All birds have anxiety

By Kathy Hoopmann. London, Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017

“Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour. All birds have anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.” (publisher’s website) This book, from the author of All cats have Asperger Syndrome and All dogs have ADHD, is for ages six and above.

Difficult conversations: how to discuss what matters most [10th anniversary ed]

By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen. London: Portfolio Penguin, 2011

“Difficult conversations are inevitable, but the leaders of the Harvard Negotiation Project are here to teach you how to negotiate a pay rise [and] resolve a dispute ... Arming you with the right techniques and tools in this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to manage your feelings, empathise, avoid the blame game and really listen.” (back cover)

iPad in education for dummies [second ed]

By Sam Gliksman. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2014

“For kids, the iPad is a canvas — and given the freedom to explore and express themselves, students can be wonderfully creative and imaginative with technology. This handy guide swerves as a roadmap for the iPad’s use as an educational tool, giving you everything you need to deploy this ultra-cool device across all curricula and grade levels.” (back cover)

Transforming schools: creativity, critical reflection, communication, collaboration

By Miranda Jefferson and Michael Anderson. London, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

“Changes in the way we work and the challenges of issues such as climate change, poverty and migration mean that teaching and learning need to alter to incorporate capacities that will help us meet those challenges. The 4Cs: Creativity, Critical Reflection, Communication and Collaboration have been present in education. But Transforming schools demonstrates how schools can change teaching and leadership to embed and enact the 4Cs to make them central to dynamic and exciting
learning.” (back cover).

How to design questions and tasks to assess student thinking

By Susan M. Brookhart. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2014

“Aided by dozens of examples across grade levels and subject areas, readers will learn how to: take a student perspective and view assessment questions and tasks as ‘problems to solve’; design multiple-choice questions that require higher-order thinking; understand the difference between ‘open’ and ‘closed’ questions and how to use the open questions effectively; vary and control the features of performance-assessment tasks, including cognitive level and difficulty, to target different thinking skills; manage the assessment of higher-order thinking within the larger context of teaching and learning.” (back cover).

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