RFAteachPD Books

Thinking

Unlocking Student Talent
How do we truly help all students achieve their fullest potential? What are the roles of motivation, deliberate practice, and coaching in developing talent and abilities in students? This hands-on guide examines each of these elements in detail providing definitions, relevant research, discussions, examples, and practical steps to take with students in elementary, middle, and high school. The authors examine cutting-edge research on world-class performance and distill information specifically for educators. Offering guidelines to help teachers spot and encourage all students’ exceptional aptitudes, passionate interests, and special strengths, they show concretely how to promote greater motivation for learning and success. This foundational book infuses new ideas into established teaching. User-friendly chapters include thought-provoking insights, vignettes of how notable talents were developed, teaching and learning tips, grade-level examples, and discussion questions.

Unlocking Student Talent
Students achieving their fullest potential! Isn’t that our mantra as teachers and educational leaders? Learn how motivation, deliberate practice, and coaching can develop talent and abilities and expertise in students? This hands-on guide examines each of these elements in detail, providing definitions, relevant research, discussions, examples, and practical steps for students in elementary, middle, and high school. This foundational book infuses new ideas into established teaching. User-friendly chapters include thought-provoking insights, vignettes of how notable talents were developed, as well as teaching and learning tips, grade-level examples, and discussion questions.

21st Century Skills
This anthology introduces the Framework for 21st Century Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. It re-envisions learning and prepares students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. Highly respected education leaders and innovators focus on why these skills are necessary, which are most important, and how best to help schools include them in curriculum and instruction.

Everyday Problem-Based Learning
Problem-based learning answers that perennial student question: “When will I ever use this?” Faced with a meaty problem to solve, students finally “get” why they need to learn the content and are energized to do so. But here’s the exciting part: problem-based learning doesn’t require weeks of study or an end-of-year project. In this book, Brian Pete and Robin Fogarty show how you can use problem-based learning as a daily approach to helping students learn authentic and relevant content and skills. They explain how to engage students in each of the seven steps in the problem-based learning model, so students learn how to develop good questions, launch their inquiry, gather information, organize their information, create evidence, present their findings, and assess their learning. Using practical examples, they also describe how to help students master these seven important thinking skills: develop, analyze, reason, understand, solve, apply, and evaluate. To put all this in context, the authors offer seven “PBL in a Nutshell” lessons that can easily be incorporated in a single classroom period. Depth of thinking and ease of implementation—this is problem-based learning at its best.

Thinking about Thinking in IB Schools
How We Know What We Know by Fogarty and Pete, references the curriculum framework of international schools, particularly those that of the International Baccalaureate program. The driving questions that undergirds the book – “How do we know what we know?” – is the quintessential question that drives our quest to learn, explore, investigate and, in the end, validate and justify.

How to Teach Thinking Skills
Ensure your students develop the higher-order thinking skills they need to survive and thrive. The latest edition of this best-selling book details a practical, three-phase teaching model and dives deep into standards-based lesson planning for seven essential student proficiencies. In addition, technology is integrated into sample lessons to illustrate how digital learning can be seamless when blended with traditional learning method.

Instruction

Integrating Curricula With Multiple Intelligences Second edition
Integrating Curricula with Multiple Intelligences, combines Gardner’s nine multiple intelligences (verbal, logical, musical, visual, bodily, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalist, and existentialist) with Fogarty’s ten curriculum integration models (fragmented, connected, nested, sequenced, shared, webbed, threaded, integrated, immersed, and networked). The authors offer strategies for building teams within professional learning communities, and explore how to put power into themes and thread life skills through the subject matter content.

How to Integrate the Curricula Third Edition
For both students and teachers, the mission is essential: to connect ideas, discern themes, and thread skills of various content areas into a cohesive whole. Yet, the question remains: “What does integrating curricula really mean?” The answers are provided in this classic resource that helps teachers create brain-compatible, learner-centered classrooms and better prepare students for lifelong learning.

How to Differentiate Learning Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment
How to Differentiate Learning provides guidance for schools and districts to start or improve the effort to differentiate instruction. Based on what educators know about the differences among children they teach, and based on what we know of brain research, teachers must find and embrace ways to differentiate curriculum, assessment and entry points to understanding in order to make all students successful. This book provides background from experts and clarifies what is not differentiation as well as what is. It offers ways for teachers to think about student interests and learning profiles and also looks at varied ways to approach instructional planning for differentiated learning.

inFormative Assessment
Use assessment to inform instruction and learning! Practical, informed assessment techniques, you can increase your instructional effectiveness and demonstrate improvements in student learning. This findings in this book, part of the In A Nutshell series, provides a succinct yet substantive discussion about formative assessments and how they impact the teaching/learning cycle. The authors present results-oriented methods, invaluable tips, and ` three types of inFormative assessments:

  • Routine inFormative Assessments to weave into everyday instruction
  • Reflective inFormative Assessments to foster self-assessment for students and teachers
  • Rigorous inFormative Assessments to provide tools that inform student progress

The Portfolio Connection Third Edition Student Work Linked to Standards
The third edition of The Portfolio Connection: Student Work Linked to Standards offers practical advice and reader-friendly strategies for using portfolios to assess students authentically, demonstrate student learning and growth, and help students celebrate their own achievement. With a focus on incorporating standards into the portfolio process, the authors show teachers how to help students collect portfolio pieces and how to develop checklists and rubrics to monitor student progress. This essential resource includes: Tips for integrating technology into the portfolio process Steps for conducting student-led conferences Reproducibles for immediate classroom use.

