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Tools for Today's Educators™

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Why Tools?

At Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press, our goal has always been to help teachers bring the best practices into their classrooms. This goal is founded on a recognition that too often goes unstated: teaching is hard work. That’s why we’ve spent the past forty years working with educators to turn the best educational research into practical techniques that are easy to implement in the classroom. We call these techniques tools because they’re designed to make the hard work of teaching easier and more effective.

  • Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works – Ready-to-Use Techniques for Increasing Student Achievement

    The book that unites McREL’s renowned research with the award-winning tools of the Thoughtful Classroom.

    This book is packed with powerful, easy-to-use tools. Anyone who wants to improve teaching—teacher, coach, administrator, anyone—will find it incredibly useful.”

    —Jim Knight, author of The Impact Cycle and Better Conversations

    This book is an ideal resource for meeting the growing call for 'best first instruction.' It is strongly aligned to the Classroom Instruction That Works research base, and it provides high-impact tools that help educators turn the research into powerful classroom practice.”

    —Bj Stone, Co-author, Classroom Instruction That Works (Second Edition)

    $34.95
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  • Tools for a Successful School Year (Starting on Day One) – Classroom-Ready Techniques for Building the Four Cornerstones of an Effective Classroom
    Make this year the year of better student behavior, stronger classroom relationships, increased student engagement, and higher levels of thinking and learning.

    Finding high-quality tools to use in the classroom can be difficult. Finding 'the right tool' to improve a particular lesson is even harder. This book makes finding the right tool easy. It’s my go-to for tackling any standard or objective, and for getting my students engaged. I constantly refer to it!

    —Laura Crowley, Lead Teacher, Third Grade, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

    Once again, the Thoughtful Classroom team has provided simple tools that open the door for thoughtful work in the classroom.  Each of the Four Cornerstones provides a strong foundation for students to participate in challenging work, both individually and collaboratively. The tools in this book enhance and complement so many ways in which students can build the Habits of Mind.”

    —Bena Kallick, Co-director, Institute for Habits of Mind

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  • Tools for Thoughtful Assessment – Classroom-Ready Techniques for Improving Teaching and Learning
    Move from “grading” to “aiding” with this award-winning collection of classroom assessment tools

    This latest book follows the pattern that educators have come to expect from The Thoughtful Classroom folks—a thorough, well-researched, clearly written, and eminently practical toolkit. The use of these proven, teacher-friendly tools will unquestionably engage learners while enhancing the quality of classroom assessment practices.

    —Jay McTighe, co-author of the Understanding by Design series

    This amazing, extensive, and well-researched collection of instructional tools should be in every teacher’s professional library.

    —Arthur L. Costa, EdD, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, CA

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  • Tools for Conquering the Common Core – Classroom-Ready Techniques for Targeting the ELA/Literacy Standards
    A simple and powerful way to target the development of students’ literacy skills

    "Tools for Conquering the Common Core" enriches the learning experience for all my students, from my most skilled to my most challenged. My copy is full of Post-its and highlights, and it’s always close at hand. I don’t leave home without it!

    —Mary Jo Ferguson, 2008 Teacher of the Year, Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA), Lorain City Schools, Lorain, OH

    This user-friendly book offers practical, motivating, learning-focused approaches that are grounded in research on exemplary practices. A ‘must have’ addition to every teacher’s library and a terrific resource for professional development!”

    —Pam Robbins, Leadership & Learning Consultant and Author, Staunton, VA and Napa, CA

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  • Math Tools, Grades 3–12 – 60+ Ways to Build Mathematical Practices, Differentiate Instruction, and Increase Student Engagement

    By Harvey F. Silver, John R. Brunsting and Terry Walsh

    Rigorous Standards + Differentiated Instruction + Student Engagement = Higher Student Achievement

    I was hooked within the first 30 pages! Ideas were racing through my mind—I'm excited to blog about it and use it in the classroom. Applies to teachers of all ages—a lot of solid explanations for newbies but still full of resources that any teachers can use or modify. Any book that makes me think, and especially think about improving my practice, is definitely a worthwhile investment. Invest in yourself!

    —Elissa Miller, High School Math Teacher and Blogger, MissCalcul8 blog

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  • Tools for Promoting Active, In-Depth Learning (Second Edition)
    An “oldie but goodie,” this is the book that launched the tools revolution!

    "Tools" has enabled me to keep learning in the classroom active, alive, and fun. It is organized for easy access and filled with wonderful strategies, so that I’m never at a loss for how to keep my students motivated and thinking deeply.

    —Kathy Golden, 8th Grade Science Teacher, West Magnet School, Lagrange, GA

    Activating Prior Knowledge, Improving Writing, Assessing Student Performances, Building Students’ Notemaking Skills, and Promoting Cooperation are just a few of the section titles that speak directly to the learning needs of my students. In fact, there isn’t a section in this book that doesn’t address the learning needs of my students.

    —Sherry Gibbon, Social Studies Department Chair and Teacher, Penn Yan Central School, Penn Yan, NY

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  • Best Practices Bundle

    Part of the Thoughtful Classroom Poster Series.

    Put the best instructional research into practice

    Thoughtful Classroom Posters improve classroom management and help teachers develop important thinking skills and habits of mind in their students.

    Thoughtful Classroom Posters strengthen our school community. Because the posters are in every classroom, students are transferring thinking skills and habits of mind in ways we have never seen before. It’s amazing how something so simple can have such a powerful impact.

    —Joanna Ozoria, Lead ELA Teacher, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

    $75.95
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  • Classroom Culture Bundle

    Part of the Thoughtful Classroom Poster Series.

    Build the Four Cornerstones of an Effective Classroom

    Thoughtful Classroom Posters improve classroom management and help teachers develop important thinking skills and habits of mind in their students.

    Thoughtful Classroom Posters strengthen our school community. Because the posters are in every classroom, students are transferring thinking skills and habits of mind in ways we have never seen before. It’s amazing how something so simple can have such a powerful impact.

    —Joanna Ozoria, Lead ELA Teacher, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

    $68.95
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  • Thoughtful Classroom Bundle

    Part of the Thoughtful Classroom Poster Series.

    The ultimate collection of “best bets” to raise achievement and grow your practice

    Thoughtful Classroom Posters improve classroom management and help teachers develop important thinking skills and habits of mind in their students.

    Thoughtful Classroom Posters strengthen our school community. Because the posters are in every classroom, students are transferring thinking skills and habits of mind in ways we have never seen before. It’s amazing how something so simple can have such a powerful impact.

    —Joanna Ozoria, Lead ELA Teacher, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

    $115.95
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