From the Bookshelves

May 21, 2010
Sandra Anderson

Have you used your ATA Library?

The ATA Library collection features books and videos for teachers on a wide range of topics. We encourage you to use our library catalogue on the ATA website (www.teachers.ab.ca) to find the many resources available to you. We are happy to send you materials in the mail and we include postage and address labels for you to make returning materials as easy as possible. Featured here are some of the new materials in our library.  

English Books

Conflict Management

Having Hard Conversations
Jennifer Abrams, 2009. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (371.1022 A161)
This book offers a step-by-step strategy for communicating with all levels of staff at work.  Sample scripts are included to help teachers master the art of the crucial conversation. 

The Joy of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains and Heroes in the Workplace and Home
Gary Harper, 2004. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers (303.69 H294)
Harper presents conflict through the drama triangle of victims, villains and heroes. He offers advice for moving from the pain of conflict to the joy of collaborative resolution.

Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own)
Helen McGrath and Hazel Edwards, 2010. New York, NY: Experiment LLC (158.2 M147)
McGrath and Edwards look at common points of frustration and offer strategies to deal with difficult people: anger and conflict management, empathy, optimism and assertion, and making decisions about difficult relationships. 

Diversity

Acting Out: Combating Homophobia through Teacher Activism
Mollie V. Blackburn et al (Eds), 2010. New York, NY: Teachers College Press (371.8266 A188)
The book discusses how teachers can combat homophobia in their schools and classrooms. Suggested actions include changing district policy using LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender and Queer) inclusive texts and running a gay-straight alliance.

Mollie V. Blackburn et al (Eds), 2010. New York, NY: Teachers College Press (371.8266 A188) The book discusses how teachers can combat homophobia in their schools and classrooms. Suggested actions include changing district policy using LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender and Queer) inclusive texts and running a gay-straight alliance.

Biracial and Multiracial Student Experience: A Journal to Racial Literacy
Bonnie M. Davis, 2009. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (370.117 D261)
Davis explores the experience of multiracial children in school and in non-academic situations.

Queer Youth in the Province of the “Severely Normal”
Gloria Filax, 2006. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press (306.76 F479)
In the 1990s, Premier Ralph Klein argued that the “severely normal” majority in Alberta were opposed to including gays and lesbians in the province’s human rights act. Filax examines the experience of queer youth within Alberta when the government and other organizations in the province were entrenched in opposing equality for homosexuals.

Poverty is NOT a Learning Disability: Equalizing Opportunities for Low SES Students
Tish Howard, Sandy Grogan Dresser and Dennis R. Dunklee, 2009. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (371.826942 H852)
The authors provide teachers with proven teaching strategies to help engage students of lower economic status in learning and get them on track for academic success.

Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States
Reva Joshee and Lauri Johnson, 2007. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press (370.117 M961)
Joshee and Johnson examine multicultural education policies and practices and point out how these have hindered the education of minority groups.

The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities
Sonia Nieto, 2010. New York, NY: Teachers College Press (370.117 N677)
Nieto discusses how teachers can take the best advantage of multicultural classrooms to enhance learning for students.

First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada
Annis May Timpson (Ed), 2009. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press (971.00497 F527)
Timpson brings together First Nations and non-First Nations scholars to explore the influence of First Nations thought on the development of policies and public discourse in Canada. The papers cover five main themes: challenging dominant discourses, oral narratives, cultural heritage, innovation in sub-national governance and constitutional reconciliation.

Graphic Novels

Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom
Stephen Cary, 2004. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann (428.24 C333)
Cary argues that comics can enhance the learning of other languages through visual clues about meaning not available in traditional textbooks. Included are activity ideas and websites for teachers interested in incorporating more comics in their second-language classrooms.

Stephen Cary, 2004. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann (428.24 C333)Cary argues that comics can enhance the learning of other languages through visual clues about meaning not available in traditional textbooks. Included are activity ideas and websites for teachers interested in incorporating more comics in their second-language classrooms.

Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom (Grades 4-8)
Melissa Hart, 2010. Westminster, CA: Teacher Created Resources (741.5 H326)
This useful guide covers the basics of graphic novels. It introduces the proper vocabulary for the parts of a graphic novel and the visual elements, as well as ideas for student exercises.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Scott McCloud, 1993. New York, NY: Harper Perennial (741.5 M127)
Written in the form of a graphic novel, the book explains the mechanics of graphic novels and explains the art of reading in this literary form. This is a must-read for educators incorporating graphic novels in the curriculum.

Neurology and Brain-Based Learning

The Educated Brain: Essays in Neuroeducation
Antonio M. Battro, Kurt W. Fischer and Pierre J. Lena (Eds), 2007. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (370.15231 E24)
This book provides an overview of neuroeducation and describes how brain research is influencing education. The authors also look at how language and mathematics affect the brain’s abilities. 

