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Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher
Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher
By: Rick Wormeli

The author lays out a clear vision of what responsive middle level teaching should be. This is a book for all reasons - help for the novice teacher, support for the mid-career teacher wanting to improve her craft, and inspiration and confirmation for the later-career teacher as well. Part I creates a culture of learning, leading to Part II and many specific ideas on promoting higher student achievement through innovative and accomplished practice. Part III cycles back to the middle school context - effective teams, teacher-student advisories, outdoor adventures, and working with parents.

Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools That Work for All Kids
Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools That Work for All Kids
By: Patti Ralabate
National Education Association

This book is intended to serve as a freestanding reference for teachers whose classes include students with academic or behavioral difficulties. The recommended best practices were originally developed for students with disabilities but have been found to be effective with all students. Each chapter provides principles, suggestions and specific tools (such as sample check lists, rubrics, forms, word lists, observation guides, planning guides, and lesson plans).

Memory Foundations for Reading: Visual Mnemonics for Sound/Symbol Relationships
Memory Foundations for Reading: Visual Mnemonics for Sound/Symbol Relationships
By: Regina G. Richards

The visual mnemonic strategies introduced in Regina G. Richards' Memory Foundations for Reading are designed to help students transform a struggle with basic phonics into a successful learning experience. While some children learn sound/symbol relationships quickly and easily, others need more practice and there are some who struggle greatly. The visual mnemonic system presented in MFR can be modified and adapted for a variety of learning situations.

Mi habitación / My Room (Bilingual Smart: Toddlers)
Mi habitación / My Room (Bilingual Smart: Toddlers)
By: Karen Nemeth
Ana Lomba Early Languages LLC
(2013)

Product Description: This e-book is the first title in the BILINGUAL SMART: Toddlers series. The book includes twelve games that parents can play with their one to three year olds while getting dressed, looking for toys, or getting ready for bed. Each game also includes explanations of skills, additional phrases and vocabulary to extend learning, and notes to compare the two languages. The book comes with a free iTunes download audio companion and is also available in Spanish.

Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories
Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories
By: Andrew Garrod, Robert Kilkenny , Christina Gómez
Cornell University Press
(2007)

The fifteen Latino college students who tell their stories in this book attend Dartmouth College and come from a variety of socioeconomic, regional, and family backgrounds. They provide insights into issues of racial identity in contemporary America as well their own trajectories throughout their education. This book gives educators, students, and their families a clear view of the experience of Latino college students adapting to a challenging educational environment and a cultural context often very different from their childhood ones.

Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes
Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes
By: L. S. Vygotsky
Harvard University Press
(2006)

L. S. Vygotsky has long been recognized as a pioneer in developmental psychology. Carefully edited by a team of experts, this book presents a unique selection of Vygotsky's important essays, most of which have previously been unavailable in English. In this work, Vygotsky applies his theoretical framework to human development, focusing on its implications for education.

Month-by-Month Phonics for Upper Grades: A Second Chance for Struggling Readers and Students Learning English
Month-by-Month Phonics for Upper Grades: A Second Chance for Struggling Readers and Students Learning English
By: Patricia Cunningham, Dorothy P. Hall , Gene Shanks
Four Blocks

This book, highly recommended by upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers, offers monthly activities, sample lessons, and word lists to help students become fluent decoders and spellers. Students will learn how to apply reading and writing strategies through age-appropriate strateges.

Mosaic of Thought : Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
Mosaic of Thought : Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
By: Susan Zimmermann, Ellin Keene
Heinemann
(1997)

How do students become thoughtful, independent readers who comprehend text at a deep level?

Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enh​anced Learning in Action
Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enh​anced Learning in Action
By: Herb Broda
Stenhouse Publishers
(2011)

Product Description: Outdoor learning expert Herb Broda presents concrete examples of how urban, suburban, and rural schools have enhanced the school site as a teaching tool. Herb focuses on the practical and the specific, including ideas for seating, signage, planting considerations, teaching/meeting areas, outdoor classroom management, pathways, equipment storage, raised gardens, and more. The book also provides an outdoor activity sampler, information on incorporating technology into the outdoor learning experience, and a chapter on the unique concerns of urban schools.

Multicultural Students With Special Language Needs (3rd Edition)
Multicultural Students With Special Language Needs (3rd Edition)
By: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin
Academic Communication Association
(2008)

Product Description: This guide discusses cultural factors and variables that are important to consider in assessment and program planning for culturally and linguistically diverse students with language disorders and other special learning needs. A wide variety of case studies are included, designed to help professionals deal with the complex problems often encountered when collecting and interpreting assessment data.

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