Book Reviews

Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You – Education Article

Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You: Strategies That Work From An Educator Who’s Been ThereBy PJ Caposey(ASCD, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Anne Anderson Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You: Strategies That Work From An Educator Who’s Been There by educator PJ Caposey will not take much time to read. It’s only 135 pages. However, it may take some time to break old habits and incorporate these new techniques. Included in the book is a…

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Understanding Texts & Readers Instruction with Leveled Texts – Education Article

Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled TextsBy Jennifer Serravallo(Heinemann, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Rita Platt Every teacher who works with students as readers should read this book. All of them. If you teach in a self-contained elementary school classroom, are a reading specialist or interventionist, teach special education, are a junior high or high school English language arts teacher, or a content teacher charged with integrating disciplinary literacy, you should read this book. Jennifer Serravallo’s books Reading…

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75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow With Less Stress – Education Article

75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow With Less Stress and Quick SuccessBy Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker(Routledge/Eye On Education, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden In typical Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker style, this concise, tips-packed book is a quick read with strategies that can easily be implemented tomorrow. Yes, there are 75 chapters, but they are each two pages long, begin with a clear title (making it easy to return to each strategy as…

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Nurturing Informed Thinking: Reading, Talking, and Writing – Education Article

Nurturing Informed Thinking: Reading, Talking, and Writing Across Content-Area SourcesBy Sunday Cummins(Heinemann, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Mary K. Marsh Be sure to have your favorite highlighter in hand and sticky tabs nearby when you begin reading Nurturing Informed Thinking: Reading, Talking, and Writing Across Content-Area Sources by Sunday Cummins. It’s a book filled with practical and inspiring ideas for meaningful teaching by using multiple nonfiction sources on a topic. Both content area and ELA teachers will find this…

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Write Think Learn Tapping the Power of Daily Student Writing – Education Article

Write Think Learn: Tapping the Power of Daily Student Writing Across the Content AreasBy Mary K. Tedrow(Routledge/MiddleWeb, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi Writing well is a powerful life skill. The ability to write well is a crucial component of being able to communicate to a variety of audiences. Writing is a valuable tool for communication, sharing of knowledge, and self expression. All these statements are true, yet the amount of time students spend writing (in or out of…

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Is My School Better BECAUSE I Lead It? – Education Article

Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?By Baruti K. Kafele(ASCD, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Frank J. Hagen Is my school a better school because I lead it? This is a direct question that one might expect to be answered in the affirmative by many, if not all, current school leaders. However, an affirmative response was unfortunately not the reaction received by Baruti Kafele as he traveled around the United States on a book promotional tour.…

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Let’s Give Our Teaching Language a Makeover – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Listenwise and NewseumED   Consider two classrooms: Room 1 and Room 2. The students in both rooms are working in groups on an activity, and in each room, one of the groups has gotten off task. In Room 1, the teacher approaches the off-task group and says to them, “Get back to work or you’ll be staying in for recess!” In Room 2, the teacher approaches the off-task group and says,…

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Find Educator Inspiration in the Magic of the Beatles – Education Article

The Pepper Effect: Tap into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and InnovationBy Sean Gaillard (Dave Burgess Consulting, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden In this short guide, middle school principal and Beatles lover Sean Gaillard draws lessons for the education community from the iconic foursome and their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Gaillard also talks to principals and teachers about the value of our vision, our belief in our passion, and the importance of innovation…

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Game Changer! Assuring Book Access for All Kids – Education Article

Game Changer! Book Access for All KidsBy Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp(Scholastic, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Kevin Hodgson This is the crux of Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp’s argument: Get books into the hands of kids and then give those kids with books in their hands the time they need to read! Throughout their latest book – Game Changer! – these two literacy advocates make a plea for dedicated independent reading time and choice in books for all…

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Fulfilling the Needs of Teachers: Five Stepping Stones – Education Article

Fulfilling the Needs of Teachers: Five Stepping Stones to Professional LearningBy Andrea L. Ray(Rowman & Littlefield, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Ronda Clark Have you ever sat through a professional development session and wondered, “What am I supposed to do with this?” That question is at the heart of the book, Fulfilling the Needs of Teachers: Five Stepping Stones to Professional Learning by Andrea L. Ray. The purpose of the book is to bridge the gap between professional learning…

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Create Rigorous & Engaging Learning – Education Article

Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning ExperiencesBy Suzie Boss with John Larmer(ASCD, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Jeny Randall When I picked up Project Based Teaching, I was mired in end-of-trimester work. I didn’t have time to read. But Suzie Boss and John Larmer’s book not only drew me in, it provided the antidote for end-of-trimester fatigue. Project Based Teaching offers strategies and protocols I can put in place immediately, but more than that it…

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Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools – Education Article

Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and StrategiesBy Barbara R. Blackburn and Bradley S. Witzel(Routledge, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Bryndle Bottoms Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom is rich with useful tools and methods to effectively teach all children. The book encourages the whole school approach with specifics on leadership teams that are trained in areas of MTSS. It offers an excellent example of how to expand a current MTSS program in a school…

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Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator’s Guide – Education Article

Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator’s Guide to Leading a Growth Mindset CommunityBy Mary Cay Ricci(Prufrock Press, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Amy Klein Carol Dweck’s Mindset was first published in 2006, but it wasn’t until a bunch of years after that I finally held a copy in my hands. I’d heard that this growth mindset thinking had gotten the attention of educators. Feeling a little behind the times, I read with interest. I’ll never forget skimming the…

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10 Essential Shifts of Everyday Teaching Practice – Education Article

Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Everyday PracticeBy Lee Watanabe-Crockett(Solution Tree Press, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Alex Valencic Much has been written on the topic of 21st century competencies, teaching, learning, and leadership and much will likely be written on this topic for many years to come. A quick perusal of my bookshelf at work reveals at least 15 such volumes; a search of colleagues’ shelves would undoubtedly reveal even more. So it was with some interest that…

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From Striving to Thriving: Strategies to Jump-Start Writing – Education Article

From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start WritingBy Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger with Stephanie Harvey(Scholastic, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Pam Hamilton “We must trust ourselves as professional decision-makers, and we must trust students as powerful language learners.” Wow. I hope these words by Stephanie Harvey in the foreword of this book energize and empower you as they do me. This vision is the essence of the From Striving to Thriving series, of which this book is…

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Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension – Education Article

Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled TextsBy Jennifer Serravallo(Heinemann, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi Simply amazing! Jennifer Serravallo outdid herself – again! Her new book, Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts, is one of the most teacher friendly books that I have read. As a mentor and coach to student teachers, I am always looking for books that will help our next generation of professionals become more cognizant of their…

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