Literacy

Literacy ReFramed Publishing Date Sept 9, 2020 Solution Tree Press Why Reading Growth Flatlines and What to Do About It?
Findings from research on literacy and cognitive science show evidence of processes that empower students to become successful readers. The elements of literacy are not new. They have simply been reframed in the big picture approach of how youngsters and other non-readers learn to read. Three areas, the sound of literacy (phonics), the look of literacy (vocabulary) and the knowingness (knowledge) of literacy is reframed around the knowingness to feature the ultimate goals of reading-motivation, education and entertainment to celebrate the joy of reading.

The Right to Be Literate Literacy skills are paramount in the digital age. Teachers and administrators explore the six comprehensive skill areas essential to 21st century literacy—reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and representing. Examine aspects of receptive and expressive language. Explore examples literacy strategies at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels.
Access discussion questions, and review literacy strategies to use in a professional learning community. Discover what parents can do to support student literacy skills.

Literacy Matters Second Edition Strategies Every Teacher Can Use
Written with the middle schoolers in mind, this is a practical handbook to promote students’ literacy and learning! Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension. Fogarty and Pete define and review15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas as they develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, and a valuable guide to explore proven instructional methods.

Leadership

From Staff Room to Classroom Second edition A Guide for Planning and Coaching Professional Development
From Staff Room to Classroom funding for district-level leaders, staff developers, and instructional coaches for delivering professional learning, with accountability built in for implementation works. The model respects teachers with supportive instructional ideas. It also supports principals with evidence of learning for attending staff. Teacher to teacher learning is popular with staff and principals, alike. And more importantly, site-based professional learning is a winning strategy when budgets are tight. Winning points: easy to personalize PD to areas of real school need and a cost effective choice to offer for staff support.

From Staff Room to Classroom II
The One-Minute Professional Development Planner Get this companion book for your Teacher Leadership Team. It is, filled with 144 QUICK WIN ideas to plan their next PDs. Within one minute, teams outline ideas for shaping a workshop that teachers can use immediately, From Staff Room to Classroom II, the One Minute PD Planner, presents a quick system using the adage: “Tell them what you’re going to do, Do it, Tell them what you did.” Or simply. “Capture, Captivate, Close! “Using completed grids for naming things to do, using the three columns, teams turn on the creative juices and shape a fantastic, fresh and fluent presentation for the teachers. Four “morphological grids, using the three parts of a presentation offer so many rich ideas.

  • CAPTURE the audience’s attention—Openers:Tell them what you are going to do!
  • CAPTIVATE them with the information— Meat of the Matter: Do it.
  • CLOSE with keepers— Closers: Tell them what you did!

The Adult Learner
Some Things We Know
The Adult Learner: Some Things We Know, addresses the ‘warrior’ who rises to the challenge of teaching the adult learner. Designed as a catalyst for dialogue about the adult learner to uncover the complexities of teaching this rare and riveting species, This book is organized around three interlocking themes: some things we know about the adult learner; some things we know about change; and some things we know about professional development. In the process of reading the book, the reader gets a glimpse into the research that supports the theory of the adult learner, into the principles that guide the learning practices of the adult learner, and into the strategies that ‘work in the work setting’ for the adult learner.

Ten Things New Teachers Need to Succeed Second Edition What are ten things that help new teachers get off to a good start?
How can educators excel in this complex, demanding, and ultimately rewarding profession?
These answers, along with high impact strategies, can be found in this must-have resource.
Filled with words of wisdom, practical advice, and action steps to achieve success in those critical first years, this powerful little booklet distills the teaching and consulting experience of an international author and teacher of teachers.
It includes:
high-impact strategies for novice and veteran practitioners, how-to for communicating with parents, techniques for planning for the unexpected, a unique format for teacher teams to, discuss one chapter a month, action steps to achieve success in the
crucial first years, This handy guide is a quick reference tool on everything from writing rubrics to communicating with parents to planning for the unexpected. Teams of new and experienced teachers can grow together by discussing and applying a chapter a month over a year.

School Leader’s Guide to the Common Core Achieving Results Through Rigor and Relevance
Implement the Common Core State Standards with downloadable reproducibles, lists of resources to support the many topics affected, discussion questions, and relevant information to share with your colleagues. Explore the background of the standards and the changes that must take place to meet them. The authors offer five principles for school leaders on effective coaching and feedback.
Understand the CCSS and your role in implementing them into the English language arts and mathematics curricula.
Gain tips and strategies to support teachers, and create long-term professional learning as schools adopt the CCSS.
Select the best assessment tools to study and track student progress.
Access reproducibles, discussion questions, and other resources to support CCSS implementation and maintenance.
Use models of classroom observations to foster collaborative conversations about teaching and learning.
Learn and apply guidelines for effective coaching and feedback strategies.

A Look at Transfer Seven Strategies That Work
A Look at Transfer examines the six levels of transfer and the adult learner. The book explores the seven bridging strategies to use with adult learners as they learn how the professional development content they are learning does, indeed, transfer into their classrooms and into their life situations.

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