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Action Research for Teachers Joanne M. Arhar, Mary Louise Holly, and Wendy C. Kasten Action research implies an orientation to research, a form of professional practice, a research process, and for teachers, a reflective way of teaching. Teachers who ask questions of their practice are engaging in reflective practice. They are following the same kind of cyclical process that characterizes action research. They are using professional (informed) eyes to observe their own practice; they are facing the challenges they meet with action and analysis. 
Activating and Engaging Habits of Mind Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick This second book of a four-book series gives rich, engaging, real-life examples of using the habits of mind in the classroom. 
Asking Better Questions Norah Morgan and Juliana Saxton Good questions lead to better learning. This comprehensive analysis of teaching, questioning, and learning shows teaches how to give students more opportunities to ask questions and develop their questioning. 
Assertive Discipline Lee Canter and Marlene Canter Assertive Discipline, Lee Canter and Marlene Canter present convincing arguments as to why building positive relationships with students is so vital to our success and provide concrete suggestions for developing an effective classroom management plan and dealing with difficult students. 
Big Picture: Education Is Everyone’s Business Dennis Littky with Samantha Grabelle What is the purpose of education? What kind of people do we want our children to grow up to be? How can we design schools so that students will acquire the skills they’ll need to live fulfilled and productive lives? These are just a few of the questions that renowned educator Dennis Littky explores in this book. 
Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms Jeff Zwiers Building Academic Language shows what teachers can do to help all students develop the language needed to reach high levels of academic achievement. Developing academic language involves more than acquiring content-specific vocabulary; it includes learning a wide range of general utility words, figurative expressions, grammatical conventions, and disucssion strategies. 
Classroom Instruction that Works, Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement Robert Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock What works in education? How do we know? Questions like these arise in most schools, and busy educators often don’t have time to find the answers. The authors have examined decades of research finds to distill the results into nine broad teaching strategies that have positive effects on student learning. (3 copies) 
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2nd Edition Ceri B. Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler, and BJ Stone This all-new, completed revised second edition draws on the research and developments of the following decade to reanalyze and reevaluate the teaching strategies that have the most positive effect on student learning. These strategies are organized and presented within a framework that is geared toward instructional planning, which highlights the point that all of the strategies are effective and should be used to complement one another. 
Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners Jane D. Hill and Kathleen M. Flynn The strategies discussed in the book include homework and practice, summarization and note taking, and use of non-linguistic representations, among many others. 
Constructivist Strategies Chandra J. Foote, Paul J. Vermette, and Catherine F. Battaglia This book demonstrates how student-centered learning activities can help your middle and high school student meet curriculum standards. Its vivid and authentic examples will appeal to you if you embrace active learning and want to apply constructivist methodologies in your classroom. 
Designing Brain Compatible Learning Terence Parry and Gayle Gregory All teachers can build brain-compatible learning experiences if they have the tools for the job. This helpful resource offers flexible strategies and reproducible black line masters that can be used in all areas of the curriculum and with any age group. Each chapter includes three sections that provide key concepts related to the chapter topic, the rationale for skills or strategies, and a step-by-step approach to using the skills or strategies. 
Discovering and Exploring Habits of Mind Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick In Discovering and Exploring Habits of Mind, noted educators Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick define and describe 16 types of intelligent behavior that they call habits of mind. These habits of mind can aid both students and adults in school and in everyday life as they encounter problems, dilemmas, and enigmas, the resolutions of which are not immediately apparent. The habits are rooted in a modern view of intelligence that casts off traditional abilities-centered theories. (5 copies) 
Education and Public Health Jenny Smith Engaging students in community change has far-reaching benefits that not only support but also extend beyond academic achievement. Students who participate in such efforts become better connected to their schools and communities while learning and practicing the principles of democratic citizenship. Using examples from diverse communities, the author discusses the intersections between education and public health and ways to connect to the curriculum. 
Eleven Commandments of Good Teaching Vickie Gill Vickie Gill offers both new and veteran teachers practical advice on how to achieve a classroom environment that promotes exemplary teaching and learning. In this book she has added an eleventh commandment to help teachers combat the feeling of failure. Whether you’re a new teacher or a not-so-new teacher this book offers you the courage to follow your instincts and illuminates the ideas you need to succeed. 
Enhancing Professional Practice, A Framework for Teaching Charlotte Danielson The framework for teaching described in this book is based on the PRAXIS III: Classroom Performance Assessments criteria developed by Educational Testing Service. This framework identifies those aspects of teachers’ responsibilities that have been documented through empirical studies and theoretical research as promoting improved student learning. Those responsibilities seek to define what teachers should know and be able to do in the exercise of their profession. 
