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Grandma Says It’s Good to be Smart by a Wisconsin author, Ellie Schatz.

No photo, but an autographed copy of this children’s book that highlights the good things about being, “smart.” The story is written from a child’s perspective.



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This Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults by James Webb

Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger’s. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result. Physicians, psychologist, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors. Features include a Foreword by Ronald E. Fox, Psy.D., Ph.D., Past President of the American Psychological Association, and: Written for parents and professionals • Characteristics of gifted children and adults • Diagnoses most commonly given to gifted children and adults • Traits of diagnoses incorrectly given to gifted children and adults • Guidelines to avoid mislabeling gifted children • Parent-child relationship problems • Issues for gifted adults • Advice for selecting a counselor or health care professional



Genuine Geniuses: A Gallery of Gifted What is genius?
Is it academic rigor combined with an inquisitive mind?
Is unusual expertise with the world of words and the ability to create new worlds of thought with a pen? Is genius the ability to create music or masterpieces of art that need no translation to be enjoyed the world over?
Can genius be the unusual knack of combining things at hand in new ways to better our lives with marvelous inventions? GENUINE GENIUSES answers all of these questions. As you take a leisurely stroll through the pages of a GALLERY OF GIFTED you will meet those who have earned the title of Genius in the fields of science, invention, literature, music, and art. Not all were academically talented. Not all showed their genius at a young age. The true genius of many was not recognized during their lifetimes, yet each has earned his or her place in history. Here is your opportunity to spend a brief moment with over 125 of the greatest geniuses who ever lived.product details








Activating & Engaging Habits of Mind (Habits of Mind, Bk. 2) product details


Second book in four-part series. Introduces 16 types of intelligent behaviors called “habits of the mind.” Shows the relationship between content and habits of mind. Examples of habits of mind include: persisting, listening with empathy, striving for accuracy, questioning, etc..

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Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher Teachers will be introduced to strategies that will work in their own classrooms. These strategies will help teachers improve student memory, learning, and test-taking success. Teachers will also learn how to captivate and hold students’ attention.
Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachersproduct details

The mind is a creature of habit. "Habits of Mind: Across the Curriculum" is a guide for understanding the philosophy behind the mind and its subconscious practices. Understanding the mind and how it reacts to certain types of education is essential for more effectively teaching students certain subjects. Outlining sixteen habits of the mind, both facilitating and impeding the educational process, "Habits of the Mind" is a strong choice for any teacher who wants to maximize their chances of getting their lesson through to their students.


Five Minds for the Future By Howard Gardner Gardner (Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons) has put together a thought-provoking, visionary attempt to delineate the kinds of mental abilities ("minds") that will be critical to success in a 21st century landscape of accelerating change and information overload. product details

DI Strategies for Writing in the Content Areasproduct details

"Chapman and King make the teaching of writing transparent and accessible to practitioners, who can then develop coherent, engaging, and developmentally appropriate lessons to ensure that all (not some) students are writers! This book will be a useful tool to teacher mentors, staff developers, principals, and teacher leaders working with beginning staff. It will be a useful guide to learning communities that are looking for strategies to build competency in targeted skill areas. I'm personally going to keep a copy in my office so that when I am having a pre- or post-observation conference with a teacher, I can make references to teaching strategies, assessment templates, or ways to determine student strengths and needs."
Differentiation by Rick Wormeli In this refreshing addition to differentiated learning literature, Rick Wormeli takes readers step-by-step from the blank page to a fully crafted differentiation lesson. Along the way he shows middle and high school teachers and behind-the-scenes planning that goes into effective lesson design for diverse classrooms. Rick demonstrates how to weave common and novel differentiation strategies into all subjects and offers clear advice about what to do when things don't go as expected. Based on nearly thirty years of experience as a teacher and instructional coach, Rick's thoughtful and imaginative classroom accommodations will help teachers succeed with advanced students, struggling students, English language learners, and students across the multiple intelligences spectrum.product details
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The K-8 Research Book

100s of activities to aid the gifted student in developing research skills. The activities are differentiated to speak to the specific needs of individual gifted students, many of whom may already be independent thinkers and fluent learners. A research skills taxonomy checklist helps teachers manage student skill levels before they proceed with activities. Students use resources to complete the activities, including a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, almanac, and the Internet. The first of five sections offers activities to develop thinking skills to use context clues in critical reading. The second section provides practice with such research skills as deciding what resource to use to look up a map of Canada or another word for conservation. The final three sections provide appropriate activities for primary grades, middle grades, or grades 7-8. The primary section offers hands-on observational activities, picture book research, and practice using simple reference tools. The middle-grade section includes an introduction to the research process and forms for note taking, as well as directions for outlining, writing bibliographies, and creating a mini-newspaper. The grade 7-8 section includes instructions for how to take a poll and how to research historical decisions. Research cards at all three levels suggest project topic questions for independent research.



