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National Teachers’ Day is October 5

Drop by UBC Education Library between today and October 5 to check out our National Teachers’ Day display!

Just a few of the fun, silly, sometimes moving and often inspiring books on display:

(click on the cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue page of the book:






The book display will be refreshed as titles are signed out.  Many great titles to select from!

Celebrate National Teachers’ Day by reading a young adult novel or picture book featuring and celebrating teachers!

New Books at Education Library: October 2022

Below are the new arrivals (100+) for October 2022 listed in call number order.  Clicking on the book cover will take you to the Google Books page while clicking on the title will take you to the item’s UBC Library catalogue page.

BF575.C35 R63 2022 Calm / Dr. Jillian Roberts.


PS8553.R68467 T73 2022 Trapped / Sigmund Brouwer.


PZ7.B82816 Rez 2021 Rez dogs / Joseph Bruchac.


PZ7.1.D3355 Deb 2022 Debating Darcy / Sayantani DasGupta.


PZ7.1.H8645 Re 2022 The red palace / June Hur.


PZ7.1.G566 Mel 2022 Melissa / Alex Gino.


PZ7.1.T33 Al 2022 All my rage / Sabaa Tahir.


PZ7.1.L25 Pp 2020 The paper boat / Thao Lam.


PZ7.5.F57 St 2021 Starfish / Lisa Fipps.


Science Literacy Week 2022

From geometry to financial literacy, UBC Education Library math books are on display now for Science Literacy Week 2022.  This year’s theme is mathematics.

Collection Spotlight: Orange Shirt Day 2022

Orange Shirt Day is September 30. Below you will find resources that may be found at UBC Education Library. X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s “Indian Residential School System in Canada” research guide also includes materials that address the reality of the Indian Residential Schools. Many contain additional resources for teaching or encouraging discussion at home.

More titles are on display in the Education Library Collection Spotlight area


The orange shirt story / author, Phyllis
Webstad; illustrations, Brock Nicol.


I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy
Kacer; illustrated by Gillian Newland.


Stolen words / written by Melanie
Florence; illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard.


When we were alone / David Alexander
Robertson; Julie Flett.


shietko / Nicola I. Campbell; pictures by Kim La Fave.


Shin-chi’s canoe
, written by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave


legs: a true story / Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini-Holmes.


You hold me up / Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel.




Speaking our
truth: a journey of reconciliation / Monique Gray Smith.

Welcome to UBC Education Library! Collection Spotlight: Books for New Teachers

Welcome to UBC Education Library!

This month’s Collection Spotlight is “Books for New Teachers.”

Zen teacher: creating focus, simplicity and tranquility in the classroom
Dan Tricarico.
LB2840 .T75 2015

You can thrive in the classroom. All it takes are a few moments of peace and a little focus. If you’re like many teachers, your day is busy, demanding, even chaotic. But just because you live in a fast-paced, always-on world, doesn’t mean your life has to feel rushed and crazy. In The Zen Teacher, educator, blogger, and speaker Dan Tricarico provides practical, easy-to-use techniques to help teachers slow down and create a sense of focus, simplicity, and tranquillity in the classroom – and in life. As a teacher, you have incredible power to influence, even improve, the future. By being at your best – unrushed and fully focused – you ensure that every interaction with your students is beneficial, for them and for you. If you’re new to the concept of Zen, don’t worry. In this introductory guide, Dan Tricarico explains what it means to develop a Zen practice – something that has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with your ability to thrive in the classroom. The Zen Teacher will help you: Maximize your performance while lowering your stress. Transform your classroom and experience a better quality of life. Focus on things that really matter and let go of things you can’t control. Find time to take care of yourself, so you can be at your best!

A practical guide to teacher wellbeing
Elizabeth Holmes.
LB2840.2 .H645 2019

Teacher wellbeing, or a lack of it, is a major concern for the teaching profession. Research shows that there is a recruitment and retention crisis with over a third of the school, FE and HE profession expecting to leave by 2020.

This is a practical guide that will help trainee teachers prepare for what is, undoubtedly, a demanding job. It supports new teachers to be aware of themselves and to understand the schools and teaching sector so they better anticipate pressures and find their own way forward.

With solutions and strategies that can be taken into practice, this guide will help new and early career teachers establish that all-important work/life balance and avoid burnout.

See me after class: advice for teachers by teachers
Roxanna Elden. (Great Reads)
LB2844.1.N4 E43 2013

The Most Dog-Eared “Teacher’s Edition” You’ll Have in Your Classroom

Teaching is tough. And teachers, like the rest of the population, aren’t perfect. Yet good teaching happens, and great teachers continue to inspire and educate generations of students. See Me After Class helps those great teachers of the future to survive the classroom long enough to become great.

