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    1. Framework for Understanding Poverty
    by Ruby K. Payne
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    Asin: 1929229143
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Aha Process Inc
    Sales Rank: 1330
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    A Framework for Understanding Poverty teaches the hidden rules of economic class and spreads the message that, despite the obstacles poverty can create in all types of interaction, there are specific strategies for overcoming them. Through case studies, personal stories and observations that produce some aha! moments, Payne clearly strikes a chord in her readers., and provides a hopeful message. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good starting manual for teaching those born into poverty
    A Framework for Understanding Poverty provides a structure on which to build one's teaching. The way we teach is as important as what we teach, for , as Payne makes quite clear, we will not reach all children until we can understand--and accept--their backgrounds and any accompanying privileges or limitations children carry with them to the middle-class mindset of most American schools. As a high school English teacher, I found Chapter 2, "The Role of Language and Story", quite helpful--in fact, it has changed the way I approach writing in the classroom. Even if you have read bits of this information elsewhere, the author has gathered much relevant research in an easy-to-access format that any harried teacher can appreciate. For those teachers who balk at recognizing and/or accomodating behaviors related to class, I ask them to take the "Could you Survive in Poverty" quiz on page 53. I don't have any idea how to "get and use food stamps" or "how to get by without a car"--do you? I'd love to see a companion manual to this one that lists books for students that address class differences, either fiction or nonfiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" read for teachers who teach children in poverty
    I teach in an inner-city school where poverty is prevalent in almost every family. Not until I read Ruby Payne's book did I have an understanding of the differences involved when one teaches a child who is living in poverty. The book gives specific case studies that make you think and relate to poverty-stricken people. It then goes even further and gives the teacher examples of how to use the new knowledge in the classroom. It is, without a doubt, the best book I have ever read on the subject of poverty and how it relates to school children. I learned more from the reading of this book about how to relate to the students I teach than I have from any other book I've ever read about any subject. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending this book to any teacher who truly wants to understand the individuals she/he teaches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Payne's book an eyeopener
    Payne does a wonderful job of showing how economic status influences a person's world view and affects his/her reality. She does this while allowing us to step out of our own reality and experience the view from other socioeconomic classes. For people who work with the public, it's a valuable resource.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Summarizing Anecdotes is not research
    As a psychology researcher in inner-city schools, I am drawn to the description of this book because as a field (edu. research), we do indeed lack a theoretical framework to understand poverty in relation to school achievement. But this book falls very short in presenting such a framework. The main data of the book is the author's anecdotal experience, which she summarizes in almost in-your-face presentation of poverty case studies. But a framework fails to draw on various existing well-researched directions in poverty and in education to present a coherent parsimonious way to understand complex phenomena. The conclusions drawn by this author is thinly baesd on a few limited writings (mostly on linguistics), while largely a collection of personal opinions. The author stated that the idea for the book proceeded her years of "research" experience. That may be the problem. A hindsight retrospection wears very tainted lenses. The "years of experience" is not examined in real-time with specific research questions. Rather, they are selectively drawn upon to be coherent only with the author's current thinking. The reference list in the back is more in depth than what the author actually put in text. The mostly pointless clip art inserted throughout the book made it seem like the publisher is trying to squeeze more pages into a other-wise small book. The two pages comparing classes are interesting (but by no means research or data based). They did become very stereotypical (like the local evening news). Educational recommendations are very simplistic and lack explicit logical reasoning. I question the book's treatment of poverty students as a different breed, indicating that somehow they need to be taught special rules in order to even begin learning. For example, the notion that somehow poverty students don't have a sense of choices thus fail to understand causal relationship leading from choices to consequences. What?! That's a very very broad claim that is unlikely to be measurable. In child development, there comes a certain age where many children have trouble realizing (thus having to learn) that choices are related to consequences, regardless of their race, culture, or, income. These claims are quite outrageously stereotypical. Overall, Framework for Understanding is neither framework nor understanding. It may be of some interest here and there, but its title surely over-claims the substance of its content.

    For interested readers, I recommend John Ogbu's ethnographical study on Shaker Heights, titled "Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Understanding Poverty
    This was an eye opener for me. Poverty isn't just financial as I had thought. It put into words what I had been thinking and questioning. I mentor and I wish it would have addressed more solid solutions to help with these problems of society. ... Read more

    2. Educational Psychology (with "Becoming a Professional" CD-ROM), Ninth Edition
    by Anita Woolfolk
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    Asin: 0205366929
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-02)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 16382
    Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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    Renowned for its clarity, readability, and organization, this market-leading Educational Psychology book continues to offer the best blend of current theory, research, and practice in a completely up-to-date new edition. This book provides an organizational framework that readers can immediately grasp to help them understand complex and ever-evolving theories. The Eighth Edition reflects the field's continuing interest in constructivism and authentic learning as well as other areas of growing emphasis such as students with disabilities and inclusion. Other topics that have been added or received significant updating include self-regulated learning, brain development, culturally relevant pedagogy, and student autonomy. Includes free Interactive Companion CD-ROM, featuring video clips of the author discussing important topics and instructive scenes from real classrooms; links to useful websites that deepen awareness of issues pertinent to teaching; activities that provide challenging problems and cases from which readers may gain further insight into the applications of theories covered. For anyone interested in educational psychology. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Badly dated - be afraid when educators defend this book.
    Woolfolk's book reflects educational psychology ca. 1975. She cynically - and selectively - cites references that are much more recent to give this the gloss of being current, but don't be taken in.

