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33 For additional reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. With the exception of some classroom sets, items reviewed are available on loan from the Margaret Wilson Library at the College. Contact Olivia Hamilton at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679 or email library@oct.ca. reviews Your guide to recently released books and other teaching resources. March 2018 | Professionally Speaking Relationships Make the Difference: Connect with your students, and help them build social, emotional and academic skills, Pembroke Publishers, Markham, ON, 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55138-314-9, 95 pages, $24.95, pembrokepublishers.com Relationships Make the Difference BY PAT TROTTIER Relationships Make the Difference goes well beyond how to establish parental support and communication. With its lessons and reproducibles on moral qualities like kind- ness, respect, empathy, fairness, self-control, tolerance and conscientiousness, it offers a wealth of helpful suggestions to meet socio-emotional requirements, and helps ensure the growth of enduring positive relationships among teachers, students and parents. Building a strong bridge between home and school is one of the key diplomatic tasks of effective teaching. It's easy to see that the high achievers in a classroom are usually those whose parents are deeply invested in their children's education, provid- ing the necessary discipline and boundaries to help a child learn. And when that learning relationship with parents is cultivated by a teacher, it creates powerful supports around a student to grow — intellectually, emotionally and socially. Leading your students toward social and emotional comfort zones is essential before they can experience academic success. It can even provide the motivation they need to pursue higher achievement. While delivering curriculum is important, the key to students absorbing and making sense of it is the fostering of their relationships with parents, teachers and peers. With emotional and social needs in place, a teacher can help their students build skills. On a deeper level, that solid base will help chil- dren move beyond beliefs like they're "stupid," and help those who have unproductive behaviour and defeatist attitudes. Teachers must plan for these important needs and have strategies to address them. Mary Veronica Moloney, OCT, teaches Grade 3/4 at D'Arcy McGee Catholic School in Toronto. Making it Right BY MARILEE PETERS Retribution and punishment are not the only ways to mete out justice. Restorative justice, truth and reconciliation, sentencing circles, conferencing and even pardons have all been explored in various cultures over time. Making it Right explores all those and more alternative approaches to conflict resolution. The book opens with a critique of Western-style justice: its familiar systems of crime and punishment and its well- documented statistics on incarceration and re-offence rates. A brief introduction to criminal philosophies and the neuroscience of empathy follows. Chapters focused on topics such as bullying, racial injustices, war crimes and corporate responsibilities form the bulk of the book. Throughout, Peters embellishes her narra- tive with memorable anecdotes, studies and case summaries. The author argues that restorative justice is a more effective way to resolve conflict and promote healing for both criminals and their victims. She emphasizes the role of compassion and the important role youth have in developing strat- egies to re-establish peace. Making it Right would serve as an excellent resource for teachers and students studying law, global issues or history. With its many references to the injustices of the Indigenous popu- lations of Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, it could ac- company any exploration of Indigenous Studies. Furthermore, it might be used as an entry point for developing student-led programs or campaigns to resolve conflict and promote peace within local and global com- munities. The text is suitable for middle school students with the help of a facilitator, and could be easily grasped by senior students. Natalie Munro, OCT, is a learning support teacher at St. Margaret's School in Victoria, B.C. Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict, Annick Press, Toronto, 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55451-809-8, 136 pages, $14.95, annickpress.com

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