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  1. The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day

    Checklists help us work better. They help us manage complex tasks more effectively and ensure we apply what we know correctly and consistently. This book presents 12 daily touchstones – simple and specific things any teacher can do every day – to keep classroom practice focused on the hallmarks of effective instruction and in line with three essential imperatives for teaching: be demanding, be supportive and be intentional. If there were one thing you could do each day to help one student succeed, you'd do it, wouldn't you? What about three things to help three students? What if there were 12 things you could do every day to help all of your students succeed? There are, and you'll find them in this book.

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    A$32.95
  2. Science Fair Warm-Up, Teachers Guide: Learning the Practice of Scientists

    The Science Fair Warm-Up series, which was originally designed as a three-year program for middle school students, now covers grades 5–12. The book for grades 5–8 introduces students to science fairs and invites them to investigate various scientific problems as they work on their projects. This book lays the foundation for the editions for grades 7–10 and 8–2, in which students encounter increasingly more challenging problems. Over the course of the series, the students are encouraged to become more independent.

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    A$19.95
  3. Engaging Minds in Social Studies Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

    Politcal 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. Building on 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. In addition to discussing how to create a student-centred classroom and develop activities that generate authentic products and meaningful outcomes, Erekson provides specific strategies that will enhance your own joy in teaching and learning.

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    A$16.95
  4. Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

    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 English learning. She provides innovative instructional approaches for diverse students at all year levels, linking the strategies to the research that demonstrates the effects of motivation and engagement on student success. Educators aiming to meet the multiple challenges of standards, assessments, EAL/D instruction and achievement gaps have more reasons than ever before to attend to this crucial aspect of learning. This resource 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.

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    A$16.95
  5. Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy

    In Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy, 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 year levels. 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.

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    A$19.95
  6. The Classroom Strategies Series

    This series offers in-depth research-based instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom to enhance student achievement. Classroom teachers as well as building- and district-level administrators will benefit from sharing the knowledge in this library and building capacity as a staff to implement strategies for school improvement.

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  7. Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher: Focusing on Student Thinking in Secondary Science

    Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher offers: a philosophical framework for understanding the beginnings of scientific thinking in high school students; five real-life case studies-and accompanying transcripts-available as downloadable resources; suggestions for how to use the case studies to practice recognising, interpreting, and responding to the vital nuances of your own students' thinking in real time; and advice on next steps, including how to overcome systemic impediments and maintain your focus on student thinking.The book holds out the promise that when you consciously strive to help students work through their ideas about science, the result can be more effective instruction from you - and much deeper understanding for your students.

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    A$32.95
  8. 30 Strategies to Build Literacy Skills: Engagement at Every Level of Thinking!

    This resource will encourage teachers to help students work smarter, not harder, to become actively engaged in their own learning. The thirty research-based, easy-to-use strategies - applicable to any content area - encourage student mastery of the curriculum standards for English. Using this practical resource, teachers and administrators will understand the components of engaged classrooms and create an environment where students are active participants in their learning; teach students to engage emotionally with text and retain and explain what they've read; distinguish between top-down, passive classrooms and two-way, engaged-for-success classrooms that promote higher-level thinking and learning; and support lesson plans with activities, lists, and other reproducibles.

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    A$32.95
  9. Teaching Argumentation: Activities and Games for the Classroom

    Teaching Argumentation: Activities and Games for the Classroom identifies select argumentation skills from the Common Core State Standards and offers F-12 teachers 10 fun, engaging activities and games to teach those skills. Students will develop the ability to think critically and debate constructively, and will become informed citizens destined for academic and lifetime success. Katie Rogers and Julia A. Simms identify the standards relevant to argumentation, the elements of argumentation within the standards, and group the elements into 13 argumentation skills. Help students develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to lead informed lives!

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    A$39.95
  10. Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving

    In Sparking Student Creativity, author and researcher Patti Drapeau explores and explains research related to creativity and its relevance on today's standards-based, critical thinking-focused classroom. In addition, this book includes 40 'grab and go' ideas that infuse lessons plans with a spirit of exploration. No matter what year levels or content areas you teach, Sparking Student Creativity will help you to produce creative lessons components that directly address critical content, target specific standards and require thoughtful products from students as they grow into independent learners and become successful adults. The concepts in this book can be applied to any curriculum at the school, state or national level.

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    A$29.95
  11. How To Design Questions And Tasks To Assess Student Thinking

    With new standards emphasising higher-order thinking skills, students will have to demonstrate their ability to do far more than simply remember facts and procedures. But what's the best way for teachers to ensure that students have such skills? In this highly accessible guide, author Susan M. Brookhart shows how to do just that, by providing specific guidelines for designing targeted questions and tasks that align with standards and assess students' ability to think at higher levels. Timely and practical, How to Design Questions and Tasks to Assess Student Thinking is essential reading for 21st century teachers who want their students to excel in the classroom and beyond.

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    A$27.95
  12. ASCD Arias Publication: Student-Led Discussions: How Do I Promote Rich Conversations About Books, Videos, And Other Media?

    Develop meaningful student-led conversations about text and media across the content areas. This book provides a discussion framework that requires students to think deeply and communicate effectively. It includes advice on how to introduce and cultivate student-led discussions about literary and informational material at any grade; establish core instructional elements that students need to engage in rich discussions about content; recognise and evaluate effective student-led discussions; and understand your role as the teacher when students are leading their own discussions.

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    A$15.00

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