Enhancing Student Achievement, A Framework for School Improvement Charlotte Danielson If we are truly committed to improving our schools, then we must focus on the interdependence of variables that affect student learning both inside and outside the classroom. According to this model everything educators do to help their students learn must be based on what educators believe and know, including curriculum, team planning, and policies and practices affecting students. (2 copies) 
FIRE - UP Your Learning Thomas L. Madden The FIRE-UP process shows any student how to easily become a “natural “ learner, and a natural learner is a faster learner. The FIRE-UP process will give you the ability to intake information without interference. Once taken in, the information can be processed, assimilated, and output in the most efficient manner. (3 copies) 
Focus, Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning Mike Schmoker Mike Schmoker comforts the afflicted--teachers, administrators, and students straining under the weight of multiple initiatives--and afflicts the comfortable--education reformers more enamored with flashy process than meaningful results. 
Framework for Understanding Poverty Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. If you work with people in poverty, some understanding of how different their world is from yours will be invaluable. Whether you're an educator--or a social, health, or legal services professional--this breakthrough book gives you practical, real-world support and guidance to improve your effectiveness in working with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. 
Habits of Mind, Integrating and Sustaining Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick This is the fourth volume in the series, Habits of Mind. In this book noted educators Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick maintain that a critical attribute of intelligence is not only having information but also knowing how to act on it. 
Hot Tips for Teachers, A Collection of Classroom Management Ideas Ann Salisbury Harrison and Frances Burton Spuler Twenty-five years of teaching experience combines to produce this compendium of practical advice and ideas for effective classroom management. 
How Children Succeed--Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Paul Tough How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators who are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories and the stories of the children they are trying to help, Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do and do not prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers; it will also change our understanding of childhood itself. 
How to Support Struggling Students Robyn R. Jackson and Claire Lambert In this guide, the authors take you step-by-step through the process of providing proactive and progressive learning support--what great teachers do to ensure that all students receive the right kind of assistance and to get those who are struggling back on track before they get frustrated and give up. 
How to Teach so Students Remember Marilee Sprenger This book offers "seven steps to increase your students' capacity to receive information in immediate memory, act on it in working memory, store it in long-term memory, and retrieve and manipulate it in unanticipated situations." 
Keys to the Classroom Carrol Moran, Judy Stobbe, Wendy Baron, Janette Miller, and Ellen Moir This book incorporates the input of many new and veteran teachers, including second language materials, and many classroom activities. The authors have also added extensive new materials that will assist in planning the first 2 weeks of school and offer a wide assortment of activities from which to choose. From organizing the first day to sample letters to parents in English and Spanish, this book will help even the veteran teacher create a positive classroom environment. 
Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhard The authors content that improving student learning and achievement happens in the immediacy of an individual lesson--what they call "today's lesson"--or it doesn't happen at all. This book also includes reproducible planning forms, a classroom walk-through guide, a lesson-planning process guide, and guides to teacher and student self-assessment. 
Learning to Excel, An Inside Look at School Reform in Nevada WestEd This report offers a close-up view of school reform in progress. It identifies the challenges that Nevada's educators confront on a daily basis and demonstrates the depth and complexity of the work required to raise student achievement. 
Life’s Playbook for Success Secrets from the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Famers Read stories of people who have achieved success, and read motivational stories of individual triumph. 
Making Problems, Creating Solutions, Challenging Young Mathematicians Jill Ostrow This book rethinks the teaching of mathematics and shows teachers how to build challenging learning environments in elementary classrooms. She introduces the notion of workshop learning in mathematics and demonstrates ways in which teachers can readily integrate math into all curricular areas. 
Methods that Matter, Six Structures for Best Practice Classrooms Harvey Daniels and Marilyn Bizar The authors identify six basic teaching structures that make classrooms more active, experiential, collaborative, democratic, and cognitive while simultaneously meeting the emerging standards of “Best Practices” across subject areas and through the grades. 
Mindsets in the Classroom--Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools Mary Cay Ricci Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The book includes a planning template, step-by-step description of a growth mindset culture, and “look-fors” for adopting a differentiated, responsive instruction model teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking and teaching students to learn from failure. The book includes a sample professional development plan and ideas for communicating the mindset concept to parents. 
Motivation and Learning Spence Rogers, Jim Ludington, and Shari Graham This best of its kind this valuable resource has over 600 classroom tested, research supported ideas that can able used immediately. The index allows anyone to quickly find the strategies and tips that will work best in any given situation. 
Myth of Laziness Mel Levine This book offers parents and teachers day-to-day strategies and support to prevent output failure and, when necessary, to help children overcome dysfunction and become productive, successful adults. 
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive and Affective Development Barry J. Wadsworth This best selling introduction to Jean Piaget's theory shows readers how children construct and acquire knowledge as it relates to current constructivist approaches to learning. 
Portfolio Organizer Carol Rolheiser, Barbara Bower, and Laurie Stevahn Provides educators with a flexible framework to guide decision making for effective and efficient use of portfolios in classrooms and school. It is designed to assist classroom teachers, administrators, staff developers, and university professors in identifying, organizing, and acting upon the many challenges and possibilities inherent in portfolio implementation. (2 copies) 
Questioning Makes the Difference Nancy Johnson-Farris Explore the four types of questions educators and parents can use to stimulate high-level thinking in their students and children by reading this book. 
