Orca Teacher Resources through December 2020

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    The Autism Lens Everything teachers need to connect with students, build confidence, and promote classroom learning Kara Dymond Canada
    9781551383477 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:October 02, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.38 in | 390 gr | 136 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      The Autism Lens helps teachers to connect to students with autism and support them along their own unique trajectory. Bringing to life communication difficulties that impact socialization and learning, this book removes the guesswork by offering practical solutions and classroom-tested strategies. Woven throughout are stories that encourage teachers to see instruction from a student’s point of view. From this perspective, teachers can gain trust and nudge students into the space where learning happens.
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      Kara Dymond, PhD, has a brother with autism. She is an autism consultant, researcher and educator teaching children with autism. She designs and delivers professional development on autism for teachers, based on their feedback about their classroom concerns. Kara is an instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where she teaches a graduate course on mental health and special education.

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    Cultivating Writers Elevate your writing instruction beyond the skills to ignite the will Anne Elliott Canada, Mary Lynch Canada
    9781551383453 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:September 03, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.36 in | 410 gr | 150 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      The 6 essential steps for nurturing writers who have the will to write are at the core of this practical book. Based on extensive classroom experience, the book explores how teachers can help students tap into their own life experiences, model the habits of a writer, and make use of the tools of the trade. Strategies throughout the book show teachers how to create an environment that helps students see writing as a rewarding experience in and outside the classroom. Powerful real-life anecdotes and ready-to-use activities support this guide to developing classrooms full of thoughtful, passionate writers.
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      Anne Elliott earned an M. Ed from the University of Western Ontario. A teacher of all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8, Anne also shared her passion and knowledge with teachers as a literacy learning coordinator, literacy coach and librarian. The author of teacher resources and school-board documents, her proven commitment to literacy education is reflected in her popular speaking engagements throughout North America. Anne lives in London, Ontario.

      For more than 30 years, Mary Lynch taught grades JK to 6 and served as a reading-support teacher and literacy coach. A thoughtful speaker on literacy and the content areas, she earned her MEd. from the University of Western Ontario, where she is now an instructor in the Teacher Education Program. Mary remains grounded in effective practice by regularly working with teachers in their elementary classrooms. Mary lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.
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    Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World 2nd edition Kathleen Gould Lundy Canada
    9781551383439 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:August 06, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.45 in | 500 gr | 198 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      This era of “fake” news demands a deeper curriculum that questions inconsistencies of facts and opinions in various texts and images. This timely revision of a ground-breaking book offers opportunities for students to connect with social justice issues through inventive language exploration and the active examination of all forms of media. It encourages teachers to evaluate their core teaching beliefs and recognize the realities of their students’ lives for a richer understanding of our complex world. A glossary of more than fifty strategies, along with reproducible pages for easy classroom use, complement this essential resource.
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      Kathleen Gould Lundy is a teacher, consultant, popular speaker and education leader. Kathy is committed to inventive, inclusive teaching that impacts student achievement. The author of many books for teachers, she is involved in the development of curriculum documents and videos on many aspects of learning. She teaches in the Faculty of Education at York University, OISE–University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Kathy lives in Toronto.
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    Mentoring Each Other Teachers listening, learning, and sharing to create more successful classrooms Lana Parker Canada, Diane Vetter Canada
    9781551383460 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:May 12, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.34 in | 420 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      This practical book explores ways teachers can collaborate and learn from each other in formal and informal situations. It demonstrates that a mentoring relationship can benefit both new and experienced teachers. Full of strategies that are practical and easy to implement, the book offers solutions to common questions, opportunities, and challenges that face teachers every day. Based on extensive experience, this highly readable book includes personal histories and experiences around important values and advocates for honest reflection and meaningful feedback. An essential resource for all educators, the book champions reciprocal and ongoing processes of learning, listening, and sharing.
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      Lana Parker is an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education. A specialist in language and literacy, Lana has taught at the elementary level and has spent several years as a Mentor Leader. Lana writes about the influence of politics on educational policy and discourse, and about the possibilities for ethically informed pedagogy. Lana lives in Toronto.

