For many people, especially teachers, just getting through the day is the name of the game right now. Many educators are balancing connecting with students with attending to their own children’s needs and learning; dealing with varying Internet bandwidth; keeping everyone in their house fed, clean, and most of all healthy; and finding time to sleep.
That leaves little time for things like reading for pleasure, so for this month’s top books for educators, we’ve chosen books that can help you manage all those responsibilities. New to online learning? Check out The Online Teaching Survival Guide. Suddenly having to cook with your pantry staples all the time? Explore How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food. Are your young students or children struggling to explain their feelings? Check out My Many Colored Days. And if you don’t have time for reading or even skimming, how about a coloring book?
We hope you stay healthy and safe out there, and happy reading (if you can find the time).
Here we are in unprecedented times, where we as teachers are called to reinvent the wheel and embrace a totally new teaching model. With schools being closed for a couple of weeks now and some schools being closed till the end of the year, educators from all over the world have to lead their learners into the uncharted territory of online learning.
For many educators, teaching online may sound scary as it could involve advanced knowledge of various technological tools and extensive training. But fear not, teaching online is not as difficult as it sounds.
This book outlines some simple and easy ways to deal with the uncertainty of a pandemic and embark on the journey of online teaching. Based on extensive experience in the education sector as well as research in the field of teaching, I am presenting you the basics of online teaching, which include classroom management platforms, web conferencing, assessment, and various web tools that will make learning more effective and engaging at the same time.
Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators
Tina H. Boogren
The key to thriving, as both a human and an educator, rests in mindfulness, reflection, and daily self-care activities. With Take Time for You, you will discover a clear path to well-being by working through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: (1) physiological, (2) safety, (3) belonging, (4) esteem, (5) self-actualization, and (6) transcendence. The author offers a range of manageable research-based strategies, self-care surveys, and reflective teaching questions that will guide you in developing an individualized self-care plan.
Embrace imperfection as you develop your own self-care plan:
- Understand the challenges to mindfulness for teachers and how Maslow’s hierarchy of needs comes into play in your personal and professional life.
- Design action plans so you can meet your own physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization needs and, finally, transcend and connect with something greater than yourself.
- Take surveys and perform a daily time audit to determine how well you are meeting each of your needs.
- Use the journaling space and self-reflection questions provided throughout the book to reflect on your implementation efforts.
The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, 2nd Edition
Judith V. Boettcher, Rita-Marie Conrad
Essential reading for online instructors, updated to cover new and emerging issues and technologies
The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides a robust overview of theory-based techniques for teaching online or technology-enhanced courses. Covering all aspects of online teaching, this book reviews the latest research in cognitive processing and related learning outcomes while retaining a focus on the practical. A simple framework of instructional strategies mapped across a four-phase timeline provides a concrete starting point for both new online teachers and experienced teachers designing or revamping an online course. Essential technologies are explored in their basic and expanded forms, and traditional pedagogy serves as the foundation for tips and practices customized for online learning. The tips cover course management, social presence, community building, integration of new technologies, discussion and questioning techniques, assessment, and debriefing, along with new coverage of intensive or accelerated courses, customizing learning strategies, developing expertise, advanced course design, and assessment techniques exclusive to this new second edition.
The theory and techniques of successful online teaching can be significantly different from those used face-to-face. With more and more classes being offered online, this book provides a valuable resource for taking your course to the next level.
- Understand the technology used in online teaching.
- Learn specialized pedagogical tips and practices.
- Examine new research on cognition and learning.
- Adopt a clear framework of instructional strategies.
The explosion of online learning has created a demand for great online teachers. Increasingly, faculty who normally teach face-to-face are being asked to cover online courses—yet comprehensive pedagogical resources are scarce. The learning curve is huge, and faculty need a practical approach to course design and management that can be quickly and easily implemented. The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides that essential resource, with a customizable framework and deeper exploration of effective online teaching.
Take your kids on a virtual field trip!
This workbook helps kids explore the world’s best museums, zoos, aquariums, and historical sites. All without leaving home.
When kids are stuck at home (because of no school, or a snow storm, or if it’s too hot out), there is no reason to be bored. Just let them explore awesome museums, zoos, and historical sites online, and use this workbook to keep track of all the places they visit, and record all the interesting things they see and learn.
So many of the top world museums, zoos and aquariums, and important historical sites and monuments now have wonderful interactive websites that let visitors explore and learn virtually. This workbook helps kids get the most out of visiting these websites, and turn their virtual visits into educational field trips.
About this workbook:
- Includes a list of top museums, zoos, aquariums, and historical sites that have an interactive presence online.
- An easy how-to-use guide gives clear instruction on how to use this workbook.
- Each field trip gets a two-page spread illustrated in a fun and engaging style.
- The two-page spread has a page to record important and interesting information about the place visited (virtually) and a page for drawings of favorite things seen.
- Room for 40+ field trips.
- White paper.
- Ideal for use with various art media: color pencils, crayons, gel pens, and other. Not recommended for paints.
My Many Colored Days
Dr. Seuss, Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Accompanying a manuscript Dr. Seuss wrote in 1973 was a letter outlining his hopes of finding “a great color artist who will not be dominated by me.” The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the “first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color.” The quest for an artist finally ended—after the manuscript languished for more than two decades—at the paintbrushes of husband-and-wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher whose stunning, expressive paintings reveal such striking images as a bright red horse kicking its heels, a cool and quiet green fish, a sad and lonely purple dinosaur, and an angrily howling black wolf. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book does for the range of human moods and emotions what Oh, the Places You’ll Go! does for the human life cycle. Here is a wonderful way for parents to talk with children about their feelings. With Johnson and Fancher’s atmospheric, large-scale paintings bursting off the pages, Dr. Seuss’s vision is brought to life. This rare and beautiful book is bound to appeal to both the innocent young and the most sophisticated seniors.
Mark Bittman’s highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.
1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman’s practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you.
Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns
Blue Star Coloring
This New York Times bestselling coloring book has helped millions of people relax and instantly feel calmer as they color the uniquely designed patterns in this adult coloring book. Each page was specially created to encourage stress relief and to be used by adults at any skill level. The dozens of designs in this book are easy to color and will provide you with hours of fun and creative expression. Join the other Americans who have benefited from using this adult coloring book to unwind, relax, and recharge. Over half a million copies sold!
This Stress-Relieving Adult Coloring Book Features:
- Beautiful patterns for any skill level
- Heavyweight artist grade paper perfect for every type of coloring tool (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
- Single sided coloring pages, no bleed through!
- Designs by experienced publishers for a better experience