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Day One & Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle-Level Teachers
Day One & Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle-Level Teachers
By: Rick Wormeli

The middle level years are an extraordinary period of our human development. The only other time we grow as much physically, emotionally, and intellectually is form ages zero to two. But early adolescence is much more than just tripping over large feet and calling friends on the phone to discuss who likes whom. The ways we deal with conflict, relationships, and personal development as adults have direct connections to specific experiences we had between the ages of ten and fourteen. We can create a very positive future then, when we provide careful and compassionate experiences for today's young adolescents.

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
By: Edward M. Hallowell, MD, John J. Ratey

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder — all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.

Developing Recreation Skills in Persons with Learning Disabilities
Developing Recreation Skills in Persons with Learning Disabilities
By: Lorraine C. Peniston

This book is designed to help recreation leaders better understand individuals with learning disabilities in order that they may better implement quality leisure experiences. The book describes in detail characteristics of various learning disabilities; the instruments used to diagnose learning disabilities; self-awareness of a learning disabled in regard to learning, living, and leisure; the benefits of leisure to a learning disabled individual; and possible modifications needed in the delivery of recreation and leisure services to these individuals. Packed with helpful appendices and suggestions, it sheds new light on helping create quality leisure experiences for all individuals.

Diagnostic Teaching of Reading: Techniques for Instruction and Assessment (4th Edition)
Diagnostic Teaching of Reading: Techniques for Instruction and Assessment (4th Edition)
By: Barbara Walker
Prentice Hall
(1999)

This book provides a tool for teachers to understand various instructional frameworks underlying diagnostic teaching techniques. Presents new techniques for decoding and identifying words within a balanced framework. Highlights how diagnostic teaching assessments are conducted with beginning readers.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All
By: Gayle H. Gregory, Carolyn Chapman
Corwin Press
(2006)

This book provides readers with many strategies for working with a diverse classroom. Teachers will learn how to plan strategically to meet the needs of the wide variety of students in today’s highly diverse classroom. Presented in an easy-to-use format, practical techniques and processes are shared that can be used to plan and adjust learning based on pre-assessment of individual students’ knowledge, skills, experience, preferences, and needs.

Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners: A Guide for K-12 Teachers
Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners: A Guide for K-12 Teachers
By: Shelley Fairbairn, Stephaney Jones-Vo
Caslon Publishing
(2010)

Product Description: This comprehensive guide shows general education and ESL teachers how to differentiate instruction and assessment for the English language learners in their classes. The book provides concrete strategies that teachers can use in any content-area classroom to engage every ELL, from beginning to advanced levels of English language proficiency. The authors highlight how teachers can address critical differences between ELLs with a strong foundation in the first language and students with limited former schooling. The book is aligned with national and state English language proficiency standards and assessments.

Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education
Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education
By: Karen Nemeth, Fran Simon

Product Description: This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children. Digital Decisions is filled with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs.

Disposable People?: The Plight of Refugees
Disposable People?: The Plight of Refugees
By: Judy A. Mayotte
Orbis Books

Product Description: For two years, award-winning author Judy Mayotte lived among refugee peoples when her family became Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Khmer refugees on the Thai-Cambodian border, and Eritrean refugees in Sudan. Faced with stagnation and total dependency, the refugees' lives have been shattered, yet their hope remains alive — as do their dreams of returning home. A valuable introduction to the refugee experience.

Does My Child Have a Speech Problem?
Does My Child Have a Speech Problem?
By: Katherine L. Martin

All children go through periods of saying "ting" for "thing" or "feets" for "feet," and no two children learn to speak on exactly the same schedule. This informative, reassuring guide helps parents and teachers identify normal speech development and potential problems, with advice on when and where to seek help, how to support your child's prescribed speech program, and how to lessen the risk of speech or language difficulties. Easy-to-understand question-and-answer format; guidelines for assessing your child's speech and language development; practical strategies for coping with stuttering, poor listening or memory skills, vocal fatigue or hoarseness, ear infections and hearing and much more; and ways to enhance speech and language development that both you and your child will enjoy.

Don't Miss the Bus: Steering Your Child to Success in School
Don't Miss the Bus: Steering Your Child to Success in School
By: Mary Ann Smialek

Thoughtful and practical, this book will appeal to today's busy parents, with its concise, easy-to-read style. Now in a convenient format, Don't Miss the Bus! is even more accessible to parents with no time to spare. Smialek offers her expertise as a parent and teacher and shares her methods and anecdotes from her own home and classroom. She advocates a win-win approach with a concise action plan to prevent problems before they happen and maintain dignity for both parents and kids. Don't Miss the Bus! focuses on children's strengths rather than their weaknesses, resulting in happier, more knowledgeable, and more resilient parent-child-teacher relationships.

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