Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading : Behaviour

Practical Classroom Management – Vern Jones

Practical Classroom Management presents hands-on methods for creating a positive learning environment, working with behavioral problems, and dealing with a range of challenges in the K-12 classroom.

This text uses real-life examples to help both pre- and in-service teachers understand and apply the principles of classroom management in their own classroom situations. The text uses case studies, examples, and descriptions of specific strategies based on current research and classroom experience. Practical Classroom Management features classrooms ranging from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. It focuses on creating positive learning environments for students, and provides extensive, practical materials on both problem solving and building individual behavior change plans for students with behavioral problems.

Cracking The Hard Class : Strategies For Managing The Harder Than Average Class – Bill Rogers

At some point in every teacher’s career he/she will encounter the `hard class’ and from day one the countdown to the end of the day, term and year is on in earnest. But as demanding as it may be, a difficult class does not have to dominate and permeate through all waking moments. Bill Rogers, in Cracking the Hard Class, highlights many practical strategies that can be implemented to overcome the hard class syndrome.

Behaviour Management : A Whole-School Approach – Bill Rogers

Why waste time waiting for Bill Rogers looks at the issues facing teachers working in today’s classrooms. Describing real situations and dilemmas, he offers advice on dealing with the challenges of the job, and how building up a rapport with both students and colleagues can support good practice.

Recommended Reading : EAL

Painless English For Speakers Of Other Languages – Jeffrey Strausser

Both ESL students and teachers of ESL courses have found the of Painless English for Speakers of Other Languages extremely helpful, especially in the way it anticipates and answers students’ most frequently asked questions about correct English usage.All titles in Barron’s Painless Series are being updated in new, improved editions, and they all feature access to brand-new subject-related arcade game apps that will appeal to students. Books in the Painless Series cover most classroom subjects, and include a variety of fun features for students who find the subjects difficult and confusing–or in some cases, just plain boring.

100 Ideas For Supporting Learners With EAL – Chris Pim

100 Ideas for Supporting Learners with EAL is a practical book of ideas and support strategies for the induction, assessment, teaching and learning of students with English as an additional language (EAL). The ideas are adaptable for use with new to English, beginners and advanced learners of EAL. Ideas include: Setting up a parent conference; Identifying and supporting gifted & talented learners; Cross-cultural mathematics; Effective questioning techniques; Making Talking Books; Running a ‘Young Interpreter Scheme’ There is an emphasis on using ICT throughout the book, including where to find the best software, resources and websites. There is also a section on whole-school approaches to supporting learners with EAL. This book is an essential source of inspiration for teachers, support staff, senior managers and Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) specialists and coordinators.

Recommended Reading : SEN/Disability

Key Issues in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion – Alan Hodkinson & Philip Vickerman

Complex and diverse, special educational needs and inclusion can be a difficult area of study to approach for undergraduate students. Understanding the current context of SEN and inclusion means getting to grips with an often perplexing mix of social, political, ideological, educational and personal perspectives. This book explores and critically examines the field, providing a detailed introduction to the topic for students – helping them to develop understanding, without assuming any prior knowledge.

Part One defines the concepts of SEN and disability and how the concepts have been defined through ideological models that have developed over time. It examines provision for SEN across the UK, and looks at how attitudes of teachers, parents and children have affected inclusion. Part Two explores the historical development of SEN internationally, including a comparative look at legislation and practice in England and a number of other countries. The third part details how SEN practice in England works, including the Every Child Matters agenda and the roles and responsibilities of education, health and social care professionals.

Special Educational Needs for Newly Qualified Teachers and Teaching Assistants: A Practical Guide -Rita Cheminais

Essential reading for newly qualified teachers and teaching assistants, Rita Cheminais’s classic text now relates to current initiatives including Every Child Matters (ECM) and using personalised learning approaches. Many aspects vital to effective classroom practice are explored.
The book reflects the DCSF/National Strategies Inclusion Development Programme (IDP), and practical tips and strategies are given on how to meet the needs of a diverse range of pupils with additional educational needs (AEN), including: Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, sensory impairments and physical disabilities.

Featuring helpful checklists, templates and photocopiable resources to supportprofessional development, this practical resource contains a wealth of valuable advice, as well as signposting to further information.

