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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.”

Normally, our Collection Spotlight displays are located on a giant feature wall on the main level of our branch– but things are a little different this year!  We hope to be back to normal soon and are looking forward to seeing you and helping you in person.

In the meantime, enjoy browsing this online book display of both eBooks you can read online, and physical books you can request using the UBC Library Materials Pick-Up Service.

Zen teacher: creating focus, simplicity and tranquility in the classroom
Dan Tricarico.
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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.
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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
ONLINE

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
ONLINE

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
ONLINE

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
ONLINE

“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: www.routledge.com”

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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
ONLINE

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.
ONLINE

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.
ONLINE

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

Collection Spotlight: Reflecting on Practice — Summer as a time for teacher growth and development

Summer can be a time for rest, but for teachers, it’s also a perfect opportunity for reflection and professional development.

For those looking to digest new information and plan for the coming school year, we present both physical books you can request and check out as well as eBooks that are accessible from the comfort of your home.

eBooks

Practical pedagogy: 40 new ways to teach and learn (1st ed.).
Sharples, & Mike. (2019).

Practical Pedagogy expands the universe of teaching and learning. It provides an accessible guide to new and emerging innovations in education, with insights into how to become more effective as a teacher and learner.

New teachers will find a comprehensive introduction to innovative ways of teaching and learning. Experienced educators will be surprised by the range of useful pedagogies, such as translanguaging, crossover learning, teachback, bricolage and rhizomatic learning.

Policy makers will gain evidence of how new teaching methods work in practice, with resources for curriculum design and course development.

What great teachers do differently: Nineteen things that matter most.
Whitaker, T. (2020).

What are the beliefs and behaviors that set great teachers apart? In this internationally renowned bestseller, Todd Whitaker reveals 19 keys to becoming more effective in the classroom.

This essential third edition features new sections on why it’s about more than relationships, how to focus on a consistent, engaging learning environment, and the importance of choosing the right mode—business, parent, child—to improve your classroom management.

Perfect for educators at any level of experience, for independent reading or for schoolwide book studies, this practical book will leave you feeling inspired and ready to do the things that matter most for the people who matter most—your students.

Contemporary challenges in teaching young children: Meeting the needs of all students.
Mindes, G. (2020).

Contemporary Challenges in Teaching Young Children provides both veteran and aspiring early childhood educators with the information and tools they need to build on their understanding of developmentally appropriate practice.

Teachers face many challenges, including family configuration, social and political stressors related to accountability requirements, funding shortages, and the resulting need to teach with fewer resources. This innovative book focuses exclusively on problem-solving at the classroom level and fosters creative methods of ensuring best practices are in place for all children, including those with limited experience in formal social settings and a lack of self-regulatory behaviors. Drawing on current research and their own wealth of experience, expert contributors cover topics from the critical importance of social-emotional learning to culturally responsive teaching to using technology to empower teachers and learners.

Written in accessible, non-technical language, this book addresses complex factors affecting child development, guiding readers through the best strategies for tackling real problems in their practice.

The elements of education for teachers: 50 research-based principles every educator should know (1st ed.).
Volz, Austin, Higdon, Julia, Lidwell, & William. (2019).

What makes some teachers more effective than others? What pedagogies and practices are fads and which are backed with quality evidence? Which teaching strategies give teachers the biggest learning bang for their buck?

The authors have surveyed the research literature and carefully curated 50 elements of effective teaching—elements such as direct instruction, executive functions, metacognition, motivation, and scaffolding—to answer such questions and demystify the secrets of master teachers.

Designed specifically for clarity and ease of use, this book is perfect for both new and experienced educators. Each element uses a consistent architecture: a simple definition, concise overview of the research, practical Dos and Don’ts for the classroom, and a select quote to inspire reflection.

The Elements of Education for Teachers is an essential addition to any teacher’s library and important reading for teachers’ professional development.

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the science of learning (First ed.).
Agarwal, P. K., Bain, P. M., & Wiley (2019).

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning empowers educators to harness rigorous research on how students learn and unleash it in their classrooms. In this book, cognitive scientist Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., and veteran K–12 teacher Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., decipher cognitive science research and illustrate ways to successfully apply the science of learning in classrooms settings. This practical resource is filled with evidence-based strategies that are easily implemented in less than a minute—without additional prepping, grading, or funding!

