Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Old School · Organizations · Storytelling · Teaching

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools

Title: Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools: A Dashboard of Options

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools: A Dashboard of Options
English | June 6th, 2018 | ISBN: 1506398480 | 248 Pages

Improve collective efficacy in schools through meaningful professional conversations

In a landscape where technology can undermine personal connections, even the most talented educator can feel like they™re practicing their craft in isolation. Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools is a framework for revitalizing the art of the professional conversation. It guides educators through structures for collaboration, grants access to vast storehouses of applied wisdom, and facilitates a consensual knowledge base for standards of excellence.

9 conversational strategies designed to promote collective efficacy in education
Learning scenarios demonstrate the effectiveness of these conversations in action
Accessible Conversational Dashboard assists in analyzing conditions for success

Books · Educational Philosophy · Old School · Research · Teaching

When Can You Trust the Experts?

Title: When Can You Trust the Experts?: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

When Can You Trust the Experts?: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education
Author: Daniel Willingham
English | July 24, 2012 | ISBN: 1118130278 | 272 pages

Clear, easy principles to spot what’s nonsense and what’s reliable
Each year, teachers, administrators, and parents face a barrage of new education software, games, workbooks, and professional development programs purporting to be “based on the latest research.” While some of these products are rooted in solid science, the research behind many others is grossly exaggerated. This new book, written by a top thought leader, helps everyday teachers, administrators, and family members—who don’t have years of statistics courses under their belts—separate the wheat from the chaff and determine which new educational approaches are scientifically supported and worth adopting.

Author’s first book, Why Don’t Students Like School?, catapulted him to superstar status in the field of educationWillingh am’s work has been hailed as “brilliant analysis” by The Wall Street Journal and “a triumph” by The Washington Post Author blogs for The Washington Post and, and writes a column for American Educator

In this insightful book, thought leader and bestselling author Dan Willingham offers an easy, reliable way to discern which programs are scientifically supported and which are the equivalent of “educational snake oil.”

Books · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Old School · Teaching

Crayons and IPads

Title: Crayons and IPads

Author: Debra Harwood
English | 24 Apr. 2017 | ASIN: B01JZ7IRR6 | 152 Pages

Crayons and iPads: Learning and Teaching of Young Children in the Digital World (SAGE Swifts)
Crayons and iPads examines the use of digital technology in the early stages of child development, and the way in which learning techniques have evolved in classrooms across the world.

Harwood explores how tablets can be used to provoke, ignite and excite children’s interest in the world around them, performing as accessible learning and instructional tools, and argues that it is through this engagement with technology that new discoveries are made and learning takes place.

Guiding readers through research-based insights into children’s thinking, interactions and being, Crayons and iPads offers an important starting point upon which to build play and inquiry-based learning opportunities within early learning programs, and will appeal to both educators and researchers across child development, early years education, and digital literacy.

Books · Old School · Teaching

A Step-by-step Guide for Coaching Classroom Teacher

A Step-By-Step Guide for Coaching Classroom Teachers in Evidence-Based Interventions

Title: A Step-by-step Guide for Coaching Classroom Teacher in Evidence-based Interventions

Authors: Dana D. Marchese, Kimberly D. Becker, Jennifer P. Keperling, Celene E. Domitrovich, Wendy M. Reinke, Dennis D. Embry, Nicholas S. Ialongo
2017 | ISBN: 0190609575 | English | 248 pages


A Step-by-step Guide for Coaching Classroom Teacher in Evidence-based Interventions is a practical guide for school-based professionals. Combining evidence-based practices with the authors’ real-life experiences working with classroom teachers, it represents a decade of research. The authors offer step-by-step approaches, based on hundreds of case examples, to overcoming some of the most difficult challenges faced by coaches and teachers in terms of implementation of evidence-based interventions. This book describes the coaching model and offers strategies for monitoring, enhancing, and troubleshooting teacher implementation. In addition to establishing positive coach-teacher relationships, the authors demonstrate how coaches can incorporate strategies that reflect core principles of behavior change, including modeling, reinforcement, and performance feedback. More than 20 handouts are shared in the appendix of the book. No other text features this distinctive blend of theory, research, and real life experiences, making it a valuable and unique contribution to the field.

