From the bookshelves

January 14, 2015 Sandra Anderson

Reads and views that are not only new, but interesting

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Action Science: Relevant Teaching and Active Learning

Robertson, William H. 2014. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. (372.35044 R652)

Using sports such as skateboarding and BMX, Robertson presents exciting ideas for engaging middle school students in exploring scientific concepts such as gravity, thrust, acceleration, fulcrums and action/reaction.

Closer Reading Grades 3-6: Better Prep, Smarter Lessons, Deeper Comprehension

Boyles, Nancy. 2014. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. (372.6 B792)

Teachers can’t achieve the benefits of close reading without understanding how this strategy fits into existing literacy practices. Boyle places close reading firmly into the big picture of literacy and then provides clear and detailed steps for teachers to take when implementing close reading in their classrooms.

Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire

Romano, Tom. 2013. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (428.0071 R759)

Bringing creativity back into the writing experience, Romano champions multigenre research writing and explains how to support students in mastering this writing form and how teachers can grade these creative and academic papers.

The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success

Thornburg, David et al. 2014. US: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press. (371.33 T497)

This guidebook provides details about software, projects and 3D printers that can be used in the classroom. It also provides ideas for linking the projects to math and science concepts being taught in the classroom.

Other People’s English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy

Young, Vershawn Ashanti et al. 2014. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. (428.0071 Y77)

There are many varieties of the English language – some are more mainstream while others are marginalized. The authors make an exciting case for a new approach called “code-meshing” to teach writing to students who speak marginalized varieties of English. The text provides activities for middle and high school students and addresses the question of how to advocate for code-meshing with skeptical administrators, parents and students.

The Principal’s Companion: Strategies to Lead Schools for Student and Teacher Success

Robbins, Pam and Harvey B Alvy. 2014. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. (371.2012 R635)

In its fourth edition, this book has become the standard reference tool for new and experienced principals dealing with a host of issues in their schools. An excellent quick reference for effectively handling almost any situation!

Reading, Writing, and Literacy 2.0: Teaching with Online Texts, Tools, and Resources, K – 8

Johnson, Denise. 2014. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. (372.60285 J66)

Arguing that digital environments call for new strategies in reading and writing, Johnson describes strategies teachers can use to incorporate online reading and develop writing skills for online audiences. She also lists many web resources that are available to support teachers.

The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults

Laugeson, Elizabeth A. 2013. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass (305.235 L374)

Based on the evidence-based PEERS program from UCLA, this book & DVD provides teachers with concrete tools to become “social coaches” for teens and young adults.

Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation

Ferlazzo, Larry. 2013. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education (370.154 F357)

Motivating students to be engaged in their learning can be the biggest challenge in the classroom. Ferlazzo describes creative strategies that teachers can use to motivate middle school and high school students. He includes mini-lessons, useful tips and lists of online resources.

Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving

Drapeau, Patti. 2014. Alexandra, VA: ASCD (370.157 D765)

An important part of teaching is helping students approach learning in engaging and unexpected ways. Drapeau reviews the research about creativity in the classroom and suggests strategies for incorporating creativity into daily teaching practices.

Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching

Rami, Meenoo. 2014. Portsmouth, NH: Heinmann. (371.102 R173)

Thrive reminds educators of common sense measures for educators to take care of themselves to that they can continue to engage with their students. Writing with enthusiasm and humour, Rami is inspiring and invigorating.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community

Erickson-Schroth, Laura. 2014. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (306.76 B736)

There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender nonconforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way, this book provides teachers and counsellors with up-to-date information about transgender life.

Valuing All God’s Children: Guidance for Church of England Schools on Challenging Homophobic Bullying.

Church of England Archbishop’s Council Education Division. 2014. UK: Church of England (370 C561)

In 2013, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, “Church schools begin from the belief that every child is loved by God. This guidance aims to help schools express God’s love by ensuring that they offer a safe and welcoming place for all God’s children.” The book is the result of a promise the Archbishop made to address homophobia and provides 10 key recommendations to schools.

Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?: Understanding Race and Disability in Schools.

Harry, Beth and Janette Klinger. 2014. New York, NY: Teachers College Press (371.9 H296)

The authors explore why culturally and linguistically diverse students are often sent into disability programs. Through powerful stories of youth experience they show how this treatment further marginalizes students from the mainstream and destroys their belief in their own potential.

The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing

Culham, Ruth. 2014. Newark, DE: International Reading Association. (372.62 C967)

T.S. Elliot once said that mediocre writers borrow but great writers steal. Culham agrees and delivers 90 mentor works that can be stolen to teach students how to be informational, narrative, and argumentative in their writing.


The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia: The Myths, the Stigmas, the Truths Revealed

Redford, James. 2013. New York, NY: Docuramafilms. 51 min. (AV BIG)

This documentary shows the impact of dyslexia on children, adults and super-achievers. Providing evidence that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, this movie explores the impacts and unique advantages of the disorder.

Bullying and Suicide: Think about It

Films for the Humanities & Sciences. 2014. New York, NY: Films Media Group. 21 min. (AV BUL)

Bullying used to be thought of as just a natural quest for dominance but it is actually plays a significant role in the suicide of children between 11 and 16 years old. This video provides teachers with insight into the psychology of both bullies and victims, describes types of bullying and discusses how bystanders can neutralize the effects of bullying.

