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  • Closer Look, A

    Learning more about our writers with formative assessment

    The tools and strategies you need to use formative assessment to establish an environment where students will internalize ways that they can assess their own writing and become independent writers. This hands-on guide shares methods for collecting and managing information, and shows practical, simple, and concise ways to document student thinking. In the accompanying online videos, the authors demonstrate conferences with individual writers, small groups, and whole groups. Quick, easy-to-manage assessment methods emphasize that formative assessment do not have to take a long time to be worthwhile and effective. Vignettes from classroom teachers, principals, and authors add a variety of perspectives and classroom experiences on this important topic.

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    Author(s): Lynne R. Dorfman and Diane Esolen Dougherty

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781625311337

    Price: $31.95
  • Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers



    This moving, personal book explores the power of stories to heal children from troubled backgrounds and offers up strategies for helping students discover and write about their own stories of strength and survival. It explores recent brain research on the way trauma changes the brain, and makes a case for encouraging all students to write. The last part of the book offers practical suggestions for enticing all writers, regardless of their struggles.

    Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers invites you on a journey to become a teacher who refuses to give up on any student, who helps children believe that they can have a positive impact on the world, and who — in some cases — becomes the last hope for a child to heal.

    Coming in October 2017 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): Ruth Ayres

    Pages: 172
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781625310903

    Price: $28.95
  • Super Spellers

    Seven steps to transforming your spelling instruction

    Discover an approach to teaching spelling in a way that is research-based, focused, developmentally appropriate, and tied to authentic reading and writing. Super Spellers first helps teachers understand what their students need through frequent formative assessments. The book then focuses on the scope of spelling instruction and goes deeper into teaching more words and directly teaching spelling strategies to increase students’ word-solving skills.

    In addition to step-by-step guidance, each chapter features an “If you only have 10 minutes” segment with suggestions for things you can implement immediately and a list of PD questions. The appendix contains word inventories, a sample scope and sequence, examples of spelling list transformation, and word ladder activities. Once kids are comfortable and competent spellers they become super readers and writers, too!

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    Author(s): Mark Weakland

    Pages: 192
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781625311023

    Price: $33.95
  • Moving Math

    How to use thinking skills to help students make sense of mathematical concepts and support numeracy development

    Moving Math focuses on ‘moving’ the teaching and learning of mathematics by shifting instruction and assessment practices. The book describes how using various thinking skills helps students make sense of mathematical concepts. Key thinking skills — inferring and interpreting; analyzing; evaluating; making connections; synthesizing; reasoning and proving; and reflecting — are deconstructed and modeled through suggested learning experiences across various grades. The book offers possible student solutions that demonstrate how the thinking skills support the intended mathematical learning.

    Designed to make mathematical learning tangible and engaging, hands-on activities encourage students to ask questions, pose problems to solve, and explore ideas that will move their thinking forward. Evidence of student thinking and learning is described through the lens of the learning goal and success criteria. Examples of feedback to move students forward are included. Moving Math will empower you and your students to explore meaningful learning that invites questioning, deep thinking, and purposeful math discussion.

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    Author(s): Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa Lebar

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781551383255

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • How Do I Get Them to Write?

    Explore the reading-writing connection using freewriting and mentor texts to motivate and empower students

    This remarkable book shows teachers how to inspire students to learn to write and write to learn. Committed to the premise that all students can learn to write with appropriate teaching, modelling, and practice, it argues that reading and writing go hand in hand. Through reading, writing and the inevitable discussions that follow, students learn from the experiences of others, open their minds to many possibilities, gain a glimpse into new worlds, make connections to their lives, and reflect on their own choices and learning. This practical book shows you how to use freewriting and powerful mentor texts to create classrooms where students enjoy putting pencil to paper and taking the necessary risks to grow and flourish as writers.

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    Author(s): Karen Filewych

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781551383224

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Take Me to Your Readers

    How to use the best children's books to lead students to read, read, read

    This thoughtful book is rooted in the belief that teachers can lead their students to develop their reading tastes and grow in their love of reading at the same time as supporting and stretching students in their meaning-making experiences. This practical resource highlights more than 50 instructional strategies that invite students to work inside and outside a book through reading, writing, talk, and arts experiences. It highlights the work of guest voices that include classroom teachers, occasional teachers, special education teachers, and librarians who share their best literacy practices.

    Take Me to Your Readers uses 5 essential areas to structure classroom experiences through children's literature: Motivation; Theme Connections; Genre Connections; Cross-Curricular Connections; and Response. Extensive booklists, teaching tips, a wide range of activities, and reproducible pages provide practical support. Ultimately, this book is designed to take teachers to their readers and start them on a lifelong journey through great books!

