• A Mindset for Learning

    by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz Year Published: 2015 Professional
    The concept of mindset is integral to the Clayton culture. In this book, the authors draw on the work of Dweck, Pink, Costa and others to show how to lead students to a growth mindset both for school and for life. They focus on five specific habits of mind: optimism, persistence, flexibility, resilience, and empathy.
    The authors pair research with practical classroom strategies to help educators maximize learning. “The goal for our students should not just be college-and- career readiness, but love-life- and-agent- of-change readiness.”
    Review by Janet Crews 
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  • Becoming a Reflective Teacher

    by Robert J. Marzano Year Published: 2012 professional

    This book reinforces the importance of reflective practice – “an essential component in developing expertise in teaching.”  Strategies presented in this book or researched and provide a model for effective instruction.  Recommendations from Marzano and his colleagues are to include goal setting, focused practice, focused feedback, observing practice, and discussing teaching strategies to improve practice for educators of all grade levels and content areas.  This book is being used by teachers and administrators all over the district to push our thinking and support effective practice.

    Review by Janet Crews

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  • Choice Words

    by Peter Johnston Year Published: 2004 professional
    In productive classrooms, teachers don't just teach children skills: they build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Teachers create intellectual environments that produce not only technically competent students, but also caring, secure, actively literate human beings. Choice Words shows how teachers accomplish this using their most powerful teaching tool: language. Throughout, Peter Johnston provides examples of apparently ordinary words, phrases, and uses of language that are pivotal in the orchestration of the classroom.
    Grounded in a study by accomplished literacy teachers, the book demonstrates how the things we say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for what children learn and for who they become as literate people. Through language, children learn how to become strategic thinkers, not merely learning the literacy strategies. In addition, Johnston examines the complex learning that teachers produce in classrooms that is hard to name and thus is not recognized by tests, by policy-makers, by the general public, and often by teachers themselves, yet is vitally important.
    This book will be enlightening for any teacher who wishes to be more conscious of the many ways their language helps children acquire literacy skills and view the world, their peers, and themselves in new ways.
    Review by Chris Blanke 
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  • Energize Research Reading & Writing

    by Christopher Lehman Year Published: 2012

    Teaching research skills to your students doesn't have to be boring and tedious? Christopher Lehman's book, Energize Research Reading and Writing, gives practical ideas and strategies for making research purposeful and engaging. Chapters include: Research the Way it was Meant to Be, No More Handouts, and "Beyond Put It into Your Own Words" amoung others. Throughout Lehman provides specific examples for differentiating research and "Devising Teaching that Matches Your Students". Readers will come away with fresh ideas and a new passion for teaching research!


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  • Mindset

    by Carol S. Dweck Year Published: 2006 professional

    This book has both practical suggestions and theoretical ideas to consider.  It will push you to think in a whole new way about how we learn and grow and encourage others to learn and grow.  Dweck looks at a wide variety of research, in areas as different as schools, sports, love, and business.  Her work applies to everyone and is critical for educators and parents to consider as we work to help students in our care to learn about themselves and their abilities.  All staff in Clayton are students of this work and its essence is found in our Standards for Professional Practice.

    Review by Janet Crews

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