Conferring with Boys

Brand, Max. 2006. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers 15 min. (AV CON)

Brand demonstrates effective techniques in engaging boys in literacy conferences such as allowing silences, focusing on specific passages and discussing the strategies used by students.

Essential Questions

McTighe, Jay and Grant Wiggins. 2014. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 45 min. (AV ESS)

Based on a best-selling book, this video provides teachers with examples of essential questions that draw responses from students and explains how to design and use essential classrooms in your classroom.

Generation Like: Are Kids Using Social Media or Is Social Media Using Kids?

Rushkoff, Douglas et al. 2014. US: PBS. 60 min.


Rushkoff explores how the quest for identity and connection is playing out for teens on social media. He raises concerns about how companies are manipulating social media through marketing and the affect this may have in identity development.

Getting Control of Yourself: Anger Management Tools and Techniques

Conte, Christian. 2012. Toronto, ON: Kinetic Video. 75 min. (AV GET)

This workshop for professionals increases self-understanding and provides tools to help others handle challenges without losing control. Conte provides new insights into the causes of rage and how it can be averted.

Livres en français

Cultiver le plaisir d’enseigner – Des idées pratiques pour répondre aux besoins des élèves… et des enseignants

Adaptation française signée Geneviève Brassard de Bringing Joy Back into the Classroom (Danny Brassell, 2011). 2014. Montréal, QC : Chenelière Éducation (371.102 4 B823)

L’auteur combine ici savoir-faire, anecdotes, humour, créativité et stratégies motivationnelles pour créer un mélange parfait d’idées pratiques qui aideront les enseignants à créer un milieu d’apprentissage accueillant et stimulant pour tous. Ce livre se lit par pur plaisir et donne le gout d’instiller une bonne dose de vitalité dans son quotidien.

Enseigner aux élèves ayant des besoins particuliers – Guide complet pour les accompagner vers la réussite

Adaptation française signée Lyne Legault de Students at Risk (Cheryll Duquette, 2013). 2014. Montréal, QC : Chenelière Éducation (371.904 3D946)

Si vous désirez mieux comprendre vos élèves qui ont des besoins particuliers pour les accompagner vers la réussite, ce guide est fait pour vous! Les difficultés que vivent aujourd’hui de nombreux élèves du primaire et du secondaire y sont bien expliquées. Ce guide vous donnera des conseils pratiques qui vous permettront d’intervenir efficacement auprès d’eux en ajustant votre enseignement de façon réaliste et selon les besoins de l’ensemble de la classe.

Minorités sexuelles, internet et santé

Lévy, Joseph J., Jean Dumas, Bill Ryan et Christine Thoër. 2011. Québec, QC : Presses de l’Université du Québec (025.06 L668)

Pour les minorités sexuelles qui sont confrontées à de multiples formes de discrimination et de marginalisation, l’internet est devenu un puissant moyen de s’organiser, de s’informer et d’intervenir dans le domaine de la santé. Ce recours à l’internet, qui varie selon les populations LGBT, peut aussi concourir à la prise de risques et à des formes de dépendance. Cet ouvrage regroupe les contributions de nombreux spécialistes qui ont mené leurs recherches au Québec principalement.

Motivation et réussite scolaire

Lieury, Alain, et Fabien Fenouillet. 2013. Paris, FRA : Dunod (370.154 L721)

Cet ouvrage, rédigé dans un langage simple, avec des exemples concrets, rend compte clairement des travaux scientifiques menés sur la motivation. Les auteurs décrivent les principaux mécanismes neurobiologiques et psychologiques en œuvre et font l’inventaire des différentes formes de motivations, de la motivation intrinsèque à la résignation apprise, autrement dit le découragement.

Le pouvoir des mots – Discours de haine et politique du performatif

Butler, Judith. 1997. Traduction de Excitable Speech – A Politics of the Performative. Paris, FRA : Éditions Amsterdam (401.4 B985)

Cet ouvrage traite des débats autour du pouvoir des mots et leurs portées : socioculturelle, politique, juridique et psychologique. L’auteure y interroge les discours de haine homophobes, racistes ou sexistes, la pornographie et la censure. Elle y propose les grandes lignes d’une théorie de la puissance d’agir linguistique et de la politique de la résignation. Les lecteurs français trouveront dans cette traduction des instruments inédits pour repenser les questions soulevées par les débats sur la pénalisation des discours de haine.

Stratégies pour développer la pensée critique et créative – 8 à 12 ans

Conklin, Wendy (Higher-Order Thinking Skills to Develop 21st Century Learners et Strategies for Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills Grades 3-5. 2012). Adaptation française signée Brian Svenningsen. 2014. Montréal, QC : Chenelière Éducation (370.152 C752)

Aux enseignants qui veulent développer les habiletés supérieures de la pensée de leurs élèves, cet ouvrage fournit un riche contenu théorique et de nombreuses stratégies, comme le modèle de William et la taxonomie de Bloom. Les activités variées, illustrées d’exemples concrets dans différentes matières, sauront faire naitre la curiosité et le gout d’apprendre chez tous les élèves, y compris chez ceux qui sont en difficulté.

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