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The Book Whisperer

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By Donalyn Miller, Jeff Anderson (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780470372272
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Published: Jossey-Bass - March 2009

Don’t worry about assessing a student’s lexile level; instead, fosters his/her relationship with reading by modeling quality behaviors and sharing texts that are high-quality, current, varied, and high-interest. After reading The Book Whisper, my students and I built a classroom library that is well-traveled and in high demand. You can too. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


Everybody Present

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781937006433
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Published: Parallax Press - June 25th, 2009

This is one of the very few books I’ve picked up that addresses the educators’ needs, particularly those of the mental/emotional/social/spiritual nature. The Flor Rotnes’ instruction is useful because it is expressed with candor and calm. Educators may learn how to tread meditatively, nurture our spiritual lives, read students’ unspoken behaviors. In a tumultuous time, this lovely little volume should be cherished and shared. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


Readicide

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$26.67
ISBN: 9781571107800
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Published: Stenhouse Publishers - February 2nd, 2009

Students don’t need tests, they need a life-long love of reading and a critical eye for periodicals or a broader media literacy. Gallagher addresses these needs by creating templates that are readily usable, enable student success, and theoretically valid. The article of the week assignment has prompted rich discussions of current events, and the one-page independent reading assessment is a favorite of my incoming freshmen who have grown weary of the typical middle-level book reports. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


They Say/I Say

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$29.25
ISBN: 9780393935844
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2014

My students who traditionally struggle with writing loved the model structures, sentence starters, and templates provided by Graff and Birkenstein. The Greater Capital Region Teacher Center recently used this text as a guide for a series of workshops on argumentative writing. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


New Life, No Instructions

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$23.00
ISBN: 9781400069545
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House - April 2014

Caldwell is a strong single woman raising a big dog when she discovers that she needs to have debilitating hip replacement surgery. Her physical transformation gives her time for reflection, which begets a deeper understanding of her circle of friends, and her own abilities as an ever-evolving human. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781604692358
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Published: Timber Press - April 3rd, 2012

From the table of contents to the page design, this slim volume's easy-to-read format will calm the nerves of rookie or beginning gardeners. Start at the table of contents: pick your problem area, such as herbs, soil, or vegetables. In that section, you'll find "The right way to do it" and "If I goofed, how can I fix it?" Chace brings expertise to quick, humorous narratives. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


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