Antonio M. Battro, Kurt W. Fischer and Pierre J. Lena (Eds), 2007. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (370.15231 E24)

Engaging ‘Tweens and Teens: A Brain-Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle and High School Students
Raleigh Philp, 2007. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (370.15231 P549)
Philp incorporates an understanding of neuroscience with his experience working with tweens and teens in the classroom. He includes practical ideas for integrating this knowledge into teachers’ interactions with students in the classroom.

Br@in-Based Teaching in the Digital Age
Marilee Sprenger, 2010. Alexandria, VA: ASCD (310.1523 S768)
Sprenger discusses strategies for teaching the Net Generation. She shares her thoughts on improving memory and attention span, as well as finding the point of balance with technology in the classroom.

Other Topics

The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change
Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley, 2009. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (370.9 H279)
The authors of The Fourth Way argue that previous models of change implemented in education are not suited to the 21st century. They suggest a fourth way of changing education that is inclusive, responsible, collaborative and evidence-based.

Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley, 2009. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (370.9 H279)The authors of argue that previous models of change implemented in education are not suited to the 21st century. They suggest a fourth way of changing education that is inclusive, responsible, collaborative and evidence-based.

How to Survive and Succeed with an Interactive Whiteboard
Greg Braham, 2006. Cambridge, UK: LDA (371.33 B813)
While interactive whiteboards can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, they can be difficult to master as an instructional tool. Braham provides tips to develop confidence in using whiteboards effectively in the classroom.

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America
Allan Collins and Richard Halverson, 2009. New York, NY: Teachers College Press (370.285 C712)
Collins and Halverson argue that technology will shape the future of education to become individualized. They discuss the positive and negative aspects of that future. 

The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future
Linda Darling-Hammond, 2010. New York, NY: Teachers College Press (379.26 D221)
Darling-Hammond challenges readers with her argument that we must rethink the fundamental structure of our education system that was designed near the end of the 1800s. She provides examples of both successful and failed attempts at modernization of schools around the world and calls on American educators to develop an equitable educational system.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Lynn Truss, 2003. New York, NY: Gotham Books (428.2 T873)
Although this book is especially for people who believe that punctuation matters, it is also valuable for people who need to be convinced about the value of punctuation. 

Background Knowledge: The Missing Piece of the Comprehension Puzzle
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, 2009. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann (428.4 F333)
Background knowledge about a subject is critical for students to grasp meaning but establishing background knowledge is often a neglected part of teaching. The authors share ideas and tools for assessing and strengthening this knowledge.

Energizing Staff Development Using Film Clips: Memorable Movie Moments that Promote Reflection, Conversation, and Action
Walter R. Olsen and William A. Sommers, 2006. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (658.3124 O52)
The authors have selected film clips from Hollywood films and included discussion points for each clip to be used in staff meetings. The clips are designed to generate discussion on the themes of conflict, courage and ethics, persistence and values, creativity and developing abilities, hope, and change.

Science Laboratory Safety Manual
Linda M. Stroud, 2008. Raleigh, NC: Science and Safety Consulting Services (507 S925)
Stroud presents a thorough treatment of safety issues in school science laboratories related to biohazards and radiation, chemical management, facilities, first aid, laboratory equipment and elementary science safety. 

Videos

Assertive Discipline: Positive Behavior Management for Today’s Classroom
Lee Canter, 2010
This six-DVD set focuses on effective classroom and behaviour management. Advice is provided for facilitators and on behaviour management and building trusting relationships. 

Best Practices in Action: Using Analogies to Enhance Background Knowledge
Connie Primosic, 2006
Primosic demonstrates how analogies can stimulate students and lead to an understanding of the relationship between dissimilar materials.

Connecting Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design and What Works in Schools: An Exploration of Research-Based Strategies
ASCD, 2008
This DVD speaks to three educational approaches and how they work. A panel discussion from the 2008 ASCD Summer Conference explores the implications of educational methods.

Fitness and the Father
May Street, 2002
This video reconstructs the story of Father Mouchet, who inspired Canada’s northern communities to embrace physical fitness. Mouchet’s skiing program produced Olympic-class skiers among the Vuntut Gwitchin people. 

Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction
Jim Knight, 2007
An instructional coach is a full-time person dedicated to professional development, who works in schools to assist teachers with ongoing PD. This DVD set provides facilitators with tools for training instructional coaches. 

How To Informally Assess Student Learning
ASCD, 2005
This 15-minute program explores assessment for learning in any grade. Ideas presented include using feedback mechanisms and skilful observation. 

