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May 2014

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Know & Tell Summer reading Recommended summer reading For adults only By Tiff any Hasker U S U A L LY, W E P R O V I D E a list of suggested books for your students. Well, summer is almost here, so we're making our book recommendations for you this time around. These recommendations come from staff picks and leader suggestions. Some you may have already read, others you may not have heard of. Whichever you decide to dive into, let us know what you think. Also, let us know if you have any good books you'd like to recommend — we're always looking for a good read! Choice Words: How Our Language Aff ects Children's Learning by Peter Johnston At just 120 pages, this small book is packed with big ideas about teacher language, suggesting that how teachers talk to children is critical to how they develop as learners. Creating a healthy environ- ment in the classroom through appropriate language is as important as selecting content, just harder to measure. There is Power in the Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America by Philip Dray A character-driven narrative, this book looks at the struggle for security and dignity in all its various settings: on picket lines and in union halls, assembly lines, corporate boardrooms, the courts, and the halls of Congress. The author demonstrates the urgency of the fight for fairness and economic democracy — a struggle that remains especially urgent today, when ordinary Americans are so anxious and suffering economic insecurity. Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers From High School Students by Kathleen Cushman This is a collection of opinions of a diverse group of high school students from around the country on everything related to school, from pop quizzes to classroom behavior expec- tations. Their voices are real, honest and down-to-earth. Obviously, this is most relevant to secondary teachers, but there is quite a lot of helpful infor- mation for primary teachers, too. The Age of the Image: Redefi ning Literacy in a World of Screens by Stephen Apkon The Age of the Image draws on the history of literacy — from scrolls to printing presses, text messages, YouTube and social media memes — to argue that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create and communicate. 25 M AY 2 0 1 4 Educator 05 May 2014 v1.6 int.indd 25 5/16/14 3:21 PM

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