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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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Problem Solving To Brain Breaks

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 7, 2011

Problem solving in mathematics Grades 3-6: powerful strategies to deepen understanding, by Alfred S. Posamentier and Stephen Krulik.  

Each chapter begins with a problem posed for the teacher. Compare your solution with that suggested.  Work out several problems intended for students.   Compare the teacher solution with those intended for the students.  Teaching notes included.

The book is divided into nine strategies: organizing the data; intelligent guessing and testing; solving a simpler, equivalent problem;  acting it out/simulating the action; working backwards;  finding a pattern;  logical reasoning;  making a drawing;  adopting a different point of view.

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Brain breaks for the classroom Grades K-5 : quick and easy breathing and movement activities that help students reenergize, refocus, and boost brain power- any time of the day! by Michelle Gay.

Each activity pairs simple step-by-step directions with an imaginative prompt to enhance students movement experience.  Variations and tips are provided to offer easier modifications and more rigorous challenges.  Choose one brain break to do during a short transition or put together a series of exercises for alonger break.  Fosters individual and group focus.

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Teaching the female brain: how girls learn math and science, by Abigail Norfleet James.

Taking the position that both biology and environment influence how girls learn, the focus is on making sure that teachers recognize and understand the cognitive gender differences and social influences that affect how girls learn.

Dr. James establishes a broad understanding of gender differences and an awareness of the many ways to influence positively girls’ confidence in math and science.  Specific strategies for math (ch. 4) and science (ch.5) are covered.  Some boys who approach the learning process in ways similar to girls will also benefit from the approaches discussed.  Finally suggestions are included for developing schoolwide programs to help all students.

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Teaching numeracy: 9 critical habits to ignite mathematical thinking, by Margie Pearse and K.M. Walton; foreword by Arthur Hyde.

Each of the chapters in Part I is devoted to one of the nine habits.  The appendix contains sample numeracy-based lesson plans such as the introduction to division (Grades 2-3), elapsed time (Grades 5-6) ; surface area of a right rectangular prism (Grades 7-8). Part II focus is on the how, and the style of lesson planning.  Five essential components of a numeracy based mathematics lesson are developed.

Transform mathematics learning from “doing” to “thinking.”  Applications throughout the book show how to monitor and repair students’ understanding; represent mathematics nonlinguistically; develop students’ mathematics vocabulary; create numeracy-rich lesson plans.

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ONAP : Ontario Numeracy Assessment Package Gr. 4-8

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on June 16, 2010

A diagnostic assessment tool with anchor papers and rationales ideal for moderated marking. ONAP is a three part assessment tool for diagnostic and formative assessment.  Each grade book contains assessment tools for all 5 strands.

• Part A – quick activities to access prior knowledge in each strand including Blackline masters, discussion questions and materials lists.

• Part B – one assessment item/question for every specific expectation and a scoring guide with possible answers to help teachers determine if the student truly understands.

• Part C – two performance-based tasks to assess math processes with rubrics, two anchor papers per level (levels 1-4) and rationales.

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My Path to Math

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on February 4, 2009

Crabtree’s new series My Path to Math makes learning numbers easy and fun.  The titles in this series cover everything math, from fractions to graphing, in an easy-to-follow style, complete with explanatory diagrams and drawings.  Some titles include:

Estimation — Fractions — Graphing — Geometry — Measurement — Money — Place Value — Time.

math21   math31  math41

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Ontario Curriculum Units Resource Material

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on January 8, 2009

Integrated units have been developed by project teams from across the province, using the Curriculum Unit Planner, with the permission of the Ministry of Education.  Some of these units are now available in the Terry James Resource Library.  Units currently held by the library are in the subjects of Science and Technology, Mathematics, and Social Studies, for grades 1 to 8.  More units are available at the Ontario Educational Resource Bank, found at the link listed below.  You will need a user id and password which is available through your teacher-librarian or at the Terry James Resource Library.  Under search type in ocup to see the curriculum unit planners.

Curriculum Units Project Link

Link to our catalogue, Science and Technology

Link to our catalogue, Mathematics

Link to our catalogue, Social Studies

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Literacy Collection

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 27, 2008

The literacy collection kits are tubs containing a variety of books on different topics.  Topics include high interest fiction and non-fiction, history, science, math, theatre, art, inventions, sports, graphic novels, media literacy, and more.

Literacy collection kits are booked through our Video Library.  Please see our website for media booking instructions.

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Curriculum Kits

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 25, 2008

The Terry James Video Library features many kits which contain books and other media.  The curriculum based kits highlight subjects used in the current curriculum.  Titles include:

Ancient civilizations Greek and Roman – Features of communities around the world – Aspects of government – Medieval times – Rocks and minerals – Folktales – Famous Canadians – We are all equal – Natural resources – Cuisenaire rods – plus many more.

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We’re erasing prejudice for good curriculum kits

Erasing predudice kits

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