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Review of Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning Experiences, by Suzy Pepper Rollins
October 3rd 2017 @ 10:20 AM
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Review of Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning Experiences, by Suzy Pepper Rollins, 2017.  Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, paper.

 

The author compiles and illustrates some very helpful classroom activities and strategies for turning students into active learners in the classroom.  Using such approaches as stations, sorts, and cooperative learning, Rollins shows how to set up some very interesting scenarios in which …

Review of School Culture Recharged: Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture, by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker
October 3rd 2017 @ 10:15 AM
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Review of School Culture Recharged: Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture, by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker, 2017.  Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), paper.

The authors propose a variety of methods and ideas for helping to positively impact and carefully change the culture of the school.  They provide a lot of definitions from the traditional school culture and climate perspective.  They hope to help make …

Review of Culture in School Learning: Revealing the Deep Meaning, 3rd edition, by Etta Hollins.
October 3rd 2017 @ 10:15 AM
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Review of Culture in School Learning: Revealing the Deep Meaning, 3rd edition, by Etta Hollins.  New York: Routledge.  2015, paper, 252 pages.

 

Hollins provides a good introduction to some of the cultural realities important for pre-service teachers to consider.  The author discusses many types of cultures, including those that are actually race or ethnicity, those that have to do with the classroom building and community, and those that have to …

Review of Measuring in Schools: How to Know if What We Are Doing Is Making a Difference, by Victoria L. Bernhardt
October 3rd 2017 @ 10:15 AM
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Review of Measuring in Schools: How to Know if What We Are Doing Is Making a Difference, by Victoria L. Bernhardt, 2017.  Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, paper.

 

Victoria Bernhardt is an experienced evaluator of programs and instruction in schools.  In this book, Bernhardt lays out all the key concepts for evaluation and also provides good checklists and protocols for how to evaluate results in schools.  …

Review of Undisciplining Knowledge: Interdisciplinarity in the Twentieth Century
October 3rd 2017 @ 10:10 AM
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Review of Undisciplining Knowledge: Interdisciplinarity in the Twentieth Century, by Harvery J. Graff.  2015, cloth, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

 

Reviewed by Thomas Hansen, Ph.D.

 

         This book provides a deep and thorough explanation of how interdisciplinary movements came about in the 20th century with many examples of research, opinions, and movements.  This is a serious and thoughtful book for educators, researchers, and planners who want a firm …

Review of Poverty in America: A Handbook, third edition, by John Iceland
October 3rd 2017 @ 10:10 AM
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Review of Poverty in America: A Handbook, third edition, by John Iceland, 2013, Berkeley: University of California Press, paper, 163 pages.

 

I have been reading and reviewing many books lately on poverty, the current great recession, and the staggering figures of poor, unemployed, disenfranchised, foreclosed, evicted, and hopeless Americans.  I remain amazed that many of our citizens are going through such tough times.  I remain astounded so many people …

Educators As Agents of Change
Posted by Jacob Carlson
December 17th 2016 @ 12:10 PM

What Does an Agent of Change Look Like in 2017?

 

As it turns out, not that different than in 1849.

 

Allow me to give some context. To risk understatement, 2016 has been a year of political turmoil. We, as a nation, have mired through a miasmic year of legislative grid-locks, funding lock-downs, and toxic runs for office. An unprecedented level of negativity has clouded our view of the …

Teacher Tested & Student Approved: 6 Ways to Promote and Nurture Creative and Fearless Writing
Posted by Aimee Sutton
August 31st 2016 @ 9:05 AM
Categories: Writing

Teacher Tested & Student Approved: 6 Ways to Promote and Nurture Creative and Fearless Writing

Writing is not an individual sport.  It is more like tennis or basketball.  Student’s will have opportunities where they are collaborating with partners or groups, and moments when they check in with their teacher to receive instructional feedback to improve their craft.  Student’s must be provided opportunities to be creative, free, and fearless with their writing.  …

Printable for the End of the School Year
May 16th 2016 @ 12:20 PM

End of the Year Printables for Teachers

Holy cow! The end of the school year is here already! I bet you feel like it was JUST the beginning of the year… Or maybe you feel like August was 10 years ago. No matter your feelings, I bet you’ve got more than enough on your plate.  So in honor of the end of the …