    This book ignores the last two decades of neurobiological research, and presents obsolete theories as still being valid. She presents Piaget's theories, then suggests they have "some limitations." I guess so - since they are almost entirely disproven by PET-scan based research.

    (Which is not meant to be a jab at Piaget per se. He did initiate much of the THINKING in this field. Subsequent research has simply unearthed different truths, based on actual neurobiopsychological evidence.)

    Woolfolk gets more than cognitive development wrong. Language development? She appeals to outmoded works of Vygotsky.

    Gender-identified differences in math skill? Due to "stereotyping in the preschool years," according to Woolfolk. No mention, not a breath of illumination, of the recent work identifying inherent differences (not deficiencies!) in spatial reasoning in young children.

    Woolfolk even opines that neurocortical stimulants (e.g., Ritalin) are "controversial" in the treatment of hyperactivity. Go to and read any of the hundreds of recent journal articles listed there. You won't find a legitimate study that suggests a "controversy."

    Beyond being dated, two things are really disturbing about this book. First, it is cynical to keep archaic views fresh-seeming by selectively citing modern writers. Other reviewers have called this "bias," which seems too nice a word.

    Second, and worse, this book suggests bad educational policy - precisely because it's ignorant of current research.

    Consider this chestnut in the chapter on language acquisition: "Learning the standard speech is easy for most long as they have good models, clear instruction and opportunities for authentic practice." Ummm, NO. It is not easy. It is precisely because it is not easy that children of color are often tagged as 'slow' when they have difficulty shifting from one dialect to another.

    This book offers bad science and perniciously dated pedagogical advice. It's disheartening that it's still assigned to education majors - and appalling that it is defended by practicing educators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for education majors!
    I am not sure where people get the idea that the book is bias and that Woolfolk is living in the dark ages. This books shows updated examples and scenarios of today's classrooms. It is a reflection of what the students and teachers see and experience. It gives a lot of methods and strategies to use in the classroom and really talks about the psychology of students. It is an awesome book that has become a treasure to me. I think that the people that have been posting negative comments do not have much experience working with students or are not aware of the diversity and the differences that exist in school districts around the United States.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for some, but bias is evident
    Not a bad overview of educational psychology, with plenty of resources for existing teachers to use in their instruction. As such, the title of this book would more properly be "Educational Psychology for Teachers". For psychologists and educational psychologists, it is rather inadequate, missing many of the new ideas in educational psychology that have not yet reached the "mainstream" of teaching, where Woolfolk resides. Most distressingly, her adherence to traditional ideas in education is annoyingly pervasive and interferes with the reader's process of inquiry and the formation of their own conclusions. As an educator herself, Woolfolk should know better that this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Professor, do some research
    The author's bias is too strong for an introductory text book in Educational Psychology. I almost signed up for a graduate class in which this book was assigned. Fortunately, I read several chapters in the bookstore and did not register!

    Ed Psych is an area of education where important developments are emerging. This book and presumably the author are stuck in the dark ages of behaviorism and rationales like "Because I'm the teacher that's why." Or perhaps the more glaring deduction is that Woolfolk's books are her cash cows.... Then, bully for her and shame on the professors who continue to teach with this tripe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid fundamentals for Educational Psychology
    I am director of secondary school student teachers at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. I teach courses in Educational Psychology, Teaching and Classroom Management, and Middle School Philosophy. While I use this text in my Educational Psychology class, it has been very helpful in providing information about student development in all of my courses. The book contains a CD-rom with practice tests and useful handouts. I highly recommend it. ... Read more

    3. Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (7th Edition)
    by William L. Heward
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    Asin: 0130993441
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-23)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 76422
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    For over two decades, professors at more than 350 collegesand universities have relied on this comprehensive, engaging book for professional research, current practice, and trends in special education. Grounded in scholarship, yet written with the human experience in mind, this best-selling book effectively conveys the stories of teachers and children in special education. This latest edition adds a focus on master teachers and integrates professional standards from CEC and PRAXIS™ to make this the best book to help you train effective special educators and to introduce pre- and inservice general education teachers to exceptional children. This book provides some of the most comprehensive coverage of the characteristics of learners with special needs, as well as some of the latest assistive technologies like hand-held PDAs, the AAMR's new 2002 definition and classification system for mental retardation.For teaching professionals in the field of Special Education. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book If You Want An Intro to Special Education
    I love this book! I purchased a used copy in 2001 to help prepare for my (then) upcoming Massachusetts State Teacher exam in special education, which I passed on my first try. It is a very useful source of information and contains a ton of facts. It presents special ed topics in a logical fashion and has a nice companion website. I practiced all the online questions since I had to learn a lot of material in a short period of time. The text is geared towards elementary education. However, I read it, even though my field is secondary SPED, because there are many things in it that relate to special education in general that I need to know about. The discussion of historical special ed legislation is especially complete. I just wish I could get my hands on the companion videos that are (or were) offered by the publisher.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Textbook
    I was astonished by both how readable this book is and how much useful information is presented. The book is designed for those entering the field of education and those studying for the Praxis II exam. While the book is targeted to the teaching of exceptional children, regular education teachers, parents and other interested parties would gain a great deal of information from this book. Our assignment was to skim the book - a task I found nearly impossible. I kept getting drawn into the interesting and vivid examples in each chapter. I found the focus questions and review sections to be particularly helpful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A text which is informative, readable and challenging
    This is a great text if you are looking for an introductory course text for special education. It is well suited for college and university students or teachers looking to learn more about children as it is easy to read and very informative. With chapters ranging from Planning and Providing Special Education Services to Students with Learning Disabilities to Gifted and Talented Students this text can be of appeal to a wide variety of those who would like to know more about children and how to help children attain their potential. I learned so much - I hope you will too. ... Read more

