Recent Additions to the Online Library – 2023

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Character-ToolkitCharacter Toolkit for Teachers: 100+ Classroom and Whole School Character Education Activities for 5- to 11-Year-Olds

F. Roberts, E. Wright (2018)

This book gives teachers the means to promote gratitude, positive emotions, character strengths, and positive relationships through 100+ easy-to-implement activities such as student diaries, classroom displays and letter writing campaigns. It also includes tools and strategies that go beyond the classroom, helping to embed character education into the culture and ethos of the entire school. Each chapter will include a short introduction to the relevant theoretical background, and all activities are based on validated character education and positive psychology interventions. Bite-sized and practical, and full of ideas that can be dipped in and out of in the classroom, this is an ideal book for busy teachers.


Backpack-GenerationTeaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators

Z. Walker, K. Rosenblatt, D. McMahon (2015)

Don't just know how to use mobile technology. Know how to use it to transform learning. This easy-to-use workbook shows how to make devices a natural part of lessons, no matter the content. Discover practical device management skills, fun strategies students will love, and helpful resources to extend professional learning.


100-Ideas100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Outdoor Learning

A. Bushnell (2020)

Covering a range of curriculum areas including literacy, design and technology, maths, science, history, art and geography, the activities in this book involve learning through experimentation and problem solving. All ideas can be used as standalone lessons as well as to complement topic-based work. The activities ensure that pupils can experience a variety of practical learning lessons, helping them to build relationships with peers, reduce behaviour problems and encourage independence. 


VRVR, Simulations and Serious Games for Education

Y. Cai, W. van Joolingen, Z. Walker (2018)

This book introduces state-of-the-art research on simulation and serious games for education. The book is divided into three major domains of education applications that use simulation and serious games: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; special needs education; and humanity and social science education.   


Weather-and-ClimateExplore Weather and Climate! With 25 Great Projects

K. Reilly (2011)

Revealing what creates those unexpected snow days and the rain at recess, this activity guide goes beyond mere forecasting and reporting to thoroughly address children's curiosities about the world's weather. The process of how wind, sun, and water combine to form certain conditions is explored, and the reasons why weather reaches extreme levels—and what this means for each climate—are also explained in detail. Featuring twenty-five hands-on projects, this handbook guides kids through creating a storm in a bottle, touching the clouds, building a weather safety kit, and even eating an edible climate map, resulting in an unforgettable understanding of these forces of nature.


HumanizingHumanizing the Classroom: Using Role-Plays to Teach Social and Emotional Skills in Middle School and High School

K. Valdes (2019)

What is the best method for teaching social and emotional skills? This book answers this question by presenting the pedagogical basis for using role plays to teach social and emotional skills. It provides over forty-five model lessons that can be taught in primary or post primary classrooms.  


BeyondLiteracy Beyond the Classroom: Ten Real-world Projects Proven to Raise Attainment in Primary English

D. Traynor, C. Bufton-Green (2020)

This book seeks to develop reading and writing skills through exciting, real-world tasks such as emailing a politician, creating a viral video and using social media to start petitions. Literacy Beyond the Classroom presents ready-to-use lesson plans, exercises and activities to help teachers bring this concept to life in the primary classroom.  


Bringing-History-HomeBringing History Home: A Classroom Teacher's Quest to Make the Past Matter

B. Schechter (2018)

Bringing History Home focuses on the teaching of post-primary history through a variety of activities and resources – music, poetry, field trips, simulations, crafts, current news and civics – to deepen students' involvement with the subject matter.  


Rocks-and-MineralsExplore Rocks and Minerals! 20 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

C. Brown, N. Brown (2010)

This book offers kids ages six to nine a fascinating introduction to geology. Readers can investigate rocks and fossils through twenty hands-on activities to bring learning to life. Kids create their own crystals, sculpt edible models of the planet, and bake volcanic meringue cookies using common household products.


Best-ClassThe Best Class You Never Taught : How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders

A. Wiggins (2017)

This book provides a classroom technique to help teachers coach students to think critically, work collaboratively, participate fully, behave ethically, ask and answer high-level questions, support their ideas with evidence, and evaluate and assess their own work. Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that's both revolutionary and truly inspiring. 


Flipped-ClassroomsFlipped Classrooms with Diverse Learners: International Perspectives

Z. Walker, D. Tan, N. Koh (2020)

This book addresses the background of classroom flipping, explores the theoretical underpinnings for why flipping works, and shares current success stories in practice. It provides diverse international examples of classroom flipping for all ages, includes discussions of the authors' studies in the context of the existing research, and illustrates the impact that classroom flipping has had across a range of educational settings. Intended as a handbook for practitioners, the analysis of commonly used, highly effective techniques for learners of various ages fills a major gap in the literature.


BullyingThe Teacher's Guide to Resolving School Bullying: Evidence-Based Strategies and Pupil-Led Interventions

E. Nassem (2020)

Drawing on the author's cutting-edge research this practical book helps teachers better understand the causes of bullying, gives them confidence to resolve nuanced cases, and provides them with the tools to develop pupil-led anti-bullying campaigns.  This book helps school staff understand the student's views and experiences of bullying, and how power imbalances and systemic inequalities can contribute to bullying relationships between pupils. The author provides evidence-based interventions that suggest ways teachers can develop knowledge and skills to resolve incidents. Included are resources and tools to help teachers set up pupil-led advisory groups and interventions, and train others to do the same.


Picture1The Inclusion Dialogue: Debating Issues, Challenges, and Tensions with Global Experts 

J. Banks (2022) 

This books brings together a series of global expert views on inclusive education, revealing the evolving tensions in this research area and highlighting future directions. Based on fascinating and unique conversations with leading academic experts across the globe, Irish author, Joanne Banks, uses in-depth interviews to examine current debates in special and inclusive education and provides a clear overview of the key tensions which impact policy and practice across different national contexts. Her book also highlights how inclusive education policies do not always translate into inclusive practices in our schools. The dialogue presented in this accessible text provides readers with insights into our conceptual understanding of inclusion within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Through these informal discussion, this book is ideal for academics and researchers working in the area of inclusive and special education, for educators wishing to create more inclusive environments for their students, and for policy-makers seeking to understand what inclusive education looks like on the ground. 


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