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Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations That Help Young Children Learn. Lisa Burman, $37.95

A comprehensive guide to facilitating conversations with and between children to promote early learning.


The Art of Inquiry: Questioning Strategies for K-6 Classrooms, 2nd Edition. Nancy Lee Cecil & Jeanne Pfeifer, $26.00

Asking questions is one of the most essential functions of teaching. In this book, Nancy Lee Cecil and Jeanne Pfeifer show teachers how to develop both their own questioning skills and those of their students. The authors explain how to model provocative, open-ended questions, and provide many useful teacher- and student-directed questioning strategies. From these strategies, children learn how to ask questions that enable them to construct their own meaning from what they read and experience.


Becoming Young Thinkers: Deep Project Work in the Classroom. Judy Jarris Helm, $41.50

This book is designed for preschool through primary grade teachers who know how to do project work but are ready to move to the next level. Focusing on how children become young thinkers, the book begins with mind, brain, and education science and instructional guidelines for all learning experiences, and then connects these to the rich foundation of the project approach. Helm provides specific strategies for deepening project work, including how to select meaningful topics, plan for projects, integrate standards, support children's questioning, create provocations to promote engagement, and help children represent their ideas. This practical resource will extend practitioners’ knowledge about project-based learning so they can move beyond the basics to create project work that is more engaging, meaningful, and productive.

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Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. Michael Horn & Heather Staker, $31.95

Blended is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. A follow-up to the bestseller Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson, this hands-on guide expands upon the blended learning ideas presented in that book to provide practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. Readers will find a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K-12 learning environments. Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning to the greatest benefit of students, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls.

If online learning has not already rocked your local school, it will soon. Blended learning is one of the hottest trends in education right now, and educators are clamoring for ""how-to"" guidance. Blended answers the call by providing detailed information about the strategy, design, and implementation of a successful blended learning program.

  • Discover a useful framework for implementing blended learning
  • Unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of online learning
  • Find answers to the most commonly asked questions surrounding blended learning
  • Create a more student-centered system that functions as a positive force across grade levels

Educators who loved the ideas presented in Disrupting Class now have a field guide to making it work in a real-world school, with expert advice for making the transition smoother for students, parents, and teachers alike. For educational leaders seeking more student-centered schools, Blended provides the definitive roadmap.


Children as Researchers in Primary Schools: Choice, Voice and Participation. Sue Bucknall, $64.30

  • How often do your primary school pupils have the opportunity to engage in open-ended, sustained pieces of work that offer them choice and control?
  • Do you find that the curriculum restricts openings to provide your pupils with real challenge?
  • Is your school grappling with finding effective ways in which to elicit authentic pupil voice?

CHILDREN AS RESEARCHERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS is an innovative and unique resource for practitioners supporting children to become ‘real world’ researchers in the primary classroom. It will supply you with the skills and ideas you need to implement a ‘children as researchers’ framework in your school that can be adapted for different ages and abilities. Children in primary schools are accustomed to being set short-term goals and are often unaware of long-term aims or of the connections between the concepts and skills they are learning. In contrast, this book demonstrates that children engaging in the research process have authentic opportunities to apply invaluable personal, learning and thinking skills while managing their own projects, making their ‘voices’ heard and experiencing increased levels of engagement and self-esteem.

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Collaborating with Parents for Early School Success: the Achieving-Behaving-Caring Program. S. McConaughy, P. Kay, J. Welkowitz, K. Hewitt & M. Fitzgerald, $57.95

The Achieving-Behaving-Caring (ABC) Program is an evidence-based approach to addressing the needs of elementary students at risk for emotional and behavioral difficulties and promoting successful home-school collaboration. This practical guide demonstrates how classroom teachers and parents can work together to boost individual children's strengths, reduce problems that interfere with learning, and provide class-wide social skills training.


Conquering the Crowded Curriculum. Kathleen Gould Lundy, $24.95

This practical book shows teachers how to work collaboratively to weave authentic learning tapestries where content knowledge and diverse understandings are drawn from one subject discipline and used to enrich others. It offers simple ways to build on the four principles of inquiry, innovation, identity, and integration to form a creative framework for delivering curriculum. The book introduces ten comprehensive, planned projects that integrate curriculum areas, and encourage students to see different perspectives; think critically and imaginatively about ideas; work with new materials; and represent their knowledge in precise and profound ways. Based on Kathy Lundy's extensive classroom experience, this timely new book suggests meaningful ways for the entire education community to work together to deliver a curriculum that is relevant and engaging.


