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August 2013, Volume 5, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Library Card Sign-up Month

SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood

Banned Books Week
Sept. 22-28

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Sept. 25

Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls

Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

Teen Read Week
Oct. 13-19

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 20-26

Featured e-Resources of the Month
World Book Student now available for iPad and Online Resources for English Language Learners

What are we reading?


How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core by Bellanca, Fogerty and Pete

Reviewed by Joan Upell

book cover of how to teach thinking skills by BellancaBellanca, James A., Robin J. Fogarty, Brian M. Pete. How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core, Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2012. 240 pgs.

"If students can't, don't, or won't read to understand, it affects everything else they do in the school arena"
(p. 92).

Educators across the country are asking questions about what Common Core State Standards' implementation actually looks like in the day-to-day classroom. Ballanca, Fogarty and Pete have developed a practical guide to answer these questions in How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core. They begin by organizing "…twenty-one complex cognitive skills that are the most prominent within the new standards" under seven student proficiencies (p.3). These proficiencies are the basics required of a problem solving and multi-literate student "…who must learn and work in the global world of tomorrow" (p.3).

The seven proficiencies — critical thinking, creative thinking, complex thinking, comprehensive thinking, collaborative thinking, communicative thinking and cognitive transfer — are further broken down into three skills each. An Explicit Teaching Lesson, Classroom Content Lesson and CCSS Performance Task Lesson are provided for each skill. Clear, ready-to-use examples are given for the elementary, middle school and secondary levels. A glossary of terms, additional resources, technology tools and relevant websites are included.

This text will help all educators, including school and public librarians, develop literacy across all subject areas, a Common Core State Standards' focus. The book is already being used in professional development across South Dakota. Its content is easily accessible and adaptable for any classroom or library. Check it out from the State Library collection.



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