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43 March 2017 | Professionally Speaking R E V I E W S 1-866-947-9864 or email: sales@cyins.com 25% AUTO and 20% HOME COnTACT Us fOr A nO ObligATiOn qUOTE Certain conditions apply frEE $5 Tim Hortons Card with every new quote! Contact us for a quote and be entered in our Group Sweepstakes with $5000 travel vouchers and 4 new cars! insurance Discount for Ontario Teachers To learn more about bringing the Dairy Education Program to your school, please contact: Dairy Education Program Dairy Farmers of Ontario e: dairyedu@milk.org t: 905-817-2176 www.education.milk.org SPRING IS IN THE AIR FREE, HANDS-ON LEARNING TIED TO THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW AND BRING THE FARM TO YOUR CLASSROOM Lost & Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You're At It, All the Others), Jossey-Bass, 2016, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-118- 89857-4, 224 pages, $32.95, wiley.com Lost & Found BY ROSS W. GREENE Ross Greene believes that kids do well if they can. Based on this assumption, he applies his considerable professional understanding in how to solve problems with students whose behaviour is less than optimal. In his new book, he offers an in-depth look at how to create an empathetic school climate using collab- orative problem-solving techniques that target a safe and productive learning environment — for everyone. The central assumption of the book is that if we are only relying on adult observation and solutions to challen- ging behaviour, we are depriving kids of the opportunity to build problem-solving skills for themselves. Relying on the problem-solving techniques outlined in his previous book on collab- orative and proactive solutions (CPS), students and teachers are encouraged to find common ground that can meet both the child's fundamental goal of "doing well" with the teacher's expectations of acceptable behaviour. Lost & Found is a welcome approach to school-wide discipline. Any teacher would benefit from reading it as a reminder of our own code of ethical standards and practices that form the foundation of our work, even in the most challenging times and situations. Principals and superintendents would be wise to look deeper into Greene's work to promote healthy spaces for learning. Joe Restoule General, OCT, is a learn- ing resource teacher at J.C. Hill School in Ohsweken, Ont. Frankencrayon, HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2016, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-06-225211-1, 40 pages, $21.99, harpercollins.ca Frankencrayon WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL HALL Most of us are familiar with Frankenstein, but what about Frankencrayon? This cre- ative tale draws on the popularity of Mary Shelley's classic with an educational twist. It is also the companion to Hall's popular picture book Red: A Crayon's Story. Similar to the original fable about a crayon crew, this follow-up is filled with colourful messages for young readers between the ages of four and eight. Frankencrayon is quirky, funny and grabs the reader's attention from the start with a big claim that the picture book has been cancelled. Naturally, this piques the curiosity of the audience to continue reading. Without revealing too much de- tail, this adventure follows a unique cast of crayon characters, along with a pencil that acts as narrator. Filled with vibrant pictures, humour and subtle lessons for students, it is a delightful educational re- source for the classroom. While entertain- ing, the plot twists and content may be a bit complicated for the intended young-reader audience to follow. It requires careful reading and likely multiple reads to find all the teachable moments. Teachers and parents may need to guide students along to help them understand and fully appreci- ate the core messages. The cast of crayons share their conclu- sions for students, which can prompt meaningful dialogue and interpretation with young learners and the adults who love them. Joanne Sallay, is an education writer and director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service.

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