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Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners

Build a program from the ground up or improve existing services with the guidelines, practical tips, templates, and action plans in this comprehensive yet practical guide.




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Identifying Gifted Students – A Step-by-Step Approach

Perfect for anyone seeking a concise introduction to the identification of gifted students. This book is designed to offer administrators, teachers, and parents an overview of the critical issues in building effective identification procedures. This book overviews definitions and characteristics of gifted students, qualitative and quantitative assessment, using multiple assessments, identification procedures, and decision making about placement. This is one of the books in Prufrock Press' popular Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education. This series offers a unique collection of tightly focused books that provide a concise, practical introduction to important topics concerning the education of gifted children. The guides offer a perfect beginner's introduction to key information about gifted and talented education.



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The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids

Being a gifted education teacher has always posed special challenges. In their first book together, two veteran educators of the gifted give teachers the information, advice, and encouragement they need. They explain how to set the foundation for a gifted program; how to evaluate, identify, and select students; how to plan and implement a range of programming options (including differentiated instruction in the regular classroom, ability grouping, pull-out classes, special classes for gifted students, weighted grades, and others); and how to conduct ongoing program evaluation.product details


Autonomous Learner Model

This publication reviews The Autonomous Learner Model--an education program prototype suitable for gifted education professionals. In it Dr. George Betts offers educators a comprehensive and concise outline for a gifted education program. Goals, objectives, and activities are described. The publication is especially useful for schools wanting to provide appropriate programs for gifted students.



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Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom Since the first edition was published, author Susan Winebrenner has spent eight years using it with school districts, teachers, parents, and kids across the U.S. and the U.K. this revised, expanded, updated edition reflects her personal experiences and the changes that have taken place in education over the years. Her basic philosophy hasn't changed, and all of the proven, practical, classroom-tested strategies teachers love are still here. But there's now an entire chapter on identifying gifted students. The step-by-step how-tos for using the strategies are more detailed and user-friendly.
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Ten-Minute Activities Grades 4-6

Skills and concepts addressed include:


Language Arts—spelling, parts of speech, dictionary skills, vocabulary, summarizing
Mathematics—multiplication and division facts, patterns, problem solving, fractions, estimation
Social Studies—map skills, geography, civics
Science—classifying, habitats, observing and describing, cause & effect
Indoor recess—motor skills, visual & auditory memory, dramatic play
Creative Homework Assignments Grades 2-3product details

Over 140 unique activities perfect for practice in language arts, math, science, and social studies. Challenge students with games, puzzles, art projects, scavenger hunts, kitchen fun, role-playing, imaginative play, and creative writing. Very little prep




No Photo Independent Study Where Creative Minds Expand

Includes CD with teaching suggestions, tools, graphic organizers, etc to help students move from structured independence to share independence and ultimately to self-guided learning.


Centers on the Go Grades 4-6product details

Centers on the Go contains more than 30 standards-based, creative, and user-friendly learning centers. Each center fits inside a two-pocket folder that can be conveniently stored in a file box for use at any time. The activities allow for independent seatwork while the teacher works with other groups. And-best of all-the activities target key standards in all subject areas and provide motivating review and reinforcement of basic skills in reading, math, science, and social studies



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Creative Ventures – The Media

Open-ended activities designed to extend the imagination and creativity of students and to encourage them to examine their feelings and values. Students learn to recognize problems and to produce and consider a variety of alternative solutions to these problems.


Questioning Makes the Differenceproduct details

Questioning Makes the Difference explores the four types of questions educators and parents can use to stimulate high-level thinking in their students and children. These questions encourage students to analyze problems, pull together knowledge from various content areas, and evaluate answers. This book attempts to teach the reader how to balance basic recall with divergent questions. Specific techniques help educators "partner" questions. There are suggestions to make questioning an ACTIVE rather than passive activity. Teachers who are good questioners motivate their students, stimulate high level thinking, encourage creativity, and enhance self concept in students and themselves. Who needs this book? K-12 * Teachers * Administrators * Parents * Kids * Curriculum Specialists * Special Education Teachers




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Multiple Intelligences – The Complete MI Book by Kagan

If you're looking for one book on multiple intelligences this is it! This book is the single most comprehensive MI book available. This resource is your blueprint for matching, stretching, and celebrating your students' multiple intelligences. Move beyond theory and make MI come alive in your classroom this book will show you how! You will promote academic success for all your students by using fun and easy MI strategies that match how all students learn best. Stretch your students' multiple intelligences. Help students build on their strengths to become smarter in many ways. Create a supportive learning environment in which students are appreciated for their multiple intelligences and celebrate the uniqueness of their classmates. Features over 160 MI strategies you won't find in any other MI book. You will use these easy-to-master MI strategies to make any lesson accessible to all intelligences, while developing and celebrating the unique pattern of intelligences of each student! This is the ultimate resource for translating enthusiasm about the multiple intelligences theory into successful everyday classroom practice!