Research demonstrates that these powerful strategies raise student achievement by a letter grade or more; boost learning for diverse students, grade levels, and subject areas; and enhance students’ higher order learning and transfer of knowledge beyond the classroom. Drawing on a fifteen-year scientist-teacher collaboration, more than 100 years of research on learning, and rich experiences from educators in K–12 and higher education, the authors present highly accessible step-by-step guidance on how to transform teaching with four essential strategies: Retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition.

With Powerful Teaching, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of powerful teaching strategies based on the science of learning
  • Gain insight from real-world examples of how evidence-based strategies are being implemented in a variety of academic settings
  • Think critically about your current teaching practices from a research-based perspective
  • Develop tools to share the science of learning with students and parents, ensuring success inside and outside the classroom

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning is an indispensable resource for educators who want to take their instruction to the next level. Equipped with scientific knowledge and evidence-based tools, turn your teaching into powerful teaching and unleash student learning in your classroom.

Ask, explore, write: An inquiry-driven approach to science and literacy learning (1st ed.).
Hicks, T., Hyler, J., & Pangle, W. (2020).

Discover how to effectively incorporate literacy instruction into your middle or high school science classroom with this practical book. You’ll find creative, inquiry-based tools to show you what it means to teach science with and through writing, and strategies to help your students become young scientists who can use reading and writing to better understand their world.

Troy Hicks, Jeremy Hyler, and Wiline Pangle share helpful examples of lessons and samples of students’ work, as well as innovative strategies you can use to improve students’ abilities to read and write various types of scientific nonfiction, including argument essays, informational pieces, infographics, and more. As all three authors come to the work of science and literacy from different perspectives and backgrounds, the book offers unique and wide-ranging experiences that will inspire you and offer you insights into many aspects of the classroom, including when, why, and how reading and writing can work in the science lesson.

The genius hour guidebook: Fostering passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom (Second ed.).
Krebs, D., Zvi, G., & Taylor & Francis  (2020).

Promote your students’ creativity and get them excited about learning! In the second edition of this popular, practical book, authors Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi show you how to implement Genius Hour, a time when students can develop their own inquiry-based projects around their passions and take ownership of their work. Brought to you by MiddleWeb and Routledge Eye On Education, the book takes you step-by-step through planning and teaching Genius Hour. You’ll learn how to guide your students as they:

● inspire learning and brainstorm wonders;
● develop inquiry questions based on their interests;
● conduct research and experiments about their topic of choice;
● create presentations to teach their fellow students in creative ways; and
● present their finished product for a final assessment.

This edition includes new chapters on managing your classroom projects and recommended books. Throughout the book you will find voices from the Genius Hour community sharing real-life stories and inspiration.

 

Physical Books

We got this.: equity, access, and the quest to be who our students need us to be.
Cornelius Minor; foreword by Kwame Alexander.

LB1025.3 .M576 2019

“That’s the problem with you, Minor” a student huffed. “You want to make everything about reading or math. It’s not always about that. At school, you guys do everything except listen to me. Y’all want to use your essays and vocabulary words to save my future, but none of y’all know anything about saving my now.

In We Got This Cornelius Minor describes how this conversation moved him toward realizing that listening to children is one of the most powerful things a teacher can do. By listening carefully, Cornelius discovered something that kids find themselves having to communicate far too often. That “my lessons were not, at all, linked to that student’s reality.”

While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. What we hear can spark action that allows us to make powerful moves toward equity by broadening access to learning for all children. A lone teacher can’t eliminate inequity, but Cornelius demonstrates that a lone teacher can confront the scholastic manifestations of racism, sexism, ableism and classism by showing:

  • exactly how he plans and revises lessons to ensure access and equity
  • ways to look anew at explicit and tacit rules that consistently affect groups of students unequally
  • suggestions for leaning into classroom community when it feels like the kids are against you
  • ideas for using universal design that make curriculum relevant and accessible
  • advocacy strategies for making classroom and schoolwide changes that expand access to opportunity to your students

What is a “good” teacher?
David Booth, Richard Coles.

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Based on the experiences of teachers who make a difference, this book offers valuable insights into becoming the best teacher you can be for your students.

Grounded in the latest research, you will find real-life examples of professional excellence in practice. Beginning with developing your teacher identity and getting to know your students, the book goes on to show you how to implement effective strategies and techniques in your classroom and gain a better understanding of how effective schools work.

