By Neil Harrison and Juanita Sellwood. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press, 2016
“The overall aim of this text is to ‘keep things local’, as working closely with the local community is absolutely crucial to successful teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. This book balances educational theory with practical teaching strategies. Full of case studies, examples, and personal stories from students, pre-service teachers and community members, it conveys the richness and diversity of Australian classrooms” (back cover).
Beyond the script: take three: drama in the English and literacy classroom [3rd edition]
By Robyn Ewing and Jennifer Simons; with Margery Hertzberg and Victoria Campbell. Newtown, NSW: Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), 2016
“This book focuses on integrating two art forms, educational drama and literature in the primary classroom. There is much research and practice that confirms the impact that drama can have on language learning and the development of critical literacies alongside understanding, empathy and compassion and related transformative outcomes” (back cover).
Teach like your hair’s on fire: the methods and madness inside Room 56
By Rafe Esquith. New York: Penguin, 2007
“The fifth graders inside are either immigrants or children of immigrants; most live in poverty and few speak English as their first language. They also play Vivaldi, perform unabridged plays by Shakespeare and go on to attend the finest universities in the country. Rafe Esquith is the teacher who helps them achieve these accomplishments” (back cover)
Lean in: women, work, and the will to lead
By Sheryl Sandberg; with Nell Scovell. London: WH Allen, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, “examines why — despite the progress women have made — men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. She combines personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She describes specific, practical steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfilment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home” (back cover).
Formative classroom walkthroughs: how principals and teachers collaborate to raise student achievement
By Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2015
“Learn the value of having the observer examine the lesson from the student’s point of view and seek evidence of seven key learning components: a worthwhile lesson; a learning target; a performance of understanding; look-fors, or success criteria; formative feedback; student self-assessment; effective questioning … [The authors] present detailed examples of how formative walkthroughs work across grade levels and subject areas, and provide useful templates that administrators and coaches can use to get started — now” (back cover).