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Eight Ways of Knowing

Learn how to tap into practical strategies and techniques for developing and nurturing the full spectrum of intelligences identified by researcher Howard Gardner. Practical suggestions for implementation.



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Differentiating Through Learning Styles and Memory

The updated edition of Sprenger’s bestseller demonstrates how to optimize achievement by using brain-based strategies that address students' social/emotional, cognitive, and physical learning preferences.



Intelligence Builders for Every Student

Teachers will expand students' knowledge of Multiple Intelligences with engaging activities that can work individually or in groups. This handy resource includes activities to build kinesthetic body awareness; deep hearing, listening, and understanding; linguistic humor; mathematical skills in everyday settings; and group dynamics. These activities can be integrated into content area classes and into the teaching of thinking skills, cooperation, self-awareness, and special needs programs.product details



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You’re Smarter Than You Think

Grade 6-9-Armstrong believes that by helping kids identify their strengths they will be able to know themselves better and make the most of their talents. To this end, he devotes one chapter to each of the intelligences that psychologist Howard Gardner has identified but phrases them in terms that young readers will understand; for example, he uses "word smart" for linguistic intelligence and "picture smart" for spatial intelligence. Each chapter begins with a quiz to help readers determine in what ways they are "people smart," "logic smart," etc. The text that follows discusses what these intelligences are, lists ways to develop or improve them, and suggests possible careers for people with different strengths and interests.



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RtI for Gifted Students: A CEC-TAG Educational Resource

RtI for Gifted Students provides a comprehensive overview of Response to Intervention (RtI) frameworks that include gifted students. One of the books featured in the CEC-TAG Educational Resource series, the book incorporates national, state, and local RtI models and how gifted learners can be included within these frameworks. Specific attention is given to addressing the needs of students who are twice-exceptional and to culturally responsive practices. The book concludes with ways of assessing a school's RtI model and challenges for using RtI in gifted education.product details
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Parallel Curriculum Units for Grades K-5

The empirically based Parallel Curriculum Model shows teachers how to create meaningful, emotive, and engaging curriculum that challenges all learners according to their interests and abilities.


Differentiated Instruction Made Easy: Hundreds of Multi-Level Activities for All Learners (Jossey-Bass Teacher)product details

Differentiated Instruction Made Easy is a hands-on resource that is designed for teachers to support the individual learning needs of their students as they participate in similar tasks. Teachers will find hundreds of creative ideas that will motivate and reinforce learning for all students in grades 3-8. The book's dynamic activities are targeted to specific subject areas and will help students to experience success despite their learning challenges.

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Anchor Challenges for the DI Classroom

Provides activities that keeps kids engaged for multiple class periods, builds creative and critical thinking skills through authentic activities; fosters communication and presentation skills.



The Highly Engaged Classroom (Classroom Strategies)product details

If students are not engaged, there is little, if any, chance that they will learn what is being addressed in class. A basic premise of The Highly Engaged Classroom is that student engagement happens as a result of a teacher s careful planning and execution of specific strategies. In other words, student engagement is not serendipitous. This book was designed as a self-study text that provides an in-depth understanding of how to generate high levels of attention and engagement. Engagement is obviously a central aspect of effective teaching. Using the suggestions presented in this book, every teacher can create a classroom environment in which engagement is the norm instead of the exception.


25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom: Easy, Low-Prep Assessments That Help You Pinpoint Students' Needs and Reach All Learnerproduct details

This collection of quick, flexible, informal assessments helps teachers take a snapshot of student learning--at any time during a lesson or unit of study, in any curriculum area. Students' responses give teachers a clear picture of what students know and what they need help with, what material to reteach or extend, and how to pace instruction. Designed to engage a range of learning styles and skills, the assessments come with an easy step-by-step plan, grade-level modifications, tiering tips, and student samples. Also includes 17 ready-to-print assessment forms on a CD. For use with Grades 3-8.


Growing Minds

Herbert Kohl, one of America's most influential and provocative educators, believes that the only way to persist and to grow as a teacher is to commit oneself to the development of the child rather than to the regimented training of the pupil. His book is a lively, personal testament of one teacher's efforts to cultivate the natural vitality of the learning process; it is also a wonderful concrete and practical guide full of stories of individual students and how they were helped to grow through learning.product details



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3-D Graphic Organizers: 20 Innovative, Easy-to-Make Learning Tools That Reinforce Key Concepts and Motivate All Students!

Bring a new dimension to graphic organizers—and increase students’ ability to learn and remember important content-area information—with these 20 engaging learning tools. Each organizer comes with a ready-to-go template, easy step-by-step directions, and ideas for using it across the curriculum. The finished three-dimensional products serve as powerful reference tools—and make a great classroom display to show off what students have learned. Great for individual, small-group, and whole-class learning! For use with Grades 3–6.


