Catching Readers Before They Fall: Supporting Readers Who Struggle, K-4

If you have ever been at a loss for what to say and do when confronted with a child who struggles, this is the book for you. It explains and describes the complex, integrated network of strategies used by proficient readers — strategies that struggling readers have to learn in order to construct their own reading process. The examples of teacher/student interactions provide a sense of how it looks and what it sounds like to teach strategic actions to struggling readers.

Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits

This practical manual presents an evidence-based coaching model for helping students whose academic performance is suffering due to deficits in executive skills, including time and task management, planning, organization, impulse control, and emotional regulation. In just a few minutes a day, coaches can provide crucial support and instruction tailored to individual students' needs. From leading experts, the book provides detailed guidelines for incorporating coaching into a response-to-intervention framework, identifying students who can benefit, conducting each session, and monitoring progress. Special topics include how to implement a classwide peer coaching program. More than three dozen reproducible assessment tools, forms, and handouts are featured; the large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading

Inferring, questioning, determining importance. It’s not easy to explain these abstract reading strategies to elementary readers, yet knowing how they work and how to use them is an important first step to connecting with texts. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make abstract thinking concrete and that can help every child in your classroom make more effective use of reading comprehension strategies.

Comprehension Connections is a guide to developing children’s ability to fully understand texts by making the comprehension process achievable, accessible, and incremental. McGregor’s approach sequences stages of learning for each strategy that take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding. Her lessons build bridges between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels. All the while Comprehension Connections offers an inside look at the dynamic of McGregor’s teaching, showing you how her ideas look in action, and including the language she uses and that she encourages her students to use as they build their facility with: schema, inferring, questioning, determining importance, visualizing, synthesizing.

Many students struggle to understand what it is they are supposed to do as they learn to read strategically. Help them make connections to the ideas behind reading and watch as your readers go deeper into texts than ever before.

Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Designs for Living and Learning has been a favorite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more fresh ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture learning. With hundreds of all-new colorful photographs and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow.

Developing Self-Regulating Learners

Developing Self-regulating Learners was written as a resource for any educator interested in learning more about self-regulated learning (SRL) and how to support the development of self-regulating learners. It is also an ideal text for Teacher Education and graduate-level courses in educational psychology, special education, and classroom practice. The book is organized into three parts:

Part One presents “portraits of SRL” that help educators define self-regulated learning, consider why fostering SRL is so important, and see relationships between SRL, social-emotional learning, and executive functioning. 

Part Two describes and illustrates SRL—promoting practices. Chapters in this section describe: how educators can establish safe and supportive learning environments that foster rich forms of learning and SRL; key guidelines educators can follow when building SRL-promoting practices; how educators can design activities and tasks that create opportunities for rich forms of learning and self- regulation; how educators can weave explicit supports for SRL into environments and activities; and how educators can structure assessments and feedback to inform and empower learning. 

Part Three pulls together ideas presented in Parts One and Two, giving rich case examples of how and why supporting SRL can assist educators in: meeting the needs of diverse students; motivating and empowering learners; and, ultimately, empowering 21st-century learning.

Overall, this book will assist preservice and inservice educators in connecting research on self-regulation to learning in classrooms, and in effectively linking theoretical content with practical classroom applications and strategies. 

Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding

What are “essential questions,” and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What’s so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students’ discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards—local or Common Core State Standards—in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K–12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging—for both teachers and students—and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested “response strategies” to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community—students, teachers, and administrators—benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

Concise and practitioner friendly, this bestselling guide has helped put executive skills on the map for school-based clinicians and educators. The book explains how these critical cognitive processes develop and why they play such a key role in children's behavior and school performance. Provided are step-by-step guidelines and many practical tools to promote executive skill development by implementing environmental modifications, individualized instruction, coaching, and whole-class interventions. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book includes more than two dozen reproducible assessment tools, checklists, and planning sheets. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction

Finally, an accessible professional learning resource that provides clear, ready-to-use ideas for differentiating instruction in mathematics! Describes two easy-to-implement strategies for differentiating mathematics in any strand. Offers almost 300 questions and tasks that teachers and coaches can adopt immediately, or use as models to create their own. Includes Teaching Tips sidebars and organizing templates to help readers build new tasks and open questions. Shows how to create a more inclusive classroom learning community that engages participants from all level.

Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles

Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses provides the key to helping your students become enthusiastic, confident readers. In the author’s unique approach to Literature Circles, no roles are used and no limits are set on the amount students read. Students choose their books from an appropriate pre-arranged set, engage in meaningful conversations about their books with their peers, keep response journals, and work biweekly on a whole-class comprehension strategy. In this resource, you will find: steps for establishing Literature Circles in your classroom strategies and ideas for building purposeful discussion groups practical techniques that help students select books comprehensive book lists tips and criteria to help students write insightful personal responses suggestions for assessing and evaluating student work in Literature Circles

Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classrom

Join the maker movement! There's a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

Children are natural tinkerers
Their seminal learning experiences come through direct experience with materials. Digital fabrication, such as 3D printing and physical computing, including Arduino, MaKey MaKey and Raspberry Pi, expands a child's toy and toolboxes with new ways to make things and new things to make. For the first time ever, childhood inventions may be printed, programmed or imbued with interactivity. Recycled materials can be brought back to life.

While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn't work that way! Architects are artists. Craftsmen deal in aesthetics, tradition and mathematical precision. Video game developers rely on computer science. Engineering and industrial design are inseparable. The finest scientists are often accomplished musicians. The maker community brings children, hobbyists and professionals together in a glorious celebration of personal expression with a modern flare.

When 3-D printing, precision cutting, microcomputer control, robotics and computer programming become integral to the art studio, auto shop or physics lab, every student needs access to tools, knowledge and problem solving skills. The maker movement not only blurs the artificial boundaries between subject areas, it erases distinctions between art and science while most importantly obliterating the crippling practice of tracking students in academic pursuits or vocational training. There are now multiple pathways to learning what we have always taught and things to do that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

Making for every classroom budget
Even if you don't have access to expensive (but increasingly affordable) hardware, every classroom can become a makerspace where kids and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low-tech materials. The potential range, breadth, power, complexity and beauty of projects has never been greater thanks to the amazing new tools, materials, ingenuity and playfulness you will encounter in this book.

In this practical guide, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager provide K-12 educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.

It's All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners (Volume 1)

How can we help students develop the thinking skills they need to be successful learners? How does this relate to deep learning of important concepts? How can we engage and support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms where they develop understanding and thinking skills? In this book, Faye and Leyton explore these questions and offer classroom examples to help busy teachers develop communities where all students learn. This book is written by two experienced educators who offer a welcoming and “can do” approach to the big ideas in education today. In this book, you will find: insightful ways to teach diverse learners, e.g., literature and information circles, open-ended strategies, cooperative learning, inquiry curriculum design frameworks, e.g., universal design for learning (UDL) and backward design assessment for, of, and as learning lessons to help students develop deep learning and thinking skills in English, Social Studies, and Humanities excellent examples of theory and practice made accessible real school examples of collaboration — teachers working together to create better learning opportunities for their students

It's All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners (Volume 2)

In this second volume of It’s All About Thinking, the authors focus their expertise on the disciplines of mathematics and science, translating principles into practices that help other educators with their students. How can we help students develop the thinking skills they need to become successful learners? How does this relate to deep learning of important concepts in mathematics and science? How can we engage and support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms where they develop understanding and thinking skills? In this book, Faye, Leyton and Carole explore these questions and offer classroom examples to help busy teachers develop communities where all students learn. This book is written by three experienced educators who offer a welcoming and “can-do” approach to the big ideas in math and science education today. In this book you will find: insightful ways to teach diverse learners (Information circles, open-ended strategies, inquiry, manipulatives and models) lessons crafted using curriculum design frameworks (udl and backwards design) assessment for, as, and of learning fully fleshed-out lessons and lesson sequences; inductive teaching to help students develop deep learning and thinking skills in Math and Science assessment tools (and student samples) for concepts drawn from learning outcomes in Math and Science curricula excellent examples of theory and practice made accessible real school examples of collaboration — teachers working together to create better learning opportunities for their students

Kindergarten Teacher's Resource Book


Learning Together with Young Children: A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

Many curriculum books treat teaching as something you do to or for children. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, bestselling authors in the early learning field, believe teaching is a collaborative process in which you reexamine your own philosophy and practice.

