New Titles

  • Reading Power, Revised & Expanded Edition

    Teaching students to think while they read

    Ten years ago, Reading Power was launched in an elementary school in Vancouver. It has since evolved into a recognized approach to comprehension instruction being implemented across Canada, in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and China. This ground-breaking approach showed teachers how to help students think while they read — connect, question, visualize, infer, and transform. Since the publication of the first edition of Reading Power, Adrienne Gear has continued to reflect on and refine her ideas about metacognition, comprehension instruction, and the Reading Power strategies. This revised and expanded edition shares these new understandings, and offers teachers new ideas, new lessons, and, of course, new anchor books to support the Reading Power principles. An ideal resource for teachers familiar to this strategic approach to teaching reading, or for those looking for new ways to connect thinking with reading.

    Coming in November 2015 — Pre-order today!

     


    Author(s): Adrienne Gear

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383101

    Price: $24.95
  • Construction Zone, The

    Building scaffolds for readers and writers

    Instructional scaffolding is an essential part of teaching literacy. But what is scaffolding exactly? What does it look like in the classroom, and how can we improve the ways we use it?

    In essence, scaffolding is the idea of supporting students as they build independence. The Construction Zone identifies four critical processes to deepen your understanding and improve your practice of instructional scaffolding: finding and maintaining focus; practicing flexibility in instruction; giving constructive feedback; and monitoring to ensure responsibility. It provides procedures and techniques to help you establish and maintain strong scaffolds throughout the instructional day. Discover how to embrace your role in the scaffolding process, while staying mindful of the needs of your students.

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    On Twitter: #constructionzone


    Author(s): Terry Thompson

    Pages: 216
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781571108692

    Price: $29.95
  • The Feedback-Friendly Classroom



    Learning is inherently social, built on the daily interactions in the classroom. What if feedback — from teacher to student, between students, from student to teacher — could be seen as essential to the ongoing process that defines the learning environment? This groundbreaking book explores using feedback to help students become better learners, examines the crucial use of verbal and nonverbal language to engage and guide students, and shows strategies and activities to establish and promote effective feedback within the classroom and beyond.

    Coming in October 2015 — Pre-order today!


    Author(s): Deborah McCallum

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383040

    Price: $24.95
  • Vocabularians

    Integrated word study in the middle grades

    Vocabularians is a book for any educator who wants to help young adolescents increase knowledge and competence with word study while bringing interest, motivation, and even joy to their learning.

    This thoughtful book highlights effective ways to develop students' vocabulary skills using art, music, games, and technology, as well as the more traditional reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. It illustrates how to build word networks, flood the classroom with academic vocabulary, and incorporate three key word-solving strategies: teaching students to use context to clarify meaning; decipher words by breaking down prefixes, suffixes, and root words; and consult reference materials in authentic ways. By blending current research with real classroom experience and application, Vocabularians is an easy-to-use, customized-to-middle-school resource that will improve instruction and assessment right across the content areas.

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    Author(s): Brenda Overturf and Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes-Smith

    Pages: 220
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781625310163

    Price: $28.95
    Price: $25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Nonfiction Writing, K–3



    Today’s young learners know more about their world than ever before. This remarkable book shows that even our youngest writers can consider audience and purpose as they use nonfiction writing to document their ideas and share those ideas with others. But if students are going to be able to use writing to learn, they must have opportunities for learning to write. That’s what this book is for. A wealth of hands-on minilessons offer strategies for writing informational, persuasive, and procedural text. Each lesson starts with a learning goal and follows an “I do, we do, you do” format. Teachers will find a wealth of ideas for guiding young students to write about what they know and care about.

    Coming in November 2015 — Pre-order today!

     


    Author(s): Lori Jamison Rog

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383033

    Price: $24.95
  • This Is a Great Book!