      Diane Vetter is a Course Director for the Faculty of Education at York University. The author of journal articles and a popular keynote speaker, Diane’s research interests include mentoring, teacher education, and cross-curricular infusion of Indigenous perspectives, traditions, and cultures. Diane has taught in the elementary grades and served as a teacher mentor. Diane lives in Barrie, Ontario.
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    Powerful Writing Structures Brain pocket strategies for supporting a year-long writing program Adrienne Gear Canada
    9781551383446 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:February 06, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.5 in | 546 gr | 198 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      This timely book uses thinking structures to deepen student writing. It revolves around “brain pockets” to help students appreciate the qualities of different writing forms. Some powerful examples include memory pockets for personal narrative writing, fact pockets for nonfiction, and imagination pockets for story writing. Detailed lesson plans are featured along with sample anchor books and book lists. Based on extensive classroom testing, student samples throughout the book illustrate this unique approach to teaching writing. Suggestions for setting up an effective writing program and assessment tips for guiding instruction complete this comprehensive approach to developing a year-long writing program.
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      Adrienne Gear has been teaching in Vancouver for more than 25 years. She remains grounded in classrooms, though she also provides workshops, demonstration lessons and leadership training to teachers throughout North America. Her international experience includes speaking in the United States, Britain, Australia and Sweden. Passionate about literacy and learning, Adrienne is the author of the popular POWER series on reading and writing instruction. Adrienne lives in Vancouver with her husband and two sons.
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      “Using her own classroom experience and infectious love for teaching as foundation, Adrienne Gear unpacks how to implement a balanced writing program throughout an entire school year.”
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    Teaching Tough Topics How do I use children's literature to build a deeper understanding of social justice, equity and diversity? Larry Swartz Canada
    9781551383415 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:January 15, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.39 in | 320 gr | 166 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      Teaching Tough Topics shows teachers how to lead students to become caring citizens as they read and respond to quality children’s literature. It focuses on topics that can be challenging or sensitive, yet are significant in order to build understanding of social justice, diversity, and equity. Racism, Homophobia, Bullying, Religious Intolerance, Poverty, and Physical and Mental Challenges are just some of the themes explored. The book is rooted in the belief that by using picture books, novels, poetry, and nonfiction, teachers can enrich learning with compassion and empathy as students make connections to texts, to others, and to the world.

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      Larry Swartz is a literacy and drama instructor at OISE–University of Toronto. Larry has worked in classrooms, as a consultant and as a workshop presenter. He has been involved with groups of teachers throughout North America, China and New Zealand, and with Queen Noor’s literacy initiative in Jordan. Larry is committed to helping teachers use quality children’s literature across the curriculum to inspire students to read, read, read. Larry lives in Toronto.
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    The How and Wow of Teaching Quick ideas for mastering any classroom situation effectively, efficiently, and enthusiastically Kathy Paterson Canada
    9781551383422 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:September 05, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.44 in | 465 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      Teachers succeed when they grow, develop, and strive to maintain excitement and wonder: the WOW of learning. This book examines a wide variety of daily tasks, from delivering engaging lessons to nurturing life skills. Throughout the book, simple steps for instruction are explained, along with suggestions for fun-filled activities and games. Practical and hands-on, the book offers tricks, techniques, and original ideas for excellent classroom instruction in all subject areas. It demonstrates how the WOW factor will help teachers remain motivated as they enrich the classroom learning experience for students.

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      Kathy Paterson is a teacher consultant in the areas of motivation, language arts, and drama. A former teacher and drama specialist, Kathy has over 35 years of classroom experience and is involved in teacher training with several universities. A popular speaker and writer on topics that range from differentiation to effective learning practices, Kathy's books have been translated in the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden. Kathy lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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    9781459822443 Paperback EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials Publication Date:April 09, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 11 x 8.5 x 0.18 in | 260 gr | 48 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Orca Origins is a nonfiction series for middle readers that explores cultural traditions around the world. This guide helps educators use the Orca Origins series to build an inquiry-based unit plan that focuses on the diverse traditions from different cultural celebrations around the world and teaches students tolerance. This is done with a variety of dynamic learning activities, handouts and graphic organizers to support students’ learning. The guide includes introductions to six Orca Origins titles.
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      Tasha Henry has been traveling, writing and teaching for over twenty
      years. She is a published writer and poet and holds a Master of Education in
      Language, Culture and Teaching from York University. She has taught high-school
      students and trained teachers across Canada and internationally. She lives on unceded
      Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points

        A comprehensive guide for using the Orca Origins, a nonfiction series for middle
        readers, in the classroom.