    4. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Fifth Edition
    by John A. Van de Walle
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    Asin: 020538689X
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-04)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 17337
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    John A. Van de Walle has written a book that helps readers make sense of mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach mathematics to children K to 8. Elementatry and Middle School Mathematics consists of 16 chapters reflecting the view that all mathematics can be taught through a problem-solving approach that motivates children and builds their confidence as they learn. This book thoroughly discusses the new standards and clearly develops four key aspects of teaching mathematics: the nature of mathematics as a science of pattern and order; an understanding of how children learn mathematics; a problem solving view of teaching mathematics; and specific methods for integrating assessment with instruction.Simple yet effective classroom activities are woven throughout the chapters as well as suggestions for technology and literature. For teachers, future teachers, and educators.nt Code-- F ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have!
    If you learned math from traditional methods or algorithms, you must read this book. Math today is so different from how I learned it. This book explains how and why math has changed so much. I recommend it to teachers and parents alike. The author explains how to teach math using problem-solving. The method makes so much more sense than traditional mathematics. The book is filled with activities for every math concept and age that are easy to find, read, and use without much prep or prop. It also has ideas and resources for including literature and technology into math class.
    I find it highly valuable as a 3rd year teacher of fifth grade. My district uses the Visual Math program, and this book has helped me understand why visual math works much more than any inservice. I have the fifth edition as a textbook for a methods class, and I'll never leave home without it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good book for teachers
    This book is a great book for teachers. I learned a lot through it. And I know you will too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource!
    As an elementary teacher and college math methods instructor, I have found this book to be an excellent resource for teaching children math in an engaging, meaningful way. The author includes lots of examples of useful activities for all areas of mathematics. A book I'll use over and over in the years to come... ... Read more

    5. Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn
    by Richard Dufour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Gayle Karhanek, Gayle Karhanek
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    Asin: 1932127283
    Catlog: Book (2004-06)
    Publisher: National Educational Service
    Sales Rank: 20831
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    Whatever it Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn examines the question, "What happens when, despite our best efforts in the classroom, a student does not learn?"

    A PLC will create a school-wide system of interventions that provides all students with additional time and support when they experience difficulty in their learning.

    The authors describe the systems of interventions, including Adlai E. Stevenson High School's "Pyramid of Interventions," created by a high school, a middle school, and two elementary schools. The authors also discuss the logistical barriers these schools faced and their strategies for overcoming them. ... Read more

    6. Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition
    by Robert E. Slavin
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    Catlog: Book (2002-06-26)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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    This popular book from renowned educational psychologist Robert Slavin translates theory into practices that teachers can use in their classrooms with a further inquiry into the concept of intentionality. An "intentional teacher," according to Slavin, is one who constantly reflects on his or her practices and makes instructional decisions based on a clear conception of how these practices affect students. To help readers become "intentional teachers," the author offers a set of questions to guide them and models best practices through classroom examples. Educational Psychology prepares teachers as no other text does. It teaches them to think about how students develop and learn, to make decisions before and during instruction, and to consider what constitutes evidence that their students are learning and succeeding. This edition includes new sections on brain research, expanded coverage of Title I, programs for language minority students, and comprehensive school reform. It contains new critiques of assessment and accountability strategies, and a substantially updated treatment of programming for students with special needs. A new feature, "Technology Cases," presents practical uses of technology related to the contents of the chapters. A self-check feature, appearing throughout the chapters, links chapter contents to INTASC standards, and self assessments at the end of each chapter are linked to the content and format of PRAXIS. Designed for anyone interested in educational psychology or in the psychology of learning. ... Read more

    7. The First Days Of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher
    by Harry K. Wong, Rosemary T. Wong
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    Asin: 0962936065
    Catlog: Book (2004)
    Publisher: Harry K. Wong Publications
    Sales Rank: 2399
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    The First Days of School

    Hands down, by far, the best selling book in education.With over 2.3 million copies sold, it continues to be at the top of the chart.The revised and updated Version Three of The First Days of School includes a 38 minute bonus multimedia Enhanced CD.The CD features Harry Wong, the most sought-after speaker in education on an audio and a video track.His message, Never Cease to Learn, is one that will inspire all educators.

    The First Days of School is for new and veteran teachers, from kindergarten to college instructors.The graphic layout, with 302 photos and illustrations, is partnered with text that flows silken smooth.You will learn about classroom management, teaching for mastery and to standards, and creating positive expectations.The First Days of School will bring you instant results so that you can become an even more effective teacher. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Walk Into The Classroom Without This Book!
    I won't go so far to say that this book could replace going through a teacher education program. But there is such a gap between all of the "theoretical stuff" you learn from your professors, and actual practice that this book has been literally a God-send to thousands of teachers.

    Dr. Wong and his wife have put together a wonderful resource based on the experieces of hundreds of successful teachers. This book is designed to give the pre-service teacher, or relatively new teacher a handle on what can be, the overwhelming experience of managing a classroom.

    This book deals in depth with what a successful teacher looks like, how to have positive expectations about student success, the sometimes elusive art of classroom management, designing lessons to foster student mastery, and the teacher as a professional educator.

