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Classroom Practice

Anytime, Anywhere

Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers
Edited by Rebecca E. Wolfe, Adria Steinberg, and Nancy Hoffman

Anytime, Anywhere synthesizes existing research and practices in the emerging field of student-centered learning, and includes profiles of schools that have embraced this approach.

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Class Acts

Teachers Reflect on Their Own Classroom Practice
Edited by Irene Hall, Carolyn H. Campbell, and Edward J. Miech

In this remarkable collection of articles, teachers reflect on the complex worlds of their classrooms to gain a better understanding of their students, themselves, and the act of teaching.

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Class Acts

Teachers Reflect on Their Own Classroom Practice
Edited by Irene Hall, Carolyn H. Campbell, and Edward J. Miech

In this remarkable collection of articles, teachers reflect on the complex worlds of their classrooms to gain a better understanding of their students, themselves, and the act of teaching.

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Educating English Learners

What Every Classroom Teacher Needs to Know
Joyce W. Nutta, Carine Strebel, Kouider Mokhtari, Florin M. Mihai, and Edwidge Crevecoeur-Bryant

In Educating English Learners, Joyce W. Nutta and her colleagues offer practical tools for helping schools and teachers successfully integrate English learners into mainstream classrooms. Drawing on the One Plus model presented in their award-winning book, Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Learners, the authors now turn their attention to the needs of K–12 teachers who typically have two or three English learners in their classrooms.

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Education and the Environment

Creating Standards-Based Programs in Schools and Districts
Gerald A. Lieberman, foreword by Richard Louv

In this timely book, curriculum expert Gerald A. Lieberman provides an innovative guide to creating and implementing a new type of environmental education that combines standards-based lessons on English language arts, math, history, and science with community investigations and service learning projects.

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English Language Learners and the New Standards

Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom
Margaret Heritage, Aída Walqui, and Robert Linquanti, foreword by Kenji Hakuta

In English Language Learners and the New Standards, three leading scholars present a clear vision and practical suggestions for helping teachers engage ELL students in simultaneously learning subject-area content, analytical practices, and language. This process requires three important shifts in our perspective on language and language learning—from an individual activity to a socially engaged activity; from a linear process aimed at correctness and fluency, to a developmental process, focused on comprehension and communication; and from a separate area of instruction to an approach that embeds language development in subject-area activities.

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Interpretive Discussion

Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations
Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, foreword by Sharon Feiman-Nemser

In the era of the Common Core, teachers in all subject areas and grade levels are seeking ways to help students engage with and reflect on the meaning of texts. In Interpretive Discussion, Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon guides teachers through a carefully refined process for preparing, leading, and reflecting on these powerful conversations and discusses the skills and habits of mind that underlie this approach.

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Make Just One Change

Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Foreword by Wendy D. Puriefoy

The authors of Make Just One Change argue that formulating one’s own questions is “the single most essential skill for learning”—and one that should be taught to all students.

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Make Me!

Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School
Eric Toshalis

In this groundbreaking book, Eric Toshalis explores student resistance through a variety of perspectives, arguing that oppositional behaviors can be not only instructive but productive. All too often treated as a matter of compliance, student resistance can also be understood as a form of engagement, as young people confront and negotiate new identities in the classroom environment. The focus of teachers’ efforts, Toshalis says, should not be about “managing” adolescents but about learning how to read their behavior and respond to it in developmentally productive, culturally responsive, and democratically enriching ways.
 
Noting that the research literature is scattered across fields, Toshalis draws on four domains of inquiry: theoretical, psychological, political, and pedagogical. The result is a resource that can help teachers address this pervasive classroom challenge in ways that enhance student agency, motivation, engagement, and academic achievement.
 
The coauthor of Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2006), Toshalis blends accessible explanations of theory and research with vignettes of interactions among educators and students. In Make Me!, Toshalis helps teachers perceive possibility, rather than pathology, in student resistance.

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Portraits of Promise

Voices of Successful Immigrant Students
Michael Sadowski

By 2040, more than 30 percent of students in the United States will be immigrants or the children of immigrants. What factors can help these young people thrive in school, despite the many obstacles they face? And how can school staff best support immigrant students’ academic and personal success? In Portraits of Promise, educators hear from the ultimate experts—successful newcomer students.

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Ripe for Change

Garden-Based Learning in Schools
Jane S. Hirschi, foreword by David Sobel

Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools takes a big-picture view of the school garden movement and the state of garden-based learning in public K–8 education. The book frames the garden movement for educators and shows how school gardens have the potential to be a significant resource for teaching and learning. In this inviting and accessible book, the author:
 

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