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Books Connected to Teaching Through Inquiry

PYP Leadership Book List.pdf
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An Insightful Booklist For PYP Leaders

A booklist curated from speakers at the PYP Leaders Boot Camp, 2020. Concept-Based Curriculum Design and Developing Transformational Leadership, these books are sure to refresh your learning and bring new perspectives to your leadership journeys. Happy Reading.

**Also, see the Leadership Page

The Power of Inquiry

By: Kath Murdoch
*** Customers outside Australia and New Zealand are able to purchase through the Follett IB store

How can we create learning environments that cultivate curiosity and grow young people as confident, capable and creative inquirers? How can we ensure that our teaching nurtures rather than diminishes the sense of wonder with which we are all born? How can we become better inquirers as we teach? ---

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--- How can we help our students grow as thinkers, collaborators, self-managers, communicators and researchers as they inquire? The Power of Inquiry is an inspiring and comprehensive guide to the implementation of quality inquiry practices in the contemporary classroom. Organized around ten essential questions, each chapter provides both a theoretical and practical overview of the elements that combine to create learning environments rich in purpose and passion.

Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World (Corwin Teaching Essentials) 1st Edition

By: by Julie Stern, Krista Ferraro, Kayla Duncan, Trevor Aleo

"It is a pleasure to have a full length treatise on this most important topic, and may this focus on transfer become much more debated, taught, and valued in our schools." - John Hattie

Teach students to use their learning to unlock new situations.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1071835890 / Corwin; 1st edition (March 29, 2021) / 312 pages

Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. Using a backwards design approach, this hands-on guide walks teachers step-by-step through the process of identifying curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations. Key features include:

    • Thinking prompts to spur reflection and inform curricular planning and design.

    • Next-day strategies that offer tips for practical, immediate action in the classroom.

    • Design steps that outline critical moments in creating curriculum for learning that transfers.

    • Links to case studies, discipline-specific examples, and podcast interviews with educators.

    • A companion website that hosts templates, planning guides, and flexible options for adapting current curriculum documents.

** To learn more about the book go to AJ Juliani's blog which also includes a podcast about the book with the authors.Amazon.com: ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1071835890 / Corwin; 1st edition (March 29, 2021) / 312 pages

Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. Using a backwards design approach, this hands-on guide walks teachers step-by-step through the process of identifying curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations. Key features include:

Thinking prompts to spur reflection and inform curricular planning and design.

Next-day strategies that offer tips for practical, immediate action in the classroom.

Design steps that outline critical moments in creating curriculum for learning that transfers.

Links to case studies, discipline-specific examples, and podcast interviews with educators.

A companion website that hosts templates, planning guides, and flexible options for adapting current curriculum documents.

** To learn more about the book go to AJ Juliani's blog which also includes a podcast about the book with the authors.

Amazon.com: ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1071835890 / Corwin; 1st edition (March 29, 2021) / 312 pages

Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. Using a backwards design approach, this hands-on guide walks teachers step-by-step through the process of identifying curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations. Key features include:

Thinking prompts to spur reflection and inform curricular planning and design.

Next-day strategies that offer tips for practical, immediate action in the classroom.

Design steps that outline critical moments in creating curriculum for learning that transfers.

Links to case studies, discipline-specific examples, and podcast interviews with educators.

A companion website that hosts templates, planning guides, and flexible options for adapting current curriculum documents.

** To learn more about the book go to AJ Juliani's blog which also includes a podcast about the book with the authors.


Fear Is The Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work

by James Mannion (Author), Kate McAllister (Author)

For the last 15 years, Dr James Mannion and Kate McAllister have been working to design, implement and evaluate the Learning Skills curriculum - a systematic approach to helping students become more confident, practice, self-regulated learners.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1911382775 / John Catt Educational (November 17, 2020) / 400 pages

An eight-year evaluation with the University of Cambridge revealed that Learning Skills led to significant gains in subject learning across the curriculum, with accelerated gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is a book about what happened when a small group of teachers seized an opportunity to provide their students with the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to take control of their own learning. On the other side of fear is the teacher you want to be, and the children you'd like to teach.

Also check out the "From Page to Practice" podcast about the book: Series 2 - Episode 16 - Fear is the Mind Killer by James Mannion and Kate McAllister or HERE

The Future of Teaching: And the Myths That Hold It Back (1st Edition)

by Guy Claxton (Author)

It’s time for the educational slugfest to stop. ‘Traditional’ and ‘progressive’ education are both caricatures, and bashing cartoon images of each other is unprofitable and unedifying. The search for a new model of education – one that is genuinely empowering for all young people – is serious and necessary....

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-0367531638 / Routledge; 1st edition (April 28, 2021) / 160pp / Paperback

... Some good progress has already been made, but teachers and school leaders are being held back by specious beliefs, false oppositions and the limited thinking of orthodoxy.

Drawing on recent experience in England, North America and Australasia, but applicable round the world, The Future of Teaching clears away this logjam of bad science and slack thinking and frees up the stream of much-needed innovation. This timely book aims to banish arguments based on false claims about the brain and poor understanding of cognitive science, reclaim the nuanced middle ground of teaching that develops both rigorous knowledge and ‘character’, and lay the foundations for a 21st-century education worthy of the name.