    Practical, sometimes funny and inspiring from beginning to end, The First Days of School will both strengthen and encourage you for the journey ahead. Buy this book today, and read it many times over. I did!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for new teachers
    I first was introduced to Harry Wong through a set of videos my mentor teacher had. I found his advice useful, and I still use a number of those ideas today. Coming from a department that didn't stress classroom management very well, I found this book to be priceless.

    This is a book you need to read BEFORE the "First Days of School". Some of the ideas take awhile to implement and many of them need to be in place from day one. You can't change you rules two or three times and not expect to upset the apple cart (no pun intended).

    The only real drawback I saw in this book is, like so many things in education, this book is largely geared toward elementary teaching. Although it is useful to a secondary teacher, it really shines for the elementary teacher.

    I don't have my original copy anymore. It has been passed down to new teachers over the last couple years, but each of them has found it useful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Help for Teachers!
    It's a known fact that education majors consistently score lowest of all majors - on standardized tests, current affairs quizzes, foreign policy, etc. They enter teaching as softies used to scantron tests in sociology, etc. Assuming they can read at all, they should get this book. And teachers who are in a union shouldn't say knee-jerk, "Not my job." I suggest you read it anyway!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for First Year Teachers.
    Last year was my first year as a full time teacher. I was so very nervous and timid before the year began. A professor made a gift to me of "The First Days of School", and "The Child Whisperer." After reading Harry Wong's book, I was more excited to get started teaching but still so very nervous. "The Child Whisperer" gave me some insights into language on a very basic and practical level. I love "The First Days of School" by Harry and Rosemarry Wong and I think it was most effective for me because I also read "The Child Whisperer" by Matt Pasquinilli - especially helpful with ADD/ADHD children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A veteran teacher of 25 years
    I recommend this book to all teachers, whether novice or experienced. The ideas and material throughout the book are invaluable! It is the most used book I have, so dog-eared I ordered a new copy! ... Read more

    8. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding
    by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis
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    Asin: 1571103104
    Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
    Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
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    Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars These strategies empower students to improve comprehension.
    At first glance, it is easy to be a bit cynical when you see a book entitled "Strategies That Work," especially when it deals with the subject of teaching students to read. I have to admit I was, until I started reading this book and putting into practice Harvey and Goudvis' common-sense strategies for empowering students to make meaning from what they have read.

    So many of our children can decode, and are as fluent as we are, yet when it comes to comprehension, inferencing, and extending meaning, they are completely lost. Not any more; Strategies at Work to the rescue!

    There isn't enough room to review all of my favorite strategies, but I will offer one; for me, Chapter 8, which deals with Visualizing and Inferring is worth the price of the book.

    The authors walk you through how to get students to visualize, or as they so elequently put it "make movies in your mind," as a way of establishing connections with text in order to improve comprehension. In the section entitled "Inferential Thinking: Reading Between the Lines," teachers are given strategies to model and help students think more abstractly in order to extend meaning, which is a skill that many of the state standardized tests are requiring our students to do.

    "Strategies that Work" is one of the few books I have read that actually deliver on what they promise. Recommended for teachers K-12.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Teach Reading for Meaning Effectively in your Classoom
    For every teacher who has ever been overwhelmed at the idea of "teaching
    reading" to students, Strategies that Work-Teaching Comprehension to enhance
    Understanding, is a book for you. The authors, Stephanie Harvey and Anne
    Goudvis, tackle the enormous task of illustrating what teaching students to
    read for understanding can look like in the classroom setting. The book
    discusses five comprehension strategies that are vital for creating meaning
    from text: Making Connections; Questioning; Visualizing and inferring;
    Determining Importance in Text; and Synthesizing Information. What separates
    this book from others you may have read is the actual classroom application
    that the authors offer readers. Any teacher who reads this book will begin to
    understand how these strategies can be implemented into his/her own classroom
    practices. This is an invaluable tool for any teacher regardless of grade

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Reading Teachers
    This is an awesome book! If you want to really help students improve in reading, then you've got to have it. I teach LD students, and I have seen the biggest difference in the level of comprehension among my students since I have started using the strategies outlined in the book. If you haven't read it, you will wonder how you ever taught reading without it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, With Some Good Information
    I found this book very useful for teaching reading in my small groups. The authors give some good ideas for classroom teachers to use "authentic literature" in order to teach reading comprehension which can include newspapers and magazines. The appendices are worth the price of the book. The only reason I downgraded it a bit is the authors could have done away with some of the whole language rhetoric about traditional basals and basic skills being "boring." This is nonsensical and detracts somewhat from the general usefulness of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great support for literacy instruction!
    This is the best book I have yet read on teaching reading to middle and upper grades. If you are new to balanced literacy, this is a must-have! Even experienced teachers will find it to be a useful resource book. It is filled with strategies that will help you go from whole-class novel studies or basals into smaller, guided reading groups. This book goes beyond Mosaic of Thought to give wonderfully explicit details on strategies you can use in your classroom. I heartily recommend it to middle and upper grade teachers. ... Read more

    9. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
    by ShonHarris, Shon Harris
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    Asin: 0072229667
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-17)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 3573
    Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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    All-in-One is all you need! This authoritative reference offers complete coverage of all material on the challenging CISSP exam. You’ll find exam objectives at the beginning of each chapter, helpful exam tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and photographs and illustrations. The bonus CD-ROM contains a testing engine with questions found only on the CD. This comprehensive guide not only helps you pass this challenging exam, but will also serve as an invaluable on-the-job reference. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Available in Market
    I enjoy reading this book very much. I believe that this book is the best so far in the market for CISSP and as an introduction and survey to provide a solid framework for the field, and especially for those to prepare CISSP. It is very well written as a summary (better and comprehensive than "The CISSP Prep Guide" by Krutz, et al) with the orignial and critical sources. My delight and best part of this book: for each topic the author kindly provides the web sites (for further study and reading).