Five Minds for the Future By Howard Gardner Gardner (Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons) has put together a thought-provoking, visionary attempt to delineate the kinds of mental abilities ("minds") that will be critical to success in a 21st century landscape of accelerating change and information overload.
Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher Teachers will be introduced to strategies that will work in their own classrooms. These strategies will help teachers improve student memory, learning, and test-taking success. Teachers will also learn how to captivate and hold students’ attention.

Dr. Willis takes a reader-friendly approach to neuroscience, describing instructional strategies that are adaptable for grades K through 12. Through statistical data, individual student stories, and her own experiences using these strategies with elementary and middle school students, Dr. Willis provides teachers with a wealth of information they will want to start using in their classrooms before finishing the book.


Activating & Engaging Habits of Mind (Habits of Mind, Bk. 2)
Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers

The mind is a creature of habit. "Habits of Mind: Across the Curriculum" is a guide for understanding the philosophy behind the mind and its subconscious practices. Understanding the mind and how it reacts to certain types of education is essential for more effectively teaching students certain subjects. Outlining sixteen habits of the mind, both facilitating and impeding the educational process, "Habits of the Mind" is a strong choice for any teacher who wants to maximize their chances of getting their lesson through to their students.



Differentiation Through Learning Styles and Memory The updated edition of Sprenger’s bestseller demonstrates how to optimize achievement by using brain-based strategies that address students' social/emotional, cognitive, and physical learning preferences

The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement Drawing on cutting-edge research, this inspiring book shows how to integrate movement with classroom instruction, providing hundreds of activities that improve attention spans and student learning

Go Green Book™ - What's On Your Mind?

Whose Millennium Is It?

The Middle Ages - Book in a Bag

Virtual Learning Environments

YOU Choose!

Go Green Book™ - Gifted Goes Thinking!

Optical Illusions Unit

The Brain Unit

www.Explorations - Monthly Web Investigations for the Classroom

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More Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms by Randi Stone, provides practical ideas for building a productive and engage community of learners in all areas of the curriculum
Sit and Get Won’t Grow Dendrites by Marcia Tate This indispensable resource draws on the latest research in brain-based learning to provide strategies that motivate adult learners and increase retention. Tate defines each strategy, explains its theoretical framework, and provides multiple professional learning activities.

Differentiation by Rick Wormli In this refreshing addition to differentiated learning literature, Rick Wormeli takes readers step-by-step from the blank page to a fully crafted differentiation lesson. Along the way he shows middle and high school teachers and behind-the-scenes planning that goes into effective lesson design for diverse classrooms.

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Teaching to the Brains Natural Learning Systems

Although the brain is the most complex entity in the universe, it can be studied broadly as well as in great detail by focusing on five of its major systems: emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and reflective. In Teaching to the Brain's Natural Learning Systems, Barbara K. Given has cautiously investigated brain structures and functions of these five systems and applied findings from neurobiology to education without making leaps of judgment or unfounded claims. Thus, this is the first book that translates neuroscience into an educational framework for lesson planning and teaching.



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Teaching With the Brain in Mind

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 In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. After discussing what parents and educators can do to get children's brains in good shape for school, Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, environmental factors, the "social brain," emotions, and memory and recall. He offers fascinating insights on a number of specific issue, including


* How to tap into the brain's natural reward system.
* The critical link between movement and cognition.
* The impact on learning of environmental factors such as lighting, temperature, and noise.
* The value of feedback.
* The importance of prior knowledge and mental models.
* Why stress impedes learning.
* How social interaction affects the brain.
* How to help students improve their ability to encode, maintain, and retrieve learning.
Teaching with the Brain in Mind Second Edition

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. product details

In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. After discussing what parents and educators can do to get children's brains in good shape for school, Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, environmental factors, the "social brain," emotions, and memory and recall. He offers fascinating insights on a number of specific issue, including
* How to tap into the brain's natural reward system.
* The critical link between movement and cognition.
* The impact on learning of environmental factors such as lighting, temperature, and noise.
* The value of feedback.
* The importance of prior knowledge and mental models.
* Why stress impedes learning.
* How social interaction affects the brain.
* How to help students improve their ability to encode, maintain, and retrieve learning.
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The More Ways you Teach the More Students You Reach

Drawing on years of classroom experience, the authors have compiled a collection of best practices and successful strategies that help students reach their full academic potential. This invaluable resource will enable you to:


1. Capture students' interest with dynamic, relevant, and meaningful work.
2. Discover tried-and-true ways to reach and teach special needs students.
3. Compact your curriculum for gifted student or for those who just need something more to do.
4. Work with individuals, small groups, or large groups without losing control of the classroom.
and much more!

