DEC Scan Journal : February 2012
Volume 31, February 2012 71 pedagogy in preschool to early years, the content in this resource provides an approach to structured play activities designed as hands-on literacy and numeracy learning experiences. The specific approach, constructed around person- alised, investigative play based pedagogies, is known as the Walker Learning Approach (WLA). This approach is based on predictable and rigorously struc- tured core elements that are clearly set out as guiding princi- ples in Chapter 3. Another chapter focuses on establishing the learning environment. Scaffolded activities designed to stimulate children's natural wonder and curiosity, by integrating literacy and numeracy with technology and social skills, are provided. A series of photographs illustrates the sequen- tial approach to a typical day's activities. Of particular note is the high importance placed on strategies for assessing and monitoring students' progress in the emotional, social, cognitive, language and physical domains as an integrated approach to preschool and Early Years students' development. F. Whalan USER LEVEL: Professional Paper $49.95 SCIS 1511837 WALKER, Kathy & BASS, Shona Engagement matters: personalised learning for grades 3 to 6 ACER, Vic, 2011 ISBN 9780864318312 [372.139] As an instructive guide to preparing upper primary students for learning in the 21st century, the pedagogical framework based on the Walker Learning Approach (WLA) suggests that curriculum content alongside project based learning can be used to empower, engage and motivate students. The core pedagogical approach involves the education research project that incorporates the design of a negotiated personalised learning inquiry project, which is linked to specific curricu- lum frameworks with integrated elements for literacy and numeracy. Significant detail is placed on developing construc- tive and meaningful assessment and reporting strategies using self and peer assessment, and feedback based on comprehen- sive rubrics that cover a range of learning outcomes. Included are several case studies that could assist the teacher interested in designing student negotiated inquiry projects. The case studies provide a scaffold to ensure links with aspects of the relevant curriculum. F. Whalan USER LEVEL: Professional Paper $49.95 SCIS 1511845 Read to self, to someone and listen to reading www.sanjuan.edu/webpages/gguthrie/balanced_liter- acy.cfm?subpage=131176 Part of a much larger literacy site, this reading resource provides a wealth of links and instantly usable ideas and templates. The site concentrates on English and mathematical reading; the latter making it an unusual reading resource for teachers. The emphasis is on developing independent skills in silent reading, reading aloud and listening to someone else reading. Resources include posters, bookmarks, strategy slideshows, rubrics, and tracking sheets for K--6 students. The items range from familiar grids to imaginative reminders about such things as choosing the right book, all of which provide students with tools to increase their autonomy in reading and thinking about their reading. M. Davis USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: English; Mathematics SYLLABUS: English K--6; Mathematics K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Teaching -- Aids and devices; reading PUBLISHER: Dyer-Kelly Elementary School, USA REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [428.4071] *1526597* SCIS 1526597 Whittaker's www.whittakers.co.nz A visual feast with strong olfactory suggestions and seductive sound effects, the site is an excellent model of website creativity. The making of the world's first chocolate website film clip explains how this unusual site came to be. Though blocked for students, the 39 clips in Advertising are a historical selection that will be especially useful for English analysis using an IWB and the teacher's computer. Food technology students can investigate Bean to bar for information on sustainable cocoa bean sourcing and the steps involved in making chocolate. Well written in a tone and style very suitable for student use, the site has excellent photographs, including beautifully shot artistic stills and short clips from the factory. The site showcases the product commer- cially and also teaches about the product, making it a useful resource to illustrate the potential of e-business marketing. As an example of good website design, this is a solid resource that students will really enjoy critiquing. C. Thomas USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: CA; English; TAS SYLLABUS: Commerce 7--10; Design & Technology 7--10; English 7--10; Food Technology 7--10; Visual Design 7--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Chocolate PUBLISHER: J.H. Whittaker & Sons, NZ REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [641.3] *1531197* SCIS 1531197 Scan the SCIS barcodes to select eresources for your collection. = must be purchased.