Creating Cultures of Thinking: the 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools. Ron Ritchhart, $35.95

As educators, parents, and citizens, we must settle for nothing less than environments that bring out the best in people, take learning to the next level, allow for great discoveries, and propel both the individual and the group forward into a lifetime of learning. This is something all teachers want and all students deserve. In Creating Cultures of Thinking, Ron Ritchhart, author of Making Thinking Visible, explains how creating a culture of thinking is more important to learning than any particular curriculum and he outlines how any school or teacher can accomplish this by leveraging 8 cultural forces: expectations, language, time, modeling, opportunities, routines, interactions, and environment.

With the techniques and rich classroom vignettes throughout this book, Ritchhart shows that creating a culture of thinking is not about just adhering to a particular set of practices or a general expectation that people should be involved in thinking. A culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work.

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Creating Excellence in Primary School Playtimes: How to Make 20% of the School Day 100% Better. Michael Follett, $29.95

Helping schools to develop a long-term playtime strategy, this book shows how schools can overcome barriers to excellent play for child development and wellbeing. With proven examples that are workable within schools' playtime budgets, the strategies show how to tackle and improve upon common issues including behaviour, staffing and facilities.


Engaging the DisEngaged.  Beth Critchley Charlton, $24.95

Based on the premise that teachers need to engage with students as more than just pupils, this book illustrates how to help students make connections and care about their work. It offers effective ways to close "the achievement gap," eliminate "the fourth-grade slump," and reach "students at risk." A comprehensive overview of school experiences, the book argues for ways that teachers can change the way they view student learning, and create more successful learning situations. It discusses the importance of acknowledging what unique attributes each person brings to the classroom, and shares poignant moments of unanticipated learning and re-engagement.


Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom. Johanna Riddle, $24.95

Literacy in the twenty-first century means more than reading and writing — are you ready to discover how to update your curriculum to include both digital and print-based media, imagery, online applications, and audio and video, as well as traditional texts?

This timely book suggests curriculum enhancements ranging from low-tech to high-tech, and explains how teachers, even those with limited technology skills, can effectively guide students to proficiency. Each chapter — filled with meaningful and motivating activities — thoughtfully explains how to elevate traditional learning and add new layers to students` reading comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills.

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Everybody Wins! Diane Schilling & Terri Akin, $24.95

100 social-emotional learning games that children should play, including:

• Action games • Brain games • Communication games • Cooperative games • Imagination games • Number games • Word games • Sidewalk games • Tag games • Imagination games


A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing and Sustaining the Process. Janet Hale, $58.95

While curriculum mapping is recognized as a highly effective method for serving students' ongoing instructional needs and creating systemic change, the means for putting this data-based decision-making process into practice may not always be clearly understood. This in-depth resource speaks to teachers and administrators with varying levels of curriculum-mapping experience and describes how teacher groups drive the process by engaging in collaborative inquiry as they review one another's curriculums for gaps, redundancies, and new learning. The collected data assist in designing month-to-month instructional plans for all grade levels and subjects, resulting in a curriculum that is coherent, consistent, and aligned with standards.


Guided Inquiry Design: a Framework for Inquiry in Your School. Carol Kuhlthau, Leslie Maniotes & Ann Caspari, $65.25

In order for our children to grow into productive citizens who live successful lives in a changing world, they need to be able to think, learn, and create, and to be able to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively to do so. "Inquiry" has become the buzz word in today's schools. But teachers are asking, "How do we do it?" The book is for pre-K–12 educators who are interested in designing an inquiry approach to curricular learning that incorporates a wide range of resources from the library, the Internet, and the community. Staff of community resources, museum educators, and public librarians will also find the book useful for achieving student learning goals.

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Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. Paul Tough, $20.95

In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced readers to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success.

Now, in Helping Children Succeed, Paul Tough takes on a new set of pressing questions: What does growing up in poverty do to children’s mental and physical development? How does adversity at home affect their success in the classroom, from preschool to high school? And what practical steps can the adults who are responsible for them — from parents and teachers to policy makers and philanthropists — take to improve their chances for a positive future?

