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Teacher Man


Frank McCourt


As he did so adroitly in his previous memoirs, Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, McCourt manages to uncover humor in nearly everything. He writes about hilarious misfires, as when he suggested (during his teacher's exam) that the students write a suicide note, as well as unorthodox assignments that turned into epiphanies for both teacher and students. A dazzling writer with a unique and compelling voice, McCourt describes the dignity and difficulties of a largely thankless profession with incisive, self-deprecating wit and uncommon perception. It may have taken him three decades to figure out how to be an effective teacher, but he ultimately saved his most valuable lesson for himself: how to be his own man. 


4th Grade Super Math Success

Sylvan Learning

Success in math requires children to make connections between the real world and math concepts in order to solve problems. Extra practice can help young problem solvers advance to more complex topics with confidence. The activities in this workbook are designed to help your children catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Best of all, they’ll have lots of fun doing it!


Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything

Deborah Schoeberlein

Mindfulness is going mainstream, and author Deborah Schoeberlein pioneers its practical application in K-12 education. By showing teachers how to tune into what’s happening, inside and around them, she offers educators fresh, straightforward approaches to training attention and generating caring in the classroom.



Ask Mr. Technology, Get Answers

by Joe Huber and Christine Weiser

Get the answers you need from Mr. Technology! Technology guru Joe Huber answers readers' questions with simple, easy-to-follow directions ·Use this book to learn to trouble-shoot your own technology issues in the library media center ·Hear technology advice from an expert in the field ·Save time and trouble with this handy technology reference! Technology columnist Joe Huber explains answers to Microsoft Windows® and Office® questions in plain, non-technical English that any school library media specialist can use.


Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management From a Softy who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher

by Gary Rubinstein

As Rubinstein details his transformation from incompetent to successful teacher, he shows what works and what doesn't work when managing a classroom. 



Teaching with the Brain in Mind

~ Eric Jensen

When the first edition of Teaching with the Brain in Mind was published in 1998, it quickly became a bestseller, and it's gone on to inspire thousands of educators to apply the latest brain research in their classroom teaching. Now, author Eric Jensen is back with a completely revised and updated edition of his classic work.

The Creative Teacher

by Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander, Kimberly Persiani-Becker

Facing ever-more-demanding state standards and less disciplined students, even the most experienced teacher carries a heavier burden today than ever. before. The Creative Teacher offers inventive tools to enhance standards-based curricula and helpful strategies for creating new and engaging lesson plans. Filled with fresh ideas for everything from bulletin boards to math activities, this one-stop resource will quickly become the most valuable volume in your library.


Teaching Outside the Box:


How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains


by LouAnne Johnson


This book is a must for beginning teachers and for pros who need new ideas. It combines street smart practicality with the creative thinking we need to reach kids today.


Reading Comprehension:

Strategies for Independent Learners


by Camille Blachowicz PhD , Donna Ogle EdD , Donna Ogle , Camille Blachowicz


"For those of us calling for more serious attention to comprehension, especially in the early years of schooling, this book is most welcome. Blachowicz and Ogle have compiled an expansive array of strategies for building comprehension and situated them in an overall literacy program. Their recommendations are grounded in both what good readers do when they read and what good teachers do when they teach.


ABC, Follow Me!: Phonics Rhymes and Crafts Grades K-1 by Linda Armstrong

This new resource offers hands-on help with teaching phonics and phonemic awareness. These easy-to-follow lessons on letter and sound recognition will help educators build the foundation for an effective reading program in the classroom and library. Use this book to teach phonics and improve your students' reading scores!





How Big is big?
Gretel Watson and Year 1-2 Curl Curl North Public School

Everything is a maths problem - and it's a lot of fun finding out the answers! A bright, fun exploration of the world around us.


Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56


by Rafe Esquith

From the man whom The New York Times calls "a genius and a saint" comes a revelatory program for educating today’s youth. In Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire!, Rafe Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time


Mentor Texts: Teaching writing through children’s literature, K–6

By Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli

How do children's book authors create the wonder that we feel when reading our favorite books? What can students and teachers learn from these authors and books if we let them serve as writing mentors? In Mentor Texts, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers, using literature as their foundation.



The Courage to Teach:

Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life


by Parker J. Palmer

“Though not an easy book to read, as a teacher of some thirty years I find this book to be challenging, inspiring and definitely thought-provoking. Mr. Palmer is challenging us to reexamine not only our teaching styles but ourselves as teachers..”


Empowering Education

Ivor Shor carefully analyzes obstacles to and resources for empowering education, suggesting ways for teachers to transform traditional approaches into critical and democratic ones. He offers many examples and applications for the elementary grades through college and adult education.




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