    CISSP test is very general (generic, and not for a specific product or service) and thus a frustration. But that is what CISSP is about. For professional and marketable working knowledge, use this book as a framework, along with many other good books such as (1) Incident Response (by Mandia & Prosise) and (2) Hacking Exposed (2nd ed, by Scambray, McClure, Kurtz) or (3) Maximum Security (3rd ed, Anonymous), or (4) Counter Hack by Stoudis, to supplement the reading and case study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE definative CISSP study guide
    I've read most of the CISSP books out currently. The SRV books, Exam cram, prep guide, secured computing, and the first two infosecurity management handbooks. Out of all of them, this book is by far my favorite.

    Shon Harris presents the information in very easy to understand terms and uses vivid analogies which helped me retain more of the information. With the other books I found the reading quite dry and often caught myself losing focus. The All-In-One book was much easier to digest. Those of you who have read Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies should have a good idea on the writers style.

    Despite Amazon's information, this book comes in at 924 pages from the front to the glossary. While Chapter 12, Operations Security ends around page 840, there are almost 100 additionaly pages of interesting and relevant information. For the price I definately think this is the best buy around.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best could be better, easily
    This book, along with the CISSP Exam Prep Guide by Kurtz and Vines, provided me a great deal of insight into the 10 domains of computer security and it was instrumental in assisting me to pass the CISSP exam on the first try.

    No book alone can inform a candidate to the level of familiarity with this topic needed to pass this very broadly scoped exam. But, this book helped me put my 20+ years of IS experience into perspective from the point of view of the ten domains of computer security. It helped provide the context and framework for organizing and thinking about the issues, helped to sort-out and standardize my terminology, informed me in some areas where I was weak and provided pointers to additional resources to supplement my understanding.

    This book was helpful in spite of considerable shortcomings, including errors of fact, errors in logic, and an appalling number of typographical errors that must reflect a rush to publish and a lack of interest in quality control. Errors of fact included erroneous definitions of important terms, e.g., MTTR - improperly defined as the mean time between repairs rather than the mean time to repair. Some sample questions at the chapter ends included duplicate answers, and offered wrong answers as correct ones. While this occurred infrequently, it shouldn't happen at all. Without prior knowledge, the reader wouldn't know what was true and what was in error. The book was laced with exasperatingly trite examples that distracted from the theme development in the chapters. Moreover, many of the book's sections were far too wordy and could have been distilled or provided as an appendix for those who are interested in the tutorial material, e.g., over 150 pages on the telecom and security domain alone.

    The sample test S/W included informative questions, but was unwieldy, error-filled and did not permit the user to suspend the exercise until later nor did it provide for printing the Q&A's in any useful way.

    All in all I believe the book was a considerable help to me. If you can get by the multiplicity of errors and deal with the frustrating sample test software, it could be a helpful tool in preparing for the CISSP exam.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good CISSP reference.
    Good reference for CISSP. Easily comprehensible material.

    BTW, curious to know, has anybody taken CISSP exam, and not passed?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for General Knowledge, Bad for Exam
    I read this book and almost memorized it. I found it to be way to detailed for the CISSP. The CISSP poses questions that are vague and open to interpretation. If you are studying to pass the CISSP, you should probably use the book published by ISC2 (located on their Web site.) ... Read more

    10. Educational Research: An Introduction (7th Edition)
    by Meredith D. Gall, Walter R. Borg, Joyce P. Gall
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very easy to understand
    This book is good for any college student in need of guidance on how to conduct research. The chapters are well sequenced, the topics flowing from the previous ones. Each start with an overview and the objectives of the chapter, and finish with a "self-check list" (in the form of a multiple choice quizz) to help the reader know if she/he understood what was read. Also, any new vocabulary is highlighted and defined in the glossary. The authors even put a suggestion sheet at the end of the book for when they write the next edition (I thought it was "cute" yet scientific the way they did this; if you get the book, you'll know what I mean!). ... Read more

    11. A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Eighth Edition
    by Rick Billstein, Shlomo Libeskind, Johnny W. Lott
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Future Teachers
    This textbook is easy to read and follow. The explanations of mathematics, how to teach young children to use strategies, and examples of worksheets make this a great resource for future Elementary school teachers. ... Read more