Livres en français

Aider les élèves en difficulté
Sandrine Maury, 2008 (371.82 M459)
Ce livre s’adresse aux enseignants du secondaire. Il présente des outils pour détecter les élèves en difficulté scolaire et propose des activités pour leur venir en aide à l'école et en dehors de l’école. 

Les cinq formes d’intelligence pour affronter l’avenir
Howard Gardner, 2009 (370.1529 G227)
L’auteur analyse ici les aptitudes qui seront de plus en plus décisives demain, en particulier la capacité à maîtriser un domaine, l'esprit de synthèse, la créativité, le respect des autres et le sens moral. Autant de dispositions qui nous permettront de faire face aux défis de la modernité.

Échec en math? Dépistage et intervention auprès des élèves à risque au préscolaire et au premier cycle
Anne Gaudreau, 2005 (372.7 G267)
Ce manuel aide à comprendre le processus d'apprentissage des concepts mathématiques chez l'enfant et démontre l'importance du dépistage et de l'intervention précoce. Les mécanismes menant à la compréhension des concepts de base y sont expliqués, et des outils diagnostiques à utiliser dans le cadre d'un entretien individuel avec l'élève y sont offerts.

L’éducation musicale à l’école élémentaire
Agnès Matthys, 2009 (372.87 M443)
Cet ouvrage permet une approche globale et transversale de la musique. Il est divisé en trois parties distinctes : 1. À la découverte du langage, 2. L'homme et la musique, et 3. Contes musicaux. Deux CD proposent un large éventail de supports sonores pour l'exploitation des fiches : bruitages, musiques, chansons et reconnaissance d'instruments.

L’effet domino « dys » : limiter l’enchaînement des difficultés en repérant les troubles spécifiques des apprentissages et en aménageant sa pédagogie
Roselyne Guilloux, 2009 (371.92 G962)
Synthèse des connaissances actuelles sur les troubles de l’apprentissage (dyslexie, dyscalculie, dysorthographie, dysphasie et dyspraxie) présentée clairement aux enseignants de la maternelle et du primaire. Des outils y sont proposés pour les aider à repérer ces troubles et à apporter tous les aménagements pédagogiques possibles.

L’évaluation des apprentissages : de la planification de la démarche à la communication des résultats
Micheline-Joanne Durand et Roch Chouinard, 2006 (371.27 D949)
Cet ouvrage imposant de 375 pages s’inscrit dans le vaste mouvement du renouveau pédagogique. C’est une mine de renseignements, de définitions, d’exemples, de conseils, de pistes d’exploration et de mises en application très bien organisés. 

Le guide de l’enseignant en 12 leçons : comment gérer sa classe de primaire?
Jean-Yvon Lafinestre et Yann Couëdel, 2008 (371.1024 L164)
Petit guide pratique, agrémenté d’illustrations amusantes, pour conseiller les enseignants qui souhaiteraient voir régner l’ordre dans leur classe. Il recommande des conduites à tenir et des stratégies à appliquer en fonction des situations qui façonnent le quotidien de la classe.

Prévenir et régler les problèmes de discipline
Mark Boynton et Christine Boynton, 2009 (371.5 B792)
Enseignants et administrateurs à tous les niveaux scolaires pourront puiser dans ce guide d’excellentes idées qui leur permettront de nourrir des attentes réalistes par rapport aux comportements appropriés : mettre en place des systèmes d’encadrement disciplinaire efficaces; enseigner les règles et procédures en vigueur, et responsabiliser les élèves.

Romans graphiques : 101 propositions de lectures des années soixante à deux milles
Joseph Ghosn, 2009 (741.5 G427)
Romans graphiques propose une liste de 101 livres commentés historiquement et esthétiquement, qui forment bout à bout une histoire du genre et surtout une proposition de lecture pour mieux apprécier la BD contemporaine. Ces livres sont des portes d'entrée dans la bande dessinée et permettent de répondre aux questions que beaucoup d’enseignants se posent.

Le trouble du déficit de l’attention/hyperactivité : quatre règles simples pour les parents, les enseignants et les professionnels
Martin L. Kutscher, 2010 (618.928589 K97)
Ce livre trace un portrait complet et réaliste du trouble du déficit de l’attention/hyperactivité  chez l’enfant. Avec rigueur, mais en toute simplicité, il aborde les causes du dysfonctionnement, ses symptômes, les autres troubles qui peuvent y être associés ainsi que les traitements pharmacologiques possibles.

Vivre la différenciation en classe
Carol Ann Tomlinson, 2010 (371.394 T659)
À l’aide d’histoires vécues, l’auteure montre comment certains « enseignants de talent »  parviennent à tisser des liens significatifs avec chaque élève et arrivent à répondre à leurs besoins individuels en se servant du curriculum. Elle propose des stratégies et routines pour aider les éducateurs à organiser leurs efforts et réaliser leurs objectifs.