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The Best Books of 2016 for Teachers (and Learners) - A.J. JULIANI. Maybe you are a bibliophile like me and love reading a new book each week or month.

The Best Books of 2016 for Teachers (and Learners) - A.J. JULIANI

Or maybe you are thinking about 2017 and want to read a book or two that is going to help spark some curiosity and creativity in life and work. Or maybe, just maybe, you aren’t a teacher. But you might be married to one, friends with one, or related to one. In that case, these recommendations serve as one educator’s best books of 2016 and they might have some value for others. This year I’ve started 56 books, and I’ve finished 42 of them. Also, most of these books were published in 2016, but not all of them. Research That Actually Makes Sense Book Peak: Secrets From The New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson Anders Ericsson dives into the art of deliberate practice, and what makes people great at what they do.

Yet, Ericsson’s narrative bring an interesting twist on the idea that hard work can lead to expertise and mastery. More Than Just Ideas Book A brand new book that I had to dive into right away. Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus. Early in my teaching career, I was disturbed by a note left by the substitute teacher.

Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus

She wrote that during the three days she was with my students, they were responsive during the first part of class, but that many of them became inattentive, distracted, and even disruptive after about 20 minutes of her instruction. When I asked the students what had happened, they were of one voice: “She didn’t give us our brain breaks.” What Are Brain Breaks? For students to learn at their highest potential, their brains need to send signals efficiently from the sensory receptors (what they hear, see, touch, read, imagine, and experience) to memory storage regions of the brain. The most detrimental disruptions to traffic along these information pathways are stress and overload. Brain breaks are planned learning activity shifts that mobilize different networks of the brain.

The Neuroscience of Brain Breaks Brain Breaks Restore Brain Supplies Timing Brain Break Strategies Mood Motivation. Never Hold a Learner Back Based on What You Don’t Know – The Principal of Change. Going through university to become a teacher, my goal was to become a kindergarten teacher.

Never Hold a Learner Back Based on What You Don’t Know – The Principal of Change

This was what I trained for and it is what I wanted to do. Before I was even done university, I had an interview for a kindergarten opening at a school division near to where I lived, and I was ecstatic. The interview was going great, and I felt I had the job, only to find out later that they decided to go with someone else. Disappointed, but wanting to grow from the experience, I called them to ask for feedback, and was informed that they actually were planning to call me that day to offer me a job. High school technology teacher. What? In university, I put together a website, that went on my resume, and at the time, it made me seem like a computer expert.

Since this course for technology with students was module based, I actually could work along students (I would try to be a little bit ahead), and they could learn from me, and I could learn from them. Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students. Did you know that a significant percentage of the achievement gap between students of color and white students is caused by punitive discipline?

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

African American and Latino children are much more likely to face school suspension and expulsion—even for the same behaviors—than white students. As a response to this inequitable school model of punitive discipline measures, restorative practices are growing in schools across the nation. I asked Brian H. Smith, Ph.D., a research scientist with the Committee for Children, to share his perspectives on the current status and future directions of discipline in schools. EDUTOPIA: What is the current status of the discipline system and such practices as zero tolerance? 4 Truths About Teaching English Language Learners. The majority of communities in the United States have English language learners (ELLs) and consequently, the great majority of teachers are engaged in identifying how to serve this group of students.

4 Truths About Teaching English Language Learners

Here are a few highlights of what I’ve learned ELLs really need from more than 20 years of working closely with them in public schools. 1. There Are Many Different Kinds of English Language Learners Amongst the first group of students I ever taught—a group of high school students who were all English language learners—was a 17 year old who had never attended school and didn’t know the alphabet. We started with how to hold a pencil. Another student from Yemen struggled to learn English and—his older brother told me—was frustrated that he couldn’t transfer his understanding of math into English given that our numbers are written differently.

There are ELLs whose U.S. born parents were ELLs, and whose grandparents, also born in this country, are lifelong ELLs. 2. 3. 4.