Books · Educational Philosophy · ICT · Old School · Springer · Teaching

Bridging the Skills Gap

Title: Bridging the Skills Gap: Innovations in Africa and Asia

Editors: Jayaram, S., Munge, W., Adamson, B., Sorrell, D., Jain, N. (Eds.)
Springer | English | February 2017 | ISBN-10: 331949483X | 148 pages

Highlights the importance of generating new knowledge on skills at the secondary level
Provides innovative models for skills delivery
Synthesizes important lessons from six case studies

This volume seeks toexamine the skills development agenda for youth by exploring two key questions for sustainable livelihoods: What are the skills needed for employability in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia? And, what skills are currently possessed by students and secondary school leavers? An introductory chapter will set the stage for the discussion and analysis to follow by reviewing in broad terms the current research on relevant topics such as global youth unemployment, the relationship between skills and economic growth, and the expansion of secondary education. The following chapters synthesize a series of background studies focused on Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia, including both a general overview and an in-depth look at several countries. The chapters introduce innovative models for skills delivery, and highlight some of the key elements of successful skills models, including multi-stakeholder partnerships, updated pedagogy, and innovative financing mechanisms. Each of the five core chapters of the book covers one theme, with the support of case studies to illustrate successes, challenges, and lessons in real world examples.

Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics: Professional and Vocational Education

Books · Educational Philosophy · Higher Ed · Old School

Handbook of Academic Integrity

Handbook of Academic Integrity

Title: Handbook of Academic Integrity

Author: Tracey Bretag

2016 | ISBN: 9812870970 | English | 1097 pages

The book brings together diverse views from around the world and provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, beginning with different definitions of academic integrity through how to create the ethical academy. At the same time, the Handbook does not shy away from some of the vigorous debates in the field such as the causes of academic integrity breaches. There has been an explosion of interest in academic integrity in the last 10-20 years. New technologies that have made it easier than ever for students to ˜cut and paste™, coupled with global media scandals of high profile researchers behaving badly, have resulted in the perception that plagiarism is ˜on the rise™. This, in combination with the massification and commercialisation of higher education, has resulted in a burgeoning interest in the importance of academic integrity, how to safeguard it and how to address breaches appropriately. What may have seemed like a relatively easy topic to address “ students copying sources without attribution “ has in fact, turned out to be a very complex, interdisciplinary field of research requiring contributions from linguists, psychologists, social scientists, anthropologists, teaching and learning specialists, mathematicians, accountants, medical doctors, lawyers and philosophers, to name just a few. Despite or perhaps because of this broad interest and input, there has been no single authoritative reference work which brings together the vast, growing, interdisciplinary and at times contradictory body of literature. For both established researchers/practitioners and those new to the field, this Handbook provides a one-stop-shop as well as a launching pad for new explorations and discussions.

Books · Old School · Teaching

Restorative Practices

Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management

Title: Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management

Authors: Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith
English | ISBN: 1416620621 | 2015  | 170 pages

Classroom management is traditionally a matter of encouraging good behavior and discouraging bad by doling out rewards and punishments. But studies show that when educators empower students to address and correct misbehavior among themselves, positive results are longer lasting and more wide reaching. In Better Than Carrots or Sticks, longtime educators and best-selling authors Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together. After a comprehensive overview of the roots of the restorative practices movement in schools, the authors explain how to
* Establish procedures and expectations for student behavior that encourage the development of positive interpersonal skills;
* Develop a nonconfrontational rapport with even the most challenging students; and
* Implement conflict resolution strategies that prioritize relationship building and mutual understanding over finger-pointing and retribution.

Rewards and punishments may help to maintain order in the short term, but they’re at best superficially effective and at worst counterproductive. This book will prepare teachers at all levels to ensure that their classrooms are welcoming, enriching, and constructive environments built on collective respect and focused on student achievement.

