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42 Professionally Speaking September 2021 New at the Library LIBRARY | TEACHER RESOURCE Borrow a copy of any of the books reviewed in Professionally Speaking by connecting with the Margaret Wilson Library. Email library@oct.ca, access your College account via oct.ca, use the OCT membership app, or call 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679. For reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. PHOTOS: STEPHEN FERRIE My Best Idea: Math, Volume 1, Rubicon Publishing, Oakville, Ont., 2019, ISBN 978-1-4869-2123-2, softcover, 140 pages, $40.95, rubiconpublishing.com My Best Idea: Math, Volume 1 EDITED BY MONIQUE SACK This is a treasure trove of thought- provoking strategies and practices for teachers and administrators. Each one is designed to impact student learning, thinking and engagement. Written by leading educators and backed by research and examples from elementary and secondary school math classrooms, each section in the book presents con- cepts in novel ways. They show how specific strategies are necessary to support the changing needs of today's students, classrooms and schools. They also provide a clear and concise approach that will boost student learning to the next level. For instance, teachers will see how creativity and math are a necessary pairing for nurturing students' problem-solving skills; how coding and computational thinking can be key elements in both teaching and learning; how vocabulary plays a pivotal role in math success; and how strategies often associated with language programs (such as think-pair-share) are also effective in supporting student learning. My Best Idea is a valuable resource for sparking meaningful conversations among teachers, administrators and school board personnel. It will chal- lenge views, sharpen teachers' skills and deepen our knowledge. It's an inspiration for visualizing a new way of engaging, motivating and empowering all students, and the perfect spring- board for further inquiry. Caroline Cremer, OCT, teaches at Leslieville Junior Public School in Toronto. The Reading Comprehension Blueprint BY NANCY LEWIS HENNESSY Nancy Hennessy has done extensive research into the science of reading and created an invaluable resource for a teacher's library. Her framework bridges the gap between research on how to read and reading comprehen- sion, and the practice of teaching students how to read. Her detailed and carefully explained research indicates that skills such as finding the main idea are overdone and do not invoke higher-level cognition. However, taking a student's local and global knowledge and linking it to the new information allows inferences that will increase their comprehension. Mental models are also a helpful strategy to train the brain for thinking in new ways to simplify complex concepts. Comprehension, she states, is the main component of reading. The framework she provides helps to organize instructional lessons through chapters on reading comprehension, vocabulary, syntax and sentence comprehension, text structures, background knowledge, and levels of understanding and inference. Hennessy also provides evidence- based strategies that allow students to improve their understanding of what they are reading by providing activities and teaching resources for the class- room. This book will give teachers the confidence and practical tools needed to develop competent readers. Teresa Ross, OCT, is a business and technology teacher with the Niagara Catholic District School Board in St. Catharines. The Reading Comprehension Blueprint: Helping Students Make Meaning from Text, Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, Md., 2020, ISBN 9781681254036, softcover, 304 pages, US$49.95, brookespublishing.com eBook*

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