Embedding formative assessment: practical techniques for K-12 classrooms

By Dylan Wiliam and Siobhán Leahy. West Palm Beach, Fl: Learning Sciences International, 2015

The authors “deliver a clear, practical guide for teachers, centred on the five key strategies for improving teacher practice and student achievement:

1) Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning intentions and success criteria;

2) Engineering productive discussion and activities that elicit evidence of learning;

3) Providing feedback that moves learners forward;

4) Activating students as learning resources for each other;

5) Activating students as owners of their own learning” (back cover).

Ready-to-use resources for mindsets in the classroom: everything educators need for school success

By Mary Cay Ricci. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, 2015

This book “provides educators with tools they need to help students change their thinking about their abilities and potential… [R]esources include: mindset observation forms, student and teacher ‘look fors’, lists of books that contribute to growth mindset thinking, [and] critical thinking strategy write-ups and samples” (back cover).

‘Talk for writing’ across the curriculum: how to teach non-fiction writing to 5–12-year-olds

By Pie Corbett and Julia Strong. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University Press, 2011

This book “shows you how to help children speak the language of non-fiction before they attempt to write it. This is a three-step process using fun, multi-sensory activities. It helps build children’s confidence and linguistic ability so that they are able to create their own writing” (back cover).

Get up! Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it

By James A. Levine. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

“[The author] reveals that chairs… are out to get us. That the average adult spends 50 to 70 per cent of their day sitting is of no surprise to anyone who works in an office environment (then there’s driving and the couch too). But few realise the health consequences they are suffering as a result of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle; for every hour sitting, two hours of life walk away — lost forever. (back cover).

Creative schools: revolutionizing education from the ground up

By Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica. Allen Lane, 2015

“In this inspiring, empowering book, Robinson argues for an end to the outmoded, industrial systems of mass schooling and proposes a highly personalised, organic approach that draws on unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students and develop their individual abilities and love of learning” (back cover).

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