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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

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

Three new titles for teachers.

Assessment of Student Achievement by Norman E. Gronlund.

A balanced, concise, and practical guide that shows classroom teachers how to use testing and performance assessment to improve learning. Using real-life examples to illustrate assessment procedures, this text emphasizes that assessment is necessary for effective instruction and the goal is improved student learning.

Highnoon: 20 global problems, 20 years ti solve them by J. F. Rischard.

In this age of instant communication and biotechnology, on this ever-smaller planet, what kinds of problems have we created for ourselves? How do we tackle them in a world where the accustomed methods used by nation-states may be reaching their natural limits?In High Noon, J. F. Rischard challenges us to take a new approach to the twenty most important and urgent global problems of the twenty-first century. Rischard finds their common thread: we don’t have an effective way of dealing with the problems that our increasingly crowded, interconnected world creates. Our difficulties belong to the future, but our means of solving them belong to the past. Rischard proposes new vehicles for global problem-solving that are startling and persuasive. From Goodreads.

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison.

This book offers educators research-based solutions for creating just such cultures of thinking. This innovative book unravels the mysteries of thinking and its connection to understanding and engagement. It then takes readers inside diverse learning environments to show how thinking can be made visible at any grade level and across all subject areas through the use of effective questioning, listening, documentation, and facilitative structures called thinking routines.

A book review in this video:

Learn more about one of the authors, at his website.

September 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Informal Classroom Observations On The Go: Feedback, Discussion, and Reflection by Sally J. Zepeda.

A valuable resource for instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, chair people, and school leaders, this book will assist with conducting informal classroom observations and supporting teacher skill development.

The tools in this book are designed to increase the efficiency of classroom walkthroughs, support professional development, and give teachers the helpful feedback they need to improve student learning.

Featuring 51 tools available for use on ipads and laptops.

Watch Sally Zepeda talking about Professional Development, one more of her books: Or click here if you want to know about her books.

June 21, 2012 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Assessing Student Learning: From Grading to Understanding edited by David Allen.

Featuring contributions from leading educators, this book provides practical processes for examining student work. It

includes writing samples, portfolios, and exhibitions, building a powerful argument for refocusing professional




December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School by Kathleen Palmer Cleveland.






A flexible and practical framework for decision making in the classroom, this  model seeks to:

  • Replace the underachieving boy´s negative attitudes about learning;
  • Reconnect each boy with school, with learning, and with a belief in himself as a competent learner
  • Rebuild learning skills that lead to success in school and in life; and
  • Reduce the need for unproductive and  distracting behaviors as a means of self-protection.

Read this book online at ASCD.

More books from ASCD & free professional development.

August 17, 2011 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

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