Teaching primary science constructively [fifth edition]

Edited by Keith Skamp and Christine Preston. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning Australia, 2015

This book, which employs a constructivist approach to learning, includes chapters on energy, electricity, movement and force, living things, materials, astronomy, and the weather and our environment. The book also includes information on how each chapter relates to the Australian Curriculum: Science

Teaching language in context

By Beverly Derewianka and Pauline Jones. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press, 2012

This book familiarises readers with the Australian Curriculum: English and demonstrates how to integrate language, literature, literacy and learning. “Have a go!” activities allow students to become familiar with different language features. “Think about it” activities invite students to reflect on what they are learning. “In the classroom” boxes provide teaching examples. (back cover)

Am I black enough for you?

By Anita Heiss. Sydney: Bantam, 2012

“After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too ‘fair-skinned’ to be real Aborigines … In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness.” (back cover)

Take control of the noisy class: strategies you can use in your classroom tomorrow!

By Rob Plevin. Behaviour Needs, 2012/2013

This resource (comprising a main manual, a DVD containing video presentations to explain the main modules, and a CD containing resources and tools referred to in the manual and video presentations) features “the Needs-Focused Approach — a very effective system for preventing and dealing with behaviour problems in which positive staff/student relationships are given highest priority. Although child-centred, this is not a liberal program where challenging behaviour is ignored or mismanaged, with the excuse that challenging students have been disadvantaged and damaged. Firm boundaries and consequences are seen as essential management tools but they are applied within a framework of fairness, support and respect”. (introduction)

Beautiful trouble: a toolbox for revolution

Assembled by Andrew Boyd with Dave Oswald Mitchell. New York; London: OR Books, 2012

“From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social movements have a creative new edge that’s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Beautiful trouble brings together 10 grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distil their best practices into a toolbox for creative action” (publisher website).

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