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You Choose! Theme-Related Literature-Based Cross-Curricular Activities for the Intermediate Classroom

Choose from 8 themes (animals, space, food, mysteries, famous people etc..), chose the book, choose the vocabulary activity (from 11 choices) and choose 3 comprehension and enrichment activities from the 9 choices that use a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences. Reproducible menus, student self-scoring rubric, portfolio organizer and end-of-the-unit reflection page.



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Differentiated Instruction in a Whole-Class Setting by Betty Hollas (Grades 3-8)

With nearly 50 reproducibles, loads of illustrations, and all kinds of practical, down-to-earth suggestions, this book is the perfect resource for starting to bring differentiation into your whole-group classroom.



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Thinking with Standards

Today, we are all concerned with addressing detailed state or national standards in every curriculum or content area. It is possible to meet those standards and, at the same time, to engage your students' creative and critical thinking skills. This series of books is filled with activities that help students apply creative and critical thinking to traditional subject area content. In addition to the reproducible, ready-to-use activities contained in this book, the authors explain how creative and critical thinking can be infused into any content you teach.

This is a must-have resource for teachers wanting to infuse thinking skills into the traditional curriculum. Each book provides a variety of sample teaching activities, with step-by-step procedures and a reproducible student page, illustrating how the generating and focusing tools from the problem solver’s "basic toolbox" can be applied to specific content standards. You can also use this book as a model to guide you in your own efforts to link creative and critical thinking skills with other content standards. product details

How the Gifted Mind Learns

“Provides practical classroom activities and strategies for addressing the needs of gifted students.” (The author) has investigated the most recent work in neuroscience, learning and intelligence, and seeks to answer many questions frequently posed by both teachers and parents. . . . This book is a must read for those teaching able children, and of course, parents with children who appear to show giftedness or a high level of talent."
Differentiated Instruction: Different Strategies for Different Learnersproduct details

This unique book contains 101 classroom-tested, easy-to-implement strategies. This well-indexed resource will be a great help to busy teachers by providing them with easy access to a variety of ideas to help out in different problem areas. Strategies are arranged by grade level within each of the following sections: Classroom Management, Community Building, Teacher`s Toolbox, Literacy, Math, and Assessment. Also includes helpful graphics, time-saving reproducibles, and a comprehensive resource list. Differentiated Instruction will become a favorite resource for any teacher of students whose learning needs are as varied as the strategies found within this book. (Grades K-8)



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Teaching Beyond the Test

To thrive in their uncertain future, students must know more than how to take tests. Transforming students into confident, self-directed, lifelong learners requires differentiated instruction and project-based learning. This practical classroom resource presents dozens of strategies for differentiation among learners (flexible grouping, choice boards, tiered assignments, and more) and a range of fully developed content-focused projects, each modeling one or more differentiation strategies. All projects are aligned with rigorous, comprehensive content standards in the areas of English/language arts, math, social studies, and science. Designed for use by any teacher, in any classroom, in any school. Includes reproducibles. The included CD-ROM (for Macintosh and Windows) features all of the reproducible student forms from the book plus four bonus projects.


Differentiating Textbooksproduct details

"Differentiating Textbooks" is the next logical and practical step toward improving your students' ability to read, comprehend, and retain what they are taught in content-area textbooks. Find out how to motivate your students as they are confronted with text which is generally written in less-than-engaging expository style. "Differentiating Textbooks" shows you how to teach the child, not the textbook, and as with differentiated instruction, you will soon discover that this approach is "just part of good teaching." (Grades 4-12)


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90 Instructional Strategies for the Classroom

90 activities, games, and puzzles engage students in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and the use of language conventions spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation. Use the strategy as is or adapt the strategy for a particular subject or theme. Students use critical thinking skills to research and analyze information, compare and contrast, solve problems and evaluate solutions in these brain-compatible activities Venn Again, PMI, Classifier, Logic Puzzles, Paired Problem Solving, Mystery Messages. Other activities SCAMPER, Daffynitions, Analogies, Wuzzles, and Oughtographs - are open-ended and stimulate creative thinking.


Use the activities to . . .
Reinforce basic language skills
Emphasize creative and critical thinking
Support higher level thinking
Actively engage student learners
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Inclusion Activities That Work Grade 3-5

Meet the challenge of inclusion with these innovative, standards-based activities that help teachers accommodate learners' diverse abilities, enhance student performance, create an accepting classroom climate, and more.


How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classroomsproduct details

For education courses in Educational Psychology, Advanced Educational Psychology, Differentiated Instruction, Inclusion/Mainstreaming, Mild/Moderate Disabilities Methods, or General Methods (K-12). This brief Merrill/ASCD text provides guidance, principles, and strategies for teachers who are interested in creating learning environments that address the diversity typical of mixed-ability classrooms. The text will help educators understand what differentiated instruction is, why it is appropriate for all learners, how to begin to plan for it, and how to become comfortable enough with student differences to make school comfortable for each learner in the classroom.



