June 18, 2016

Summer (Or Anytime) Reading Suggestions - HoET063

Summer (Or Anytime) Reading Suggestions - HoET063

Summer vacation is a time to relax and recharge in education. Here are some great reads to improve multiple aspects of your career and your student's experience in your classroom.


Summer vacation is a time to relax and recharge in education. Here are some great reads to improve multiple aspects of your career and your student’s experience in your classroom.

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  • Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Patti Drapeau
    • Teaching isn’t merely transmitting knowledge to students; it’s also about teaching students to approach learning in engaging and unexpected ways. In Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving, author and researcher Patti Drapeau explores and explains research related to creativity and its relevance in today’s standards-based, critical thinking–focused classroom.
    • In addition, the book includes 40 “grab and go” ideas that infuse lesson plans with a spirit of exploration.
  • Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students
    • Janet A. Hale & Michael Fisher
    • Amid a confluence of messages regarding accountability, the Common Core State Standards, teacher effectiveness, and student performance, educators everywhere are looking for ways to revitalize their curriculum design and instructional practice. Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students offers a solution: providing students with meaningful, relevant units of study developed by the educators who actually teach them. The authors, both curriculum experts, advocate a gradual approach to transforming curriculum in which teachers work collaboratively to upgrade one unit at a time.
    • This indispensable guide offers strategic, practical knowledge that will enrich your school’s curriculum mapping efforts and help you create authentic, engaging learning environments that prepare students for the future.
  • Real-World Projects: How do I design relevant and engaging learning experiences?
    • Suzie Boss
    • In this book, project-based learning expert Suzie Boss explains how real-world projects engage and motivate students while teaching relevant, rigorous content and skills that align with standards and put learners on the path to active citizenship. You’ll learn why students need to be able to identify and solve authentic, project-worthy problems in their own communities and beyond; how to connect with real-world experts, allies, and audiences; and what practical, field-tested strategies are essential for planning, assessing, and using technology to support successful projects.
  • Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn
    • Myron Dueck
    • In this lively and eye-opening book, educator Myron Dueck reveals how many of the assessment policies that teachers adopt can actually prove detrimental to student motivation and achievement and shows how we can tailor policies to address what really matters: student understanding of content.
    • Grading Smarter, Not Harder is brimming with reproducible forms, templates, and real-life examples of grading solutions developed to allow students every opportunity to demonstrate their learning.
    • Written with abundant humor and heart, this book is a must-read for all teachers who want their grades to contribute to, rather than hinder, their students’ success.

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Melissa Morris Inoa – Melissa is the FORMER Supervisor of Instructional Technology for New Brunswick Public Schools. Prior she worked with Stacey Lindes and Dan Gallagher in West Windsor-Plainsboro as a teacher resource specialist for technology at the high school level.

I re-connected with Melissa at EdCamp Leader 2015, and I say reconnect because we both went to Spotswood HS. She was a senior when I was a freshman.

Melissa is an educator and a lifelong learner. She also writes and is always evolving, innovating, and updating herself constantly.

Melissa is a wealth of knowledge and someone you should connect with and learn from.

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