  In telling the stories of twelve very different but equally extraordinary schools from all across the country, Carter explains how school cultures are made, how they form student character, and ultimately, how great school cultures harness student character to drive achievement.

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Making Friends PreK-3: A Social Skills Program For Inclusive Settings by Ruth Herron Ross, Beth Roberts-Pacchione.  Second edition. Revised edition of Wanna Play: Friendship Skills For Preschool and Elementary Grades. Reworked to be more effective and added to the program’s strengths for a more enriched social experience.  There are details guiding teachers with lesson objectives and goals.  More suggestions have been added for compensating for different cognitive and developmental levels.  Specifics about lesson preparation and implementation time have been added to help the flow of lesson planning.

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 Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction For Equity and Achievement by Cynthia McCallister.   Unison Reading is a method that shifts responsibility to children for determining which information sources to attend to during the reading process and how these should be integrated.  The method is also based on a commitment to social justice.

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Academic Instruction For Students With Moderate and Severe Intellectual Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms by June E. Downing. The information and strategies are based in the understanding of the importance and interrelatedness of curriculum, context, and instruction for all students but especially for students with significant disabilities.  Students are not likely to pick up all the possible skills in general education classrooms unless the material has been adapted and the skills taught to them.

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Connecting Content and Academic Language For English Learners and Struggling Students Grades 2-6 by Ruth Swinney, Patricia Velasco. Focuses on amplifying the teaching strategies and modifying the instructional strategies so as to recognize the emergent bilinguals’ “cats and dogs,” and then build upon them.  Swinney and Velasco give teachers ways of leading emergent bilinguals to also find the lions, and tigers, and bears that they’re sure to find if they’re allowed to walk on the same challenging curricular road as all the other children.

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40 Active Learning Strategies For The Inclusive Classroom, Grades K-5 by Linda Schwartz Green, Diane Casale-Giannola. Terms such as brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, and information processing come alive through the vignettes, step-by-step directions, activities, and reflections.  The text steers students and teachers in the direction of learning for retention with active strategies that connect to both the concepts and individual learners.

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