Books · Old School · Primary · Teaching

Connect with Students and Their Parents

Title: Quick and Easy Ways to Connect with Students and Their Parents, Grades K-8: Improving Student Achievement Through Parent Involvement
Author: Diane Mierzwik
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1634507142 | 160 pages

The research is indisputable. The more involved parents are with their childs education, the more successful that child will be in school. Therefore, finding ways as a teacher to reach out to students and their parents is crucial in improving academic performance.Quick and Easy Ways to Connect with Students and Their Parents, Grades K-8: Improving Student Achievement Through Parent...
Quick and Easy Ways to Connect With Students and Their Parents, Grades K-8 provides strategies to enrich the classroom environment, motivate students, and improve communication with parents. Supplying numerous sample forms, documents, and letters that teachers can use or adapt for their own purposes, author Diane Mierzwik offers simple, classroom-tested methods for building relationships with students and their parents.
Designed for both beginning and experienced teachers, this hands-on guidebook includes information on:
Facilitating constructive parent-teacher conferences
Preparing for Back-to-School nights
Reaching out to uninvolved parents
Talking to parents about troubled students
Motivating even the most difficult students
Using e-mail as a communication tool and other time-saving tips
The activities, suggestions, and techniques in this book can help any teacher make a substantive impact on the lives of students.

Note: All the books presented in this blog. Include the original cover and review provided by the publisher. This information is used to accurately promote and show respect for these resources, the authors and the publishers.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Old School · Storytelling · Teaching

Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

Title: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
Author: Christopher Emdin
2016 | ISBN: 0807006408 | English | 232 pages

Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education.

Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each students culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike”both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the œSeven Cs of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.

Lively, accessible, and revelatory, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Yall Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.

Note: All the books presented in this blog. Include the original cover and review provided by the publisher. This information is used to accurately promote and show respect for these resources, the authors and the publishers.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Old School · Teaching

Teaching Unplugged

Title: Delta Teach Development: Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English Language Teaching

Authors: Luke Meddings, Scott Thornbury
2009 | pages: 103 | ISBN: 1905085192

eaching Unplugged is the first book to deal comprehensively with the approach in English Language Teaching known as Dogme ELT. It challenges not only the way we view teaching, but also the way we view being a teacher. Dogme ELT advocates teaching ‘unplugged’: a materials-light, conversation-driven philosophy of teaching that, above all, focuses on the learner and on emergent language. Teaching Unplugged contains three distinctive parts A, B and C which focus in turn on theory, practice and development: A: – A background to the ideas behind teaching unplugged. – A detailed explanation of the core principles behind Dogme ELT. – An invitation to reflect on the best way to learn a language and, consequently, to teach it. B: – A bank of activities that teachers can use right away and which help them ‘unplug their teaching’ from the start. – Activities that involve little or no preparation, often requiring no more than pen, paper and the people in the room. – Tips, techniques and key terms to facilitate a new approach to teaching. C: – A reflection on questions relating to how Dogme ELT can be applied in different teaching contexts. – An in-depth examination of the issues and implications of adopting this new style of teaching.

Title: Delta Teacher Development: Developing Teacher: Practical Activities for Professional Development

Author: Duncan Foord

2009 | pages: 95 | ISBN: 1905085222

The Developing Teacher suggests that teachers themselves are the most powerful agents of change and development in their own professional career. The Developing Teacher is ideal for teachers who wish to take control of their own development, for those people in positions of responsibility for teacher development, and for complementing courses in language teacher education. The Developing Teacher contains three distinctive parts A, B and C which focus in turn on theory, practice and development: A: – An examination of different aspects and issues in teacher development. – A discussion of how teachers learn and what prevents teachers from learning. – A survey of the literature on language teacher development, helpful for those studying MA or Diploma courses on the subject. B: – A bank of activities organized into five circles of expanding development, embracing all aspects of the language teacher’s life. – Activities that take little time, often adding ‘a developmental twist’ to regular classroom practice – Procedures that follow a step-by-step outline, making them easy to understand at a glance – perfect for the busy teacher. C: – A view of further teacher development, promoting reflective practice. – Longer-term projects – diary, portfolio and teacher development program. – Step-by-step guides to each project, enabling and empowering teachers to commit to their continuing development.

Note: All the books presented in this blog. Include the original cover and review provided by the publisher. This information is used to accurately promote and show respect for these resources, the authors and the publishers.