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New ideas for teachers.

índiceClassroom Habitudes: Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning by Angela Maiers.



The author applies the six habitudes from the original edition (imagination, curiosity, self-awareness, perseverance, courage, and adaptability) and a brand-new one (passion) to 21st century classrooms. She offers teachers activities, tools and strategies to create scaffolded interactive lessons that appeal to 21st century learners.




Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed by Debbie Silver.



The author addresses the relationship between student motivation and risking failure a temporary glitch that provides valuable learning opportunities. She explains motivational theory; provides down-to-earth and often humorous real-life examples; and outlines concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.




The Passion-driven Classroom: a Framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold.



This book provides tools to help you cultivate a thriving and passionate community of learners. It demonstrates how teachers can sustain students´ energy, excitement, and love for learning. Maiers and Sandvold show you how to plan and implement a Clubhouse Classroom where passion meets practice and students learn.




Crafting Nonfiction by Linda Hoyt.


Focused on the process and traits of being a writer and how to best address the needs and expectations of nonfiction reader, Linda Hoyt´s book offers targeted minilessons that will help you elevate craft, integrate trait –based instruction, and exert greater control over conventions.


Big Skills for the Common Core: Literacy Strategies for the 6-12 classroom by Amy Benjamin and Michael Hugelmeyer.



This book will help you zoom in on the main academic skills students are required to learn in reading, writing, speaking/ listening, and language. The authors provide a variety of engaging strategies you can use immediately to help students learn and retain those skills.




Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon.



Tomlinson and Moon emphasize the interconnectedness of the five element of teaching and learning (curriculum, instruction, assessment, learning environment, and classroom leadership/management) and the importance of maintaining a consistent focus on the essential knowledge and skills that all students must acquire.




Teaching Teen and Reaping Results by Alan Sitomer.



Stories, strategies, tools and tips from a three-time teacher of the year award winner.




January 14, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

New titles for teachers!

imagesThe First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete.

The tone for the entire year is established during the early weeks of school. Teachers who take their time during this critically important period, who move slowly and thoughtfully to build a solid foundation, find that it pays off all year long with increased student investment, cooperation, responsibility, and self-control.

This book is a comprehensive guidebook showing K-6 teachers how to structure the first six weeks of school to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning.


 Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs by Donald S. Kachur, Judith A. Stout and Claudia L. Edwards.

A practical guide to the planning and implementation of brief but focused classroom observations that involve teachers in every step of the process.


Fireworks by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop.

A tender and comic portrait of suburban despair, Fireworks details the events of one strange summer in which a man´s troubled soul hangs in balance.

12863327Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children by Kathleen T. Isaacs.

Enrich your library collection with outstanding informational books that children really want to read. This annotated resource by veteran children’s book reviewer Isaacs surveys the best nonfiction/informational titles for ages 3 through 10, helping librarians make informed collection development and purchasing decisions. From Goodreads.

October 29, 2013 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

From the generous donation of 8th grade (2012-2013).

índiceMonster High by Lisi Harrison.

Melody and her family left 90210 for the fresh air of Salem, Oregon. After shedding her old camel-hump nose and constant asthma attacks, Melody finally gets to be 2the pretty one” at Merston High. Too bad she feels like a fraud… until she meets Jackson. But is he hiding something? Could it be related to the totally bizarre rumors about… monster sightings?

Fellow new student Frankie has lived in Salem all her life-but then again, she´s only been alive for fifteen days. She sets out to conquer high school, boys, and shopping, in that order. Unfortch, people freak over Fankie´s mint green skin instead of applauding her voltage fashion sense. If she wants to fit in, she’s going to have to hide a monster of a secret. Instead, she risks it all for a stolen kiss. A mistake that could cost her everything.

Can Melody and Frankie survive the “horrors” of high school?


Fright Camp by R. L. Stine.

I lowered my head and started to swim slowly, steadily out to the white, floating platform. I was four or five strokes away from it when I felt something wrap around my ankle.

At first, I thought it was a piece of seaweed. But then I felt it grip me. I trashed the water with both hands. “Let go-¨But the hand, bony hand held on, tugging me, tugging me underwater.

índiceKailey by Amy Goldman Koss.

