Publications

Bringing the Common Core to Life in K-8 Classrooms: 30 Strategies to Build Literacy

Actively engage students in their own learning. Discover strategies to promote student mastery of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts across the curriculum. Explore techniques to lead students in close reading, activate their background knowledge to prepare them for learning, and gain insight into habit formation. You’ll develop the know-how to effectively structure teaching to empower all students.

 

Deeper Learning: 7 Powerful Strategies for In-Depth and Longer-Lasting Learning

Actively engage students in their own learning. Discover strategies to promote student mastery of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts across the curriculum. Explore techniques to lead students in close reading, activate their background knowledge to prepare them for learning, and gain insight into habit formation. You’ll develop the know-how to effectively structure teaching to empower all students.

 

Addressing the Needs of All Learners in the Era of Changing Standards: Helping Our Most Vulnerable Students Succeed through Teaching Flexibility, Innovation, and Creativity.

The new standards were written to address the harsh realities for poor performance of American students across all grades levels, k-12. According to NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) data, more than 60% of our students in grades 4, 8, and 12 are not proficient readers and the United States is one of the lowest performing in mathematics. The statistics are even more staggering for our children who live in poverty, students with disabilities and English Language Learners.

 

Differentiating by Readiness: Strategies and Lesson Plans for Tired Instruction, Grades K–8 (with Joni Turville and Linda Allen, Taylor & Francis, 2010)

Teach your students based on their readiness levels with tiering strategies from Joni Turville, Linda Allen, and LeAnn Nickelsen. You’ll offer lessons designed to challenge each student appropriately, and in ways that save time and yield actual progress. In this book, the authors demonstrate how tiering, a standards-based differentiation strategy which uses readiness as a basis for instructional planning, helps teachers introduce the right degree of content complexity for each student.

 

 

Making Words Their Own: Building Foundations on Powerful Vocabularies

Teach vocabulary using strategies based on cognitive research and students will remember words and really understand them. That’s what Making Words Their Own is all about. More than two dozen motivating, inviting strategies to use before, during, and after learning are presented, along with handy reproducibles, including bookmarks that help students elaborate on words to really connect with them.
(Grades 4-12)

Memorizing Strategies and Other Brain-Based Activities

Help your students review content areas with fun and easy activities. Draw cartoons to help remember vocaulary words, toss dice to review math skils, amd more. Includes the latest brain research, plus study secrets.

 

 

 

 

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Inference & Cause and Effect

Sure-fire lessons and motivating activities—from Inference Charades to Cause-and-Effect Flip Books—help every learner master the essential comprehension skills of inferring and understanding cause and effect. Each section includes a variety of lessons to reinforce skills, a test-preparation lesson and test-formatted activity page, and a fun wrap-up project with evaluation ideas. For use with Grades 4-8.

 

 

 

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    • Teacher resources published by Scholastic (2004):

    Comprehension Mini-Lessons: Inference & Cause and Effect

    (with Sarah Glasscock):

    Inference & Cause and Effect

    Sequencing & Context Clues

    Point of View & Fact and Opinion

    Main Idea & Summarizing

    Comprehension Activities for Reading in Social Studies and Science (2003)

    Quick Activities to Build a Very Voluminous Vocabulary (Grades 4–8) (2002)

    Teaching Elaboration and Word Choice: Easy and Effective Mini-Lessons and Activities That Help Students Enrich and Enliven Their Writing (2001)

Prepping The Brain: Easy an Effective Ways to Get Students Ready for Learning

This handy, research-based step book shows how you can align your teaching with the way the brain learns best. Prepping the Brain is an easy-to-use resource that you’ll refer to often as you help your students. You’ll learn how to create a safe, non-threatening, and inviting classroom environment and even how to exercise, feed, and water the brain!  (Grades 1-8)