        Themes include inquiry-based learning, responsive teaching, multicultural education, teaching to diversity

        In the current climate of divisiveness it is now more important than ever to encourage multicultural understanding--this guide shows educators how to do that in the classroom.

        Tasha Henry is an experienced educator who holds a Master of Education in Language, Culture and Teaching.

        An excellent companion to the Orca Origins series that helps educators bring different cultures
        and their celebrations into the classroom.

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    Fostering Mindfulness Building skills that students need to manage their attention, emotions, and behavior in classrooms and beyond Shelley Murphy Canada
    9781551383408 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:February 01, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.39 in | 470 gr | 168 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      An essential guide to mindfulness activities and strategies that help students cultivate the skills they need for self-regulation, stress management, and learning. Simple activities and practices throughout the book are designed to strengthen areas of the brain that allow students to better manage their attention, emotions, and behavior in the classroom and beyond. Child-friendly language is used to explain mindfulness, physiology, and brain science.

      This practical book shows you how to incorporate mindfulness in your classroom practice in just minutes a day, and includes definitions, teaching tips, and activities for

      • making mindful breathing a core foundational practice
      • using the five senses as anchors for mindfulness
      • helping students recognize, name, and manage their feelings
      • exploring the connection between body and mind through movement
      • incorporating practices that encourage students to focus their attention in the present moment
      • creating and using a Peace Corner in the classroom that is devoted to self-regulation and self-care
      • developing habits of mind that are central to resilience

      This comprehensive resource offers step-by-step instructions, scripts, activity sheets, ready-to-use templates, and scientific insights. Based on extensive classroom experience, this highly readable book includes stories from teachers who successfully incorporate mindfulness in their classroom practice.

      Ideal for new and experienced teachers, Fostering Mindfulness is committed to building skills that nurture attention, cognitive and emotional development, and overall well-being.

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      Shelley Murphy has been a mindfulness practitioner and educator for more than 20 years, and is currently a lecturer with OISE at the University of Toronto. A highly sought-after presenter on fostering student attention and well-being, and on incorporating mindfulness-based approaches in classroom settings, Shelley’s writing has been featured in numerous publications. Shelley currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.
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    Invitations to Play Using play to build literacy skills in young learners Anne Burke Canada
    9781551383361 Paperback EDUCATION / Professional Development Publication Date:February 01, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.37 in | 339 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Pembroke
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      Our youngest learners thrive when their learning environment is one that celebrates curiosity, exploration, and imagination. This comprehensive resource sets the stage for play-based learning that will help children build a strong literacy foundation, as well as successfully negotiate the choices they make in real life.

      A perfect blend of theory and instruction, Invitations to Play offers background and strategies for you to explore all aspects of playful learning. It shows you how to

      • incorporate digital literacy — choose and use apps that will access children’s imaginary worlds and promote creative collaboration
      • use music to develop sensory and collaborative learning — create music play centres that include making instruments from household items
      • build on student home languages and ideas — guide children into English knowledge through social and collaborative interactions
      • nurture multiple literacies — innovative ways to use play as scaffolding for later explorations in literacy

      Invitations to Play gives new and experienced teachers a road map to involve and engage their young students in all forms of literacy learning.

      Bio
      Anne Burke is associate professor of Literacy Education and Early Learning at Memorial University. She researches and writes about the role of popular culture, digital literacies, and the growth of social media in children’s lives. Anne is recognized as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council researcher. Anne has written books and journal articles on children’s play lives, and the gap between students’ out-of-school, and in-school digital practices. Anne lives in St John’s, Newfoundland.
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