    12. Literacy for the 21st Century (3rd Edition)
    by Gail E. Tompkins
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best reading methods textbook I've found
    I teach a course in elementary reading methods for undergraduate education students. This is the third textbook I've tried, and it is excellent! It has what students need to know about the theory and practice of teaching reading, written in a very readable, non-overwhelming way. Plus it has lots of practical teaching ideas. Our lab school saw it and ordered several copies for its teachers also. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!!
    I was first introduced to this book in one of my graduate literacy courses and I have been hooked every since. The teachers at my school pass it around constantly looking for ideas. My favorite aspect of this boks is the fact that there are real teachers giving real examples of what works in their classrooms. There are no strategies that seem too hard implement in your classroom, because the layout is right there!! You know it can be done and it words because the examples in the book are proof! You don't feel like you are reading about some ideal or Utopia of a classroom. You are reading about REAL classrooms. I absolutely love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for teachers
    This is an excellent resource. It is concise and contains a wealth of information. I teach second grade and am working on a Master's degree in literacy. I am finding this book to be invaluable. Much of the information is sorted into charts for easy referencing. So many of the books I have read lately seem to ramble on and on. This book makes it's point and moves on to other salient information. I get rid of so many of the professional books I purchase after I read them. This one is a keeper. It is very pertinent to the current trend in improving the literacy of our children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chock-full of good information!
    We dived right into this book in our Teaching Reading credential course. This book is worth the price just for the internet resources (web sites, discussion boards, etc.) alone! Includes a great appendix which defines key terms, such as book talks, word webs, readers' theatre, etc. These are the "buzzwords" that are important for the RICA examination. A wonderful resource!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Approach
    This book is a great resource. Ms. Thompson believes that it is imperative that teachers offer students a comprehensive, balanced approach. She reasons that one should mix whole language with phonics. This resource is very readable and practical, and not riddled with lofty, educational jargon. ... Read more

    13. Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines, Third Edition
    by Jody L Fitzpatrick, James R Sanders, Blaine R Worthen, Blaine R. Worthen
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    5-0 out of 5 stars All models evaluation book
    Even though it is not an Evaluation Manual which sometimes comes in handy for conducting evaluation studies, it is a very good book. I have used it for my Masters Program (at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala) and found it very useful both for the theoretical and for the practical parts.It covers all major models tracing their origins. I plan on using it for my Doctoral Program, at Universidad de Costa Rica.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough
    I've been using this book as a resource for evaluating programs at our college and for my doctoral research. The book is well organized and contains several examples and paradigms with which to evaluate programs in both govermental and corporate settings. Expensive book but one that you'll keep handy! ... Read more

    14. 104 Activities That Build: Self-esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-discovery, and Coping Skills
    by Alanna Jones, Alanna E. Jones
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Therapeutic activities ... in school and in treatment
    Alanna Jones is a certified recreational therapist who has compiled an interesting set of 104 games and activities that social workers, recreational therapists, and some educators and school counselors (in substantially separate classrooms for behavior/emotional disorders) can use. The book is organized into activities that build (1) teamwork, (2) self-esteem, (3) communication, (4) self-discovery, (5) anger management, and (6) coping skills. Almost all activities are designed for elementary school aged children, but Ms. Jones, under each activity, presents variations--either in the activity itself or in the intended age group.

    The crucial part of using these activities occurs after the activity is done. This is the "debriefing" part of the activity. It is absolutely necessary to do this debriefing in order that the youngster(s) arrive at some understanding of the activity just completed, and its possible meaning to them. It is assumed that the reader is comfortable with this type of debriefing, and has the skills to intercede in case the activity or debriefing are going south.

    The things I liked about this book are: (1) Ms. Jones' energy and positive thinking about youngsters and her desire to provide them with challenging and thoughtful moments; (2) She explains each activity or game fully, provides lists of materials needed, gives some advice on structuring the activity; (3) This is therapy "in action," so it attracts the interest and energy of the youngsters.

    I had two small questions about some of this book: (1) Self-esteem comes from accomplishing something, and I thought self-esteem activities were the weakest section of the book; and (2) In regard to anger management, these activities must be regarded as an adjunct, not the central core, of an anger management therapy program. When readers have a good therapeutic anger management therapy program at their facility (in their classroom), Ms. Jones' activities can help.

    I was impressed by Ms. Jones' selection and believe it will help counselors, therapists, coaches, and recreational therapists.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Useful Resource
    This book is a great resource for anyone working with children or adolescents! I bought it because I needed ideas for activities for elementary school students, but it has been useful for the adolescents I work with, too. There are a lot of really creative ideas in here, and I have used it consistently since the day I got it. All of my coworkers think I am so creative now! This is a very useful book and well worth the money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Money well spent
    As a middle school counselor, I have used the activities in this book with kids of various ages and ability levels. While some of the activities do take some prep time, there are also many that you can use with what you have on hand, which is great for the busy school counselor. The activities are a lot of fun and teach great skills such as teamwork and decision-making. Well worth the money!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as her other Book...
    This book is pretty good, but not as good as her Teamwork book. The key is that this book does not have team building activities like the other book. It only covers what is stated. I would still recommend this book for the topics it says it covers... but dont buy this for teambuilding...

    3-0 out of 5 stars There are better ones
    I got this book hoping it would have simple, easy to use exercises to utilize in groups, with individual clients, and with families. However, it is not. Many of the exercises require extra materials and some require a good bit of creativity. I prefer the workbook types and have those are much more helpful than this one. If you are just looking for a good place to start and some creative ideas, then this book is for you. If you all ready have some resources you like and use, you may want to check this book out from a library or bookstore before buying because I was disappointed. ... Read more

    15. The Courage to Teach : Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
    by Parker J.Palmer
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    As a spiritually inspirational book for teachers, The Courage to Teach is one of the best. The premise is concise and unarguable: good teaching comes from the identity and the integrity of the teacher. Teachers are encouraged to turn their inquiring minds inward--developing a deeper understanding of what it means to fulfill the spiritual calling of teaching. Good teachers share one trait, says author Parker Palmer, they are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts--the place where intellect and emotion and spirit and will converge in the human self. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Reading Group Favorite
    My professional reading group is currently reading and journaling about The Courage To Teach. We have read many books about teaching and learning together, but Palmer's book brings us to our knees. As we focus on "Who" we are as educators, we are forced to soulfully search our spirits for that which makes us willing to greet each day in the classroom. We unanimously agree that Palmer's book should be required reading for every teacher in America. We are finding ourselves again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Honest
    "The Courage to Teach" should be read again and again. It invokes new insights into your teaching career every time at various points in your life. The concepts are inspiring, and the conclusions honest.

