Best ever literacy survival tips: 72 lessons you can’t teach without

By Lori D. Oczkus. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2012

This “guide for busy teachers offers 12 practical chapters on the hottest literacy topics including independent reading, grouping strategies, formative assessments, nonfiction, fluency, comprehension, and more”. (publisher website)

Using data to improve learning: a practical guide for busy teachers

By Anthony Shaddock. Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press, 2014

“Using data to improve learning explains how teachers can incorporate ‘no-frills’ engagement with data collected by themselves and others into day-to-day teaching so that the process is useful, empowering and enjoyable. It presents strategies that are practical enough to attract teachers’ interest, feasible enough to implement in ongoing and sustainable ways and rigorous enough to make immediate and positive differences to teaching and learning.” (back cover)

Beyond Priscilla: one gay man, one gay truck, one big idea …

By Daniel Witthaus. Melbourne; Clouds of Magellan, 2014

“On a 38-week road trip around Australia, Daniel Witthaus discovered what contemporary life is really like for LGBT people — life beyond the stereotypes, life beyond Priscilla. Daniel’s simple aim was to challenge and confront homophobia ‘one cuppa at a time’. In so doing he met a wide range of individuals, all with harrowing or uplifting stories to tell of ‘pride and prejudice’.” (back cover)

How to be assertive in any situation (second edition)

By Sue Hadfield and Gill Hasson. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education, 2014

“Take control and lead the life you want to live. Do you say yes when you mean no? Do you avoid conflict and confrontation? Do you struggle to make decisions? What if you could confidently answer no to all of these questions? With How to be assertive in any situation you can. Discover life-changing techniques to help you express your needs openly and calmly; set boundaries and deal with expectations, demands and criticism and make clear decisions without ever feeling anxious. Challenge your fears, grow self-confidence and steer your life in the direction you want to go.” (back cover)

Taking God to school: the end of Australia’s egalitarian education?

By Marion Maddox. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2014

“Nearly forty per cent of secondary students attend private schools, which are overwhelmingly Christian. Canberra funds them heavily and sends evangelical Christian chaplains into both public and private schools. Some states subsidise Christian volunteers to deliver religious instruction, and some make Christian ministry a matriculation subject … Marion Maddox demonstrates that our governments are systematically demolishing the once proud free, compulsory and secular education system in favour of taxpayer-funded dogma and division. The implications are unsettling for our society and for our democracy.” (back cover)

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