Book Reviews

Powerful Teaching

Authors: Pooja K. Agarwal Ph.D., & Patrice M. Bain Ed.S.

Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

For the busy teacher, this is a goldmine. When you read through this book, you will not have to think too hard about how to use the power tools because the authors have already shown the way. What is important is for you to understand the framework the book develops. Once you understand this, you are ready to rock and roll.

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction

Authors: Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, & Linda Kucan

Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is a must read. Vocabulary is incredible important, we should know how to teach it well. This book will equip you to do that.

Inside American Education

Author: Thomas Sowell

Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐

This book is fascinating and maddening. Thomas Sowell went to great lengths to document flaws in America’s education system by using studies to indicate that problems are systemic. He also relies on anecdotal reports reports from wide variety of sources (geographical, ethnicity, and socioeconomic) in order to make the case that there are systemic issues on topics that do not lend themselves to an academic report.

However, it is also maddening because there were numerous typos that spellcheck would catch and other formatting issues as well. That said, the book is well worth your time, especially if you hope to be employed in higher education at some point.

The Reading Mind

Author: Daniel Willingham

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is an excellent introduction on the complexities and processes involved in reading and will be a profitable read for parents and teachers.