February 2013 New Resources
Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Creating a Comfort Zone for Teaching Mathematics, Grades 4-6
by Dr. Marion Small
This professional resource is designed to help established elementary teachers increase their comfort level and confidence in math content knowledge and pedagogy while showing how mathematics can be taught more effectively through big ideas. Teachers will develop a solid grounding in mathematics content and, armed with knowledge of the big ideas in math as well as model tasks and questions, will be able to shape and focus their instruction to help students make powerful connections.
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School
by John Medina
Molecular biologist John Median shares how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach and work. In each chapter, he describes a Brain Rule – what scientist know about how our brains work – and then offers transformative ideas for daily life. You will discover how exercise improves cognition, every brain is wired differently, we are designed never to stop learning, memories are volatile and susceptible to corruption, sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn, vision trumps all the other senses, stress changes the way we learn.
Managing the Madness: A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms
by Jack Berckemeyer
In this book you’ll find innovative and specific ideas on discipline, humour, technology integration, student-teacher interactions, attention grabbers, classroom management and much more. Reflection questions are posed at the end of each chapter. These would make excellent discussion points for a full staff book study throughout the course of the school year.
Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning
by David I. Smith and James K. A. Smith
University professors describe their efforts to allow historic Christian practices to reshape their pedagogical strategies. Whether allowing spiritually formative reading to enhance a literature course, employing table fellowship and shared meals to reinforce concepts in a pre-nursing nutrition course, or using Christian hermeneutical practices to interpret data in an economics course, these teacher authors envision ways of teaching and learning that are rooted in the rich tradition of Christian practices, as together they reconceive classrooms and laboratories as vital arenas for faith and spiritual growth.