Library Book Suggestions – April 2015

The library book suggestions for April are on trust, assessment and student success in a differentiated classroom, strategies for teaching challenging students, and identifying academic and behavioral issues.

trustmattersTrust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools
Author:  Megan Tschannen-Moran
Call Number:  AL165
This second edition takes the first practical, hands-on guide for educators and inserts new research and insights. This book is a knowledgeable, professional reference addressing the critical role of trust among teachers, students, schools, and families. This new edition takes a purposeful approach to profiling the difficulty leaders in education face in earning and maintaining trust. Exhaustive research outlines why trust is important now more than ever as educators find themselves in a changing world where suspicion, fear, and skepticism tend to erode educational relationships. This book offers updated advice on how to build and maintain trust to secure the healthy functioning of educational organizations.

Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroomassessmentandstudent
Authors:  Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon
Call Number:  TS111
Addressing two of educators top concerns: assessment and student success in a differentiated classroom, this resource explores assessment and shows how differentiation can improve the process in all grade levels and subject areas. Grounded in research and the authors’ classroom-teaching experience, this accessible guide outlines a common-sense approach that is both thoughtful and practical, and that empowers teachers and students to discover, strive for, and achieve their true potential.

Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put ALL Students on the Road to Academic Successlearninginfastlane
Author:  Suzy Pepper Rollins
Call Number:  IS17
Too often, students who fail a grade or a course receive remediation that ends up widening rather than closing achievement gaps. According to the author, the true answer to supporting struggling students lies in acceleration. In this essential guide, the author lays out a plan of action that teachers can use to immediately move underperforming students in the right direction and differentiate instruction for all learners–even those who excel academically. These hands-on, ready-to-implement practices will enable teachers to provide all students with compelling, rigorous, and engaging learning experiences.

Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge us Most
haninginAuthor Jeffrey Benson
Call Number:  BM327
Instead of providing yet another recipe or formula for how to teach challenging students, this book takes the more realistic path of helping educators develop a mindset that honors the individuality of each student and his or her own best way forward. Veteran educator Jeffrey Benson draws from real-life scenarios to explain how to create a patient and supportive environment that helps students to learn. Whether you’re a teacher, classroom specialist, or school leader, you’ll find help in analyzing your students’ challenges and developing individualized plans to help them while constructing systems and procedures that give all students the best chance for success. Discover how a consistent process of sticking with students until they finally “get it” can help teachers navigate the complexities of challenging students.

Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student classroominstructionAchievement
Authors:  Ceri B. Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler, and Bj Stone
Call Number:  TT259
This all-new, completely revised 2nd edition draws on recent research and developments 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. Each strategy is supported with recommended classroom practices, examples of the strategy in use, tips for teaching, and information about using the strategy with today’s learners.

Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problemscausesandcures
Author:  Margaret Searle
Call Number BM325
Whether students leave the classroom confident and goal-directed or frustrated and aimless depends on our ability to do two things: diagnose their needs and deliver support. This challenge can be daunting when students come to school with weak vocabulary, poor planning and organization skills, and problems with memory, impulse control, and attention span. This resource reveals new neurological research about the root causes of these obstacles and lays out a comprehensive five-step protocol designed to help all educators identify and address common student academic and behavior issues.


Educators and parents/families in our service area (Regions 2 & 3) may request books and materials from the T/TAC William & Mary Library. Requested materials will be mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope to facilitate the return of materials to our library. If the item you are requesting is not immediately available, you will be placed on a waiting list. When it becomes available, it will be shipped to you immediately.

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