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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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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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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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Making Thinking Visible

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 16, 2011

Multimedia Text Sets: Changing the Shape of Engagement and Learning by Janice Marcuccilli Strop and Jennifer Carlson.

Organized around a set of nested metaphors, each of which is important to understanding and appreciating its message.  Luke and Freebody’s Four Resources Model provides the structure for dividing the book into chapters.  There are separate chapters on the reader as decoder, reader as meaning maker, reader as text user, and reader as text critic.  The focus is on helping  provide students with the tools they need to understand why authors write what they do the way they do, so students are able to articulate both the transparent and hidden meanings of the messages they encounter in a variety of text forms.

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Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence For All Learners, by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison.

Offers research-based solutions for creating classrooms as places of intellectual stimulation where learning is viewed in the development of individuals who can think, plan, create, question, and engage independently as learners.  Inside diverse learning environments shows how thinking can be made visible at any grade level and across all subject areas through the use of effective questioning, listening, documentation, and facilitative structures called thinking routines.  By applying these processes thinking becomes visible as learners’ ideas are expressed, discussed, and reflected upon.  Includes a DVD of instructive video clips.

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Thinking Through Quality Questioning:  Deepening Student Engagement, by Jackie Acree Walsh and Beth Dankert Sattes.

The framework and accompanying strategies and tools are appropriate for all K-16 classrooms and all content areas.  It consists of five component behaviors, each of which, in turn, consist of a set of contributing behaviors.  A source of questioning techniques offering practical tools for crafting questions worth thinking about.

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Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child Who Is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow, New Edition by Kay Alicyn Ferrel.

Reflects the increasing knowledge about the development of young visually impaired children, the growing body of literature about early intervention, and the changes in the existing laws and services.  Written for parents, by parents.

The original premise-giving parents the tools to communicate with professionals and to make decisions about their children’s early education –  remains at the heart of this book.  This book presumes that visual impairment changes how children learn, not what children learn.  The goal is to demystify professional practice, so families understand why a particular strategy or intervention is recommended, why it might be important, and why they might wish to utilize it.

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Schools For All Kinds of Minds:  Boosting Student Success By Embracing Learning  Variation, by Mary-Dean Barringer, Craig Pohlman and Michele Robinson.

Based on cutting-edge brain research this groundbreaking book offers a dynamic approach to closing the ever-widening achievement gap in schools.  The focus – which recognizes kids’ learning strengths, not just deficits – can lead to school success even for struggling students.  Includes reflection exercises and accompanying online resources that can facilitate the use of the model within school-based professional learning communities and other staff development activities.

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The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement, by Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala.

Discover the link between physical activity and academic success.  Shows how to integrate movement with classroom teaching and learning to increase attention span and help the brain master new information.  Readers will learn how to use short activity breaks to refocus students and movement games to reinforce the academic curriculum.

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Differentiating the Curriculum For Gifted Learners, by Wendy Conklin and Shelby Frei.

Take the mystery out of teaching gifted children by addressing effective research-supported ways to differentiate instruction, as well as how curriculum can be extended, accelerated, and enriched for gifted children.  Find additional resources at the end of each chapter with professional readings for further research. 

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Environmental Print For Early Childhood Literacy Skills, by Jennifer Prior and Maureen R. Gerard, provides dynamic lessons that use the words that young children see in their everyday experiences to build literacy skills.  Lessons focus on building phonological awareness, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, while making connections to content areas and to literacy experiences at home and at school.  Includes strategies for working with English language learners, extension ideas for family involvement, and center ideas.

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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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Media Literacy

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on January 25, 2010

Media literacy is the ability to sift through and analyze the messages that inform, entertain and sell to us every day. It’s the ability to bring critical thinking skills to bear on all media— from music videos and Web environments to product placement in films and virtual displays on NHL hockey boards. It’s about asking pertinent questions about what’s there, and noticing what’s not there. And it’s the instinct to question what lies behind media productions— the motives, the money, the values and the ownership— and to be aware of how these factors influence content.

Media education encourages a probing approach to the world of media: Who is this message intended for? Who wants to reach this audience, and why? From whose perspective is this story told? Whose voices are heard, and whose are absent? What strategies does this message use to get my attention and make me feel included?

In our world of multi-tasking, commercialism, globalization and interactivity, media education isn’t about having the right answers—it’s about asking the right questions. The result is lifelong empowerment of the learner and citizen.  — Jane Tallim

Link to Media Awareness Network website

The Terry James Resource Library and Media Library have many books, videos and kits that deal with media literacy.

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Information Literacy

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 16, 2009

Today’s students have a world of information at their fingertips.  The Terry James Resource Library has many materials available to help teachers help students deal with the information age.  An example of these resources is:

building infoBuilding Info Smarts by Carol Koechlin & Sandi Zwann

Help students master the tools and strategies that they need to work with all kinds of information and make it ther own — from reading books and analyzing a movie to working on a research project.  Grades 4-12.

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CBC News In Review

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 19, 2008

News in Review is a subscription series of one hour educational tapes hosted by CBC journalist and news anchor Carla Robinson, featuring CBC correspondents.

It has been designed by teachers for an integrated curriculum and is an effective learning tool for Canadian studies, global studies, history, social science, media literacy, English and E.S.L. Each News in Review segment is carefully crafted to give students and teachers a timely and concise examination of Canadian and world issues. Footage from CBC’s archives helps provide historical context. A comprehensive resource guide written by experienced educators supplies background information. News in Review is also closed captioned.

News in Review Resource Guides
Resource Guides are available online in their entirety. 

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