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  1. Creativity x 4: Using the Australian Curriculum

    Creativity and innovation skills are central components of tertiary-level education and career readiness. Creativity x 4 includes four practical, standards-based lesson planning formats to use to develop creativity and higher-level thinking: Six Thinking Hats, Encounter Lessons, Questitivies and SCAMPER. Creativity x 4 is the ideal resource for your Australian Curriculum-aligned classroom, containing 33 distinct lessons which address the key learning areas of English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, The Arts and Technologies. Each activity includes sample Australian Curriculum content descriptions and is accompanied by a differentiated assessment task.

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    A$29.95
  2. Succeeding With Inquiry In Science And Math Classrooms

    In Succeeding With Inquiry In Science and Math Classrooms, real-world lesson plans illustrate highly effective inquiry-based instruction as you learn how to engage maths and science students at all year levels; why students should explore a subject before you explain it; how to meet rigorous standards and expectations through rich, well-aligned classroom experiences; how to develop useful formative assessments and gather critical information during every class period; and how to create effective questions that guide students' deep learning and your own professional development. No matter what your experience with inquiry-based instruction, this book will help hone your ability to plan and implement high-quality lessons that engage students and improve learning.

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    A$32.95
  3. Teaching Reasoning: Activities and Games for the Classroom

    Teaching Reasoning: Activities and Games for the Classroom identifies essential reasoning skills from the Australian Curriculum and offers F-12 teachers 12 fun, engaging activities and games to teach them to students. Using these activities and games, students will develop the ability to critically analyse evidence and draw valid conclusions, thus becoming informed citizens destined for academic and lifetime success. This book will refine students' reasoning skills (using a combination of analytical and intuitive reasoning) in order to prosper in 21st-century universities and workplaces; gain engaging classroom games and activities to support reasoning instruction; and provide students with the tools to reinforce their reasoning and relay complex information.

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    A$39.95
  4. Teaching the Tough Issues: Problem Solving from Multiple Perspectives in Middle and High School Humanities Classes

    This book introduces a groundbreaking teaching method intended to help teachers address the difficult or controversial topics in their secondary classrooms. Because these issues are rarely addressed in teacher preparation programs, few teachers feel confident facilitating conversations around culturally and politically sensitive issues in ways that honour their diverse students' voices and lead to critical, transformative thinking. The author describes a four-step method to help teachers structure discussions and written assignments while assisting them in addressing curriculum standards.

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    A$39.95
  5. Total Literacy Techniques: Tools to Help Students Analyze Literature and Informational Texts

    Total Literacy Techniques provides Year 3 to Year 12 teachers with more than 50 teacher-tested tools and techniques for helping their students read independently and critically. Authors Persida and William Himmele and National Board Certified teacher Keely Potter present literacy as an interconnected process that involves emotions, cognition and multiple opportunities for developing higher-order thinking. With this in mind, they present tools for helping students develop academic language, become avid and analytical readers, engage with literature and informational texts, discuss texts and write about texts in clear and cogent ways. Each chapter includes reflections from real teachers and students who share their own literacy practices and journeys, bringing the practices to life.

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    A$32.95
  6. Clones, Cats, and Chemicals: Thinking Scientifically About Controversial Issues

    If you want students to think - really think - about the science behind some of today's toughest controversies, this book will give you both the facts and the framework to provoke fascinating discussions. Clones, Cats, and Chemicals challenges students to confront scientific and social problems that offer few black-and-white choices. They're presented as 10 dilemmas from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, technology and mathematics. Each question is presented as a two-part unit: concise scientific background and possible alternative resolutions for the teacher and a reproducible essay, questions and activities to guide students in debating and decision making.

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    A$9.95
  7. Cultivating Classroom Conversation: Strategies and Activities That Build Student Dialogue Into Standards-Based Lessons

    Face-to-face communication is declining as more interaction is directed to the digital world. Many students are entering school with decreased oral language development due to a decrease in conversation within the home. This classroom resource will provide teachers with strategies and activities that infuse lessons with student-to-student dialogue and discussion of content across curricular areas. The activities are low-prep, high-impact approaches that encourage student talk about the content, allowing the teacher to be a true classroom facilitator. The strategies offered address the 21st Century Skills of creative problem solving, collaboration, communication and critical thinking, as well as develop empathy among classmates.

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    A$27.95
  8. Science Fair Warm-Up: Learning the Practice of Scientists, Years 8-12

    This book, for Years 8-12, further develops the ideas about practice of scientists that were introduced in the first two books. In addition, many of the problems students will encounter are very challenging, so much so that the problems have been used with both Year 8 and tertiary-level graduates in field testing. As well as offering original investigations, the book provides problem-solving exercises to let students hone the inquiry skills to carry projects through independently. This revised Australian edition of Science Fair Warm-Up strongly correlates with two of the three strands of the Australian Curriculum: Science, featuring comprehensive practice in making predictions, conducting experiments and reporting results in every activity.

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    A$15.95
  9. SCAMPER Revisited: From Imagery to Artefacts

    Creative thinking is something that should be infused into every existing subject area at all year levels, but how do we teach it? SCAMPER, according to its creator Bob Eberle, is an engaging introduction to creative thinking. SCAMPER is an acronym, each letter referring to a different verb. These verbs are techniques to use to encourage creative thinking. When thinkers guide their thoughts using a certain technique they achieve a new outcome and/or idea. Creative thinking is integrated into every learning area of the Australian Curriculum including the F-10 and the Senior Secondary curricula. The activities in SCAMPER Revisited are designed to push students to their creative limits, and help to lay the foundations for continued creative thinking throughout their schooling.

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    A$16.95
  10. Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

    Conversations push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging and negotiating relevant ideas. Unfortunately, academic conversations are rare in many classrooms. Talk is often dominated by the teacher and a few students, or it does not advance beyond short responses to the teacher's questions. To address these challenges, Zwiers and Crawford have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. Readers will find numerous practical activities for working on each conversation skill, crafting conversation-worthy tasks, and using conversations to teach and assess.

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    A$39.95
  11. Philosophy for Kids: Forty Fun Questions That Help You Wonder ... About Everything!

    "What does it mean to be fair?" "How do you know who your friends are?" "What is time?" "Are you the same person you were five years ago?" "Can something logical ever not make sense?" If you have ever wondered about questions like these, you are well on your way to becoming a philosopher! Philosophy for Kids offers young people (from age ten up) the opportunity to become acquainted with the wonders of philosophy. Forty questions arranged under Values, Knowledge, Reality and Critical Thinking invite kids to think about questions that philosophers have been discussing since the time of the ancient Greeks.

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    A$39.95
  12. Good Thinking: Teaching Argumentation, Persuasion and Reasoning

    A large part of our everyday communication involves argumentation and reasoning – for example, when we want to persuade others, make good purchasing decisions or analyse messages we receive from advertisers and politicians. But how well do we prepare students for these tasks? In his new book, Good Thinking, Erik Palmer shows teachers of all learning areas how to transform the activities they already use into openings for improving student thinking. 

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