Handbook for Classroom Instruction that WorksDesigned as a self-study resource, this handbook guides readers through nine categories of instructional strategies proven to improve student achievement. Sections 1-9 address the nine categories of instructional strategies that can be applied to all types of content, at all grade levels, and with all types of students: Identifying similarities and differences; Summarizing and note taking; Reinforcing effort and providing recognition; Homework and practice; Representing knowledge; Learning groups; Setting objectives and providing feedback; Generating and testing hypotheses; and Cues, questions, and advance organizers. For each of the nine categories, exercises, brief questionnaires, tips and recommendations, samples, worksheets, rubrics, and other tools are provided. For elementary and middle school teachers, counselors, evaluators, and administrators. product details
Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom product details

Coil presents the most comprehensive, practical resource you will need to successfully implement the concept of differentiation in your classroom. Following a brief overview of the components and a teacher self-assessment awareness checklist, are chapters with reproducibles, forms, and practical examples for administrators, teachers, students, and parents:

-Flexible Grouping
-Curriculum Compacting
-Independent/Individualized Work - learning centers, resident experts, contracting, anchoring activities
-Learning Profiles
-Product Differentiation
-Strategies: ILPâ„¢, Tic-Tac-Toe, Tiering, Encounter Lessons, Technology, Mentors, Mini-classes, Literature circles, Questivitiesâ„¢
-Differentiated Assessment - rubrics, criteria cards, tiering
-Special Groups
-Special Needs
-District and School-wide Planning

Differentiated Instructional Strategies in Practiceproduct details

Gregory's revised, research-based edition covers step-by-step training activities; offers guidelines for coaching, supervising, and evaluating staff members' implementation of differentiated instructional practices; and includes reproducibles on a CD-ROM.


RTI Successproduct details

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an innovative instructional method that enables educators to assess and meet the needs of struggling students before they have fallen too far behind. While the initiative is gaining momentum in the United States, many educators continue to have questions about RTI. What are the three tiers of intervention? How do screening and progress monitoring work? Is there funding available to support RTI? RTI Success answers these and other questions while providing educators with practical tools to simplify the process. The book includes step-by-step guidelines for implementing RTI in schools and provides hundreds of pragmatic, research-based instructional strategies for classroom teachers to target specific skill deficits in their students. Vignettes and school profiles demonstrate RTI techniques in diverse settings, and reproducible forms streamline assessment and documentation procedures. An all-in-one resource, this book offers tools that can be used by all school staff in carrying out Response to Intervention.



Not Just Schoolwork by Nathan Levyproduct details

This book combines ready-to-use superb activities for critical thinking, written expression, and creativity. An entire section of this 200+page book concentrates on skill building. Checklists help students increase their verbal expression while other activities focus on creative story telling and other necessary skills. Grade3-12




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Demystifying Differentiation in Elementary School

Demystifying Differentiation in Elementary School is an excellent, practical resource for teachers and administrators who are ready to take differentiation to the next level in their classrooms and schools, who believe that differentiation works, and who are looking for more examples of it. There are many books available about curriculum differentiation; most of them address the theory and rationale behind differentiation and discuss models and strategies that support it. Some offer limited examples of differentiated tasks and activities. However, few provide comprehensive collections of activities that demonstrate how to use differentiation in different subject areas at a variety of grade levels in mixed-ability elementary classrooms. The Elementary CD has 48 completed customizable WORD files including these topic areas:
Paragraphs, Compound Words,
Consonants & Vowels, Folktales,
Handwriting, Nouns,
Reference Materials, Synonyms,
Addition & Subtraction, Standard & Metric Measurement,
Graphing, Money,
3-D Figures, Mammals,
The Hydrosphere, Parts of Flowers,
Weathering/Erosion, Families,
Historical Figures, Map-Reading,
Needs and Wants, Telling Time,
Fractions, Probability,
Deserts, The Solar System,
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Developing More Curious Minds

After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, many people questioned why no one had anticipated the terrorists' acts, even when events and intelligence seemed to point toward them. John Barell wonders if the attacks speak to a greater societal problem of complacency. He believes many students have become too passive in their learning, accepting information and "facts" as presented in textbooks, classes, and the media. Drawing on anecdotes from educators and his own life, Barell describes practical strategies to spur students' ability and willingness to pose and answer their own questions. Antarctica expeditions, outer space discoveries, dinosaur fossils, literature, and more help define the importance of developing an inquisitive mind, using such practices as

* Maintaining journals on field trips,

* Using questioning frames and models when reading texts,

* Engaging in critical thinking and problem-based learning, and

* Integrating inquiry into curriculum development and the classroom culture. To become habits of mind, students' daily curiosities must be nurtured and supported. Barell draws a vivid map to guide readers to "an intelligent revolution" in which schools can become places where educators and students imagine and work together to become active citizens in their society.