Tough encourages us to think in a brand-new way about the challenges of childhood. Rather than trying to “teach” skills like grit and self-control, he argues, we should focus instead on creating the kinds of environments, both at home and at school, in which those qualities are most likely to flourish. Mining the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, Tough provides us with insights and strategies for a new approach to childhood adversity, one designed to help many more children succeed.


The Highly Engaged Classroom. Robert Marzano & Debra Pickering, $50.95

THE HIGHLY ENGAGED CLASSROOM provides an in-depth understanding of how to generate high levels of attention and engagement as a result of careful planning and execution of specific strategies. This clear, practical guide summarizes key research and then translates it into recommendations for classroom practice, where every teacher can create a classroom environment in which engagement is the norm instead of the exception.


The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing. Alfie Kohn, $20.99

A compelling exposé of homework — how it fails our children, why it’s so widely accepted, and what we can do about it.

In The Homework Myth, Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework — that it promotes higher achievement, “reinforces” learning, teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience … Kohn’s incisive analysis reveals how a mistrust of children, a set of misconceptions about learning, and a misguided focus on competitiveness have all left our kids with less free time and our families with more conflict. Pointing to parents who have fought back — and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework — Kohn shows how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children’s love of learning.

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HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners. Steffen Saifer, $55.50 (ages 4-8)

Young learners are capable of a great deal of higher-order thinking, yet too many teaching and learning activities require students to use only lower-order thinking. HOT Skills breaks down theory into practice so you won t miss an opportunity to help young learners develop logical, critical, and creative thinking skills. Dr. Saifer provides numerous strategies for infusing play-based activities and interactions that promote higher-order thinking across all content areas and throughout the day. Just as establishing good nutrition habits early sets the foundation for a healthier life, developing basic-level HOT skills sets the foundation for a more productive and purposeful life.


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Paul Tough, $22.50

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, 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.


Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children. Rafe Esquith, $18.00

In Lighting Their Fires, educator Rafe Esquith shows that children aren’t born extraordinary; they become that way as a result of parents and teachers who instill values that serve them not just for school, but for the rest of their lives.

Whether he is highlighting the importance of time management or offering a step-by-step discussion of how children can become good decision makers, Esquith shows how parents can equip their kids with all the tools they need to find success and have fun in the process. Using examples from classic films and great books, he stresses the value of sacrifice, the importance of staying true to oneself, and the danger that television can pose to growing young minds. Lighting Their Fires explains not just how to make our children great students, but how to make them thoughtful and honorable people.

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Little Big Minds: Teaching Philosophy to Kids. Marietta McCarty, $16.00

Children are no strangers to cruelty and courage, to love and to loss, and in this unique book teacher and educational consultant Marietta McCarty reveals that they are, in fact, natural philosophers... Little Big Minds guides parents and educators in introducing philosophy to K-8 children in order to develop their critical thinking, deepen their appreciation for others, and brace them for the philosophical quandaries that lurk in all of our lives, young or old. Arranged according to themes including prejudice, compassion, and death and featuring the work of philosophers from Plato and Socrates to the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King Jr., this step-by-step guide to teaching kids how to think philosophically is full of excellent discussion questions, teaching tips, and group exercises.


Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their World. Edward Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer Ryan & Shari Tisman, $39.95

Maker-Centered Learning provides both a theoretical framework and practical resources for the educators, curriculum developers, librarians, administrators, and parents navigating this burgeoning field. Written by the expert team from the Agency by Design initiative at Harvard's Project Zero, this book:

  • Identifies a set of educational practices and ideas that define maker-centered learning, and introduces the focal concepts of maker empowerment and sensitivity to design
  • Shares cutting edge research that provides evidence of the benefits of maker-centered learning for students and education as a whole
  • Presents a clear Project Zero-based framework for maker-centered teaching and learning
  • Includes valuable educator resources that can be applied in a variety of design and maker-centered learning environments
  • Describes unique thinking routines that foster the primary maker capacities of looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity

A surge of voices from government, industry, and education have argued that, in order to equip the next generation for life and work in the decades ahead, it is vital to support maker-centered learning in various educational environments. Maker-Centered Learning provides insight into what that means, and offers tools and knowledge that can be applied anywhere that learning takes place.


