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Magdalene House

Magdalene House: A Place about Mercy, (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012) by Sarah VanHooser Suiter, PhD’10, is a participant-observation account of the history of this remarkable community founded in 1997, its structure, its Thistle Farms beauty products operation, and Reverend Becca Stevens’s communal and spiritual vision. The book was developed from Suiter’s doctoral dissertation.

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2012) by Ilana Horn, associate professor of mathematics education, supports teachers in developing tools for effective group work in their secondary mathematics classrooms. The book outlines ways to choose tasks, help students adjust to new ways of approaching schoolwork, and discusses the types of status problems that can impede the most earnest attempts at collaborative learning by showcasing tested tools and concepts for creating equitable collaborative learning environments.

Be That Teacher

Be That Teacher! Breaking the Cycle for Struggling Readers (Teachers College Press, 2012) by Victoria J. Risko, professor emerita of education, and Doris Walker-Dalhouse, shows how teachers can provide the type of differentiated instruction that struggling readers need by drawing on students’ individual and cultural backgrounds, as well as the results of classroom-based diagnostic and progress-monitoring assessment measures. The authors include authentic examples and case studies from diverse primary and intermediate/middle school classrooms to show how this can be done.

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