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Recommended Books

Teaching & Instruction

The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

A Mind At A Time
A Mind At A Time
By: Mel Levine

"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known learning experts and pediatricians in America today. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all. Yet most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, many children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the way they are being taught.

In his #1 New York Times bestseller A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and those who care for children, how to identify these individual learning patterns, explaining how they can strengthen a child's abilities and either bypass or help overcome the child's weaknesses, producing positive results instead of repeated frustration and failure.

Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook
Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook
By: Joan M. Harwell

This New Second Edition of a practical resource already being used by over 55,000 special educators gives you a wealth of new and proven suggestions and ready-to-use materials for helping students of all ages overcome learning disabilities, including dozens of full-page devices you can photocopy and use at once! Written by a master teacher with over 30 years of experience in both mainstreamed and special classes, the Handbook covers virtually every aspect of working with students with learning disabilities, from causes and assessment to classroom management and lesson planning. You'll find diagnostic tools and remediation techniques for all types of learning disabilities specific interventions for specific problems strategies for building academic skills in all basic content areas and ways to improve motivation, participation, and self-esteem in even the most reluctant learner.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Response to Intervention
Frequently Asked Questions About Response to Intervention
By: Roger Pierangelo, George Giuliani

Increasingly, teachers are learning about the important role of Response to Intervention (RTI) in the success of every child. RTI is a multifaceted approach that provides immediate, relevant, and research-based services and interventions to students in general, compensatory, and special education. Written by two legal and special education experts, this concise, reader-friendly guide introduces educators to the purpose, core principles, legal basis, benefits, and application of this service delivery model.

How to Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom
How to Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom
By: Sandra F. Rief, Julie A. Heimburge

"Steer your students toward academic, social, and emotional success regardless of their learning styles, ability levels, skills, and behaviors. This book provides strategies and activities to differentiated instruction,engage reluctant readers and writers, boost organization and study skills and more." — Learning Journal

How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia
How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia
By: Cynthia M. Stowe

This comprehensive, practical resource gives educators at all levels essential information, techniques, and tools for understanding dyslexia and adapting teaching methods in all subject areas to meet the learning style, social, and emotional needs of students who have dyslexia. Special features include over 50 full-page activity sheets that can be photocopied for immediate use and interviews with students and adults who have had personal experience with dyslexia. Organized into twenty sections, information covers everything from ten principles of instruction to teaching reading, handwriting, spelling, writing, math, everyday skills, and even covers the adult with dyslexia.

Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal's Guide
Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal's Guide
By: Susan Hall

As a research-based model for improving reading achievement, Response to Intervention (RTI) has demonstrated dramatic results in elementary and middle schools. This practical guide provides a clear vision of what RTI looks like in practice and illustrates how educators can use this highly effective approach to help students acquire grade-appropriate reading skills or make sure students receive the support they need through special education services.

Making a Place for Kids With Disabilities
Making a Place for Kids With Disabilities
By: Dale Borman Fink, Ph.D.

Dale Borman Fink, the author of the only book on inclusion of youth with special needs in after school child care, now presents the first book to examine the experiences of children with disabilities participating in youth programs alongside their typical peers. Using a case study technique, he probes into the issues and dynamics that influence the increasing participation of kids with disabilities in such activities as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and park and recreation programs.

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.

Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
By: Wiley Blevins

Phonemic awareness—the understanding that words are made up of sounds—is essential to a child's early reading success. With this book, children gain this awareness through engaging, easy to teach activities.

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