Making Curriculum POP: Developing Literacies in All Content Areas. Pam Goble & Ryan Goble, $57.99

From comics to cathedrals, pie charts to power ballads, fashion to Facebook... students need help navigating today’s media-rich world. And educators need help teaching today’s new media literacy. To be literate now means being able to read, write, listen, speak, view, and represent across all media — including both print and non-print texts, such as film, TV, podcasts, websites, visual art, fashion, architecture, landscape, and music. This book offers secondary teachers in all content areas a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to integrate these literacies into their curriculum. Students form cooperative learning groups to evaluate media texts from various perspectives (artist, producer, sociologist, sound mixer, economist, poet, set designer, and more) and show their thinking using unique graphic organizers aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Includes digital content.

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Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: a Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything. Deborah Schoeberlein, $22.95

Mindfulness has gone mainstream, and author Deborah Schoeberlein pioneers its practical application in education. Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness emphasizes how the teacher's personal familiarity with mindfulness plants the seed for an education infused with attention, awareness, kindness, empathy, compassion, and gratitude. This book is perfect for teachers of all kinds: schoolteachers, adult educators, coaches, and parents — in short, anyone who teaches anything.


Motivating Students: 25 Strategies to Light the Fire of Engagement. Carolyn Chapman & Nicole Vagle, $59.95

This practical handbook offers 25 strategies for motivating students to engage in learning. Understand eight types of unmotivated learners and how you can meet their needs with diverse and challenging learning opportunities in a welcoming environment. The authors explore the teacher’s role in both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as how to reengage bored or frustrated students by finding the source of disengagement. They also discuss how students not only learn through challenging, appealing, and rewarding experiences, but also continue trying when they can see where they are going and how to get there.


A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think: Gill Connell, Cheryl McCarthy, $49.99 (Birth to Age 7) 

Just as kids’ bodies need specific nutrients for good health, they also need a balanced diet of physical activity to help them reach their potential. Authors Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. They unveil the Kinetic Scale: a visual map of the active learning needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary graders (from “snugglers” to “skedaddlers”) that fits each child’s individual timetable. 

Teachers and caregivers will find a wealth of information, actionable tips, and games they can use to support children’s healthy development — all presented in a lively, full-color format with demonstrative diagrams and photos. A final section offers easy-to-implement “Smart Steps at Play” activities geared to the Kinetic Scale. Downloadable digital content includes printable versions of charts, “Motorvator” games, and activities from the book; a PowerPoint presentation for use in professional development; handouts and activities for parents; and bonus “Smart Steps at Play” activities.

Grounded in best practices and current research, A MOVING CHILD IS A LEARNING CHILD is both a hands-on resource for any classroom teacher, care provider, or parent and an ideal tool for coaches, mentors, and professional development trainers.

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The New Science of Teaching and Learning: Using the Best of Mind, Brain and Education Science in the Classroom. Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, $45.95

This book offers a definitive, scientifically grounded guide for better teaching and learning practices. Drawing from thousands of documents and the opinions of recognized experts worldwide, it explains in straight talk the new Mind, Brain, and Education Science — a field that has grown out of the intersection of neuroscience, education, and psychology. This book distinguishes true, applicable neuroscience from the popular “neuromyths” that have gained currency in education. Each instructional guideline presented in the book is accompanied by real-life classroom examples to help teachers envision the direct application of the information in their own schools.


No Contest: the Case against Competition, 20th Anniversary Edition. Alfie Kohn, $19.95

No Contest, which has been stirring up controversy since its publication in 1986, stands as the definitive critique of competition. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Alfie Kohn eloquently argues that our struggle to defeat each other — at work, at school, at play, and at home — turns all of us into losers.


101 Great Classroom Games. Alexis Ludewig, Amy Swan, $20.95 (K-5)

These breeze-to-learn, laugh-inducing games energize the school day by being both fun and educational. Created by award-winning educators, these games painlessly teach your children reading, logic, measuring, listening, science, math, and other subjects. The best part: Games are also ranked for noise levels!

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Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally. Hywel Roberts, $34.95

Lies, deceit, traps and trickery — in fact, everything you need to get children to learn despite themselves. This book is about engaging learners in great learning so well they barely know they are learning, let alone learning well. This book is about the dance that happens between teachers and learners, it’s about the importance of relationships in that engagement, it’s about how to build and sustain rapport with learners. And it’s about finding a delight and a joy in the process of learning, enhanced by those spontaneous, serendipitous events that help you remember just why you came into the job in the first place.