    101 events for building enthusiastic readers inside and outside the classroom — from chapter books to young adult novels

    “This Is a Great Book!” champions the belief that having a wide range of “great” books to read is essential to students’ becoming readers — both inside the classroom, and beyond. Based on extensive research, this highly readable book explores a range of recommended titles that cover a spectrum of developmental stages, from early chapter books to young adult novels. The 101 literacy events outlined within include a wealth of practical strategies: more than fifty reproducible activities, assessment profiles, and inventories for easy classroom use. Committed to nurturing the love of reading, this passionate book invites readers to dig deeper by responding through writing, discussion, the arts, media, and more. Special attention is given to the world of leisure reading, where readers make choices based on their preferences and tastes as they build a lifelong interest in fiction that will enrich their lives.

    Coming in October 2015 — Pre-order today!


    Author(s): Larry Swartz and Shelley Stagg Peterson

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383088

    Price: $24.95
  • Conquering the Crowded Curriculum



    Discover innovative ways to conquer the many curricular challenges in today's diverse classrooms!

    This practical book shows teachers how to work collaboratively to weave authentic learning tapestries where content knowledge and diverse understandings are drawn from one subject discipline and used to enrich others. It offers simple ways to build on the four principles of inquiry, innovation, identity, and integration to form a creative framework for delivering curriculum. The book introduces ten comprehensive, planned projects that integrate curriculum areas, and encourage students to see different perspectives; think critically and imaginatively about ideas; work with new materials; and represent their knowledge in precise and profound ways. Based on Kathy Lundy's extensive classroom experience, this timely new book suggests meaningful ways for the entire education community to work together to deliver a curriculum that is relevant and engaging.

    Coming in October 2015 — Pre-order today!


    Author(s): Kathleen Gould Lundy

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2014
    ISBN: 9781551382944

    Price: $24.95
  • Growing Independent Learners

    From literacy standards to stations, K-3

    A comprehensive guide — with more than 400 full-color photos — to help plan instruction focused on literacy standards, organize your classroom for maximum benefit, and lead your students to independence through whole-group lessons, small-group focus, and partner learning at literacy stations. The first four chapters lay the foundation with the planning, organizing, and instruction that are essential for success with literacy work stations. Later chapters focus on standards-based instruction that is built around key reading, writing, and foundational skills as well as speaking, listening, and language standards. Growing Independent Learners will help you create a vibrant classroom filled with independent learners. This book will quickly become an essential resource for any teacher who believes that all children can learn to independence in a well-organized and mindful classroom.

    Coming in October 2015 — Pre-order today!

     


    Author(s): Debbie Diller

    Pages: 500
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781571109125

    Price: $62.95
  • P.L.A.N. for Better Learning



    This hands-on guide is designed to assist teachers as they structure their learning practice. The framework of four basic and proven steps — Preparation, Learning Sequence, Authentic Application, and New Thinking — can be used at any level, for any subject, and for learning applications from lessons to unit plans. The P.L.A.N. approach aims to improve flow in teaching — to help teachers truly implement purposeful planning, personalization, and engagement. Combining the best research on how we learn with practical lesson exemplars, the P.L.A.N. process encourages and supports goal setting, student engagement, and transformational learning.

    Coming in September 2015 — Pre-order today!


    Author(s): Kevin Bird and Kirk Savage

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383057

    Price: $24.95
  • Story

    Still the heart of literacy learning

    Stories surround, support, and sustain us. We see and hear them walking down the street, on our digital newsfeeds, in our interactions with one another, in the ways our students play, and in books, poetry, music, images, media, and dramatic works. This powerful book offers a wealth of effective steps to bridge strategy with story, and help students build literacy skills, delve deeper into comprehension, and become truly engaged in learning. You’ll also find specific ways to build a rich and diverse classroom library, along with numerous examples of multigenre and multimodal stories from literature, poetry, songs, and multimedia.

    Coming in October 2015 — Pre-order today!


