IN THE LIBRARY

Teach like a pirate: increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator

By Dave Burgess. San Diego, Calif: Dave Burgess Consulting, 2012

“This book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas … You’ll learn how to: tap into your passion as a teacher — even when you’re less than excited about the subject; develop creative presentations that capture your students’ interest; establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom; transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students.” (back cover)


Sensational science: easy experiments with everyday objects

By Pat O’Shea. Carlton South, Vic: Curriculum Corporation, 2005

This book “will stimulate curiosity, excitement and interest in science in the middle school. It features more than 50 hands-on experiments that develop students’ skills and experience in designing, testing, observing and evaluating. These easy-to-prepare, fun experiments are clearly set out with the aim, required materials, background information, safety advice and step by step instructions.” (back cover)


Writing effective lesson plans: the 5-star approach

By Peter Serdyukov and Mark Ryan. Boston; Sydney: Pearson Education, 2008

“Developed by two educators with experience in both elementary and secondary classrooms, the 5-star approach to lesson planning is a step-by-step procedure designed to streamline the detailed process of lesson planning and make teaching performance smoother and more efficient. Coined the 5-Star Lesson Plan by the authors, this model consists of five classic components: lesson description, goals and objectives, materials and tools, procedures, and reflective assessment and evaluation.” (back cover)


Engaging teachers in classroom walkthroughs

By Donald S. Kachur, Judith A. Stout and Claudia L. Edwards. Alexandria, Va: ASCD, 2013

“Engaging teachers in classroom walkthroughs is a practical guide to the planning and implementation of brief but focused classroom observations that involve teachers in every step of the process … Dozens of examples show how schools — some using established walkthrough models and others designing their own versions — moved teachers from resistance to enthusiastic acceptance of the practice.” (back cover)


The public school advantage: why public schools outperform private schools

By Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014

“From the growth [in the US] of vouchers and charter schools to the implementation of No Child Left Behind, policy makers have increasingly turned to market-based models to help improve our schools, believing that private institutions — because they are competitively driven — are better than public ones. But what if that simply isn’t true? With The public school advantage, Christopher A. and Sarah Theule Lubienski offer powerful evidence against market-based models for education, showing that public schools in fact outperform private ones.” (back cover)

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