Out Of the Question: Guiding Students To a Deeper Understanding Of What They See, Read, Hear and Do. Sally Godinho & Jeni Wilson, $ 12.95

Asking questions is a pivotal skill in learning how to learn. It helps children to clarify their understanding, and make new connections. This straightforward guide outlines the main purposes behind asking questions. It explores numerous different types of question, and how to use purpose to determine what and how to ask.


The Outdoor Classroom Ages 3-7: Using Ideas from Forest Schools to Enrich Learning. Karen Constable, $50.30

This book clearly explains the learning potential of the outdoor environment and practically demonstrates how the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ can be developed in ECE settings and schools. Drawing on the Forest School approach, it aims to inspire practitioners to think creatively about their outside area and how they can provide rich play opportunities for children that will further their learning regardless of any time, space or financial restraints.

Emphasizing the importance of continuity for young children, the book shows how good practice in the early years can be built on in Reception and Key Stage 1 and covers:

  • What is the outdoor classroom and how does it enhance children’s learning?
  • How experiences in the Outdoor Classroom can support the early years and Key Stage 1 curricula
  • The implications for schools using the outdoor classroom including resources, timetabling, space, parental and staff opposition
  • Guidance on planning
  • Activities and ideas for using the Outdoor Classroom

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The Play's the Thing: Teacher's Roles in Children's Play, 2nd Edition. Elizabeth Jones & Gretchen Reynolds, $40.50

Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, the authors explain how and why play is a critical part of children's development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner. This new edition has been expanded to include significant developments in the broadening landscape of early learning and care, such as assessment, diversity and culture, intentional teaching, inquiry, and the construction of knowledge. New for the 2nd edition:

  • Additional theories on the relationship of teachers and children's play, e.g., Vygotsky and the role of imaginary play and Reggio Emilia's image of the competent child.

  • Current issues from media content, consumer culture, and environmental concerns.
  • Standards and testing in preschool and kindergarten.
  • Bridging the cultural gap between home and school.
  • Using digital technology to make children's play visible.
  • Recent brain development research.

Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay & Nancy Steinhauer, $32.95

Across Canada, a debate swirls around what our children will need to know in the face of huge technological, economic, social and political change. The question has become an ideological battleground, and there is a hunger for a deeper understanding of what we should be doing to prepare children now for the challenges of the future. This timely, important book is an answer to that call.

In Pushing the Limits, Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer draw on their experiences as educational leaders to reveal that the schools of the future exist in the here and now. They introduce us to extraordinary Canadian public schools, deeply rooted in their communities, that are fostering innovators, nimble problem-solvers and engaged citizens, boosting math comprehension, cultivating creativity and using technology to broaden the parameters of learning. And they explore why the role of schools is expanding to nurture students' social-emotional skills and growth mindsets, and how vital this broader definition of education is to children's long-term health, happiness and success. This book provides a vision of what schooling can and should look like in our rapidly shifting world and explores how we — parents and teachers — can realize this vision together.


Q Tasks: How to Empower Students to Ask Questions and Care About Answers, 2nd Edition. Carol Koechlin & Sandi Zwaan, $24.95

Questions and questioning are key skills in successful learning. The original Q Tasks was instrumental in showing teachers how to give students the tools they need to develop their own questions and build critical thinking and inquiry skills. This new, totally revised edition continues to nurture and advance these crucial skills, and also offers Q-task extensions that introduce digital components that facilitate collaboration and are designed to appeal to tech-savvy students.

More than 100 practical, flexible exercises in this remarkable book provide a smorgasbord of choices for teachers to use to help students formulate good questions in an information-rich environment. They put the students at the centre of their own learning as they build the library and research skills that are essential to our information age. Teachers will find innovative ways to help students go beyond memorization and rote learning of facts to focus on personal understanding, and true ownership of the learning experience.

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Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher. Judy Willis, $31.95

Author Judy Willis is an author who is both a neurologist and a classroom teacher. In Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning, Dr. Willis combs through brain research and pulls out the information that is most valid and relevant to classroom teaching. Find out how to enhance your students' memory and test-taking abilities and discover ways to captivate and hold students' attention and encourage their participation and progress.