Whether she´s spying on tide-pool creatures or splash crashing through waves on her boogie board, there´s no place then-year-old Kailey loves more than the ocean. She and her best friend, Tess, feel totally lucky when they find out a resort-mall-movie multiplex is “Coming soon!” to their beach. Twelve movie theaters. Cool shops. Maybe even bathrooms” Then Kailey learns the whole truth: developers plan to haul away the rocky tide pool to make a smooth sandy beach for tourists. Messing with a whole tide-pool universe is just plain not OK. Kailey´s got a great idea, but she´s never tried anything like it before. If she can believe in herself and make it work, there might be hope for the tide pools yet.

índice  Hot Dog and Bob and the exceptionally Eggy Attack of the Game Gators.

Bob, Clementine and the rest of the class from Lugenheimer Elementary School are mysterious transported to the domain of the Exceptionally Eggy Game Gators, Will Bob and Clementine find their way out of the gators´ maze in time to save the world? Will Hot Dog find his superhero helpers so he doesn’t leave then in the lurch?

índiceViking at School by Jeremy Strong.

This grinned at this classmates, and they stared back at the great big, hairy Viking sitting in their classroom.

Siggurd the Viviking is back in Flotby, but not everyone is pleased to see him. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis don´t know what to do with him until they hit upon a brilliant idea-perhaps a short spell at school would teach the Viking some twentieth-century manners.


Lanie by Jane Kurtz.

Lanie was born with “outside genes”. She dreams of being an explorer of the wide, wonderful world-tracking wildlife, trying new experiments, and recording factoids in her science journal. Trouble is, the rest of her family has “inside genes”. It wouldn´t be son bad if Dakota, her best friend and fellow nature lover, were around. But she´s on the other side of the world, having awesome adventures in a real rain forest.

What Lanie needs are some real adventures of her own. Things start looking up when her outdoorsy Aunt Hannah comes to stay-and Lanie finds a few surprises in her own backyard.

índiceTaking the Cake by Lisa Papademetriou.

Hayley´s life has turned completely upside down. It looks like her crush has found a new girlfriend and it´s Hayley´s ex-BFF, Artie. Hayleys´ new friend, Meghan, is a sweet as a pistachio cupcake-and just as nutty. And Hayley’s dad has big plans for an untraditional family Thanksgiving-with his new girl friend and her parents! Sigh. This mess really takes the cake!


Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps lives a wretched life in Oklahoma. But everything is about to changes as he learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds-the real one and Foo.


Throw me a Bone by Cooper Gillespie.

50 delectable recipes for snacks, meals, and treats for your canine companion.


Elisabeth: The Princess Bride by Barry Denenberg.

 Author Barry Denenberg brings us into the whirlwind that is the life of Princess Elisabeth of Austria. A free and impetuous spirit, Elisabeth is chosen at the age of fifteen (over her older sister) to be the wife of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria. From that moment on, she is thrown into an intimidating world of restrictions and tremendous responsibilities. Feeling lonely and alienated, Elisabeth is forced to rely upon her own personal strength, which eventually leads her down the aisle and into an uncertain future. From Goodreads.


Tony Romo and Ben Roethlisberger by Richard J. Brenner.

For teachers:

índiceShania Twain: From This Moment On.

The world may know Shania Twain as many things: a music legend, a mother, and other roles. But in this extraordinary autobiography, she reveals that she is so much more.


Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

Meredith and Nina are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home; the other traveled the world. But when their father falls ill, they will find themselves together again, standing alongside their icy mother, Anya. Their father extracts a promise to his wife: tell her daughters a story….


Presidents by Carter Smith.

All the facts regarding U.S. Presidents before Barack Obama.


September 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Books for teachers!!


12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays by Justin McCory Martin.

Students will have oodles of fun building essential reading skills with rib-tickling versions of beloved fairy tales turned into read-aloud plays! Even your most reluctant reader won´t be able to resist these hilarious twists of favorite tales –Spiderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bull frogs, Little Late Riding Hood, the Popsicle Boy, The Cheetah and the Sloth, Rafunzel, and many others!


Where Great Teaching Begins by Anne R. Reeves.

What comes to mind when you think about lesson planning?

Whether you´re a novice instructional designer or a veteran seeking a new streamlined process, this book is a must-read take on how to plan and achieve the excellent learning all teachers aim for and all students deserve.


Assignments Matter by Eleanor Dougherty.

This book explains the critical differences among “assignments”, “activities”, and “assessments” and thoroughly describes the key elements of an assignment: prompts, rubrics, products, and instructional plans. Readers will learn how to :

  • Follow a seven-step process for crafting effective assignments
  • Link assignments to units and courses
  • Devise “Anchor” assignments for collaboration and consistency across grades
  • Tap into instructional “touchstones” that can enrich any assignment

See Eleanor Dougherty explaining the difference:


Creating the opportunity to Learn by A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera.

