Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Active Lessons for Active Brains

Looking for ways to keep active children engaged in lessons? Active lessons for active brains may be the book for you! With engaging lessons in math, language arts and science as well as classroom management strategies for new (or even veteran) teachers, this book offers something for every teacher including many examples, visuals, and reproducibles.

To check out this title, send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Zanny, Born to Run

Got a child who is always on the run? This book app is about a little boy named Zanny who simply cannot be still. Some of the features of this app include:

* Hand-drawn illustrations
* Interactive sound and movement touch features to hunt for and discover
(Make Cheerios fly across the page, frogs leap for joy, play kickball!)
* Pictures that move by touch and animate with gravity as you tilt your iPad
* Professional and lively audio narration
* Charming background music recorded especially by an award-winning producer
* Bonus game attached - "The Extra Special Feelings Game" is for young children,
or anyone who needs help with recognizing feelings and facial expressions.

For more information about this app, visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zanny-born-to-run/id409817073?mt=8

Friday, August 26, 2011

School's in Session!

School's in session--prepare to soar! Feeling a little skittish about teaching all those kids? Got a few that might need a little extra help? CeDIR has you covered with a web page devoted specifically for resources for teachers. Find resource guides on Inclusion, RTI, Classroom Management, and even resources for those in higher education. Check it out: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2190

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction

Looking for help with formative assessment in teaching Math? Pick up Using formative assessment to differentiate mathematics instruction, grades 4-10: Seven practices to maximize learning. Reviewers laud this book as, "practical and thought-provoking," "a wealth of information," and "powerful." With ready-to-teach tiered lesson examples and resources galore, this book will have you ready to use formative assessment in no time.

To check out this title, email us at cedir@indiana.edu, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Active imagination activity book

Written by a Board Certified Occupational Therapist, the book Active imagination activity book: 50 sensorimotor activities to improve focus, attention, strength, & coordination provides fun, easy, and imaginative exercises that will help build the skills necessary for your child to meet the challenges of everyday life at home, school, and out in the community.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu, or try using worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mobile App Monday - iCounselor: OCD

It's Mobile App Monday here at CeDIR, and today we're looking at an app for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. iCounselor: OCD is a useful app for trying to postpone, or even overcome, compulsive behaviors. The app offers many suggestions for preventing responses and changing thoughts. It also offers ideas for participating in calming activities which might help alleviate some of the anxieties associated with OCD behaviors.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Differentiated Reading Instruction in Grades 4 & 5

Differentiated reading instruction in grades 4 & 5 is a find for teachers with 4th and 5th graders. It offers differentiation strategies for every student, even those who don't struggle with reading, along with activities, organizational tools, and resources to help busy teachers make the most of their instruction time.

To check out this title, send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate!

School is now in session! For many teachers that means including students with disabilities in their general education classrooms. One resource that might help with inclusion is Collaborate, communicate, & differentiate!: How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools. Combining applicable research with strategies and ideas, this book covers all subjects, not just special education. Whether it is used in teacher training programs or professional learning communities, this book may well become a well-used resource.

To check out this title, send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu. Or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rebuilding the Foundation

From the product description:
Rebuilding the foundation: Effective reading instruction for 21st Century literacy is not a prescription for designing reading programs. Rather, it leads its readers to engage in a deeper and more thoughtful professional conversation about what is meant by effective reading instruction for all students. The contributors examine how reading instruction is conceptualized and what must be done to make it work for all students. Hence, this book is less about building onto or altering existing models of reading education and more about how reading educators and policymakers might think about rebuilding and reconceptualizing, perhaps from the ground up, what it means to provide effective instruction in reading to all students at all levels.

Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

Looking for help with the basic concepts and elements of Understanding by Design (UbD)? Try The understanding by design guide to creating high-quality units. Intended for K-16 educators, this book looks at ways to create curriculum units and assessments that focus on developing students' understanding of important ideas. It is useful for:
  • Those who have already received some training in UbD and want to continue that training
  • Those who've read Understanding by Design and want to design curriculum units but have no access to formal training
  • Graduate and undergraduate students in university curriculum courses
  • School and district administrators, curriculum directors, and others who facilitate UbD work with staff
Downloadable resources include the UbD template set up as a fillable PDF form, additional worksheets, examples, and FAQs.

Check it out by sending us an email at cedir@indiana.edu. Or try using worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Special Needs and Early Years

From the product description:
Now in its third edition, Special needs and early years: A practitioner's guide is a respected and influential textbook. This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

New to this edition are up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs; a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field; learning objectives at the beginning of chapters; points for reflection, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking; new case studies, covering the Birth to 8 age range; new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out. Or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification

Looking for an overview of the definitions and methods for identifying specific learning disabilities (SLDs)? Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification focuses on describing the manifestations of SLDs in the areas of reading, writing, math, oral expression, and listening comprehension. It features contributions by leading experts in the field, including Virginia Berninger, Steven Feifer, Jack Fletcher, Nancy Mather, Jack Naglieri, and more.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Articulate it!

Got a child with speech delays? Articulate it! may be able to help. This app is designed to help parents and therapists work with children on improving their speech by recording the child's pronunciation of words. Comparing their own pronunciation of words to the app's audio recording allows children to hear the differences and correct their speech. The app also gives users the ability to track multiple students with separate goals.

Want to learn more? See the full description at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/articulate-it/id391296844?mt=8#