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Differentiating the Curriculum for the Gifted Learner

Learn strategies for identifying gifted students, modifying content, and differentiating instruction with this valuable resource no gifted classroom should be without! Perfect for new teachers and educators who want to stay current, Differentiating the Curriculum for Gifted Learners provides answers to questions relating to best practices in gifted instruction. Providing up-to-date, research-based theory and practical applications, this book not only addresses effective research-supported ways to differentiate instruction, but also explores the reasons why gifted students should be serviced and presents some of the most effective ways this can be accomplished.



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Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners

Educators and parents need practical information they can use now to help them best understand and support the gifted learners in their lives. Because of the unique social and emotional needs faced by gifted learners—not to mention the unique academic needs—teaching and parenting them can be as demanding as it is rewarding. These 36 articles provide much-needed help. They are a “best of” from the last seven years of the Gifted Education Communicator, the national publication of the California Association for the Gifted. With contributions from respected scholars as well as new experts in the field, this book is sensitive, positive, and packed with ideas and up-to-date facts.



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Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

This indispensable guide combines proven curriculum design with teaching methods that encourage students to learn concepts as well as content and skills for deep understanding across all subject areas.



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Differentiated Instructional Strategies in Practice

Gregory's revised, research-based edition covers step-by-step training activities; offers guidelines for coaching, supervising, and evaluating staff members' implementation of differentiated instructional practices



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Data Driven Differentiation in the Standards Based Classroom Step-by-step guidance and a generous collection of templates, rubrics, and planners make this an essential resource for every instructional leader who wants to design differentiated instruction with student success in mind.
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Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

"Teachers are challenged each year to add strategies to their toolkit in order to meet diverse learners' needs. This edition gives teachers the opportunity to add excellent new tools that help students reach higher levels of engagement and performance." (Lin Kuzmich, Educational Consultant ) "A very in-depth analysis of teaching approaches that emphasize the need to reach more students through varied learning styles. The book points out the oft-forgotten concept that 'one size does not fit all' when it comes to teaching."



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Higher Order Thinking Skills: Challenging All Students to Achieve

In this Nutshell resource, the author presents an instructional framework for the five Rs: relevance, richness, relatedness, rigor, and recursiveness. The book shows K–12 teachers how instruction based on the five Rs, across content areas, can develop critical thinking skills (classifying, comparing/contrasting, and analyzing) and creative thinking skills (inferring, predicting, and visualizing).



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Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts

The author defines a concept-based learning program and provides strategies to help create a seamless agenda to teach students the skills they need most to think conceptually and solve problems in today’s complex world.


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Creating Integrated Curriculum: Proven Ways to Increase Student Learning

This book brings integrated curriculum into sharp focus and helps you find a curriculum model that can work for your school.



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Teaching for Tomorrow

"McCain's insights as an educator go way beyond the classroom.  He truly grasps the need for schools to prepare young people for life in an increasingly dynamic world.  This book continues Ted's tradition as a writer who speaks with great insight and clarity." (David Thornburg, Director )


What Works in Schools by Marzano Any school in the United States can operate at advanced levels of effectiveness-if it is willing to implement what is known about effective schooling. "If we follow the guidance offered from 35 years of research," says author Robert J. Marzano, "we can enter an era of unprecedented effectiveness for the public practice of education." In What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action, Marzano synthesizes that research to provide clear and unequalled insight into the nature of schooling. product detailsproduct details
Teaching With Visual Frameworks

An illustrated guide to creating with students a central, evolving visual that enables all learners to actively participate, assess, and achieve in standards-based classrooms.



The Cluster Grouping Handbook

In today’s standards-driven era, how can teachers motivate and challenge gifted learners and ensure that all students reach their potential? This book provides a compelling answer: the School-wide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM). The authors explain how the model differs from grouping practices of the past, and they present a roadmap for implementing, sustaining, and evaluating school-wide cluster grouping. Practitioners will find a wealth of teacher-tested classroom strategies along with detailed information on identifying students for clusters, gaining support from parents, and providing ongoing professional development. Special attention is directed toward empowering gifted English language learners.product details



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Teaching What Matters Most

What matters most? With 10 years of research and work in 300 schools to guide them, Silver, Strong, and Perini offer four standards that can be used to help students meet the various standards dictated by districts, states, and regions: Rigor: helping students make sense of challenging texts and ideas. * Thought: helping students become adept users of powerful learning disciplines. * Diversity: helping students understand themselves and others. * Authenticity: helping students apply what they learn to the real world. These standards elicit popular support-they are understandable and attractive to diverse communities and constituencies throughout the United States. They are also manageable-a majority of students can attain them. In this book, the authors use practical lessons from real classrooms to demonstrate that these four standards, when used to guide decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment, can prepare students to perform well on state tests while preserving the democratic traditions of U.S. education.