The authors help navigate the turbid waters of evidence-based methodologies and chart a course toward closing (and eliminating) the academic achievement gap. Turning a critical eye to current and recent research, the authors present a comprehensive view of the achievement gap and advocate for strategies that contribute to the success of all children.

Wade Boykin talks about the book, here:


Overcoming textbook fatigue by ReLeah Cossett Lent.

In this example-packed book, the author shows how educators can reclaim the curriculum by shifting the textbook from sole source to resource. She also gives advice on using Common Core State Standards throughout the school and in the classroom. Teachers, coaches, curriculum coordinators, and administrators will discover proven techniques that will revitalize teaching and learning in every content area.: discipline, content, vocabulary and fun activities.


What to expect the toddler years by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway.

 A comprehensive and reassuring guide that explains everything parents need to know about the second and third years of their child´s life. Featuring toddler care primer, the best-odds toddler diet, and a fist-aid guide. Includes sections on toilet learning, tantrums, sleeping and feeding problems, setting up a play group, selecting a preschool, keeping your child safe, sibling relations, mixing career and parenthood, and caring for toddlers with special needs.

cce Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans K-5 edited by Lauren Davis.

Model lesson plans for teaching he Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language. In addition, foundational skills mini-lesson will help you teach phonics, word recognition, and fluency.

icInterdisciplinary Curriculum: Design and Implementation edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

The authors describe a variety of curriculum integration options ranging from concurrent teaching of related subjects to fusion of curriculum focus to residential study focusing on daily living, from two-week units to year-long courses.

Watch an interview with the author:

pleasePlease stop laughing at me… by Jodee Blanco.

While other kids were daydreaming about dances, first kisses, and college, Jodee Blanco was just trying to figure out how to get from homeroom to study hall will thought being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.

interInteractive videoconferencing K-12 Lessons that Work edited by Kecia Ray and Jan Zanetis.

Build interdisciplinary collaborations by integrating interactive videoconferencing into your standards-based lessons. This book focuses on a blend of interactive technologies that increase learning by building virtual classrooms.

beyoBeyond Hardware: using existing technology to promote higher-level thinking by Christopher Moersch.

This book provides a systematic approach for educators eager to promote higher-order thinking skills in the face of limited technology budgets.

101101 Best Web Sites for Teachers Tools and Professional Development by James Lerman.

Free, powerful, and practical teaching tools that are now available online. Discover the internet´s hidden secrets and best resources  for teacher professional development. Use the power of RSS to get the content you want sent to your desktop automatically with no tedious searching required.


Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss.

An accessible guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today´s technology-rich learning environment. Look for more information, here:

dalDigital-Age Literacy for Teachers: Applying Technology Standards to Everyday Practice by Susan Brooks-Young.

Technology integration requires systemic reform, which must be supported by the entire school community. Most teachers and administrators need help to implement and sustain change on this scale. Regardless of their current level of technology proficiency, Digital-Age Literacy for Teachers will help teachers systematically reexamine their curriculum and classroom management to develop effective strategies for incorporating technology. The book provides readings and activities that will support classroom teachers, professional development providers, and teacher preparation instructors as they strive to incorporate twenty-first century learning tools and skills into daily practice. From Amazon.

geGlobal Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students by Laurence Peters.

Connecting globally through advances in Internet technology, including web 2.0 tools can now be a reality for any student in any classroom. Integrating global education into standards-based lessons allows students to connect personally with their peers across geographical boundaries, expand their knowledge and awareness of the world, and increase their interest and curiosity in what they are learning.

kidsKids, Computers, and Learning: An Activity Guide for Parents by Holy Poteete.

Each of the 12 chapters is made up of 10 activities that each children a target skill such as online safety, keyboarding, Internet research, creation o f multimedia presentation, use of Web 2.0 tools and more-all in variety of learning styles.


Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning by J. David Cooper with Nancy D. Kiger.

1t11-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work by Pamela Livingston.

When all students in the classroom have a laptop, tablet, or handheld computer at their fingertips, a whole new world of instructional possibilities appears. Get ready to tap those possibilities with this guide to 1-to-1 programs that work.