    If I have any complaints, it's that at times in the book, the language became a bit thick and abstract, losing the reader in extensive passages that might need to be reread several times to fully understand. For example, a sentence from page 105 reads:

    "In rejecting the objectivist model, I have not embraced a relativism that reduces truth to whatever the community decides, for the community of truth includes a transcendent dimension of truth-knowing and truth-telling that takes us beyond relativism and absolutism alike."

    To be fair, this quote is taken out of context, and I know that the book is not meant to be read like a pleasure novel... it's much deeper and more though-provoking than that. It's a real gem when Palmer describes examples of his points from classroom experiences, but I found myself choking on the pages of abstract language separating these examples. It took me longer than expected to finish.

    Despite my minor misgivings, I highly recommend the book... especially to teachers. It'll be a permanent fixture on my bookshelf for years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
    I notice that the more negative reviews posted here are from semi-literate people. Makes sense. If you are actually educated and teaching, this book is extemely inspiring. It is a good counterpoint to the test and assessment-centered madness that is being foisted upon the US by the current radically conservative government. It tells the truth about what makes a good teacher. I highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars For any teacher, this should be in your library for your use
    Recently I have been teaching Middle School Students as Substitute.
    I agree with this book's philosophy. I love to teach younster, but get mad when they do not respoect and listen. My heart is there along with my head.
    I need to use my heart more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Points to Ponder
    I was not enchanted or spiritually lifted after I had read this highly-praised book. It was too much talk with little background. I love stories that empower, or motivate, where as that was what I was expecting with this book and was sadly disappointed. It scared me more to become a teacher (with it's sherr negativity) and failed to make me fel the need to explore my inner landscape. ... Read more

    16. Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (4th Edition)
    by Jeanne Ellis Ormrod
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    This widely used book is known for its exceptionally clearand engaging writing, its in-depth focus on learning, and its extensiveconcrete applications. Its unique approach helps readers understandconcepts by encouraging them to examine their own learning and thenshowing them how to apply these concepts as teachers. The book concentrateson core concepts and principles and gives readers an in-depth understandingof the central ideas of educational psychology.More coverage of learning than any other introductory educational psychology book. This book contains unique, integrated coverage of diversity and inclusion and offers readers an opportunity to apply their knowledge of ed psych in an authentic context while strengthening their skills in assessment.For professionals in the field of Educational Psychology. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, practical intro to ed'l psych'y for teachers
    In a highly readable manner, Jeanne Ormrod introduces educational psychology for K-12 teachers. She incorporates many of the learning principles and teaching practices her text espouses by using colorfully illustrated and highlighted multiple formats throughout, such as summaries, case studies, classroom applications and examples, emphasis of major points, and learning exercises. The three major sections address learner diversity, how students learn, and becoming an effective teacher. She outlines seven themes for effective learning which she addresses in every section: interaction, information processing, relevance, classroom climate, challenge, expectations, and diversity. The text cites educational research throughout (there is an index with 44 pages of references) yet the paragraphs have a readibility and easy flow to them. Ormrod's chapters consistently address her goals as an author: focusing on cores principles, relating them to our own behavior, processing them effectively and applying them in the classroom. The phrase "interesting textbook," usually an oxymoron, in this case is well-deserved praise. ... Read more

    17. Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers (3rd Edition)
    by Marilyn Friend, William D. Bursuck
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The book is extermely informative and organized.
    The authors did an excellent job of presenting Special Education to thier readers. The organization of the text makes it easy for the reader to follow along and makes a great reference guide for teachers in the classroom! ... Read more

    18. What the Best College Teachers Do
    by Ken Bain
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    What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

    The short answer is--it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and out--but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn.

    In stories both humorous and touching, Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential. What the Best College Teachers Do is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators.

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    19. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement
    by Robert J. Marzano, Debra Pickering, Jane E. Pollock
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    What works in education? How do we know? How can teachers find out? How can educational research find its way into the classroom? How can we apply it to help our individual students?Questions like these arise in most schools, and busy educators often don't have time to find the answers. Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock have examined decades of research findings to distill the results into nine broad teaching strategies that have positive effects on student learning:

    * Identifying similarities and differences.
    * Summarizing and note taking.
    * Reinforcing effort and providing recognition.
    * Homework and practice.
    * Nonlinguistic representations.
    * Cooperative learning.
    * Setting objectives and providing feedback.
    * Generating and testing hypotheses.
    * Questions, cues, and advance organizers.

