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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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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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Students Taking Charge

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 17, 2011

Teaching the 3Cs: Creativity, Curiosity, and Courtesy: Activities That Build a Foundation For Success, by Patricia A Dischler.

Part 1. addresses creativity, that is allowing for creative moments to happen and expanding on them when they do.  Discusses what makes a creative person and what attributes can enhance and bring out creativeness in all children.  Includes activities.

Part 2. focuses on curiosity.  Discusses the importance of curiosity and how it supports further learning.  Explores the connection between curiosity and creativity.  Includes activities that foster creativity.

Finally courtesy is explored.  Teachers and parents are key in supporting this attribute through our modeling.  Activities included that promote courtesy in children. 

The purpose is to create a basis for further learning.

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Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active Technology-Infused Classroom, by Nancy Sulla.

Intended as a guide to designing an Authentic Learning Unit and structures and strategies to support its implementation.  The early chapters delve into designing an appropriate core problem for students to solve and the analytic rubic to provide them with clearly articulated expectations.  Chapter 4 introduces the notion of “participatory structures”, or ways in which students participate in the learning process.  Chapter 5 addresses differentiation techniques.  Chapter 6 offers a variety of structures and strategies for creating an environment in which students take responsibility for their own learning and thus engage more fully in the learning process.  Chapter 7 offers a look at facilitating learning in this environment.  Chapter 8 addresses physical classroom design. 

The ten principles of the “Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom” are woven throughout and then addressed in the final chapter.

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Making Math Accessible To Students With special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grade 3-5.

Each chapter offers informed choices for an array of understandable, doable, best-practice instructional procedures.  Four students are followed throughout with opportunities for reflection to increase personal awareness of both the teacher’s role and students’ needs in the mathematics classroom, tasks to provide interaction with the content of the book, and tips for ideas applicable to real-world classroom situations.  Reflections and tasks in each chapter will actively engage readers and can be used as a self-study professional development tool or as a group book study.

Aims to provide useful tools to provide high-quality, research-based instruction and support for students with special needs.  Includes reproducibles.  Easy-to-read resource, full of practical strategies and lessons based on best practices.  Explains the 5E instructional model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate – and provides a sample 5E lesson plan with clear objectives and materials checklists.

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Activities for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum, Grades K-5, by Stephen A. White. 

Designed to provide educators with diverse classroom activities that will help meet English language learners educational needs.  Includes a variety of strategies that support opportunities for the following: building academic vocabulary, increasing comprehension, developing oral language, developing socialization, cooperative learning, building and activating prior knowledge, and informal assessment with progress monitoring.  The classroom-tested activities are based on students’ language proficiency needs and the key to success with these activities is to know the proficiency level of the students and the appropriate questions to ask students at that proficiency level.

An interactive-Whiteboard-compatible CD is included that contains reproducible teacher resource materials and student activity pages for use with either Macintosh or Windows.  Activities are provided for reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The included list of questions is based on new Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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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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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 29, 2010

Video Streaming is the receiving and playing of videos through the internet.  Now you can stream live, in your classroom, more than 5000 educational videos and video clips (including PBS, National Geographic, Sunburst, A & E and much more) with the Learn360.  Or you can download for later use.  Whichever you choose, it’s instant access from school and home as long as you have an internet connection.

The Terry James Video Library has been busy purchasing videos  and video clips for Learn360.   The complete, award-winning, Language Arts series, Reading Rainbow, is now available on Learn360.  Over 70 feature film clips for Character Education, are now available.  More than 1,000 full length videos, and 6,200 video clips from A&E, are currently accessible.  Check out the Learn360 website for more exciting new features.  Just click on the Learn360 pictured above, or click the link below to see videos that are available from our video library and on Learn360.

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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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