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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Surprising Power of Joy

Title: Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy 

Authors: Michael F. Opitz and Michael P. Ford
English | ISBN: 1416616330 | 2014 | 77 pages

emIn this book, you’ll explore what Michael F. Opitz and Michael P. Ford have discovered about planning lessons that engage students and enable them to truly enjoy learning. The authors outline key findings from research on motivation and engagement and offer real-life teaching examples from various grades. They show how to systematically propel students to enjoy using their minds every day–and to view themselves as confident learners ready to take on the challenges of the world.

Engaging Minds in the Classroom is a must-read for any educator who understands that developing students’ love of learning is the catalyst for achievement at every level.

Title: Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joyeme

Authors: Mary Jo Fresch and Michael F. Opitz
English | 2014 | ISBN: 1416617256 | 55 pages
How can we keep students attentive, thoughtful, and inquisitive about learning in language arts? It certainly takes more than new standards and assessments. In this book, Mary Jo Fresch shows how you can use the joyful learning framework introduced in Engaging Minds in the Classroom to better engage students in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other elements of language arts learning. She provides innovative instructional approaches for diverse students at all grade levels, linking the strategies to the research that demonstrates the effects of motivation and engagement on student success.

Educators striving to meet the multiple challenges of standards, assessments, ELL instruction, and achievement gaps have more reasons than ever before to attend to this critical aspect of learning. Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms will inspire you to make the kinds of changes in your classroom that will truly engage students’ minds by helping them experience joy in learning.

Title: Engaging Minds in Social Studies Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

Authors: James A. Erekson and Michael F. Opitz
English | 2014 | ISBN: 1416617272 | 58 pages

emssPolitical intrigue. Environmental issues. Ethical dilemmas. Critical thinking. Problem solving. Social studies content is directly connected to real life and is filled with built-in hooks to transform tuned-out students into engaged and enthusiastic learners. Experiencing schoolwide elections, researching a cause, and participating in mock court cases are just a few ways to build the joyful self-efficacy and knowledge that students need for college, careers, and civic-minded adulthood.
Springing from the insights and research in Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy, Erekson explains how to integrate the joyful learning approach with social studies standards, including the Common Core, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, and the College, Career, and Civic Life framework. In addition to discussing how to create a student-centered classroom and develop activities that generate authentic products and meaningful outcomes, Erekson provides specific strategies that will enhance your own joy of teaching and learning.
This volume completes the set of Engaging Minds, and is a welcome addition to every teacher’s reference collection.
James A. Erekson is a former elementary teacher and has collaborated with K 12 teachers on reading, writing, and oral language. He has successfully used social studies content to help students develop into stronger readers and writers and is an associate professor of reading at University of Northern Colorado.

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No more Teachers, no more books

macworl_covMacworld Australia’s February 2016 issue has a very interesting review of educational technology. Their feature article is called “No more teachers, no more books?” (No more teachers from macworld-au-2016-feb) and it focuses on the question of whether recent advances in technology will irreparably change the nature of being a classroom teacher. It also does what these types of articles in Macworld try to do … “Sell Macs“!

This quote gives you the gist of the level of discourse. “Today’s educators have to walk a tightrope where they need to assist students in self-directed learning while teaching them discernment and the ability to recognise the different levels of veracity of the information they glean from the Internet.” (Caruana, 2016)

There is a great resource mentioned in this article as well. Apple released iBook Author, a free authoring tool just after it released iBook. This tool allows teachers to publish their own course material for students to view on their computers and mobile devices. It is a tool well worth exploring.ibookauth cov