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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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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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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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Education and Technology

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 24, 2010

In this age of advancing technology, education is changing to meet new challenges. Check out new ideas for the changing technological landscape with these new books at the Terry James Resource Library.


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Web Literacy

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 20, 2008

Welcome to the world wide web.  The Terry James Resource Library has a new blog, and now we have teacher resources that reflect this exciting technology.  Titles include:

Blogs, wikis, MySpace, and more – Making the most of the Web in your classroom – RSS for educators – Podcasting for teachers – Web literacy for educators – Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for the classroom – Web 2.0: new tools, new schools – Classroom blogging

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