How to Support and Teach Children with Special Educational Needs – Veronica Birkett

With an increased emphasis on inclusion in education, the challenge faced by schools is how to provide for the diverse and complex needs of all children. How to Support and Teach Children with Special Needs is essential reading for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos and senior management. This practical book provides helpful hints and strategies to support children with a wide range of difficulties including those in the areas of communication, learning, behavioural, sensory / physical and medical. The book includes: details of a school’s legal responsibilities towards children with special educational needs; a wealth of practical and accessible support strategies; checklists for assessment; useful addresses and resource lists. After teaching for 15 years, Veronica Birkett worked as an Ofsted inspector and advisory teacher, supporting pupils with special educational needs, their teachers and teaching assistants. She is the author of LDA’s How To Survive & Succeed as a SENCO and How To Survive & Succeed as a Teaching Assistant.

The SEN Handbook For Trainee Teachers, NQT and Training Assistants – Wendy Spooner

Newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and teaching assistants receive little training in working with students with special needs – The SEN Handbook acts as a comprehensive guide for them. Features include:

collaboration with NASEN, ensuring up-to-the-minute advice on SEN issues linked throughout to the National Standards allowing readers to understand exactly what is expected of them – and how to achieve it practical, useful and accessible writing which is specifically aimed at TAs, NQTs and trainees easy to ‘dip into’ when needed.
An invaluable resource for newly qualified teachers, teaching assistants and trainee teachers.

Recommended Reading : Literacy

Don’t Call it Literacy!: What every teacher needs to know about speaking, listening, reading and writing – Geoff Barton

Literacy has a major impact on young people’s life-chances and it is every teacher’s responsibility to help build their communication, reading and writing skills. However, this book isn’t just about literacy; it’s also about what great teachers do in their classrooms, about applying knowledge consistently across classrooms, in order to help pupils to become more confident in their subjects.

This book shows every teacher – whatever your subject – the simple steps which could transform your students into better speakers, listeners, readers and writers. Harnessing a range of straightforward, but powerful techniques, it shows you how to help each student in your subject to improve their spelling, to use the key vocabulary of your subject more accurately and to speak, read and write with confidence like a historian, scientist, designer or mathematician.

Jumpstart!: Literacy – Games and Activities for Ages 7-14 – Pie Corbett

This collection of simple to use, fun, multi-sensory games and creative lesson starters will jumpstart pupils enthusiasm for literacy learning. The `jumpstarts’ cover:

Warming up the word – spelling and word games
Syntactic gymnastics – creating sentences and written style
Games to stimulate – talk, drama and writing
Quickfire whiteboard starters – to stimulate the imagination.
For use at Key Stages 2 & 3 (ages 7-14).

Literacy and Education – Kate Pahl & Jennifer Rowsell

Literacy and Education continues to be an accessible guide to current theory on literacy with practical applications in the classroom. This new edition has a new focus on the ecologies of literacy and on participatory and visual ways of researching literacy.Classroom teachers, teacher trainers and students of literacy will find this a user-friendly guide to new theory in literacy education, clearly demonstrating how to implement this theory in the classroom in a way that is inclusive and listens to the students of today.

Recommended Reading : Numeracy

Belair On Display – Creative Numeracy – Margaret Share

Creative Numeracy provides an inspiring approach to teaching mathematics across the curriculum. Each activity-packed theme is divided into three main sections: Art and Display, Starting Points, Working Walls. The activities encourage interactivity and group work, helping children to engage with mathematics in different contexts.

• Practical starting points to engage the whole class.
• Inspiring ideas for cross-curricular activities and displays.
• Clear and informative illustrations show real-life classroom displays.
• Resource lists and step-by-step instructions to help with lesson planning.

Jumpstart! Maths: Maths activities and games for ages 5-14 – John Taylor

Jumpstart! Maths presents a collection of simple to use, multi-sensory games and activities will jumpstart students’ understanding of mathematics in action. If you are one of the thousands of teachers looking for a range of practical and fun ideas to teach maths engagingly, then this is also the perfect book for you.

Specifically written to help teachers work within the guidelines of the new curriculum, activities in the book will help pupils to explore and learn maths in an atmosphere of fun, mutual support and tolerance.

Recommended Reading : Additional Online Reading

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