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Recommended Teaching Resources

The following three resources are invaluable for teaching with a developmental approach. All of them come with developmental maps so that teachers can easily identify students’ stages of learning with accompanying strategies for appropriate instruction.

First Steps in Literacy
Pearson Professional Learning

First Steps in Mathematics
Pearson Professional Learning

PRIME Number and Operations
Dr Marian Small
Toronto, Ont: Nelson , Thomson Canada Ltd, 2005.


There are many wonderful resources available to teachers to support teaching classes with a range of learning needs. Most resources with a learner-centered perspective have valuable suggestions for teaching multiage and single-age classes. If you would like to recommend a resource for multiage teachers, please email me.

Begin with the Brain. Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom
Martha Kaufeldt, 1999
Zephyr Press, Tucson Arizona, US
ISBN: 1-56976-098-5
This book offers practical, simple-to-implement, effective strategies for dealing with the day-to-day elements of orchestrating a classroom so your students can experience the joy of learning.

Differentiation in Practice Grades K-5
Carol Ann Tomlinson & Caroline Cunningham Eidson, 2003
ASCD, Alexandria, Virginia USA
ISBN: 0-87120-760-5
This book explains how to design and implement differentiated instruction to meet the challenge of mixed-ability classes. Samples of differentiation in the elementary grades are given, but can be applied at all levels.

Teaching Student-Centered MATHEMATICS Grades K-3
Teaching Student-Centered MATHEMATICS Grades 3-5
John A Van de Walle & LouAnn H Lovin , 2006
Pearson Education, Inc, USA
Grade range K-3 ISBN: 0-205-40843-5      Grade range 3-5 ISBN: 0-205-40844-3
These two resource books are chock-full of practical activities that are student-centered and problem-based. They provide clear explanations of the Big Ideas for the teacher, expanded lessons and assessment strategies to implement in the classroom. More than 50 reproducible blackline masters are available from a companion website

Good Questions for MATH TEACHING K-6
Peter Sullivan & Pat Lilburn, 2002
Math Solutions Publications USA
ISBN: 13:987-0-941355-51-3,    ISBN: 10: 0-941355-51-9
This book focuses on open-ended questions, or “good questions” – ideal for mixed-ability classes. It helps teachers define good questions, offers tips on how to create their own good questions, and includes a variety of questions for use in the classroom.

Good Questions for MATH TEACHING Grades 5-8
Lainie Schuster & Nancy Canavan Anderson, 2005
Math Solutions Publications USA
ISBN: 13: 978-0-941355-69-8   ISBN: 10: 0-941355-69-1
This book promotes students’ mathematical thinking, understanding, and proficiency by asking careful, purposeful questions. Open-ended, or “good questions” are ideal to use in a class of mixed-ability students.

Making Classroom Assessment Work
Anne Davies, PhD. 2000
Connections Publishing, Courtenay, BC, Canada
ISBN: 0-9682160-4-8
This book offers a thoughtful framework for teachers to include students in classroom assessment process. Davies provides a bridge between what the research shows and what teachers can do in their classrooms.




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