Resilient Classrooms: Creating Healthy Environments for Learning, 2nd Edition. Beth Doll, Katherine Brehm & Steve Zucker, $52.50

This indispensable practitioner resource presents classroom-based strategies for supporting all students' success and psychological wellness in grades K-9. The authors clearly explain what makes a classroom a healthy place to learn. They describe effective procedures for recognizing when a classroom is lacking essential supports, intervening to put missing supports into place, and evaluating the effects on learning and development. Rich case studies show how the strategies have been used by actual educators. Reproducible worksheets and planning tools are included.


A Room to Learn: Rethinking Classroom Environments. Pamela Evanshen & Janet Faulk, $38.95

Turn classrooms into inspiring learning environments! Based on the latest research about how children learn, this book helps elementary school teachers make their classrooms into creative spaces that facilitate teaching and learning. With "before" and "after" photos of real classrooms, teachers can examine each area and determine their own classroom's need for improvement.


School Climate: Building Safe, Supportive and Engaging Classrooms & School. Jonathan Cohen & Maurice Elias, $15.95

This 6-page, laminated reference guide is designed for educators who are committed to creating a safe, supportive, engaging and helpfully challenging school climate for students in grades K-12.

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The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Happiness. Jenny Hulme, $27.95

As rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders are on the up among young people, how can schools provide appropriate information and support for the young people in their classrooms? How can they bridge the gap between what they know matters — the impact of these issues on learning and life-long health — and the mounting day-to-day priorities and pressures of school life?

This book provides unique insight into 12 projects that are helping to answer these questions and supporting teachers to make mental health and emotional wellbeing a key player in the school day. With a mix of longer-term initiatives and simple strategies that schools can put in place immediately, it explores mentoring and mindfulness, social action and sport, Lego play and poetry, the power of parents and the role of PSHE. It describes how these projects work practically and shares the impact they are having, increasing resilience and raising the aspirations and emotional wellbeing of the whole school community. This book is a source of inspiration for teachers, leadership teams, pastoral care teams, school counsellors and psychologists.


Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation. Mary-Dean Barringer, Craig Pohlman & Michele Robinson, $35.95

This book shows how schools can develop expertise in "learning variation" (understanding how different kinds of minds learn) and apply this knowledge to classroom instruction in order to address the chronic learning challenges and achievement gap faced by millions of students. Schools for All Kinds of Minds shows how using what we know about learning variation with a focus on discovering learning strengths, not just deficits, can help schools create plans for success for those students who often find it elusive.


Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: the Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. Rafe Esquith, $23.00

In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation immigrants who live in poverty and speak English as a second language. They also play Vivaldi, perform Shakespeare, score in the top one percent on standardized tests, and go on to attend Ivy League universities. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire is a brilliant and inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our children.

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Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century. Julie Diamond, Betsy Grob, & Fretta Reitzes, Editors, $41.95

This book presents a model for 21st-century kindergartens that is rooted in child-centered learning and also shaped by the needs and goals of the present day. Classroom teachers working with diverse populations of students and focusing on issues of social justice provide vivid descriptions of classroom life across urban and rural communities. Teacher reflections and commentary from the editors link teacher decisions to principles of good practice. Teaching Kindergarten illustrates how a progressive, learning-centered approach can not only meet equity and accountability goals, but go well beyond that to educate the whole child. Book Features:

  • Rich examples of learner-centered teaching in diverse public school settings
  • Depictions of integrated curricula in science, social studies, math, arts, and language arts that address Common Core and other standards
  • Connections to recent developmental research and pedagogy
  • Programs promoting social and cultural awareness
  • Photographs of children’s projects and a list of children’s books

Teaching Smarter: an Unconventional Guide to Boosting Student Success. Patrick Kelley, $31.99

This refreshingly frank handbook shows teachers how to close the achievement gap in their classrooms by teaching students innovative paths to academic success. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience, Kelley presents straightforward strategies for helping learners improve their grades and test scores and experience greater school engagement — all while streamlining the teacher’s work to yield maximum efficiency. Strategies include team-grading essays, using Socratic seminars and sworn statements, allowing for re-dos, and ruthlessly pruning assignments, among others. Often humorous and irreverent in tone, this guide will be the talk of the break room. Includes online digital content.


Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom, 2nd Edition. Rick Ayers & William Ayers, $37.95

This dynamic book explores many of the hotly debated issues that teachers grapple with today.