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How to Meet Standards, Motivate Students and Still Enjoy Teaching

"Benson offers a relevant resource guide for implementing standards-based classrooms that will help educators at all levels of educational reform grasp the key instructional components to support the expectations for student learning. This book is a must-have in preparing our students for their future role as lifelong learners competing on the world market." (Lynn Freeman, Leadership Facilitator )

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Rationale and step-by-step instructions for creating classroom assessments that accurately measure what students know and are able to do.




Enhancing Student Achievement

Educators devoted to school reform focus all too often on the isolated components of K-12 education--this is the essential premise of this powerful new book. If we are truly committed to improving our schools, the author contends, then we must focus on the interdependence of variables that affect student learning, both inside and outside the classroom. product details

The book is divided into three distinct parts. In Part 1, Danielson introduces the Four Circles Model to define the criteria for successful school improvement: Everything educators do to help their students learn must be based on what educators want (school, district, or state goals), believe (values and principles), and know (educational research).

In Part 2, the author provides a framework for improving schools--including curriculum, team planning, and policies and practices affecting students--and connects every concept to the criteria presented in Part 1. She also provides a handy rubric at the end of each chapter, both as a summary of main points and as a tool for educators to gauge the needs of their school. Part 3 offers readers guidelines on how best to implement the framework using action planning.

Brimming with perceptive advice and thought-provoking arguments, this book is both a wake-up call and a roadmap to success for those determined to provide students with the best education possible. strategic learning in the content areas

Strategic Learning in the Content Areas

Published by WI DPI. Designed to help students learn independently from a variety of resources. Translates current research and thinking about cognitive instruction. Useful to all grade levels and content areas.



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Published by WI DPI. Designed to help students learn independently from a variety of resources. Translates current research and thinking about cognitive instruction. Useful to all grade levels and content areas.


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Replete with strategies, examples, and reproducibles, this guide is invaluable for any teacher who wants to boost student achievement in writing for any subject or grade level!




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In this much anticipated, revised, and expanded edition of her bestseller Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori Oczkus continues to provide solutions for teaching comprehension. By focusing on four evidence-based and classroom-tested strategies that good readers use to comprehend text-predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing-Lori shows you new ways to use reciprocal teaching to improve students comprehension while actively engaging them in learning and encouraging independence. This second edition is jam-packed with fresh material including

* A new chapter on getting started with reciprocal teaching
* Dozens of creative, exciting lessons and tips for using reciprocal teaching in whole-class settings, guided reading groups, and literature circles
* Ideas for differentiating instruction for struggling readers and English language learners
* Expanded suggestions for grades K5 and all new ideas for grades 612
* Practical ways to use reciprocal teaching as a Response to Intervention (RTI)
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The Well-Managed Classroom

A dynamic plan to bring structure, support, and success to America's classrooms. Every teacher strives to create a classroom where students are responsible, respect rules and stay on task. Now, in one single resource, educators are given the tools they need to create the ideal learning environment. The Well-Managed Classroom describes the powerful Boys Town Education Model techniques that have proven to increase instruction time and reduce discipline problems and office referrals. The book describes in-depth how to integrate social skills instruction into the entire school day and across curriculum. Tips for managing student behavior by improving a teaching interactions are outlined as well as how to replace traditional office referral practices with more therapeutic teaching alternatives.



Classroom Management That Works by Marzano

How does classroom management affect student achievement? What techniques do teachers find most effective? How important are school-wide policies and practices in setting the tone for individual classroom management? In this follow-up to What Works in Schools, Robert J. Marzano analyzes research from more than 100 studies on classroom management to discover the answers to these questions and more. He then applies these findings to a series of "Action Steps"--specific strategies that educators can use to Get the classroom management effort off to a good start, • Establish effective rules and procedures, • Implement appropriate disciplinary interventions, • Foster productive student-teacher relationships, • Develop a positive "mental set," • Help students contribute to a positive learning environment, and • Activate schoolwide measures for effective classroom management.product details



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Build a successful inclusive program that welcomes and supports all student needs with this invaluable resource, written by an award-winning special educator experienced in inclusion and mentoring teachers. Detailed procedures, plus reproducible evaluation, assessment, and reporting forms, make it easy to create the inclusive classroom. Grades 3-6



Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students

Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom makes the case that project-based learning is ideal for the gifted classroom, focusing on student choice, teacher responsibility, and opportunities for differentiation. The book guides teachers to create a project-based learning environment in their own classroom, walking them step-by-step through topics and processes such as linking projects with standards, finding the right structure, and creating a practical classroom environment. Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students also provides helpful examples and lessons that all teachers can use to get started.project-based learning for gifted students: a handbook for the 21st-century classroom

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