Teaching humanities and social sciences: history, geography, economics & citizenship in the Australian curriculum (fifth edition)

Edited by Rob Gilbert and Brian Hoepper. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning Australia, 2014

This book “considers how to plan activities, lessons and units which will develop important knowledge, understanding, thinking processes and skills, especially those that are the focus of the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities, such as Critical and creative thinking and Ethical understanding ... The final part of the book, Part 4, opens with a chapter on the opportunities for integrating the various strands of the Australian Curriculum into an overall program, so important for primary and early secondary school curriculum planning” (p. viii-ix).

Moment to moment: a positive approach to managing classroom behaviour

By Joey Mandel. Markham, Ontario: Pembroke, 2013

“Committed to improving behaviour in the classroom, this important book contains classroom games and activities that support all students in building important social skills and moment-to-moment support strategies for students who struggle with social situations, along with successful suggestions for avoiding and de-escalating meltdowns before and as they occur” (back cover).

The fights of my life

By Greg Combet with Mark Davis. Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Publishing, 2014

“Greg Combet has been at the centre of some of the biggest battles of our time — the waterfront dispute, the collapse of an airline, compensation for asbestos victims, the campaign against unfair workplace laws and then climate change... The fights of my life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media. He now makes the case that the labour movement’s work is far from done — the Labor Party and the trade unions must democratise to engage the next generation of activists to fight the good fight: to achieve a more fair and just Australia” (back cover).

Dyslexia (third edition)

By Gavin Reid. London: Continuum, 2012

“This third edition of Gavin Reid’s popular book for non-specialist teachers has been thoroughly revised and supplemented with new material to reinforce the link between theory and practice. Dyslexia is a comprehensive overview of the field, providing more than just a quick fix to immediate difficulties by introducing the evidence base for why particular approaches may be effective” (back cover).

Health and physical education in secondary school

By Janet L. Currie. Camberwell, Vic: ACER Press, 2014

“The Australian Curriculum presents a new, nationally consistent approach to teaching Health and Physical Education (HPE) in secondary schools … [This book] addresses key topics, including: the key learning ideas of the HPE subject; understanding the important links between physical activity, health and wellbeing; the development of health literacy and the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles; developing students’ competence, confidence and motivation; current health issues in the context of HPE” (back cover).

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