These stories of courage and resistance will help educators to encourage initiative, to foster imagination, to “teach the taboo”. A powerful look at education at its best — and worst — this is a hands-on manual for anyone looking to evolve as an educator.

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Teaching with Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts & More. Kathleen Fitzgibbon, $13.99 Grades 3 and Up

Dozens of easy ideas for using technology to get kids excited about learning.


3-Minute Motivators: More than 100 Simple Ways To Reach, Teach, And Achieve More Than Ever Imagined. Kathy Paterson, $24.95

More than just busy work, these short, playful activities will help frazzled teachers to refocus a group, release excess energy, or start class with a bang! Organized around common classroom challenges, the book offers a wide variety of activities that turn potential problems into opportunities, from relaxing activities to stimulate the imagination to lively motivators and activities that mix talk with action to getting involved and working together towards a common goal.


Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools, PreK-12. Mara Krechevsky, Ben Mardell, Melissa Rivard & Damiel Wilson, $35.95

Based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, VISIBLE LEARNERS highlights learning through interpreting objects and artifacts, group learning, and documentation to make students' learning evident to teachers. Visible classrooms are committed to five key principles: that learning is purposeful, social, emotional, empowering, and representational. The book includes visual essays, key practices, classroom and examples.

  • Show how to make learning happen in relation to others, spark emotional connections, give students power over their learning, and express ideas in multiple ways
  • Illustrate Reggio-inspired principles and approaches via quotes, photos, student and teacher reflections, and examples of student work
  • Offer a new way to enhance learning using progressive, research-based practices for increasing collaboration and critical thinking in and outside the classroom
  • Look beyond surface-level to understand who students are, what they come to know, and how they come to know it.

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The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being In Teachers and Students. Daniel Rechtschaffen, $33.95

The Way of Mindful Education is a practical guide for cultivating attention, compassion, and well-being not only in these students, but also in teachers themselves. Packed with lesson plans, exercises, and considerations for specific age groups and students with special needs, this working manual demonstrates the real world application of mindfulness practices in K-12 classrooms.

Decades of research indicate the impressive benefits of mindfulness in social, emotional, and cognitive development, and as an antidote to emotional dysregulation, attention deficits, and social difficulties. This book invites teachers, administrators, and anyone else involved in education to take advantage of this vital tool and become purveyors of a mindful, compassionate, ethical, and effective way of teaching.

The Mindful Education Workbook: Lessons for Teaching Mindfulness to Students. Daniel Rechtschaffen, $33.95

A structured curriculum of classroom-ready lessons, practices, and worksheets for actualizing a powerful new educational paradigm: student mindfulness. This workbook offers a step-by-step curriculum of classroom-ready mindfulness lessons for personal and professional development. It’s a trove of fun, easy activities specially designed to help educators engage K-12 students and cultivate mindful attributes like attention, compassion, and well-being. Rich with simple and effective tips, techniques, worksheets, and guided exercises developed through extensive on-the-ground experience with real students and teachers, The Mindful Education Workbook empowers readers with all the tools they need to integrate mindful education in the school day.


Whole Child Education. John Miller, $27.95

Public education is often viewed as dominated by an emphasis on test scores and narrowly defined parameters of performance and achievement. By contrast, John Miller's Whole Child Education fosters relationships between various forms of thinking, links body and mind, and recognizes the inner life of the child.

Addressing issues of teaching, curriculum, the school, and teacher wellness, Miller presents three basic approaches (transmission, transaction, and transformation) that facilitate a connection with the whole student. Practical examples from teachers who have incorporated Miller's ideas into their own classrooms and descriptions of Toronto's Whole Child School (founded in 2009) illustrate how the 'Whole Curriculum' can be implemented on both the small and large scale. Inspired by the powerful vision of Martin Luther King and his concept of the Beloved Community, Whole Child Education is a vehicle for building community through holistic education.

