Suggested Literature and Reading

This list is a continual work in progress.  These are some of the books and articles that have challenged my thinking over the past number of years.  The ones that are bolded are highly recommended.

Assessment and Grading

Bruce Beairsto – Professionals Don’t Use Marks to Motivate

Shirley Clark – Formative Assessment in the Secondary Classroom

Damien Cooper – Redefining Fair: How to Plan, Assess and Grade for Excellence in Mixed Ability Classrooms

Damien Cooper – Talk About Assessment

Ken O’Conner – 15 Fixes for Broken Grades

Ken O’Conner – How to Grade for Learning

SD36 Surrey – Assessment: Working Towards Common Vision, Values and Beliefs in Surrey Schools

Chris Tovani – So What Do They Really Know?: Assessment that Informs Teaching and Learning

Dylan Wiliam – Embedded Formative Assessment

Dylan William – Inside the Black Box

Rethinking Classroom Assessment with Purpose in Mind

Critical Reflection

Stephen Brookfield – Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher

Curriculum and Instructional Design

Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak and Leyton Schnellert – Student Diversity

Jay McTighe & Grant Wiggins – Understanding by Design

Jay McTighe & Grant Wiggins – Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding

Differentiated Instruction

Carol Tomlinson & Jay McTighe – Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids

Carol Tomlinson – All Books

Teaching English Language Learners

Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak & Vicki McCarthy – Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners: Promoting Success in Your Classroom

General Education

Faye Brownlie & Leyton Schnellert – It’s All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners in English, Social Studies, and Humanities

Faye Brownlie, Leyton Schnellert & Carole Fullerton – It’s All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners in Mathematics and Science

John Hattie – Visible Learning for Teachers

Parker Palmer – The Courage to Teach

Roger Schank – Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools


Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser – Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality

Dan Rothstein & Luz Santana – Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Neil Stephenson – Thinking in Mind

Jeffrey Wilhelm – Engaging Readers and Writers with Inquiry

Jeffery Wilhelm – Inquiring Minds Learn to Read and Write

Motivation and Engagement

Canadian Education Associate (CEA) – What Did You Do In School Today?

Karen Hume – Tuned Out

Daniel Pink – Drive


Developing Readers

Gina Biancarosa & Catherine Snow – Reading Next 

Faye Brownlie – Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles

Steve Graham & Dolores Perin – Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Adrienne Gear – Reading Power

Chris Tovani – Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

Shelley Wright – Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

Sean Swagerman – The Case For Not Teaching Grammar

Math Resources

Faye Brownlie, Leyton Schnellert & Carole Fullerton – It’s All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners in Mathematics and Science

Grant Wiggins – Some Resources for Math Teachers Who Need a Nudge

Exploration of Self

Brene Brown – The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Video Clips

Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

Thomas King – I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind

Daniel Pink – What’s Your Sentence


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