Reality Check, the Student's Guide to the Real World Grant Baldwin The author helps you navigate both the challenges and opportunities of the real world in a practical and applicable manner. 
Research Guide for Elementary School Teaching Richard D. Kellough and Patricia L. Roberts The purpose of this resource guide is to provide a practical and concise guide for college or university students who are preparing to become competent elementary school teachers. 
Results Field Book, Practical Strategies from Dramatically Improved Schools Mike Schmoker In the Results Field Book, Schmoker focuses on real schools where teachers are actively collaborating to improve students’ learning. A close look at school systems reveals the simplicity of school improvement efforts. This book contains easily adapted processes and refinements that result from such teacher collaboration and all but guarantee measurable improvement. 
Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvement Mike Schmoker This takes a look at research involving test scores and using measurable results to focus school improvement efforts. This book not only offers the current research on the subject but also includes specific guides for teacher leaders and administrators to use for team building their way towards school improvement. This is quick and easy to read with plenty of things to think about. (2 copies) 
Schools That Work: Where All Children Read and Write Richard L. Allington and Patricia M. Cunningham The authors examine elementary school programs, policies, plans, and practices. They provide a framework for the redesign of organizational support toward the goal of ensuring that all children learn to read and write well. 
Secrets for Secondary School Teachers Ellen Kottler, Jeffrey A. Kottler, and Cary J. Kottler This reference is packed with practical strategies you can use immediately. These tips and techniques, developed by experienced teachers, will simplify and organize your workload. Reduce the stress that comes with your first teaching position. 
Seven Essentials for Character Discipline, Elementary Classroom Management Sandra P. Davis-Johnson Transform your classroom and your students with this practical, step-by-step approach. This book helps principals and teachers combat antisocial behaviors in the classroom. The author shares the key components of Essential Character discipline, a positive behavior program designed to help student learn elements of integrity, courtesy, loyalty, respect, perseverance, honor and self-control. This book contains the tools you need to provide an environment that leads to productivity, academic success, and learning. 
Smart Discipline for the Classroom, Respect and Cooperation Restored Larry Koenig The author offers renewed hope to all teachers in his updated best selling book. Teachers need not feel thwarted by classroom disruptions. No matter what the need or situation, Koenig provides methods that are varied, adaptable, and easily tailored to fit any instructor’s teaching style and student’s personality. This book was written with a teacher in mind, but it is also a valuable resource for anyone helping to create an atmosphere for learning. 
So Each May Learn, Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences Harvey F. Silver, Richard W. Strong, and Matthew J. Perini The authors show educators at all grade levels and in all content areas how to implement a holistic learning program that seamlessly integrates learning styles and multiple intelligences into instruction, curriculum and assessment. 
Strategies That Work Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis This book is full of practical suggestions to help students think when they read. (2 copies) 
Succeeding in the Secondary Classroom Harriett Arnold This is a new book of insights and ideas that is designed especially for beginning secondary teachers who want to excel during that all-important first year including strategies on what to do before the first day of school, handling the first week, planning for classroom instruction, student record-keeping, classroom management and discipline, working with colleagues, and communicating with parents. 
Summarization in Any Subject, 50 Techniques to Improve Student Learning Rick Wormeli Summarization is not only one of the most effective ways to improve student learning, it's also one of the most flexible, responsive, and engaging. 
Teaching What Matters Most, Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, and Matthew J. Perini Drawing from the work of educators across the country, the book demonstrates that manageable standards can prepare students to perform well on state tests while preserving the democratic traditions of U.S. education. 
Using Data To Focus Instructional Improvement Cheryl James-Ward, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp The challenge is to understand that data--not intiution or anecdotal reports--are tools to be used in getting better at teaching students. And teaching students effectively is what schools are all about. Following the guidance in this book, overcome uncertainty and concerns about data as you learn to collect and analyze both soft and hard data and use their secrets for instructional improvement in your school. 
Visual Tools for Constructing Knowledge David Hyerle This book explains what visual tools are and the three most effective tools in promoting learning in students and teachers. These tools help construct knowledge, organize information, and communicate learning with others. The three tools explored are brainstorming webs, task-specific organizers, and thinking-process maps. 
What Is It About Me You Can't Teach? Eleanor Renee Rodriguez and James Bellanca Sharpen your own knowledge and skills so that you can effectively help your students reach higher levels of knowledge and achievement. The authors include strategies to help students become active, engaged learners, ways to help students to take control and responsibility for their own learning, as well as many more strategies. (2 copies) 
What Works in Schools, Translating Research into Action Robert Marzano Any school can operate at advanced levels of effectiveness if it is willing to implement what is known about effective schooling. In each chapter, Marzano recommends specific and attainable action steps to implement successful strategies culled from the wealth of research data. (2 copies) 
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