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What administrators are reading this month.

May 2009

Turning Average Instruction Into Great Instruction
School Leadership’s Role in Student Achievement

By John O’Connor; Rowman & Littlefield Education

Want to push teaching to the next level? Classroom change happens when a leader has a clear picture of what needs to happen, argues O’Connor, and can focus all efforts on getting there. The book champions creating a positive school environment, using materials and staff wisely, and getting the community involved. O’Connor lays out what great instruction looks like and what you have to do to get there, such as aligning a leadership team and supporting struggling learners. He also tackles getting rid of what’s not working, from poor annual planning to ineffective professional development.

Talk About Teaching!
Leading Professional Conversations

By Charlotte Danielson; Corwin Press

Bone up on management skills with this helpful guide, which leads you through  all manner of professional discussions with teachers, from five-minute chats in the hallway to tough conversations about pedagogy. With the understanding that all administrators aren’t experts in leading these discussions, Danielson, an educational consultant, provides conversation starters and how-tos for communicating, always keeping the focus on improving teacher learning. Chapters are conveniently organized around the various components of successful work in the classroom.

Network Know-How
An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin

By John Ross; No Starch Press
How many times have you been left scratching your head when IT staff discusses what the school or district network can or can’t do? This book translates geek-speak into understandable concepts and is a solid recommendation for newly hired tech staff, or for anyone who needs to understand the big networking picture. Ross covers hardware, software, and setup, as well as how to share documents and media. Handy screenshots and diagrams are helpful for at-a-glance troubleshooting, as well as a specific chapter dedicated to solving common problems.

The Technology Director’s Guide to Leadership
The Power of Great Questions

By Don Hall; ISTE
If you’re putting together a technology team, or have one that just needs to be reorganized, this book can help. It considers all the players tech directors have to deal with on a daily basis—from technology specialists and instructional technology staff to classroom teachers to the community at large. It shows ways to map out the responsibilities of each team member, and has checklists to help organize and monitor progress. The author also suggests ways to help make those new technology calls successful. Major points are reviewed after each chapter.

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    Classroom Fitness Breaks to Help Kids Focus

    Classroom Fitness Breaks to Help Kids Focus

    by Sarah Longhi

    This collection of more than 50 super-fun exercises and games motivates students to get in shape while also helping them focus their attention and develop self-control. The activities are designed to fit into key parts of the daily schedule—class meetings, independent seatwork, walking in the halls, and recess. You can select shorter exercises (1–5 minutes) for quick concentration-boosters during seatwork and transitions or longer recess games (15–20 minutes) to boost students’ heart rates and increase their brain’s capacity to learn. Includes fun extensions for reinforcing content-area learning, such as “Arm-to-Arm Estimation” and “Punctuation Martial Arts,” and more!

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    Multisensory Strategies: Lessons and Classroom Management Techniques to Reach and Teach All Learners

    Multisensory Strategies: Lessons and Classroom Management Techniques to Reach and Teach All Learners

    by Edgar McIntosh;Marilu Peck


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    Peck and McIntosh share a rich teaching approach that maximizes student learning and facilitates classroom management: multisensory instruction. By teaching students how to process visual, auditory, and tactile-kinesthetic sensory input, they help students manage themselves and their behavior. By designing lessons that engage students’ senses, they ensure that all students will connect to the content. Using this two-pronged approach, the authors show how to create a supportive classroom environment and design effective lessons. The result is a dynamic classroom in which learning soars. 160 pages.

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