The UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight features resources supporting the Core Competencies in BC Education, both professional and picture books.
In October 2019, the Core Competencies were updated. What changed? A few of the updates included: Collaboration was added as a second sub-competency to the Communication Core Competency, the second Thinking sub-competency was changed to Critical and Reflective Thinking (not just Critical Thinking) and the third Personal and Social sub-competency became Social Awareness and Responsibility (not just Social Responsibility).
Please visit our Core Competencies Booklists to browse our curated lists of resources from home.
Here are just a few resource highlights:
· Creative thinking and arts-based learning: preschool through fourth grade / Joan Packer Isenberg, George Mason University, Emerita; Mary Renck Jalongo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Emerita.
LB1139 .A37 I86 2018
With an emphasis on thinking creatively and being resourceful as keys to surviving and thriving in today’s society, this evidence-based book provides practical ways for teachers to promote creativity, play, art, music/movement/dance, and drama for all children. It contains many authentic activities and examples to support children’s learning in the arts and content areas. The book examines the teacher’s role from a philosophical, pedagogical, and curricular stance by addressing key components, including the classroom environment, materials and resources, child guidance, assessment, technology applications, and culturally responsive teaching. Practical, readable, and illustrative features and discussions include Snapshots of Classrooms, Teachers’ Reflections, Frequently Asked Questions, Meeting Standards guidelines, Differentiating Instruction and Making Adaptations for Diverse Learners, and Integrating the Curriculum. Also included in 7th edition are samples of children’s work, how to how to use cooking as a creative activity, and using nature as a critical learning tool.
· Teaching creative and thinking in schools / Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis.
LB1062 .G75 2019
How do we encourage children to think deeply about the world in which they live? Research-based and highly practical, this book provides guidance on how to develop creative and critical thinking through your classroom teaching.
Key coverage includes:
· Classroom-ready ideas to stimulate high-order thinking
· How to think critically and creatively across all areas of the curriculum
· Case studies from primary, secondary and special schools
· Philosophical approaches that give pupils the space to think and enquire
This is essential reading for anyone on university-led and schools-based primary and secondary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), School Direct, Teach First and employment-based routes and also anyone training to work in early years settings.
· Protocols in the classroom: tools to help students read, write, think, & collaborate / David Allen, Tina Blythe, Alan Dichter, Terra Lynch; foreword by Joseph P. McDonald.
LB3051 .A45 2018
For nearly 2 decades, Looking Together at Student Work and The Power of Protocols have sustained educators in their professional learning.
Protocols in the Classroom expands the scope of those books from teachers’ professional learning to include students’ learning, providing teachers with the tools they need to use discussion protocols to support students in developing crucial skills and habits as readers, writers, critical thinkers, and active participants within the classroom community.
· Group work that works: student collaboration for 21st-century success / Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline.
LB1032 .V38 2017 and FULL TEXT ONLINE
iPromote cooperative learning more effectively by transforming your classroom into a learning community. Experienced K–12 educators Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline offer their Dual Objective Model as a tool for improving your students’ academic achievement and problem-solving skills, while encouraging their social and emotional development. You’ll discover how to: assign meaningful tasks that require students to rely on one another; build efficient teams, purposefully monitor group dynamics, and assess group projects effectively; engage students in schoolwork while developing crucial career and life skills; motivate students to see the importance of personal and group responsibility; maximize the benefits of student diversity in your classroom. Emphasizing teamwork, persistence, communication, self-regulation, and empathy in a complex, diverse, and technological setting, these strategies can be easily incorporated into any curriculum. The book is filled with vignettes and sample exercises to help you apply the ideas to your own classroom. Each chapter includes a list of “Big Ideas,” which invites you to consider how these strategies can evolve over time.
· 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 challenge, 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 becoming informed and involved citizens.
· Simple stuff to get kids self-regulating in school: awesome and in control lesson plans, worksheets and strategies for learning / Lauren Brukner and Lauren Liebstein Singer.
LB1060.2 .B78 2018
Packed with photocopiable lesson plans and tried and tested strategies, this illustrated guide is the ideal companion for teachers and therapists wishing to help kindergarten and elementary school children to self-regulate. It contains everything you need to integrate the successful, research-based ‘Awesome and In Control’ program, which focuses on empowering children to regulate their own emotions and senses and helping them to develop excellent coping strategies. Explaining how the popular, universal ‘Awesome and In Control’ program works, the guide enables you to help children to keep calm and in control during everyday tasks including reading, writing and paying attention to others.
· Quiet please, Owen McPhee! / Trudy Ludwig; illustrated by Patrice Barton.
PZ7.L9763 Qt 2018
Owen McPhee doesn’t just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. He spends every waking minute chattering away at his teachers, his classmates, his parents, his dog, and even himself.
But all that talking can get in the way of listening.
And when Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say.
· We are all dots: a big plan for a better world / Giancarlo Macri, Carolina Zanotti.
PZ7.1.M25874 We 2018
The perfect book for any child curious about differences and diversity, this visually driven story bears a decidedly modern and inspiring message about compassion, cooperation, and a sense of shared humanity—all qualities that appear increasingly rare in recent months. With simple black-and-white drawings—little more than black and white dots and the images (of a hamburger, of a skyscraper, of a Ferris wheel, etc.) they make when arranged just so—this fantastic tale of neighbors tells a story of a world, much like our own, of haves and have-nots.
Beginning with a set of prosperous dots on one page and another set of impoverished dots on the other, the book takes us through their struggle to bridge their differences. Just when it looks look like the dots will be forever doomed, they work together to find a solution that will help them all. Great things happen when we learn to share and work together.
· I walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness / by Kerascoët.
PZ7.1.K5093 Iw 2018
This simple yet powerful picture book–from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team–tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help.
By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.
· Sometimes you fly / by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.
PZ7.A644 Sm 2018
This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation.
A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail . . . sometimes you fly.””
· Everybody’s different on everybody street / words by Sheree Fitch; art by Emma FitzGerald.
PZ8.3.F587 Ev 2018
If ever you go travelling
On EveryBody Street
You’ll see EveryBody’s Different
Than EveryOne you meet
Sheree Fitch’s playful words lead you into this beautiful children’s book and invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our differences, and our sameness. Fitch displays her wit and mastery of words in quick, rollicking rhymes that are complemented by Emma Fitzgerald’s lively illustrations. EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street was originally produced in 2001 as a fundraiser to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees in support of the Nova Scotia Hospital and to raise awareness for mental illness and addiction.