Reading the visual: an introduction to teaching multimodal literacy

By Frank Serafini. New York: Teachers College Press, 2014

“Today’s teachers need up-to-the-minute information to help their students make sense of the multimodal texts they encounter daily in and out of school. Reading the visual is an essential introduction that focuses on what teachers should know about multimodal literacy and how to teach it. This engaging book provides theoretical, curricular, and pedagogical frameworks for teaching a wide-range of visual and multimodal texts, including historical fiction, picture books, advertisements, websites, comics, graphic novels, news reports, and film. Each unit of study presented contains suggestions for selecting cornerstone texts and visual images and launching the unit, as well as lesson plans, text sets, and analysis guides. These units are designed to be readily adapted to fit the needs of a variety of settings and grade levels” (publisher website).

Raising achievement pocketbook

By Caroline Bentley-Davies.
Alresford, Hampshire
Teachers’ Pocketbooks, 2015

This book “will give you plenty of practical ideas for maximising achievement, some models of good practice, and strategies for leading improvements. It will share research findings on how pupils make progress and, importantly, provide workable suggestions and guidance for applying these to raise results within your classroom and across your school” (p. 4).

The ultimate guide to school and home: key strategies for all ages and stages: supporting students with autism, ADD, ADHD, ODD and other developmental delays

By Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans. Sue Larkey: Learning Media, 2014

This book “offers over 500 practical strategies and time savers for school and home. Everything from setting up a classroom, developing friendships, engaging disengaged students; to moving house, choosing a school and applying for a job” (back cover).

The smart girl’s guide to getting what you want: how to be assertive with wit, style and grace

By Mary Hartley. London: Watkins, 2015

Subjects covered by this book include: “What assertiveness is and why it matters. How to avoid aggression, passivity and manipulation. Tips for handling tricky situations including putdowns and dealing with bullies. Mastering assertive body language and communication” (back cover).

School wars: the battle for Britain’s education

By Melissa Benn. London: Verso, 2012

“Since the 1960s, Britain’s politicians have been promising equal educational opportunities for all but consistently failing to deliver. Now, with the rise of academies and free schools, new forms of inequality and discord afflict the nation’s classrooms. The Coalition Government is further fragmenting and privatising the nation’s school system, making a mockery of their claims to promote social mobility. In this coruscating analysis of the games politicians play with our children’s futures, Melissa Benn puts forward a genuinely comprehensive vision and points the way to restoring the educational values of equity and excellence” (back cover).

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