Changing Our Minds: How children can take control of their own learning

By:Dr. Naomi Fisher

Children are born full of curiosity, eager to participate in the world. They learn as they live, with enthusiasm and joy. Then we send them to school. We stop them from playing and actively exploring their interests, telling them it's more important to sit still and listen. The result is that for many children, their motivation to learn drops dramatically. The joy of the early years is replaced with apathy and anxiety.

Recommended: Listen to a Rethinking Education podcast about the book. Dr Naomi Fisher talks about self-directed learning and how schools can do more harm than good.

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This is not inevitable. We are socialised to believe that schooling is synonymous with education, but it's only one approach. Self-directed education puts the child back in control of their learning. This enables children, including those diagnosed with special educational needs, to flourish in their own time and on their own terms. It enables us to put wellbeing at the centre of education.

Changing Our Minds brings together research, theory and practice on learning. It includes interviews with influential thinkers in the field of self-directed education and examples from families alongside practical advice. This essential guide will give you an understanding of why self-directed education makes sense, how it works, and what to do to put it into action yourself.

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

By: H. Lynn Erickson, Lois A. Lanning, Rachel French

Develop students’ critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and creative learning skills with concept-based teaching!

Take learning beyond the facts with a teaching approach that develops conceptual thinking and problem-solving skills. ---

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--- A Concept-Based curriculum recaptures students’ innate curiosity about the world and provides the thrilling feeling of using one’s mind well. Concept-Based teachers will learn how to:

  • Meet the demands of rigorous academic standards

  • Use the Structure of Knowledge and Process when designing disciplinary units

  • Engage students in inquiry through inductive teaching

  • Identify conceptual lenses and craft quality generalizations

Teaching for Deeper Learning

by Jay McTighe , Harvey F. Silver
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

Far too often, our students attain only a superficial level of knowledge that fails to prepare them for deeper challenges in school and beyond. In Teaching for Deeper Learning, renowned educators and best-selling authors Jay McTighe and Harvey F. Silver propose a solution: teaching students to make meaning for themselves. ---

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Contending that the ability to "earn" understanding will equip students to thrive in school, at work, and in life, the authors highlight seven higher-order thinking skills that facilitate students' acquisition of information for greater retention, retrieval, and transfer. These skills, which cut across content areas and grade levels and are deeply embedded in current academic standards, separate high achievers from their low-performing peers.

Drawing on their deep well of research and experience, the authors

  • Explore what kind of content is worth having students make meaning about.

  • Provide practical tools and strategies to help teachers target each of the seven thinking skills in the classroom.

  • Explain how teachers can incorporate the thinking skills and tools into lesson and unit design.

  • Show how teachers can build students' capacity to use the strategies independently.

If our goal is to prepare students to meet the rigorous demands of school, college, and career, then we must foster their ability to respond to such challenges. This comprehensive, practical guide will enable teachers to engage students in the kind of learning that yields enduring understanding and valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives.

Philosophical Inquiry

by Philip Cam

Philosophical Inquiry shows how to use the tools of philosophy for educational purposes. It is a practical guide to the philosophical arts of questioning, conceptual exploration and reasoning, with wide application across the school curriculum. It provides educators with an effective means of teaching students to think critically and creatively, ---

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--- to use their knowledge to solve problems, to deal with issues, to explore possibilities and work with ideas. Philosophical Inquiry emphasizes the use of collaborative learning, through class discussion, working with a partner, and small group work. This approach teaches students to think in socially responsible ways. It means that students become not only thinking individuals but also good team-players, with benefits that extend beyond the classroom and the school to community life and the world of work.

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom

by Warren Berger
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

The book rallies educators around a mission of transforming classrooms into cultures of curiosity and inquiry. But it is also meant to be highly practical, filled with real-world examples and case studies that illustrate simple, proven ways to bring more questioning into classrooms. ---

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Also see THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead - by Warren Berger (2018).

Creating a Learner-Centred Primary Classroom

By: Kath Murdoch

Creating a Learner-centred Primary Classroom is an essential resource to improve teaching practice, examining the key elements that contribute to a learner-centred classroom and offering strategies to encourage children to take a shared role in their learning. ---

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Including case studies describing teachers methods for linking theory to practice, this user-friendly, photocopiable resource demonstrates how to:

  • construct a learning community

  • encourage collaborative learning

  • share strategies for engaging individual learners

  • provide a scaffold for strategic thinking in the classroom

  • link assessment procedures to learning

  • showcase the practice and outcomes of purposeful curriculum planning.

Any teacher who wants to practically tailor their teaching practice to meet the needs of individual learners will find this an invaluable resource.

Choice Without Chaos

by Anne Bedrick
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

Choice Without Chaos is a book about all about learner agency in the art room.

What is your goal as an art teacher? Do you want to help build students who know how to be self-directed, find joy in their work, and are able to recognize emerging possibilities in all kinds of situations?. ---

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Teaching with choice is in the best interest of students. It not only respects them as learners, but it also helps them to develop traits we value in adults; creativity, perseverance, flexibility, self-expression, and diligence.