Book Reviews

The Best Uses of EdTech: Giving Every Student a Voice – Education Article

One meaningful use of education technology is the ability to change how students can share their voice After 10+ years of exploring and writing about the evolving relationship between technology and teaching and learning, I find |myself asking more often than ever, “out of all of these ideas, what’s really working and making a difference?” One great answer to that question has been the subject of a couple of recent discussions I’ve shared here, and it’s really been resonating with…

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Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle – Education Article

The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle By Abe Hege and Adam Dovico(Dave Burgess Consulting, 2918 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden School culture is that underlying structure that charts the course of the school in many ways, but how do you build the culture that you want, or change the one you have? In this straightforward book, Hege and Dovico give us all the ingredients and ways to implement them to use culture to make…

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How Many? A Counting Book – Education Article

How Many? A Counting BookBy Christopher Danielson(Stenhouse, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi How Many? A Counting Book by Christopher Danielson is a bundle (student/teacher versions) that teaches students to expand their thinking about numbers. Before you say, “Not another counting book,” let me tell you that this book and the accompanying teacher’s guide is not your traditional counting book. The format and premise is deceptively simple, but it’s rated for grades K-12 for a reason! (If you’ve…

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What Happens When Students Own Their Learning – Education Article

Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their LearningBy John Spencer and AJ Juliani(IMPress, 2017 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden In this fun and easy-to-read book John Spencer and AJ Juliani guide us on a journey to move our students from compliance to empowerment. If you are one of those readers who usually skips the Foreword, don’t miss this one. This section is an in-depth start to the book – at 47 pages, it’s longer than any other…

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Lessons to Power Up Your Super Spellers – Education Article

Super Spellers Starter SetsBy Mark Weakland(Stenhouse Publishers, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Kathleen Palmieri Last year I reviewed Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction by Mark Weakland. In this book, Weakland presents a transformative way to teach spelling using a developmental approach that provides students with strategies and tools to become proficient spellers. Rather than memorizing a list of words, students learn to use strategies to notice patterns, think about meaning, listen for sounds, and apply…

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Let’s Give Our Teaching Language a Makeover – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Listenwise and NewseumED This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Consider two classrooms: Room 1 and Room 2. The students in both rooms are working in groups on an activity, and in each room, one of the groups has gotten off task. In Room 1, the teacher…

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“We’re a Family” and Other School Norms that Can Cause Burnout – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Angela Watson (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and The Teacher’s Guide to Tech This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   The first time my principal asked me to take on the role of yearbook sponsor, I said no. In the upcoming school year, I would be teaching 130 seventh graders, and…

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Rigor in 6-12 Math and Science Classrooms: A Teacher Toolkit – Education Article

Rigor in the 6-12 Math and Science Classroom – A Teacher ToolkitBy Barbara R. Blackburn and Abbigail Armstrong(Routledge/Eye On Education, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Jennifer Sexton Barbara Blackburn always provides her readers with solid, easy-to-implement strategies for any classroom. In her latest book, Blackburn and co-author Abbigail Armstrong give clear definitions for “rigor” and how to apply rigorous instruction in any math or science setting in middle or high school. Setting up a rigorous classroom environment that motivates…

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Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom From the Inside Out – Education Article

Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom from the Inside Out: A Practical Guide for TeachersBy Becky Hunt(Routledge/Eye On Education, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi If you’re wondering how to set up your new classroom or you are ready to make some changes in your familiar space, Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom from the Inside Out: A Practical Guide for Teachers is the book for you! In my many years as an upper elementary teacher, I was always looking…

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Exploring “Tech With Heart” With Stacey Roshan – Education Article

Inspiring new book helps educators discover ways in which technology can help to humanize the classroom and empower student success Stacey Roshan is Director of Innovation and Educational Technology at Bullis School, an independent K-12 school in Potomac, Maryland. Stacey assumed this position after a number of years teaching and she continues to teach math classes. Stacey has long been a frequent contributor to the online edtech world through Twitter (@buddyxo), her blog (techiemusings.com), and other endeavors . This year is…

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3 Books about Teaching English in the Middle School Years – Education Article

Getting Started: A Path to Success to Teaching English to Middle School Students and BeyondNot Intimidating: Teaching Different Reading Genres to a Diverse Student BodyMore about Writing: Designing Student Assignments with Specific StepsBy Anna J. Small Roseboro(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Anne Anderson Anna J. Small Roseboro offers educators a trio of books filled with an assortment of strategies for teaching middle school students. Both veteran and beginning teachers will find any of these titles useful.…

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Building People Social-Emotional Learning for Kids, Families – Education Article

Building People: Social-Emotional Learning for Kids, Families, Schools and CommunitiesEdited by Tamara Fyke(Abingdon Press, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden This book is much like a written panel discussion on the current state of social emotional learning. Each of the twelve authors have written a chapter to address: (1) The current state of SEL; (2) The cost of maintaining the status quo; (3) Forecast for the future; and (4) Pathways to success. Additionally, some authors include a…

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How One District Learned to Talk About Race – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Glenn Singleton and David Watkins (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Kiddom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   When it comes to improving the way we serve diverse populations, most schools have been throwing a whole lot of stuff against the wall to see what sticks: one-day trainings, book studies,…

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Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools – Education Article

Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and StrategiesBy Barbara R. Blackburn and Bradley S. Witzel(Routledge, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Bryndle Bottoms Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom is rich with useful tools and methods to effectively teach all children. The book encourages the whole school approach with specifics on leadership teams that are trained in areas of MTSS. It offers an excellent example of how to expand a current MTSS program in a school…

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Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator’s Guide – Education Article

Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator’s Guide to Leading a Growth Mindset CommunityBy Mary Cay Ricci(Prufrock Press, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Amy Klein Carol Dweck’s Mindset was first published in 2006, but it wasn’t until a bunch of years after that I finally held a copy in my hands. I’d heard that this growth mindset thinking had gotten the attention of educators. Feeling a little behind the times, I read with interest. I’ll never forget skimming the…

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10 Essential Shifts of Everyday Teaching Practice – Education Article

Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Everyday PracticeBy Lee Watanabe-Crockett(Solution Tree Press, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Alex Valencic Much has been written on the topic of 21st century competencies, teaching, learning, and leadership and much will likely be written on this topic for many years to come. A quick perusal of my bookshelf at work reveals at least 15 such volumes; a search of colleagues’ shelves would undoubtedly reveal even more. So it was with some interest that…

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