Archive for the 'elementary education' Category

Developing Portfolios for Authentic Assessment PreK-3: Guiding Potential in Young Learners

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By Bertie Kingore

Call Number: LB1029 .P67 K552 2008

A streamlined process for assessing children in the early grades!

Written for early childhood educators, this invaluable handbook demonstrates how to use portfolios for assessment and offers techniques for combining portfolios with traditional measurements to design effective instruction and curricula for young children.

Reflecting current research on how children learn, this practical resource features an insightful discussion on authentic assessment goals and ways to make the portfolio process fun for learners while using developmentally appropriate teaching practices. Educators will find:

  • Concise, easy-to-understand instructions for developing portfolios
  • Guidelines for involving children in portfolio development
  • Methods for gathering data and documenting students’ learning
  • Rubrics, sample portfolios, and abundant reproducibles
  • Additional materials and procedures to help integrate assessment and instruction

Developing Portfolios for Authentic Assessment, PreK–3 offers preschool and primary grade teachers efficient, user-friendly tools for assessing the children in their classrooms.

Early Childhood: Nutrition

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Unknown

Call Number: TX355.5 .E27 2000

No Description Available

RIF Exchange: Show 207, Multicultural Books

Friday, July 25, 2008

by RIFnet (Produced)

Call Number: LB1139.5 .R43 M85 2003

Multicultural Books, focuses on a variety of books from and about various cultures. In this episode, authors, educators, and publishers discuss the richness of multicultural literature and offer suggestions for selecting books that celebrate diversity. See how a Michigan high school is introducing multicultural books and authors to its students.

Teaching Word Recognition: Effective Strategies for Students with Learning Difficulties

Monday, July 21, 2008

By Rollanda E. O’Connor

Call Number: LB1050.45 .O26 2007

Most struggling readers, including those with reading disabilities, have difficulties recognizing printed words. This unique, lucidly written book synthesizes the research on how children learn to read words skillfully and translates it into step-by-step strategies for the classroom. The author demonstrates how to plan and implement a coordinated series of lessons that address letter-sound pairings, decoding and blending, multisyllabic words, sight words, and fluency. The proven techniques presented are applicable across the primary grades; in addition, specific guidance is offered for working with older children who are having difficulties. A highly accessible guide, the book features reproducible forms and checklists.

Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History, from Aesop to Harry Potter

Friday, July 18, 2008

by Seth Lerer

Call Number: PN1009 .A1 L44 2008

Ever since children have learned to read, there has been children’s literature. Its history is inseparable from the history of childhood, as children are indelibly molded by the tales they hear and read—stories they will one day share with their own sons and daughters.
Children’s Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop’s fables to Mother Goose, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter. Seth Lerer here explores the iconic books, ancient and contemporary alike, that have forged a lifelong love of literature in young readers during their formative years. Along the way, Lerer also looks at the changing environments of family life and human growth, schooling and scholarship, and publishing and politics in which children found themselves changed by the books they read. This ambitious work appraises a broad trajectory of influences—including Shakespeare’s plays, John Locke’s theories of education, Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and the Puritan tradition—which have each shaped children’s literature through the ages as well.
The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of children’s literature in its full panorama, this extraordinary book reveals why J. R. R. Tolkien, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Shel Silverstein, and many others, despite their divergent styles and subject matter, have all resonated with generations of readers. Children’s Literature is an exhilarating quest across centuries, continents, and genres to discover how, and why, we first fall in love with the written word. (Description by

Children and Bullying: How Parents and Educators Can Reduce Bullying at School

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by Ken Rigby

Call Number: LB3013.3 .R532 2008

Scarcely a day goes by without reports of school bullying or recommendations for quick fixes to the problem. Parents and educators are often left trying to solve a difficult issue without sufficient evidence to support suggested remedies. Children and Bullying is a vital resource in the quest to create safe learning environments. Drawing on a wealth of research, Ken Rigby provides clear explanations and effective strategies for combating bullying among children and preventing children from becoming involved in bullying situations.

  • Offers a collaborative approach to the school-based bullying problem
  • Emphasizes the crucial role student bystanders can play in countering bullying, and how to promote positive bystander behaviors
  • Examines contentious research, such as the role genetics or parenting in early childhood may play in creating bullies and victims
  • Answers to FAQs by parents in the final chapter are often controversial but intended to stimulate thought (Description by