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  • Powerful Writing Structures

    Brain pocket strategies for supporting a year-long writing program

    This timely book uses thinking structures to deepen student writing. It revolves around “brain pockets” to help students appreciate the qualities of different writing forms. Some powerful examples include memory pockets for personal narrative writing, fact pockets for nonfiction, and imagination pockets for story writing. Detailed lesson plans are featured along with sample anchor books and book lists. Based on extensive classroom testing, student samples throughout the book illustrate this unique approach to teaching writing. Suggestions for setting up an effective writing program and assessment tips for guiding instruction complete this comprehensive approach to developing a year-long writing program.

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    Author(s): Adrienne Gear

    Pages: 198
    Publication Date: 2020
    ISBN: 9781551383446

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition, The

    Engaging all students in daily literacy assessment and instruction

    Teachers are learners too, and for the past ten years, Gail Boushey and Allison Behne have been working with hundreds of teachers and students nationwide, gaining insight into best practices for reading instruction. Using those insights, they developed The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition to help teachers apply what their research has shown—that reading instruction is not about the setting, the basal, or the book level. Rather, effective reading instruction is based on what that student needs in that moment.

    The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition builds on the same research-based, student-centered foundations as the original, but now includes

    • A new process of planning data-driven instruction using the Seven Steps from Assessment to Instruction;
    •  The Instruction Protocol—a framework to guide your instruction and planning;
    • Significant resources to help with lesson planning, assessment, goal setting, and parent involvement;
    • A revised CAFE menu and a checklist of skills for emerging readers;
    • New and improved forms for both the online conferring notebook and a pencil/paper notebook to support more effective conferring with students;
    • The addition of CAFE’s Essential Elements, a resource to guide your understanding of student-focused instruction;
    • And new and revised Ready Reference Guides that include when to teach the strategy, options differentiating instruction, and partner strategies.

    The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition gives you a variety of tools to structure your literacy block and create an environment where your students are engaged readers and writers with resources that set them up for success. This CAFE system is all you need to support, guide, and coach your students toward the strategies that will move them forward.

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    Author(s): Gail Boushey and Allison Behne

    Pages: 264
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625312792

    Price: $44.95
  • Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World, 2nd Edition

    This era of “fake” news demands a deeper curriculum that questions inconsistencies of facts and opinions in various texts and images. This timely revision of a ground-breaking book offers opportunities for students to connect with social justice issues through inventive language exploration and the active examination of all forms of media. It encourages teachers to evaluate their core teaching beliefs and recognize the realities of their students’ lives for a richer understanding of our complex world. A glossary of more than fifty strategies, along with reproducible pages for easy classroom use, complement this essential resource.

    Coming in February 2020 — Pre-order today!

    Author(s): Kathleen Gould Lundy

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2020
    ISBN: 9781551383439

    Price: $24.95
  • Writing, Redefined

    Broadening our ideas of what it means to compose

    Writing, Redefined challenges teachers to expand our thinking of writing beyond pen and paper. It gives us the power to change what “counts” as writing in schools and classrooms, opening the doorway to students who may not consider themselves to be writers, but should and can. Shawna offers alternative, engaging writing assignments that are visual, aural, and multimodal that will involve all students. There is no question that composition in its most common, alphabetic form is important and worthy of frequent study, practice, and play, but broadening our definition of writing opens up an enormous range of possibilities for composing for all students. Even teachers who might feel unprepared to embrace such a new approach will find Shawna’s specific suggestions and examples intriguing, perhaps irresistible.

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    Author(s): Shawna Coppola

    Pages: 176
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625312754

    Price: $35.95
  • Open Middle Math

    Problems that unlock student thinking, grades 6-12

    Imagine that you assign a math problem and your students, instead of getting discouraged after not solving it on the first attempt, start working harder—as if on a quest to figure out the answer. They talk to each other and enthusiastically share their discoveries. What could possibly make this fantastic scenario come true? The answer is: the Open Middle math problems and strategies in this book.

    Open Middle Math by Robert Kaplinsky gives middle and high school teachers the problems and planning guidance that will encourage students to see mathematics in an entirely different light. These challenging and rewarding Open Middle math problems will help you see your students build genuine conceptual understanding, perseverance, and creativity. With these practical and intuitive strategies, extensive resources, and Robert’s own stories about his journey learning to use Open Middle math problems successfully, you will be able to support, challenge, and motivate all your students.

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    Author(s): Robert Kaplinsky

    Pages: 192
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625311740

    Price: $35.95
  • Next Steps with Academic Conversations

    New ideas for improving learning with classroom talk

    Conversation was not invented to help people choose right answers on tests. It evolved to solve problems, build ideas, build relationships, and understand others and the world. Yet despite its power to grow minds and hearts, effective conversations are still too scarce in our schools.

    Jeff shared his initial vision for classroom conversations in his 2011 book, Academic Conversations. In this follow-up book, Next Steps with Academic Conversations, he builds on those original ideas by offering

    • an updated synthesis of conversation work across disciplines and grade levels,
    • highlights of the most recent classroom-based research and theory on classroom conversation,
    • answers to questions that have emerged during this work with teachers and administrators, and
    • new classroom strategies and practices for fostering and assessing classroom conversations.

