Welcome to the second post in the new book list series at BookMarks! As I mentioned previously, my plan is to chunk the lists topically so that you can see the new releases in your field at a glance. My hope is to have two of these topical lists come out each week.
This particular list covers new releases in K-12 education and classroom management.
Kick-Start Your Class: Academic Icebreakers to Engage Students, by LouAnne Johnson (Jossey-Bass, April 2012). This book contains a collection of simple educational icebreaker activities to use with students at all levels, including ideas for promoting creativity, unifying the classroom community, preventing disruptive behavior, and creating positive attitudes toward school and learning
Making Good Teaching Great: Everyday Strategies for Teaching with Impact, by Annette L. Breaux and Todd Whitaker (Eye on Education, 2012). This book includes practical tips and strategies for connecting teachers with students and improving student learning with daily activities designed to be integrated into any day of the school year.
Motivating Defiant and Disruptive Students to Learn: Positive Classroom Management Strategies, by Rich Korb (Corwin, 2012). A collection of strategies designed to keep you and your students focused on learning. The guide includes easy-to-implement step-by-step methods designed to help teachers: motivate and engage students; set up classrooms to prevent disruptive behavior; stay calm in the face of adverse situations; reduce the effect of misbehavior on other students’ learning; respond to inappropriate behavior effectively; avoid burning out.
Proactive Classroom Management, K-8: A Practical Guide to Empower Students and Teachers, by Louis G. Denti (Corwin, 2012). This book includes teacher-developed and -approved strategies that go beyond classroom management theory and provide ready-to-use tools that not only encourage positive behavior, but also empower students to take responsibility for their behavior.
Please let me know if you have a new title that you are interested in having listed in one of the book lists.
A version of this news article first appeared in the BookMarks blog.