Classroom talk: understanding dialogue, pedagogy and practice
by Christine Edwards-Groves, Michèle Anstey and Geoff Bull. Newtown, NSW: Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), 2014

In times of curriculum change, a book describing the importance of classroom talk and how talk shapes the learning encountered in lessons is both necessary and timely. The role of talk is often overlooked as a key element of effective pedagogy. This book will show how classroom practice unfolds in the dimensions of the language used in classrooms, the activities encountered in classroom literacy learning and the relational arrangements for teaching and learning” (back cover).

Flip your classroom: reach every student in every class every day
by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. Moorabbin, Vic: Hawker Brownlow Education, 2012

“It started with a simple observation: students need their teachers present to answer questions or to provide help if they get stuck on an assignment; they don’t need their teachers present to listen to a lecture or review content. From there, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams began the flipped classroom: students watched recorded lectures for homework and completed their assignments, labs, and tests in class with their teacher available. Bergmann and Sams found that their students demonstrated a deeper understanding of the material than ever before. Learn what a flipped classroom is and why it works, and get the information you need to flip your own classroom. You’ll also learn the flipped mastery model, where students learn at their own pace” (back cover).

The writing book: a practical guide for teachers
by Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey. S & L Publishing, 2013

The writing book is a teacher-friendly guide to teaching writing at emergent, early and fluent levels. It includes practical information that will support primary and middle school teachers to plan and deliver an effective writing programme. The book includes: information on the guiding principles and practices that underpin effective writing; mini-lesson plans to teach writing skills; writing lesson plans, planning sheets and exemplars; ‘Quick write’ ideas for shorter writing opportunities; lists of engaging writing topics to motivate students; practical ideas for reviewing, editing and celebrating writing. The [accompanying] CD-Rom includes: support materials for students and teachers; ready-to-use PowerPoint lessons; photocopiable writing planning sheets; exemplar texts and plans for the common text types; a photo bank of images to motivate students to write” (back cover).

Anger & conflict management pocketbook
by Paul Blum. Alresford, Hampshire: Teachers’ Pocketbooks, 2009

“A pocketful of practical techniques for managing angry pupils and defusing explosive situations in classrooms, corridors and playgrounds” (front cover).

Leading improvements in student numeracy
Edited by Michael Gaffney and Rhonda Faragher. Camberwell, Vic: ACER Press, 2014

“Divided into sections that build on principles and knowledge step-by-step, this book is designed to address the ‘numeracy challenge’ from a student achievement, teacher quality, school leadership and system policy perspective. Real-world insights, quotes and examples are drawn from a range of schools and central offices, in low SES rural, remote and metropolitan regions” (back cover).

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