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    Author(s): Larry Swartz

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781551383262

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Literacy Out Loud

    Creating vibrant classrooms where talk is the springboard for all learning

    Committed to embracing the power of oral language, Literacy Out Loud recognizes the important role "talk" plays in developing the reading and writing abilities that students need in school and beyond. The book offers strategies where oral language takes centre stage and is fostered through engaging activities. Literacy activities and events focus on all aspects of listening and speaking, and emphasie enjoyable, purposeful, social learning. The book argues that listening and speaking, or "talk," is at the heart of a vibrant classroom. It shows teachers how to nurture dynamic classroom talk that is essential in its own right, and makes all learning possible.

    How can teachers best create a lively social network of literacy learning where talk is the foundation? How can classroom talk be encouraged and guided so that students become fluent and effective oral communicators? This books proposes everyday activities that will answer these questions, and many more.


    Author(s): Terry Anne Campbell and Michelle E. McMartin

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781551383231

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Patterns of Power

    Inviting young writers into the conventions of language

    Patterns of Power invites young writers to explore conventions as "special effects" that activate meaning. Their students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"— the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning.

    The first part of the book introduces a way of thinking about grammar instruction and sets up everything you need to immerse yourself in the process of inviting elementary students to experiment and play with language. The second part of the book offers over seventy practical, ready-to-use lessons. Just ten minutes a day will have a miraculous effect on your students' understanding of how language works!

    Coming in November 2017 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca

    Pages: 416
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781625311856

    Price: $52.95
  • What Is a Good Teacher?



    Based on the experience of real teachers who make a difference, this book offers valuable insights on being the best teacher you can be for your students. Grounded in the latest research, you will find real-life examples of professional excellence in practice. Beginning with developing your teacher identity and getting to know your students, the book goes on to show you how to implement effective strategies and techniques in your classroom and gain a better understanding of how effective schools work. 35 compelling characteristics of "good" teachers offer inspiration and guidance along with tangible way to continue to grow and develop into your own best teacher.

    Coming in October 2017 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): David Booth and Richard E. Coles

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781551383279

    Price: $24.95
  • Strategies That Work, 3rd Edition

    Teaching comprehension for understanding, engagement, and building knowledge

    Strategies That Work is back, and better than ever, with all new perspectives on how to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers!

    In this exciting new edition of a groundbreaking book, you'll explore children's thinking, curiosity, and questions, and tackle close reading, close listening, text complexity and critical thinking. The book also offers an updated look at digital reading, strategies for integrating comprehension and technology, and comprehension across the curriculum. Readers will also access updated bibliographies online, including the popular "Great Books for Teaching Content." This third edition is a must-have resource for a generation of new teachers — and a welcome refresher for those with dog-eared copies of this timeless guide to teaching comprehension.


    Author(s): Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

    Pages: 320
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781625310637

    Price: $57.95
    Price: $51.95 (eBook)
    Price: $67.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Powerful Book Introductions

    Leading with meaning for deeper thinking

    Effective book introductions during guided reading set the stage for young readers to navigate new texts independently and successfully and often shape the outcome of small-group lessons. Powerful Book Introductions takes a close look at the purposeful planning that goes into preparing for this small but vital part of today’s guided reading lessons.

    Through relatable classroom examples and the wisdom of their shared teaching experiences, the authors show you how to:

    • select texts for your small-group lessons specifically based on your students’ needs
    • amplify meaning-making from the first moments of your guided reading book introductions and maintain this emphasis through discussion
    • introduce visual and structural information as a way to support your readers in meaning-making

    No matter where you are in your understanding of guided reading, Powerful Book Introductions will help you as you learn to craft student-centered, meaning-driven book introductions that prepare your readers for success.

    Coming in September 2017 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): Kathleen Fay and Chrisie Moritz and Suzanne Whaley

    Pages: 176
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781625310507

    Price: $31.95
  • Cultivating Readers

    6 essential steps to foster the will to read

    Introducing a 6-step approach for cultivating and growing complete readers who have the will to read! You'll learn how to help your students understand the value of reading, intimately know who they are as readers, and receive joy and pleasure from text. From sharing your reading life to getting to know your students to modelling the habits of a reader, you will find strategies to use to set the foundation for a classroom of enthusiastic readers. Powerful classroom anecdotes and ready-to-use reproducible activities support this highly readable book.

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    Author(s): Anne Elliott and Mary Lynch

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2017
    ISBN: 9781551383248

    Price: $24.95
    Price: $21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $34.95 (Paper + eBook)