The active classroom: practical strategies for involving students in the learning process [second edition]
By Ron Nash. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2014
“The first edition of The active classroom demonstrated the urgency of turning students from passive observers to active participants in the classroom — and outlined clear methods for doing so. Today this is more critical than ever with the many extracurricular and technological distractions that young learners face. Today’s students have access to infinite knowledge at the touch of a button. Teachers must shift their role from gatekeeper of knowledge to ‘orchestra conductor’ of learning. In this updated edition, Ron Nash blends data, theory, and practice, adding a wealth of new content to his original insights” (back cover).
How to be outstanding in the classroom: raising achievement, securing progress and making learning happen
By Mike Gershon. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2015
"The book breaks down the nature of outstanding teaching so as to expose the underlying principles which hold true across the curriculum. Featuring advice on all the different elements that contribute to outstanding teaching and learning including assessment, differentiation, literacy, leadership and ensuring progress, it covers: cultivating the habits of outstanding learning; the role assessment plays in planning learning, securing progress and helping students to achieve great outcomes; leadership and your role as a leader; the communication that takes place in the classroom. Firmly rooted in the day-to-day experiences of being in the classroom, the book clearly explains the why, the how and what to do if things go wrong” (back cover).
Opening doors to equity: a practical guide to observation-based professional learning
By Tonya Ward Singer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2015
“[T]his guide shows how to: create a culture of deep collaboration that closes opportunity gaps among students; effectively redesign instruction to reach culturally and linguistically diverse learners, using observation data and shared best practices; centre instructional conversations on developing students’ skills for college and career success, including hard-to-assess skills” (back cover).
Who’s afraid of the big bad dragon? Why China has the best (and worst) education system in the world
By Yong Zhao. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014
“[A]n entertaining, provocative insider’s account of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets that make it both ‘the best and worst’ in the world… [Zhao] explains in vivid detail how China turns out the world’s highest-achieving students in reading, math, and science — yet by all accounts Chinese educators, parents, and political leaders hate the system and long to send their kids to western schools” (book jacket).