    This resource is the product of his extensive research, co-teaching, and collaborating with a wide range of educators. It was written for busy teachers who want a practical guide for strengthening the quality and quantity of productive conversations in their lessons.

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    Author(s): Jeff Zwiers

    Pages: 0
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625312990

    Price: $42.95
  • Start with Joy

    Designing literacy learning for student happiness

    Start with Joy argues that happiness must be as much of a priority in teaching as proficiency or achievement. When teachers intentionally design curriculum with joy at its heart, learning becomes more meaningful and memorable. The book links what we know from the science of happiness with what we know about effective literacy instruction. By examining characters in the books they read, children develop empathy for others and come to understand that we all struggle and we all love. When given a choice about what to write, children express hopes, fears, and reactions to life’s experiences. Literacy learning is full of opportunities for students to learn tools to live a happy life.

    This book honors the adventure that learning is meant to be. By infusing school days with happiness, teachers can support children as they become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers, while also helping them learn that strength comes from challenge, and joy comes from leading a purposeful life.

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    Author(s): Katie Egan Cunningham

    Pages: 0
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625312839

    Price: $42.95
  • Engaging Literate Minds

    Developing children's social, emotional, and intellectual lives, K–3

    Increasingly, educators are recognizing that for children to thrive intellectually, they need classrooms that offer and grow positive relationships and behavior, emotional self-regulation, and a sense of well-being. Using the guiding principles from his best-selling resources, Choice Words and Opening Minds, author Peter Johnston and six colleagues began a journey to create such classrooms—environments in which children meaningfully engage with each other through reading, writing, making and discussing books. By embracing the ideas and teaching strategies in Engaging Literate Minds, you can help your students become socially, emotionally, and intellectually healthy.

    Coming in March 2020 — Pre-Order today!

    Author(s): Peter H. Johnston and et al.

    Pages: 344
    Publication Date: 2020
    ISBN: 9781625311627

    Price: $51.95
  • Up for Debate

    Exploring math through argument

    Discover the route to a classroom culture where students do the talking, explain their thinking, and critique each other’s mathematical reasoning, all in the context of the math you're expected to teach. You’ll start with short speaking and listening routines that take just a few minutes to introduce. As you and your students progress, you can layer on additional debate routines, until your class is engaging in full-class debates using mathematical reasoning. With this easy-to-read guide, you don't need to wait any longer. You will be able to start debating in your classroom, tomorrow!

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    Author(s): Chris Luzniak

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625312815

    Price: $28.95
  • How and Wow of Teaching, The

    Quick ideas for mastering any classroom situation effectively, efficiently, and enthusiastically

    Teachers succeed when they grow, develop, and strive to maintain excitement and wonder: the WOW of learning. This book examines a wide variety of daily tasks, from delivering engaging lessons to nurturing life skills. Throughout the book, simple steps for instruction are explained, along with suggestions for fun-filled activities and games. Practical and hands-on, the book offers tricks, techniques, and original ideas for excellent classroom instruction in all subject areas. It demonstrates how the WOW factor will help teachers remain motivated as they enrich the classroom learning experience for students.

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    Author(s): Kathy Paterson

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781551383422

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Super Spellers Starter Sets

    Because spelling is for reading, it is important to teach spelling, not merely assign it. With Super Spellers Starter Sets, you have everything you need to bring to life the wisdom of Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction. Building on his research-based approach, Mark Weakland provides practical, hands-on tools to create spelling centers; teach spelling strategies that help children solve spelling challenges; and introduce everything from short vowel patterns to multi-syllable Greek- and Latin-based words.

    This teacher resource provides a wealth of material, all adaptable to match the needs of your students:

    • Seven spelling strategy lessons every student needs to know
    • More than 20 lessons for different grade levels
    • Pointers, differentiated word lists, sorting masters and correlating word ladders
    • Six must-have spelling centers for nurturing independent practice
    • A resource-rich appendix

    With these resources, your students will notice and remember spelling patterns and words, and—most importantly—make connections between spelling and their reading and writing lives.

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    Author(s): Mark Weakland

    Pages: 254
    Publication Date: 2019
    ISBN: 9781625312716

    Price: $39.95
  • Teaching Tough Topics

    How do I use children's literature to build a deeper understanding of social justice, equity and diversity?

    Teaching Tough Topics shows teachers how to lead students to become caring citizens as they read and respond to quality children’s literature. It focuses on topics that can be challenging or sensitive, yet are significant in order to build understanding of social justice, diversity, and equity. Racism, Homophobia, Bullying, Religious Intolerance, Poverty, and Physical and Mental Challenges are just some of the themes explored. The book is rooted in the belief that by using picture books, novels, poetry, and nonfiction, teachers can enrich learning with compassion and empathy as students make connections to texts, to others, and to the world.

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    Author(s): Larry Swartz

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2020
    ISBN: 9781551383415

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)