Learning to Write and Loving It: Preschool/Kindergarten

This book equips teachers of young children with research-based practical strategies, assessment tools, and motivating writing activities that are easily applicable to all learning environments.

Lessons That Change Writers

In Lessons That Change Writers, Atwell has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilessons as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over 100 of these writing lessons, which are described by her students as “the best of the best.”  Lessons That Change Writers includes a book of minilessons and an accompanying Resource Binder.

Mathematics Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching

Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success. Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler—Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning—has studied why students don't like math and often fail in math classes. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students.

There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice. Boaler translates Carol Dweck's concept of 'mindset' into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning. Boaler reveals the steps that must be taken by schools and parents to improve math education for all. Mathematical Mindsets: explains how the brain processes mathematics learning, reveals how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences, provides examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning, explains ways to give students a positive math mindset, gives examples of how assessment and grading policies need to change to support real understanding.

Scores of students hate and fear math, so they end up leaving school without an understanding of basic mathematical concepts. Their evasion and departure hinders math-related pathways and STEM career opportunities. Research has shown very clear methods to change this phenomena, but the information has been confined to research journals—until now. Mathematical Mindsets provides a proven, practical roadmap to mathematics success for any student at any age.

Math Work Stations: Independent Learning You Can Count On, K-2

This inspiration-filled resource offers ideas to help children develop conceptual understanding and skills, use math vocabulary, and connect large concepts to meaningful independent exploration. The book details over 70 specific stations on beginning number concepts, addition & subtraction, place value, geometry, and measurement. With 300+ full-color photos.

Start Where They Are: Differentiating for Success with the Young Adolescent, Grades 7-12

Each chapter includes theory, notes on classroom implications, and implementation suggestions: bridges theory and practice, targets the needs of the adolescent learner, roots differentiated instructino within an effective classroom

Unique Features: Quiz for each chapter to guide teachers through a personalized exploration of content; Implications for the Classroom examine specific issues related to adolescenece and how these affect teaching and learning; Try This provides specific strategies for differentiated instruction in the adolescent classroom; Learn More About provides sources for additional reading on specific topics; CD-ROM provides easy-to-use modifiable blackline masters

Tuned Out: Engaging the 21st Century Learner

From the bestselling author of Start Where They Are and Evidence to Action comes a new professional book for all educators focused on improving student engagement in the 21st century. Karen Hume’s accessible writing style and practical advice for teachers highlights what is different about today’s classrooms and explores the relationship between teacher and student engagement.

Tuned Out is built on the understanding that there are five key aspects to student engagement: Competence, Creativity, Community, Context and Challenge.

With the purchase of the print book, you also gain access to the Tuned Out website. This web-based resource features case studies, line masters, research summaries, author blog and a complete etext version of Tuned Out.

Tuned Out is a must have professional resource for all educators working in schools in the 21st century.

Understanding by Design

What is understanding and how does it differ from knowledge? How can we determine the big ideas worth understanding? Why is understanding an important teaching goal, and how do we know when students have attained it? How can we create a rigorous and engaging curriculum that focuses on understanding and leads to improved student performance in today’s high-stakes, standards-based environment? Authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe answer these and many other questions in this second edition of Understanding by Design. Drawing on feedback from thousands of educators around the world who have used the UbD framework since its introduction in 1998, the authors have greatly revised and expanded their original work to guide educators across the K-16 spectrum in the design of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. With an improved UbD Template at its core, the book explains the rationale of backward design and explores in greater depth the meaning of such key ideas as essential questions and transfer tasks. Readers will learn why the familiar coverage- and activity-based approaches to curriculum design fall short, and how a focus on the six facets of understanding can enrich student learning. With an expanded array of practical strategies, tools, and examples from all subject areas, the book demonstrates how the research-based principles of Understanding by Design apply to district frameworks as well as to individual units of curriculum. Combining provocative ideas, thoughtful analysis, and tested approaches, this new edition of Understanding by Design offers teacher-designers a clear path to the creation of curriculum that ensures better learning and a more stimulating experience for students and teachers alike.