Fueled by hundreds of hilarious—and sometimes shocking—tales from the teachers who lived them, Elden provides tips and strategies that deal head-on with the challenges that aren’t covered in new-teacher training. Lessons can go wrong. Parents may yell at you. Sunday evenings will sometimes be accompanied by the dreaded countdown to Monday morning. As a veteran teacher, Elden offers funny, practical, and honest advice, to help teachers walk through the doors of their classrooms day after day with clarity, confidence…and sanity!

The beginning teacher’s field guide: embarking on your first years
Tina H. Boogren.
LB2844.1.N4 B658 2018

The joys and pains of starting a teaching career often go undiscussed. This field guide dives deep into the personal side of teaching, offering crucial advice, empathy, and new-teacher support. The author details six phases every new or first-year teacher goes through (anticipation, survival, disillusionment, rejuvenation, reflection, and second anticipation) and outlines targeted classroom strategies, teaching tips, and self-care practices for each.

Transcend the emotional, mental, and physical problems teachers face in the classroom:

  • Understand the feelings and teaching challenges of each phase during a beginning teacher’s career.
  • Practice self-care to combat beginning and first-year teacher stress and burnout; avoid the mental pitfalls that so often lead to teachers changing careers.
  • Learn effective classroom-management strategies for new teachers and how to maintain positive relationships with students.
  • Respond to prompts that will help you process and reflect on your first years’ culmination.
  • Utilize the prompts and journaling spaces throughout the book to reflect on your professional improvements and successes.

You can do this: hope and help for new teachers
Robyn R. Jackson.
LB1025.3 .J334 2014

In this down-to-earth, inspirational book, bestselling author Robyn Jackson offers encouragement and real-world advice for navigating those difficult years as a beginning teacher. Sharing stories from her own humbling first years as a new teacher, Robyn helps you tackle challenges such as motivating students, planning effective lessons, building relationships with parents, bouncing back from embarrassing mistakes, and finding your own authority as a teacher. She also helps you find success outside the classroom with practical pointers for living on a teacher’s salary and carving out time to have a life of your own. With candour and a good deal of wit, she gently guides you to develop your own teaching style and, ultimately, to find your own path toward mastery.

Robyn speaks to new educators as a trusted mentor, one who knows how to navigate the tricky terrain of “new teacherdom”—and knows how rich and rewarding the payoff will be. If you’re new to the profession or know someone about to embark on a teaching career, You Can Do This is the essential roadmap to succeeding as a new educator both inside and outside the classroom.

The new teacher book: finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom
edited by Terry Burant [and others].
LB2844.1.N4 N476 2010

Teaching is a lifelong challenge, but the first few years in the classroom are typically among a teacher’s hardest. Since The New Teacher Book first came out in 2004, it has become an invaluable resource for new teachers entering the classroom.

This expanded collection of writings and reflections – some by new teachers, others by veterans with decades of experience to share – offers practical guidance on how to effectively navigate the school system, form rewarding professional relationships with colleagues, and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds.

The New Teacher Book will help new teachers, from kindergarten through high school, sustain the passion and ideals that led them to teaching, and channel that energy into the day-to-day reality of working in a school.

The first-year teacher’s survival guide: ready-to-use strategies, tools & activities for meeting the challenges of each school day
Julia G. Thompson

The updated Fourth Edition of the Award-Winning Book that Offers Beginning Educators Everything They Need in Order to Survive and Thrive! Designed for new educators, this award-winning book covers the basic strategies, activities, and tools teachers need to know in order to succeed in the classroom. Now it its fourth edition, The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide contains new and updated material on essential topics including: classroom management (how to prevent or minimize disruptions), sustaining professional growth, differentiated instruction, nurturing a growth mindset, and much more. The fourth edition also offers downloadable forms and worksheets, and video instruction on key topics. In addition, this must-have guide: Offers ideas for dealing with homework and instructional concerns from parents and guardians Includes suggestions for helping new professionals maintain a successful work-life balance Contains guidelines to classroom technology and ideas for using digital tools to create engaging lessons Proposes proven strategies for forging positive, supportive relationships with students Presents recommendations for successfully managing the most common discipline problems This must-have guide is filled with the information and tips new teachers need in order to face classroom situations with confidence.

Your first year: how to survive and thrive as a new teacher
Todd Whitaker

Learn all the essentials for making your first year of teaching a success! In this exciting new book, internationally renowned educator Todd Whitaker teams up with his daughters—Madeline, an elementary teacher, and Katherine, a secondary teacher—to share advice and inspiration. They offer step-by-step guidance to thriving in your new role and overcoming the challenges that many new teachers face. Topics include: Learning classroom management skills such as building relationships and maintaining high expectations and consistency Setting up your classroom and establishing procedures and rules Planning effective lessons and making your instructional time an engaging experience Managing your own emotions in the classroom and dealing effectively with misbehaviour Working with peers, administrators, and parents to build support and foster collaboration The book is filled with specific examples and vignettes from elementary, middle, and high school classes, so you’ll gain helpful strategies no matter what grade level and subject area you teach. You’ll also find out how to make tweaks or hit the “reset” button when something isn’t going as planned. Things may not always go perfectly your first year, but the practical advice in this book will help you stay motivated on the path to success!