    This list is not new. But what is surprising is finding out what a big difference it makes, for example, when students learn how to take good notes, work in groups, and use graphic organizers. The authors provide statistical effect sizes and show how these translate into percentile gains for students, for each strategy. And each chapter presents extended classroom examples of teachers and students in action; models of successful instruction; and many "frames," rubrics, organizers, and charts to help teachers plan and implement the strategies. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Informative
    Some people say this book is stating the obvious. These are the sort of people who tend to avoid professional journals, conferences, and in-services because, by golly, they already know how to teach. They learned all they needed to know getting their bachelor's degree and from their vast experience. That's baloney. While this book is full of things that good teachers do, it is laid out in a convenient format that places those practices in one handbook that is research based (as opposed to "I do because it works" even if it worked 10 years ago, but doesn't today). This text is a handy reference to have especially if you teach at-risk students.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Chock Full of Obvious
    Once again, I was hoodwinked by reviewers at who have no ability to discern good from average. This book provides a bunch of no-brain chapters -- (i.e. classifying is good) -- it's really a huge waste of money. The absolute best book I've read and I recommend to all discerning intellectual teachers is Grant Wiggins's Understanding By Design. This book was a waste of my good time and precious money. Never again will I so blindly trust all the 5 star givers on this site. Too many stooges, I think.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "At last--research validating what good teachers already do"
    I'll keep this short and sweet, and not summarize the contents of the book. Such can be found in other reviews, as well as the editorial synopsis. Instead, let me just suggest that "Classroom Instruction that Works” is a long overdue work that can be used in a three-fold manner.

    First, it should be required reading for every new teacher. It clearly details for them what is effective in the classroom, regardless of grade level. There is little philosophy here. This is ‘meat and potatoes’ practicality.

    Secondly, the research in this book should become an integral part of every teacher-evaluation process. It provides a model paradigm of excellence in teaching above and beyond the subjectivity extant in most evaluations today.

    Finally, this book should be a personal read of every experienced teacher. I cannot express my feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when I realized--I already do many of these things! While I know I can improve in many areas because of reading this work, much of my teaching was validated by sound research, and that felt good!

    It is my hope that this material will be presented at many of the national education conferences I attend each year--in fact, I plan on using much of this in my own presentations.

    The book is nicely organized, backed by solid research, and utilizes illustrative scenarios which make complex methodology very understandable. And isn't this the goal of every classroom teacher?


    Dr. J.L. Parks
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    5-0 out of 5 stars If Student Achievement Matters to You, read this book.
    Teachers, this book spells out in plain language what works. It explains each strategy in detail, gives examples, and summarizes the research on how effectively that strategy works. The strategies are in order of effectiveness. It doesn't matter what subject you teach; it does matter HOW your teach it.

    The book is beautifully written, just 178 pages, and POWER PACKED! A crucial read for educators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enhanced with informative charts and graphs
    Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock draw upon their many years of experience and expertise as educators to effectively collaborate in providing an informative series of nine research-based strategies for the use of classroom teachers seeking to increase their student's achievement levels. These strategies include identifying similarities and differences; summarizing and note taking; reinforcing effort and providing recognition; homework and practice; nonlinguistic representations; cooperative learning; setting objectives and providing feedback; generating and testing hypotheses; questions, cues, and advance organizers. Enhanced with informative charts and graphs, and highly recommended for student teacher reading lists and classroom management studies, Classroom Instruction That Works will enable teachers to enable their students to learn how to take effective notes, work in groups, and use graphic organizers. ... Read more

    20. Teaching Language In Context
    by Alice Omaggio Hadley
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    5-0 out of 5 stars If I were to choose one book
    No book can cover every aspect of language instruction, but by all means Hadley's work would be right up there with Ellis, Richards and Rodgers among others. This is a solid book, jam packed with historical facts and insights, and I feel has caught the full heart of the profession representing the current state of the profession. I could not disagree with the first reviewer more. I am reading this book through and I love this book. This is not a technique-y book at all but a serious treatise and contribution to educators who want to have a broader scope on theory and instruction. In my mind, the author answers the who, what, where, when, how, and why not just of one method but does it with several of the major methods. And this she does in Chapter three! This is a 512 page text and to my mind, the reading is coherent, smart, and digestable. This text is certainly one of the better foundational texts for comprehensive grasp of the field. This book is be a springboard to assist the reader to think through the past and present assumptionan about teaching language; it is an excellent choice! If I were to only have one text to me to read in this area, this would be a top contender. Thank you Alice Omaggio Haddley for the hard work and care you put into this wonderful book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Ehhh
    This book is okay and only okay. It's not very practical; it does not really teach you how to teach a foreign language. The book errs regarding its definitions of language acquisition versus language learning. It is apparent to me as a reader and as a teacher that the author has not spent enough time in an actual classroom with actual language learners. The book is also lacking a 'why'. Why learn a new language? Why does this matter to students today? As any parent or teacher will tell you, why is the first, last and most asked question. "Ways With Words," by Shirley Brice Heath, has a lot more helpful information when it comes to language learning than this text.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Omaggio
    It's a good book but it sort of dismisses anything other than the communicative method as ineffective. it doesn't address how to teach AP classes effectively and it seems to be geared more towards an esl teacher rather than a foreign language teacher. Sometimes the communicative method bypasses the brain and kind of dummies up instruction. There is an important gap in how to teach grammar rules, and AP type test problems also I am unsatisfied with the material on how to teach writing. But this is the only methods text any important university is using nowadays, that will change once the communicative method goes out of fashion in a year or two.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Foreign Language Instruction Bible
    If you are a foreign language teacher who would like to understand more about second language acquisition, you will enjoy this book. Several methods are explored by the author and research to support some of the latest teaching methods. My Language Dept. uses it often, we are going to have to order additional copies because we enjoy it so much. It will change the way you teach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Foreign Language Teachers
    I think this is an excellent book for foreign language teachers of all levels. Omaggio gives a good overview of the theories driving language teaching--past and present-- and the basics of how second language is acquired. As there is no "magic formula" for creating effective lessons, learning how we learn a foreign language helps teachers to use their time in the classroom more efficiently. Rather than wasting time doing random substitution and grammar drills, the students can actually be learning the language in context. ... Read more

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