    Author(s): Katie Egan Cunningham

    Pages: 192
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781625310248

    Price: $28.95
  • Power Up

    Making the shift to 1:1 teaching and learning

    Wherever you are on the path to 1:1 teaching and learning, you need a guide that can help you make the best use of the powerful technology available in today's classrooms. This inspiring and practical book shares the keys to success when teaching with a computer or tablet for every student. This is the book you need to understand the changes in pedagogy, planning, classroom organization, time management, and collaboration that will lead to success in a 1:1 environment. Whether providing immediate and detailed feedback to student writers, giving voice to quiet learners, or creating more time for actual work in a jam-packed school day, Power Up illustrates how communication, differentation, and other effective practices can be enhanced with personal technology.

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    Author(s): Diane Neebe and Jen Roberts

    Pages: 264
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781625310132

    Price: $32.95
    Price: $29.95 (eBook)
    Price: $42.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Well Played

    Building mathematical thinking through number games and puzzles

    Students love math games and puzzles, but how much are they really learning from the experience? Well Played shows you how to make games and puzzles an integral learning component that provides unique access to student thinking. The book offers 25 classroom-tested games and puzzles which contain:

    • explanations of its mathematical importance and how it supports student learning
    • variations that address a range of learning levels and styles
    • clear step-by-step directions
    • classroom vignettes that model how best to introduce the featured activity

    The book also includes a separate chapter with suggestions for effectively managing games and puzzles in diverse classrooms; reproducibles that provide directions, game boards, game cards, and puzzles; assessment ideas; and recommendations for online games, puzzles, and apps.

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    Author(s): Linda Dacey and Karen Gartland and Jayne Bamford Lynch

    Pages: 240
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781625310323

    Price: $33.95
    Price: $30.95 (eBook)
    Price: $43.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Dramatic Play in the Early Years



    This practical book offers unique and powerful ways to use play to investigate stories, big ideas, and events. It focuses on dramatic play as a natural response to learning. It argues that dramatic play is not theatre, but a dynamic process that involves planning, playing, and practice so that children become the story, live the life of characters or animals, bump up against issues, and can better appreciate the complexities of the human journey. Rooted in classroom experience, this valuable resource offers a variety of effective ways that children can be encouraged to incorporate voice, characterization, movement, stillness, concentration, and listening into play.

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    On Twitter: #dramaticplay

     


    Author(s): Elizabeth Coffman

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383071

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Independent Reading Inside the Box, 2nd Edition

    How to organize, observe, and assess reading strategies that promote deeper thinking and improve comprehension in K–8 classrooms

    The best-selling first edition of this popular book showed teachers how to use a single sheet of paper to help students focus on reading books they love rather than filling reading time with busy work. This highly anticipated second edition explores critical literacy to help promote higher-order thinking skills, relating independent reading response to instructional core. It offers sixteen new reading response “boxes”, with strategies for using them as prompts and in blended learning tasks, and options for providing thoughtful and effective feedback and assessment. The author argues for giving students choice among response tasks, and exploring innovative ways to make thinking visible during independent reading.

    Coming in October 2015 — Pre-order today!


    Author(s): Lisa Donohue

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781551383095

    Price: $24.95
  • Worth Writing About

    Exploring memoir with adolescents

    This thoughtful book illustrates how memoir writing — searching for the answers to the question "Who am I?" — can lead students to reflection, to reading, and ultimately, to deeper, more meaningful writing. It addresses the most common challenges faced when teaching memoir writing: How do you help students who say they have nothing interesting to share? How do you balance what's meaningful with what's too personal to share? How do we overcome memory?

    The book also delves into the craft of writing, from using mentor texts to crafting intriguing leads and memorable endings. Authentic student models illustrate the deep, important work that a memoir unit can produce. When students write about real stuff — the things that matter to them — they learn more about themselves, their relationships, the way they view the world, and how they want to move forward into the future.

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    Author(s): Jake Wizner

    Pages: 184
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781625310484

    Price: $27.95
    Price: $24.95 (eBook)
    Price: $37.95 (Paper + eBook)