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Help your students develop an aural sense of good expository writing. Read a short essay to your class, then teach the content of writing with the help of teaching notes and an expository primer. Includes 18 writing samples for different grade levels: magazine articles, letters to the editor, poems, essays and process descriptions. A wonderful enhancement to your writing process workshop. By the author of Building a Writing Community and Teaching the Youngest Writers.
Teach Like a Champion - 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College - Doug Lemov
This author has "named" those techniques that Champion Teachers use to raise academic expectations and make classrooms places of rigorous and intentional learning. The described techniques are practical best practices for classroom teachers that want to move from good to great. Practical tools/strategies you know and do. Even if you think "Oh, I do that", this book is worth the read from cover to cover to discover tweaks and new strategies that can be made to make you a champion teacher. Whether you are a 1st year teacher or a veteran, this is a great read!

Cracking Open the Author's Craft: Teaching the Art of Writing - Lester Laminack
The author does a fabulous job of explaining how to help kids "read like writers". Not only using picture books to find the craft that author's use, but also teaching writers to think about the "why" behind the craft. Fifteen ready-to-use mini-lessons introduce students to techniques and literary elements they can use to craft their own writing. On an accompanying DVD, the author explains how writers work with both audible and visual craft. The DVD also includes downloadable forms and guidelines teachers can use with their students to explore writer's craft. Grades K–5.
Mathematics Formative Assessment 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning - Keeley/Tobey
Easy and practical strategies to step up your classroom formative assessment. Although title says "mathematics", the strategies can easily be modified across many subject areas.
Teaching Student Centered Mathematics - Van deWalle
Full of great hands-on, higher level thinking lessons to teach math concepts. Lessons are designed for large group or centers. Available in K-3, 3-5, and 5-8.
Note - This is not your typical blackline master resource book. Do not let the size and format intimidate you. (For K-3 samples go to Building Number Sense page.)
Good Questions Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction - Small
Strategies for taking a closed question and making it open. Quick and easy ways to bring higher level thinking into your classroom.
For example: change your typical math questions such as 2 + 3 = ? to "What is 5?"
Math Talk PreK-1 - Forsten & Richards
Math is everywhere, and we simply need to guide our students as they discover the math around them. This resources will guide discussions and deeper thinking about math through illustrations.
Note: Any illustration can "produce" math talk. See my Building Number Sense page for other examples.
Number Talks Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies - Parrish**
A resource for developing computation strategies as well as providing opportunities for the class to share their mathematical thinking. Math Solutions
(See summary of the book on my Building Number Sense page.)