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42 Professionally Speaking | March 2017 R E V I E W S Teaching Globally: Reading the World Through Literature, Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME, 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-57110-792-3, 360 pages, US$28, distributed by Pembroke Publishers, pembrokepublishers.com Teaching Globally EDITED BY KATHY G. SHORT, DEANNA DAY AND JEAN SCHROEDER When exploring other cultures with our students, we often focus on food, fashion, folklore and festivals. This myopic approach can lead to a shallow understanding of other people and can deepen and entrench cultural stereotypes. Teaching Globally helps students look beyond the basics in other cultures as well as their own. Packed with solid research, literary resources and book suggestions, it offers an introduction to the diversity of our world. At the same time, it provides concrete lesson plans that can be used directly or adapted. It also discusses different aspects of global education: using global literature to go beyond the curriculum; showing students how to probe their understanding of their own personal cultural iden- tities; teaching students about a wider range of global issues by connecting them to other cultures; and using literary resources to link to other subject areas, which can propel students to further investigate. The research and theory in Teaching Globally could be applied to kindergarten through high school and to all aspects of the curriculum. It's a resource that can truly change how we look at and integrate literature with global education across our curriculum. Janet Cottreau, OCT, is an occasional elementary school teacher with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The UBC Master of Educational Technology (MET) is a fully online, international program that prepares educators for teaching and learning... today and tomorrow. met.ubc.ca | @UBCMET Faculty of Education Prepare your students for success. P.L.A.N. for Better Learning, Pembroke Publishers, Markham, 2015, ISBN 978-1-55138-305-7, softcover, 112 pages, $24.95, pembrokepublishers.com P.L.A.N. for Better Learning BY KEVIN BIRD AND KIRK SAVAGE Planning with thought and intent is the critical founda- tion of a classroom teacher's day. Without it, lessons are splintered and without purpose. With it, scaffoldings are built one board at a time so that real learning can happen. This new book is steeped in current research on how to plan so that students can learn with real purpose. It is a user-friendly guide to improving the daily flow of deliber- ate lessons that both personalize the material and make it broad enough to engage all students. The book outlines four simple steps: "p" is for preparation for learning, "l" for learning sequence, "a" for authentic application, and "n" for new thinking. These steps can be used to design lessons for individual lesson plans or entire unit plans at any age level and in any part of the curriculum. The framework starts with generat- ing interest and activating students' prior knowledge, followed by a focus on skills like making inferences and interpreting different texts. The final parts of the frame- work address using lesson information to demonstrate understanding and to reflect on the efficacy of the learning. P.L .A.N. for Better Learning would be most useful for new teachers but could also serve as a refresher for more experienced educators. Mary Shaughnessy, OCT, is an adjunct instructor at Queen's University in Kingston.

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