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Curriculum and Methods

Keys to the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to the First Month of School, by Carrol Moran, Judy Stobbe, Wendy Baron, Janette Miller & Ellen Moir (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 200 pp., $19.95 paper). Offers suggestions for setting up an effective classroom environment and creating a lesson plan to reinforce it.

Looking at Weather, by David Suzuki (John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10158-0012; 96 pp., $19.89 cloth). Reveals causes and effects of such weather phenomena as ocean waves, cloud formations, and thunderstorms.

Reading the Movies: Twelve Great Films on Video and How to Teach Them, by William V. Costanzo (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 201 pp. $14.95 paper). Shows teachers how to construct a film-study unit that explores movie production, filmmakers, and the significance of film in 20th-century culture.

Science Assessment in the Service of Reform, ed. by Gerald Kulm & Shirley M. Malcom (American Association for the Advancement of Science; 400 pp., $24.95 paper). Explores the place of science assessment in the larger "national assessment movement,'' and provides basic guidelines for whatever system of assessment is used.

Seven Ways of Knowing: Teaching for Multiple Intelligences, by David Lazear (Skylight Publishing Inc., 200 E. Wood St., Ste. 250, Palatine, Ill. 60067; 204 pp., $27.95 paper). Explains the theory of multiple intelligences and offers exercises for awakening and strengthening these various styles of knowing; includes a model lesson designed to show teachers how to incorporate an awareness of the intelligences in their classroom instructional approaches.

Social Studies in Schools: A History of the Early Years, by David Warren Saxe (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 310 pp., $18.95 paper). Cites a 1916 report on social studies as the basis for present practices in the field, such as emphases on critical thinking, decisionmaking, inquiry, and reflective thinking.

Teaching Map and Globe Skills, K-6, by Joseph P. Stoltman (Rand McNally, 8255 N. Central Park Ave., Skokie, Ill. 60076-2970; 142 pp., $9.95 paper). Illustrated guide explains such facets as using map projections, promoting geographic literacy, and teaching map and globe skills across the curriculum.

Thirty-Five Lesson Formats: A Sourcebook of Instructional Alternatives, by Paul Lyons (Educational Technology Publications, 700 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632; 149 pp., $24.95 paper). Presents lesson formats based on principles of collaborative and/or cooperative learning that can be used across a spectrum of disciplines and by teachers at various levels of experience and at various grade levels.

Professional Issues

Elementary School Secretaries: The Woman in the Principal's Office, by Ursula Casanova (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 167 pp., $16 paper). Documents the central role of the secretary in school administration, including both official duties and perceived authority; describes the working relationships between secretaries and principals, and offers recommendations for both practitioners and researchers.

Empowering Networks: Computer Conferencing in Education, by Michael D. Waggoner (Educational Technology Publications, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632; 251 pp., $34.95 cloth). Highlights examples of computer-based telecommunications employed in education, including that used for teacher training and professional development, instructional gaming and simulation, and distance-learning applications.

Evaluation and Education: At Quarter Century, ed. by Milbrey W. McLaughlin & D.C. Phillips (National Society for the Study of Education, 5835 Kimbark Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637; 291 pp., $29 cloth). Essays by leaders in the field of evaluation reflect on the past 25 years of developments in the field.

Informing Educational Policy and Practice through Interpretive Inquiry, ed. by Nelson Haggerson & Andrea Bowman (Technomic Publishing, 851 New Holland Ave., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 302 pp., $35 paper). Demonstrates ways of improving individual administrative styles and educational policies.

The Politics of Life in Schools: Power, Conflict and Cooperation, ed. by Joseph Blase (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 286 pp., $22 paper). Presents in-depth studies of "micropolitics'' at the school-building level, exploring how teachers, administrators, and students use power and what consequences that holds for others.

School Leadership: A Blueprint for Change, ed. by Scott D. Thomson (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury, Calif. 91320; 64 pp., $8.95 paper). A panel of editorial advisers identifies six key issues surrounding school leadership in the 21st century, defining new remedies for identified problems and examining ways to strengthen professionalism.

Supervision in Transition, ed. by Carl D. Clickman (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1403; 221 pp., $19.95 paper). Essays on supervisory issues, from facilitating teacher empowerment to restructuring larger school districts.

They Don't Have To Die: Home and Classroom Care for Small Animals (Wordware Publishing Inc., 1506 Capital Ave., Plano, Tex. 75074; 257 pp., $12.95 paper). Offers advice on care and maintenance of small animals and other organisms used in school, from amphibians to worms.

Special Education

Bringing Out the Giftedness in Your Child, by Rita Dunn, Kenneth Dunn & Donald Treffinger (John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10158-0012; 210 pp., $19.95 cloth). Offers advice and activities for nurturing individual talents and strengths from birth through adolescence.

Differences in Common: Straight Talk on Mental Retardation, Down's Syndrome, and Life, by Marilyn Trainer (Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md.20852; 236 pp., 14.95 paper). A collection of over 40 essays describing the experience of living with and raising a Down's Syndrome child.

Kew College Guide to Colleges for the Learning Disabled: A Resource Book for Students, Parents, and Professionals, by Marybeth Kravets & Imy Wax (HarperCollins Publishers, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022-5299; 351 pp., $16 paper). Offers descriptions of 150 colleges, along with definitions of testing instruments and assessments required.

Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential, by David Henry Feldman with Lynn T. Goldsmith (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 266 pp., $15.95 paper). Illustrates, through case studies, the process of nurturing gifted children in various stages of their development.

Succeeding Against the Odds: Strategies and Insights from the Learning Disabled, by Sally L. Smith (Jeremy P. Tarcher, 5858 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 200, Los Angeles, Calif. 90036; 304 pp., $18.95 cloth). Offers techniques for overcoming reading, math, concentration, or memory disabilities.

Up From Underachievement: How Teachers, Students, and Parents Can Work Together To Promote Student Success, by Diane Heacox (Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. North, Ste. 616, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; 144 pp., $14.95 paper). Presents a step-by-step program for underachieving students, from 1st grade through high school, to help identify causes of school failure, foster greater achievement, and create a positive learning environment.

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