Library Book Suggestions – March 2015

The Library Book Suggestions for March are on differentiated instruction, formative assessment, school culture, why assignments matter, and how to plan ahead.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn’t Fit Alldifferinstruc
Authors:  Gayle H. Gregory & Carolyn M. Chapman
Call Number:  TT161
If you’re in need of a single resource to put differentiated instruction immediately into practice, then follow the lead of 100,000+ teachers and look to this ground-breaking text. This new, third edition offers a deep research base coupled with immediately useable examples; an emphasis on formative assessment before, during, and after learning; and, many models for planning effective differentiated lessons, supported by 70+ templates, tools, and questionnaires.

School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It
Authors:  Steve Gruenert & Todd WhitakerSchool_culture_Rewired_Cover_FINAL_C
Call Number:  AL184
This groundbreaking book offers tools, strategies, and advice for defining, assessing, and ultimately transforming your school’s culture into one that is positive, forward-looking, and actively working to enrich students’ lives. Drawing from decades of research on organizational cultures and school leadership, the authors provide everything you need to optimize both the culture and climate of your school, including “Culture-busting” strategies to help teachers adopt positive attitudes, outlooks, and behaviors; a framework for pinpointing the type of culture you have, the type that you want, and the actions you need to take to bridge the two; and instructions on how to create and implement a successful School Culture Rewiring Team. Whether your school is urban or rural, prosperous or struggling, this book is the ultimate guide to making sure that the culture in your school is guided first and foremost by what’s best for your students.

The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!
Author:  Maia Heyck-Merlintogetherteacher
Call Number:  TT269
This resource is an easy-to-use, “how-to” guide to getting organized (enough) to be a great, effective classroom teacher. It is filled with clear advice and step-by-step actions for building habits, finding tools that work for you, and creating space to become a “Together Teacher.” This classroom-tested resource shows how to be incredibly effective and have a life too! Throughout the book, the author explores the key routines of Together Teachers–how they plan ahead, organize work and their classrooms, and spend their limited free time. You’ll find teacher to-do lists, calendars, classroom photos, email in-boxes, and more!

Assignments Matter: Making the Connections That Help Students Meet Standards

Author:  Eleanor Doughertyassignmatters
Call Number:  IS16
What exactly is an “assignment” and why does it matter? Drawing from her extensive experience as a teacher coach, the author answers this question and many more, with two aims in mind: (1) to guide teachers and administrators in crafting high-quality assignments, and (2) to help educators understand the powerful impact that assignments can have on teaching and learning. This book explains the critical differences between “assignments,” “activities,” and “assessments” and thoroughly describes the key elements of an assignment: prompts, rubrics, products, and instructional plans. Equipped with the knowledge and expertise gained from this resource, educators will be able to create meaningful learning experiences for their students and come to appreciate the author’s belief that “assignments may well be the missing link in school reform efforts to improve student achievement.”

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
Author:  Carol Ann Tomlinsonthedifferclass
Call Number:  TT71
This updated second edition offers teachers a powerful and practical way to meet a challenge that is both very modern and completely timeless: how to divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct so many students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests. This book’s insightful guidance on what to differentiate, how to differentiate, and why, lays the groundwork for bringing differentiated instruction into your own classroom or refining the work you already do to help each of your wonderfully unique learners move toward greater knowledge, more advanced skills, and expanded understanding.

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom
Authors:  Douglas Fisher and Nancy Freycheckingforunder
Call Number:  TS110
In this helpful, updated resource, the authors demonstrate how to increase students’ understanding with the aid of creative formative assessments. When used regularly, formative assessments enable every teacher to determine what students know and what they still need to learn. This new 2nd edition reflects the latest thinking in formative assessment and explores a variety of engaging activities that check for and increase understanding, including interactive writing, portfolios, multimedia presentations, audience response systems, and much more.

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