101 answers for new teachers and their mentors: effective teaching tips for daily classroom use
Annette Breoux

Being a new teacher is not easy. This bestseller from renowned educator Annette Breaux is THE book that teachers need to get through their first year!

The book answers all the questions on new teachers’ minds, such as:
-How do you actually manage a classroom of students?
-How do you get them to care?
-How do you find time to plan your lessons, grade student work, attend meetings, and communicate with parents?

Annette addresses these issues (and many, many more!) with practical strategies and heartfelt advice. New to the third edition is a special section on teaching amidst growing concerns over high-stakes assessments and standards.

The first-year English teacher’s guidebook: strategies for success
Sean Ruday

“The First-Year English Teacher’s Guidebook offers practical advice and recommendations to help new English teachers thrive in the classroom. Each chapter introduces a concept crucial to a successful first year of teaching English and discusses how to incorporate that concept into your daily classroom practice. You’ll find out how to: – Clearly communicate instructional goals with students, parents, and colleagues; – Incorporate students’ out-of-school interests into the curriculum; – Use assignment-specific rubrics to respond to student writing in meaningful ways, – Integrate technology into ELA instruction; – Conduct student-centred writing conferences; – Make time for self-care and self-improvement; – and much, much more. Additionally, the guidebook provides a number of forms, templates, graphic organizers, and writing prompts, that will enable you to put the author’s advice into immediate action. These tools are available for download on the book’s product page:”

Progress plain and simple: what every teacher needs to know about improving pupil progress
Michael Harpham.

What is progress in learning? How do we see progress being made in a lesson? This book offers a fresh perspective on teaching, learning and progress in the classroom. Written by an experienced teacher and school leader, Michael Harpham, it explores the different ways in which progress can be made in the classroom and how it can be more effectively delivered, identified, evidenced, measured and assessed.

The book provides an overview of progress in schools for both teachers and school leaders, including what is meant by progress and what it looks like in lessons, as well as its implications on assessment, leadership, and internal and external school evaluation. It offers over thirty situation-driven strategies and activities to help develop and deliver progress in and beyond the classroom, focussing on five measures: Skills Knowledge Accuracy Resilience Independent learning Full of tips to help improve progress in schools, this is essential reading for all teachers, school leaders and parents.

Teach like yourself: how authentic teaching transforms our students and ourselves
Gravity Goldberg.
LB1025.3 .G647 2019

This book helps you be the biggest, boldest, and most powerful version of your teacher self. It reminds you why you became a teacher and coaches you to bring your unique gifts and talents into the classroom. The difference between a so-so lesson and one that leaves a lasting impact on students has everything to do with how confident and connected you feel to yourself and your students.

Read this book when you need an extra shot of bravery. It’s a perfect resource if

  • You want to coach yourself into fulfilling your teacher potential
  • You are looking for more balance in your teaching and personal life
  • You want a pep talk for saying no to what doesn’t help students and yes to what you know does
  • You want to grow and deepen your practice without losing yourself in the process

Teaching with vitality: pathways to health and wellness for teachers and schools
Peggy D. Bennett.
LC210 .B46 2018

Perhaps more than any other experience, conflict in schools and workplaces can zap our energy and steal our vigour as teachers. If we knew ways to minimize conflict and maximize vitality, would we use them? Teaching with Vitality offers specific behaviours and attitudes to reframe conflict by diluting and dissolving it.

Organized into brief topics for busy readers, Teaching with Vitality combines common experiences and practical options for lessening the turmoil that is inevitable in schools. As beneficent stewards of our children, educators are priceless contributors to the quality of our lives.

The main goal of Teaching with Vitality is to elevate teachers in their day-to-day lives by deconstructing the major and minor conflicts that sap their peace and dampen their power. School wellness is contagious. And, this book aims to offer daily pathways to health, wellness, and vigour.

The emotionally connected classroom: wellness and the learning experience
Bill Adair.
LB1072 .A36 2019

Bill Adair is a teacher with 28 years of experience in the Coquitlam school district outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. His primary teaching areas have been high school mathematics, physical education, and leadership. Leadership roles have included positions as athletic director, coach, student activities facilitator, and liaison with community and college programs. After six years of research, consultation with addiction specialists, experimentation and practice in the classroom, presentations, workshops, and multiple refinements, he has created this exciting book and educational model. Bill has been conducting teacher workshops related to British Columbia’s new whole child curriculum implementation. Faculty associates at Simon Fraser University have taken note of successful teacher candidates using the model. Connected Classroom workshops have been held for teachers in training and more are scheduled for future classes. It is my hope that publication of this book will increase opportunities for workshops and speaking engagements. As I approach the close of a successful and rewarding educational career, becoming part of the Corwin consultant team would play an important role in sharing a passion for better teaching, learning, and living”–

All learning is social and emotional: helping students develop essential skills for the classroom and beyond
Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith.
LB1072 .F74 2019

If you teach kids rather than standards, and if you want all kids to get what they need to thrive, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith offer a solution: a comprehensive, five-part model of SEL that’s easy to integrate into everyday content instruction, no matter what subject or grade level you teach.