Teach like Finland: 33 simple strategies for joyful classrooms.
Timothy D. Walker ; foreword by Pasi Sahlberg.

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Easy-to-implement classroom lessons from the world’s premier educational system.

Finland shocked the world when its fifteen-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education—with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing—produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia?

When Timothy D. Walker started teaching fifth graders at a Helsinki public school, he began a search for the secrets behind the successes of Finland’s schools. Walker wrote about several of those discoveries, and his Atlantic articles on this subject became hot topics of conversation. Here, he gathers all he learned and reveals how any teacher can implement many of Finland’s best practices.

Remarkably, Finland is prioritizing the joy of learning in its newest core curricula and Walker carefully highlights specific strategies that support joyful K-12 classrooms and integrate seamlessly with educational standards in the United States.

From incorporating brain breaks to offering a peaceful learning environment, this book pulls back the curtain on the joyful teaching practices of the world’s most lauded school system. His message is simple but profound: these Finland-inspired strategies can be used in the U.S. and other countries. No educator—or parent of a school-aged child—will want to miss out on the message of joy and change conveyed in this book.

Teaching for mastery.
Mark McCourt.

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There are many models of schooling; some work, some don’t. Mastery is an entire model of schooling with over 100 years of provenance, its impact has been researched for decades, with many of the world’s greatest education minds testing and refining the approach. It’s one of the models of schooling that actually works.

In this book, Mark McCourt examines the history of a teaching for mastery approach, from its early beginnings to the modern day when cognitive scientists have been able to bring further evidence to the debate, demonstrating why a model that was first proposed in the 1910s has the incredible impact on both pupil attainment and attitudes to learning that it has had all around the world over many decades.

Drawing on examples from cross disciplines, the story of mastery is one that all educators can engage with. Mark also draws on his own subject, mathematics, to further exemplify the approach and to give practical examples of pedagogies and didactics that teachers can deploy immediately in their own classroom.

The happy teacher habits: 11 habits of the happiest, most effective teachers on earth.
Michael Linsin.

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What do daffodils, baseball announcing, and Tina Fey have to do with teaching? As it turns out, a lot. In The Happy Teacher Habits, Michael Linsin guides you through 11 little-known habits of the happiest, most effective teachers on Earth.

Based on the latest research, and drawing on experts from the worlds of business, marketing, sports, entertainment, music, and medicine, you will learn simple, actionable strategies that will eliminate your teaching stress, supercharge your ability to motivate and inspire your students, and empower you to really love your job.

This is no ordinary teaching book. It is a success roadmap through an educational system that is becoming increasingly harder to navigate. It will expose the falsehoods and misinformation teachers are bombarded with every day, and reveal the secrets to what really matters in creating a happy and fulfilling career.

Success for every student: a guide to teaching and learning.
Shelly Pollnow and Oran Tkatchov.

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Success for Every Student: A Guide to Teaching and Learning contains research and evidence based classroom practices that maximize learning for all students. Throughout the book the authors deliver a common sense approach to proven teaching strategies that help learners reach their potential. Ultimately, it is the teacher behaviors that have the greatest impact on student behaviors.

Success for Every Student is packed full of tools and tips in everything from classroom management to formative assessment that give busy teachers what they need to become more efficient and effective professionals in their classrooms and schools. At the end of each chapter are real life scenarios for readers to reflect and think about what they would do given the situation. As a bonus, the book has a companion website that provides more tools and covers current topics in the education news.

This practical book provides sound suggestions and guidance to help create a culture of learning in classrooms and schools where high expectations are the norm and there is an opportunity of success for every student.

Welcome Jennifer Fairchild-Simms, Head, Education Library

We are excited to introduce Jennifer Fairchild-Simms as the new Head, Education Library.

Jennifer Fairchild-Simms BA, M.Ed., MLIS
Head, UBC Education Library

Jennifer joined the Education Library on June 1st and brings with her 13 years of experience as an academic and public librarian in the Pacific Northwest.

Before joining us, Jennifer most recently served as an Adult Services Librarian and a Teen Services Librarian with the King County Library System. In this role, she was responsible for serving as a community liaison, providing innovative programming, and maintaining relevant collections to serve the needs of a diverse community.

Jennifer also taught elementary school through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program while completing her Masters in Elementary Education at St. John’s University.

Jennifer later decided to go into librarianship and earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2008.

Welcome, Jennifer!