Professional Development Supplement

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Welcome to TEACH's 11th Annual Professional Development Supplement. Each November, we present a compendium of information for your personal use and purposes. This year, we have tried to limit our focus solely to the area of professional development for Canadian teachers, and are subsequently pleased to present a comprehensive overview of books, software, Web sites, conferences, reports and videos directed at helping in-service and pre-service Canadian teachers be the best educators they can. Please keep in mind the information in this supplement only provides a narrative description of each product and service listed; no endorsements are given. Don't forget to inquire about educational pricing and discounts where applicable.

Books

1-2-3 Magic for Teachers

Effective Classroom Discipline Pre-K through Grade 8

Thomas Phelan, Sarah Jane Schonour

Offering advice for teachers eager to develop better discipline in the classroom, this guide provides practical methods for eliminating disruptive behaviour, encouraging productive work habits and communicating with parents. Clear lessons and straightforward language reveal how to measure discipline in a classroom environment and handle difficult situations, such as transition times, assemblies, lunch-time and field trips. A separate chapter for school administrators explains how to support classroom teachers in creating discipline and how to evaluate those teachers.

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CDN $21.95

ISBN 1889140171

Stage It: Three Plays and a Monologue

Christine Harvey

The three plays in this book have all been performed by young people and have proven entertaining, versatile and easy to produce in a number of different venues. Teachers, young actors and audiences find these scripts appealing because they feature interesting characters, engaging plots, imaginative staging concepts and witty dialogue. The plays are great drama resources; perfect for classroom skits, integration into lesson plans or full-scale school productions; ready, easy, reproducible, royalty-free and beautifully illustrated.

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CDN $20

ISBN 1412010985

The following tilles are all available through www.amazon.ca.

Classroom Confidential: The 12 secrets of Great Teachers

Laurel Schmidt

This is the ultimate paperback mentor for novices and veterans alike, an across-the-curriculum guidebook with the scoop on how best practices can make you a great teacher. Brimming with practical instructional strategies, tips on classroom management and hundreds of leads on teaching resources, all in a read-it-today-do-it-tomorrow format, Classroom Confidential dishes the goods on every aspect of successful teaching, including:

* Using multiple intelligences to master content standards

* Authentic reading and writing activities

* Inquiry-based instruction

* Teaching for social justice

* Reaching special-needs students

* Community as classroom

* Hands-on social studies projects

* Integrating the arts into academics

Schmidt gives you everything you need to double or triple your instructional capabilities, including a step-by-step plan to improve parent-teacher communication, guidelines for avoiding burnout and a do-it-yourself kit for creating a culture of success in your classroom. Go behind closed doors and into the minds of outstanding educators to discover why the inside story about their success is so important to yours. Read Classroom Confidential and be in the know about what makes a great teacher.

CDN $32.93

ISBN 0325006601

Creating the Peaceable Classroom: Techniques to Calm, Uplift, and Focus Teachers and Students

Sandy Bothmer

Emerging directly from the latest brain research, Bothmer, an educational consultant and elementary teacher from Brookline, New Hampshire, provides strategies and techniques for creating the optimal environment to maximize powerful teaching and learning. …