Library Book Suggestions – February 2015

The February Library book suggestions are on various topics including strategies for struggling learners, providing effective feedback to students, strategies for inclusive classrooms, and strategies for professional learning communities.

Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science
Author Virginia W. Berninger &  Beverly J. Wolfdyslexia
Call Number:  CRD266
How can teachers provide effective literacy instruction for students with learning differences—while meeting the needs of all students in the class? Finally, a single accessible resource answers that question for every K-12 educator. The only teacher training text to cover the three learning disabilities that require differentiated instruction—dysgraphia, dyslexia, and oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD)—this book prepares educators to teach students with learning differences in explicit, reflective, and intellectually engaging ways. Throughout the book, relevant research findings from diverse fields—including genetics, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, and education—show teachers the why behind the how. And the extensive instructional guidelines, applicable across school settings and specific curricula, offer innovative approaches to practice that will help teachers successfully meet the needs of individual students.

When Kids Can’t Read, What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers, 6-12
Author Kylene Beerswhenkidscantread
Call Number:  CRD256
This is the comprehensive handbook teachers need to help struggling middle and high school readers improve their skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word recognition, and motivation. This essential resource guides secondary teachers in helping readers improve their skills, their attitudes, and their confidence. Filled with student transcripts, detailed strategies, reproducible material, and extensive booklists, this much-anticipated guide to teaching reading both instructs and inspires.

Practical Strategies For The Inclusive Classroom
Author Judy W. Woodpracticalstrategies
Call Number:  IN203
Focusing on quality classroom instruction, this resource presents teachers with highly practical research-based practices to promote inclusion in the classroom. With this first book in the Pathways to Teaching Series, educators will learn to successfully promote learning for all students through a unique two-tiered research-based process that includes: a problem-solving approach to identify if a problem exists or could exist, what hypothesis should be made, and why the problem is occurring; and, a framework for selecting and employing research-based strategies/interventions for the identified problem. This text also provides universal interventions that can be used on an on-going basis in all classrooms and across all abilities and grade levels.

Teacher Teams That Get Results: 61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning teacherteamsCommunities
Author Gayle H. Gregory
Call Number:  TM33
This indispensable guide for teachers, teacher leaders, and school administrators, provides an illustrated collection of ready-to-use tools and examples of action plans for Professional Learning Communities. Teams will learn to create and sustain a growth-oriented climate, share knowledge and skills, develop creative solutions, manage change, and determine priorities to set goals.

Getting to “Got It!”: Helping Struggling Students Learn How to Learn
Author Betty K. Garner
gettingtogotitCall Number:  TT249
It’s one of the great mysteries of teaching: Why do some students “get it” and some students don’t? Each chapter focuses on a key cognitive structure and uses real-life accounts to illustrate how learners construct meaning by using recognition, memorization, conservation of constancy, classification, spatial orientation, temporal orientation, and metaphorical thinking. Suggestions for using these techniques in daily classroom practice, advice on lesson planning for cognitive engagement, and guidelines for conducting reflective research expand this book’s practical applications. Use it not only to help struggling students break through hidden barriers but to empower all students with tools that will last a lifetime.

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students
Author Susan M. Brookhart
howtogiveeffectivefeedbackCall Number BM299
A teacher’s feedback on student schoolwork can be a powerful force for learning—if it contains a helpful message and is delivered with certain considerations in mind. But what kind of content makes a feedback message helpful to a student? And what kinds of strategies work best for delivering feedback? Grounded in what researchers have learned about effective feedback, this book provides practical suggestions and classroom examples that demonstrate what to do–and not do–to have a positive impact on students. In addition to general guidelines for good feedback, readers will learn what kinds of feedback work best in the various content areas, and how to adjust feedback for different kinds of learners, including successful students, struggling students, and English language learners.


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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