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Resources for classroom teachers

This page features our most recent or highly recommened professional resources to support teaching practice. Please visit www.curriculumpress.edu.au for a full list of titles or to place your order.

Guiding Thinking for Effective Spelling

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144 pp
Authors: Christine Topfer and Deirdre Arendt
RRP: $39.95
SCIS No: 1414400
ISBN: 9781742004815

Spelling is a complex cognitive process, not a simple act of memorisation.

This book is based on the authors’ many years studying current research and trialling the findings in their classrooms. It promotes their belief that spelling is an engaging inquiry process which needs to be supported by the school community.

Guiding Thinking for Effective Spelling explains practical ways to assess your students’ spelling needs and implement a consistent, supportive spelling approach across the whole school at all primary levels.

Learning activities demonstrate engaging ways to explicitly teach spelling strategies, including:

  • Sound – focusing on how words sound
  • Visual – focusing on how words look
  • Meaning – thinking about word meaning
  • Connecting – making connections with other words
  • Checking – using resources to find the correct spelling.

Prompts for the teacher demonstrate ways to encourage students to become more aware of the spelling strategies they use when writing or learning new words.

Support resources such as word cards and questioning prompts are also available as free downloads from www.curriculumpress.edu.au/effectivespelling.

Step by Step: Improving student achievement in the classroom

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96 pp
Authors: Robyn Adams and Toni Glasson
RRP: $36.95
SCIS No: 1412344
ISBN: 9781742003153

Every teacher wants to see their students fully engaged, highly motivated, taking responsibility for their own learning,and experiencing greater success as a result.

Robyn Adams and Toni Glasson share their research and classroom experience, exploring assessment for learning strategies such as:

  • sharing learning intentions and success criteria with the class
  • peer feedback
  • effective teacher feedback
  • strategic questioning
  • student reflection, self-motivation and self-assessment.

When implemented consistently, these strategies lead to significant improvement in student achievement.

Step by Step: Improving student achievement in the classroom demonstrates how these strategies can be implemented in the context of a teaching and learning unit.

Packed with activities, worksheets and student work samples, Step by Step is your opportunity to follow in the steps of practising classroom teachers using assessment for learning strategies to effect greater student achievement.

These resources are complemented by online material on the Assessment for Learning website at www.assessmentforlearning.edu.au

Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom

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96 pp
Author: Darryn Kruse
RRP: $38.95
SCIS No: 1410041
ISBN: 9781742003139

A practical resource for middle years teachers implementing an inquiry learning approach. An enormously flexible approach for teachers and learners, inquiry learning requires students to take an active role in:

  • asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries

  • finding information from a variety of sources

  • making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences

  • reflecting on, and taking action related to, their understandings.

Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom presents a selection of tried and tested activities linking inquiry to thinking skills. These valuable strategies are structured around the stages of inquiry – Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Making Conclusions, Going Further, Reflecting and Taking Action – and clearly relate to thinking skills relevant to each stage. ‘Inquiry in Action’ snapshots explain the classroom experience of real teachers putting the strategies to work, and help you to decide how you will adapt these activities for the specific needs of your own students.

An invaluable source of inspiration, Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom will help you to extend your students’ inquiry journey into rich and varied learning experiences.

Focus on Inquiry: A practical approach to curriculum planning

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144 pp
Authors: Jeni Wilson and Lesley Wing Jan
RRP: $42.00
SCIS No: 1405684
ISBN: 9781742004808

Implement effective inquiry based learning with Focus on Inquiry: A practical approach to curriculum planning.

Learn how to plan and assess inquiry-based units with this clear guide to the practice of inquiry, the forms it can take in the classroom, and the pivotal role of the teacher in effective inquiry learning.

Inquiry inspires students to take an active role in:

  • asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries

  • finding information from a variety of sources

  • making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences

  • reflecting on, and taking action related to, their understandings.

This new edition of Focus on Inquiry builds on current research into learning and pedagogy, the authors’ continued experiences and the renewed interest in inquiry as a way to facilitate student learning.

Busy teachers can adapt ideas from short classroom snapshots or the in-depth sample units illustrating the what and the how of each different type of inquiry. New material on assessment, planning and questioning is supplemented with practical lists, photocopiable resources and activities sure to spark off ideas about your own journey into inquiry-based learning.