You’ll learn the hows and whys of * Building students’ sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenges, and influence the world around them. * Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses. * Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem-solving. * Fostering students’ social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships. * Equipping students to become informed and involved citizens.

Teaching in the fast lane: how to create active learning experiences
Suzy Pepper Rollins.
LB1027.23 .R65 2017

Teaching in the Fast Lane offers teachers a way to increase student engagement: an active classroom. The active classroom is about creating learning experiences differently, so that students engage in exploration of the content and take on a good share of the responsibility for their own learning. It’s about students reaching explicit targets in different ways, which can result in increased student effort and a higher quality of work.

Author Suzy Pepper Rollins details how to design, manage, and maintain an active classroom that balances autonomy and structure. She offers student-centered, practical strategies on sorting, station teaching, and cooperative learning that will help teachers build on students’ intellectual curiosity, self-efficacy, and sense of purpose.

Using the strategies in this book, teachers can strategically “let go” in ways that enable students to reach their learning targets, achieve more, be motivated to work, learn to collaborate, and experience a real sense of accomplishment.

Engagement by design: creating learning environments where students thrive
Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Russell J. Quaglia, Dominique Smith, Lisa L. Lande.
LB1033 .F53 2018

Engaging Students for Success Through Purposeful Design

Every teacher wants engaged students. No student wants to be bored. So why isn’t every classroom teeming with discussion and activity centered on the day’s learning expectations?

Engagement by Design gives you a framework for making daily improvements in engaging your students, highlighting opportunities that offer the greatest benefit in the least amount of time. You’ll learn how focusing on relationships, clarity, and challenge can make all the difference in forging a real connection with students.

Engagement by Design puts you in control of managing your classroom’s success and increasing student learning, one motivated student at a time.

The teacher’s guide to intervention and inclusive education: 1000+ strategies to help all students succeed!
Glynis Hannell
LC1200 .H36 2015

A teacher’s guide to quickly identifying individual student’s difficulties and strengths and then target intervention directly where it is needed

Being a good teacher means identifying what each student needs to learn. Here are over 1000 strategies to help every teacher identify what every student needs. Topics include:

  • Self-esteem, self-confidence, and optimism
  • Strategies for developing positive attitudes toward reading
  • Strategies for teaching phonics
  • Strategies for working with spelling difficulties
  • Strategies for working with punctuation
  • Strategies for managing difficulties in recall with math
  • Strategies for managing physical restlessness
  • Teaming with professional colleagues
  • And much more

This is a resource every teacher needs. Your students, and their parents, will thank you!

75 ways to be a better teacher tomorrow: with less stress and quick success
Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker.

Highly effective teachers have something in common: They do simple things extraordinarily well—simple, uncomplicated things on a daily basis.

In this new book by bestselling authors and presenters Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker, you’ll learn the secrets of these tried-and-true techniques that will help to improve your teaching, your student’s learning, and your students’ behaviour.

Annette and Todd, who have years of experience working in schools across the globe, reveal 75 easily implemented strategies that will improve teaching, classroom management, student motivation, student achievement, parent communication, and more—with no new programs!

Each tip provides practical takeaways that can be used immediately and with remarkable success.

17 things resilient teachers do: (and 4 things they hardly ever do)
Bryan Harris.

This book will help you learn practical ways to manage the stress of teaching and avoid burnout.

Bestselling author and educational consultant Bryan Harris presents strategies for building resilience, including reframing, understanding the power of “no”, focusing on what you can control, building positive relationships, advocating for yourself, and more.

Each chapter clearly presents concise and practical applications you can implement right away.

With this guidebook, you’ll feel ready to bounce back from challenges and stay focused on the joys of the profession.

Study guide: What great teachers do differently: nineteen things that matter most 
Tod Whitaker and Beth Whitaker.

Written to accompany the third edition of Todd Whitaker’s bestselling title, What Great Teachers Do Differently, this study guide can be used by facilitators and participants in workshops, webinars, book study groups, or other professional development events. The guide features a variety of strategies and activities that will help teachers apply the book’s concepts to their own classroom situation, so they can get the most out of the book and increase their impact in the classroom. With this study guide, teachers will have a fun, collaborative, meaningful tool to assist with professional growth