ITSE´s Technology Facilitation and Leadership Standards: What Every K-12 Leader Should Know and Be Able to Do by Jo Williamson and Traci Redish.

Everything you need not only to understand the standards, but to meet and exceed the, With each chapter dedicated to a single standard, the authors provide insight, advice, and tips for every level of facilitator and school leader.

June 4, 2013 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Nicholas Sparks books.


Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of South pot, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with her plainspoken neighbor, Jo; and other with Alex, a widowed storeowner with two youg children. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But eve as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her… a past that set her on a fearful journey across the country to the oasis of Southport.


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for each other seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for a funeral. Neither has lived the life they imagined… and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. Can love truly rewrite the past?


April 30, 2013 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Character education and Theatre for teachers.


Theatre for Young Audiences edited by Coleman A. Jennings.

This book is a collection of new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children´s stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

cqCharacter Quotations by Tom Lickona & Matt Davidson.

Activities that build character and community: 180 reproducible quotes of the day. 36 virtues – one for each week of the school year, reflection questions and action assignments.

March 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Growing Schools by Debbie Abilock.

Presenting examples of school librarians leading professional learning in numerous contexts and for diverse learning goals with remarkable success, this book will inspire other practitioners to initiate and refine professional learning in their schools and districts.

When librarians work as professional developers, they can build relationships and develop deeper capacity within individual teachers, who can then share that increased expertise with their students. Professional development offers a nimble, scalable, and more efficient way to bring library instruction to every student.

School administrators are recognizing that school librarians are ideal to lead professional development because they service the entire school network, from the students and faculty to families and the community. As a national downturn in educational funding is diminishing districts’ ability to optimally staff libraries, investing energy in professional development is a sound strategy to bring information literacy skills to every student—especially in buildings with part-time librarians, or districts with only a single librarian of record.

December 4, 2012 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Déjenlos leer por Geneviève Patte.

The author explains the importance of public libraries to encourage reading among children. She suggests give some freedom to each person or child allowing different ways to explore the reading approach.

October 30, 2012 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Material used during Thomas Lickona workshop.

Dear teachers,

The books Mr. Lickona donated to Encino Library are ready:

This book reads like a love letter – from a teacher who loved his work and loved his students, and now wants to share everything he learned from a lifetime of honing his craft. It has more practical insights, inspiring stories, and tested strategies for bringing out the best in kids that one normally finds in ten books on education.

Watch Hal Urban talking about his book:

Visit his website:

Smart & Good High Schools is a national study of high schools—including site visits to 24 diverse schools, hundreds of interviews, a comprehensive research review, and the input of a National Experts Panel and a National Student Leaders Panel. The report offers a vision of educational excellence and nearly 100 promising practices for building 8 strengths of character that help youth lead productive, ethical, and fulfilling lives.

You can download the complete report here.

October 30, 2012 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

English Language Teaching Books.

This time, images would not help to promoting these new books, but CI teachers will be able to check the list and visit Encino Library to check them out!

  • Teaching Large Multilevel Classes by Natalie Hess.
  • Learner Autonomy: a guide to developing learner responsibility. By Ágota Scharle and Anita Szabó.
  • Language Assessment: principles and classroom practices by H. Douglas Brown.
  • Dialogue Activities: exploring spoken interaction in the language class by Nick Bilbrough.
  • How to teach speaking by Scott Thornbury.
  • Teaching and Researching Motivation by Zoltán Dörnyei.
  • Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom by Zoltán Dörnyei.
  • Word by Word: Picture Dictionary by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss.
  • Word by Word Beginning Vocabulary Workbook by by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss.
  • Role Play by Gillian Porter Ladousse.
  • Language Activities for Teenagers edited by Seth Lindstromberg.
  • Academic Literacy: Prepare to Learn by Albert Weideman.
  • Language Teaching Games and Contests by W. R. Lee.
  • English Vocabulary in use: Elementary by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O´Dell.
  • Practical English Language Teaching Speaking by Kathleen M. Bailey.
  • Language Acquisition and Development: studies of learners of first and other languages edited by Brian Tomlinson.
  • Theories in Second Language Acquisition edited by Bill VanPatten and Jessica Williams.
  • Assessing Young Language Learners by Penny McKay.
  • Understanding Second Language Acquisition by Rod Ellis.
  • Discover English by Rod Bolitho and Brian Tomlinson.
  • Communicative Language Teaching in Action by Klaus Brandl.
  • Grammar for English Language Teachers by Martin Parrot.

October 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

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