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Complete Booklist

Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations That Help Young Children Learn. Lisa Burman, $37.95

The Art of Inquiry: Questioning Strategies for K-6 Classrooms, 2nd Edition. Nancy Lee Cecil & Jeanne Pfeifer, $26.00

Becoming Young Thinkers: Deep Project Work in the Classroom. Judy Jarris Helm, $41.50

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. Michael Horn & Heather Staker, $31.95

Children as Researchers in Primary Schools: Choice, Voice and Participation. Sue Bucknall, $64.30

Collaborating with Parents for Early School Success: the Achieving-Behaving-Caring Program. S. McConaughy, P. Kay, J. Welkowitz, K. Hewitt & M. Fitzgerald, $57.95

Conquering the Crowded Curriculum. Kathleen Gould Lundy, $24.95

Creating Cultures of Thinking: the 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools. Ron Ritchhart, $35.95

Creating Excellence in Primary School Playtimes: How to Make 20% of the School Day 100% Better. Michael Follett, $29.95

Engaging the DisEngaged. Beth Critchley Charlton, $24.95

Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom. Johanna Riddle, $24.95

Everybody Wins! Diane Schilling & Terri Akin, $24.95

Guided Inquiry Design: a Framework for Inquiry in Your School. Carol Kuhlthau, Leslie Maniotes & Ann Caspari, $65.25

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. Paul Tough, $20.95

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The Highly Engaged Classroom. Robert Marzano & Debra Pickering, $50.95

The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing. Alfie Kohn, $20.99

HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners. Steffen Saifer, $55.50 (ages 4-8)

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Paul Tough, $22.50

Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children. Rafe Esquith, $18.00

Little Big Minds: Teaching Philosophy to Kids. Marietta McCarty, $16.00

Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their World. Edward Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer Ryan & Shari Tisman, $39.95

Making Curriculum POP: Developing Literacies in All Content Areas. Pam Goble & Ryan Goble, $57.99

The Mindful Education Workbook: Lessons for Teaching Mindfulness to Students. Daniel Rechtschaffen, $33.95

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: a Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything. Deborah Schoeberlein, $22.95

Mosaic of Thought: the Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, 2nd Edition. Ellin Oliver Keene & Susan Zimmerman, $51.25

Motivating Students: 25 Strategies to Light the Fire of Engagement. Carolyn Chapman & Nicole Vagle, $59.95

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think: Gill Connell, Cheryl McCarthy, $49.99 (Birth to Age 7)

The New Science of Teaching and Learning: Using the Best of Mind, Brain and Education Science in the Classroom. Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, $45.95

No Contest: the Case against Competition, 20th Anniversary Edition. Alfie Kohn, $19.95

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101 Great Classroom Games. Alexis Ludewig, Amy Swan, $20.95 (K-5)

Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally. Hywel Roberts, $34.95

Out Of the Question: Guiding Students To a Deeper Understanding Of What They See, Read, Hear and Do. Sally Godinho & Jeni Wilson, $12.95

The Outdoor Classroom Ages 3-7: Using Ideas from Forest Schools to Enrich Learning. Karen Constable, $50.30

The Play's the Thing: Teacher's Roles in Children's Play, 2nd Edition. Elizabeth Jones & Gretchen Reynolds, $40.50

Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay & Nancy Steinhauer, $32.95

Q Tasks: How to Empower Students to Ask Questions and Care About Answers, 2nd Edition. Carol Koechlin & Sandi Zwaan, $24.95

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher. Judy Willis, $31.95

Resilient Classrooms: Creating Healthy Environments for Learning, 2nd Edition. Beth Doll, Katherine Brehm & Steve Zucker, $52.50

A Room to Learn: Rethinking Classroom Environments. Pamela Evanshen & Janet Faulk, $38.95

School Climate: Building Safe, Supportive and Engaging Classrooms & School. Jonathan Cohen & Maurice Elias, $15.95

The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Happiness. Jenny Hulme, $27.95

Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation. Mary-Dean Barringer, Craig Pohlman & Michele Robinson, $35.95

Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: the Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. Rafe Esquith, $23.00

Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century. Julie Diamond, Betsy Grob, & Fretta Reitzes, Editors, $41.95

Teaching Smarter: an Unconventional Guide to Boosting Student Success. Patrick Kelley, $31.99

Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom, 2nd Edition. Rick Ayers & William Ayers, $37.95

Teaching with Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts & More. Kathleen Fitzgibbon, $13.99 Grades 3 and Up

3-Minute Motivators: More than 100 Simple Ways To Reach, Teach, And Achieve More Than Ever Imagined. Kathy Paterson, $24.95

Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools, PreK-12. Mara Krechevsky, Ben Mardell, Melissa Rivard & Damiel Wilson, $35.95

The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being In Teachers and Students. Daniel Rechtschaffen, $33.95

Whole Child Education. John Miller, $27.95

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