Library Book Suggestions – November 2014

November’s library book suggestions are on student engagement and teacher engagement with families.

Instructional Practices for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Strategies for Reading, Writing, and Mathinstrucpractices
Author J. Ron Nelson
Call Number:  BM296
Presenting a broad range of instructional programs and practices that are proven effective for students with behavioral disorders, this is the first resource of its kind for K-3 teachers and special educators. Described are clear-cut strategies for promoting mastery and fluency in early reading, writing, and math, while tailoring instruction to each student’s needs. Grounded in a three-tiered response-to-intervention framework that facilitates data-based assessment, decision making, and progress monitoring, the book includes helpful examples and reproducibles. A special chapter outlines instructional management procedures for enhancing student engagement and promoting positive behavior.

The Educator’s Guide to Preventing and Solving Discipline Problemstheeduguide
Author: Mark Boynton
Call Number:  BM280
Preventing discipline problems usually requires less energy than coping with problems after they occur, and a day without discipline problems is certainly more enjoyable for teachers and students alike! With this in mind, the authors present a wide variety of prevention strategies that any teacher can use, including advice about their relative appropriateness in different settings and circumstances. When discipline problems can’t be prevented, this book will help you learn the most appropriate reactions to (and consequences for) student misbehavior, as well as specific strategies for handling oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anger management issues in students.

Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understandingstrategiesthatwork
Author: Anne Goudvis & Stephanie Harvey
Call Number:  TT222
Full of practical suggestions to help students think when they read, this resource gives teachers: more than forty K-8 strategy lessons for understanding text; ways to use short text, such as picture books, newspapers, magazines, and poetry to teach comprehension; ideas for choosing books that promote thinking and discussion; suggestions to better comprehend text in social studies, science, and other content areas; and, a wide range of authentic response options that promote engagement and enable students to monitor their own comprehension. When readers use these strategies, they enjoy a more complete, thoughtful, and engaging experience, and best yet, they will want to read more!

Working with Parents and Families of Exceptional Children and Youth: Techniques for Successful workingwithparentsConferencing and Collaboration
Author:  Richard L. Simpson
Call Number: FA62
The primary theme of this 4th edition is that educators and related service professionals must be involved in helping parents and families contend with the challenges of raising, living with, and educating a child who has an exceptionality. This text retains its focus on developing responsive practitioners who use critical knowledge and skills when conferencing and collaborating with families. Additionally, it offers educators current evidence-based methods and related resources for building knowledge and skill sets for effective parent and family involvement and engagement.

From Seatwork to Feetwork: Engaging Students in Their Own Learning seatwork
Author: Ron J. Nash
Call Number:  IS13
This resource shows teachers how to create a student-centered environment that transforms learners from passive attendees into active participants and leaders in the classroom. Included are problems and solutions framed in vignettes and suggested applications organized in a modular style for easy reference. Ideal for a book study in a professional development setting, this resource offers teachers fun ways to motivate students to take more responsibility for their own learning, and to enjoy the process!

Class Meetings: Building Leadership, Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills in the Respectful Classroomclassmeetings
Author:  Donna Styles
Call Number:  BM199
As teachers look for new techniques to engage students in their own learning, class meetings are becoming a popular way of generating student participation in all aspects of school and learning. This innovative book shows teachers how to use class meetings to set the tone for a respectful classroom, involve students in decision making, provide opportunities for student leadership, develop effective problem-solving strategies, and reduce behavior problems. This highly-readable resource contains reproducible sheets for running meetings and tracking and evaluating student interaction that will help teachers use class meetings to allow students to grow as learners and problem solvers.


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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