A comprehensive guide to classroom management: facilitating engagement and learning in schools

By Louise Porter. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2014

“Behaviour management in the classroom can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching, but with the right approach it can be rewarding and enriching for both student and teacher … Drawing on the latest international research, Porter outlines how teachers can develop a personal style in classroom management based on a sound understanding of theory. The emphasis is on proactive, authoritative approaches to discipline to engage students and facilitate the achievement of educational and social goals. Porter demonstrates how it is within the power of schools and teachers to create the conditions under which even disadvantaged or disenchanted students strive to learn” (back cover).

Learning to think / thinking to learn within the Australian curriculum: thinking models and strategies for teaching and learning

By Michael Pohl. Moorabbin, Vic: Hawker Brownlow Education, 2014

“Much of the book is devoted to practical examples of infused thinking, including introducing the revised Bloom’s taxonomy, exploring Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences as a planning tool and applying strategies such as Tony Ryan’s Thinkers Keys. A range of other, lesser-known models and strategies that encourage analytical, critical, creative and caring thinking are also described, equipping teachers with a diverse range of tools that will assist in bringing about a culture of thinking in their classrooms and across their schools” (back cover).

Understanding curriculum: the Australian context

By Scott Webster and Ann Ryan. Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

“This book provides a critical introduction to contemporary curriculum theory and practice, outlining both traditional and progressive approaches in order to reconceptualise curriculum. Drawing on a range of perspectives, including behaviourism, constructivism and critical theory, it considers questions of curriculum ownership and culture. It explores technology, gender, equity and diversity and Indigenous issues in depth” (back cover).

The inclusion toolbox: strategies and techniques for all teachers

By Jennifer A. Kurth and Megan Gross. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin, 2015

“Even the most experienced educators struggle with the challenge of designing and employing effective inclusive practices in their school communities and classrooms. How can you deliver meaningful learning experiences that meet the needs of ALL students? The Inclusion Toolbox is an all-in-one resource that combines research-based strategies and practical tools to help you design a truly inclusive education program” (back cover).

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