Best Selling Books by Steve Reifman

Steve Reifman is the author of Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8 (2018), Chase for Home (2014), Chase Against Time (2012), How to Be an Effective Teacher (1996) and other 6 books.

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Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8

release date: Nov 20, 2018
Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8
Inspirational and practical, this book focuses on the quality of teaching and learning in elementary and middle school classrooms and helps teachers and students find more joy, satisfaction, and meaning in their work.Experienced teacher Steve Reifman defines a quality classroom in reader-friendly terms, explains how to measure quality, and covers the conditions under which all students are empowered to reach their full potential. The author synthesizes key concepts from the fields of education, psychology, management, and personal growth to arrive at the eight essential elements of teaching, including realistic goal setting, assessment-oriented instruction, parent involvement, and teacher leadership. Written in an engaging personal voice and drawing upon the work of experts such as Stephen Covey, Howard Gardner, Ted Sizer, William Glasser, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Alfie Kohn, and Alan Blakenstein, this resourcePromotes student motivation and a classroom environment of trust and respectBuild higher-level thinking and group problem solving into the curriculumPresents classroom applications, examples, anecdotes, and reproducible pagesFeatures ideas from practicing teaching for putting these essential ideas to work in the classroomEight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8 motivates student teachers, beginning teachers, and veteran educators to become the most effective instructors they can be and achieve the best learning outcomes possible for their students.

Chase for Home

release date: Nov 11, 2014
Chase for Home
Book Synopsis Riding high in fifth grade, Chase Manning joins the Apple Valley baseball team, and his clutch hitting leads the squad to within two victories of the school's first league championship. Confidence is high-until Chase's lucky batting glove turns up missing the day of the semifinal game. Unsure whether the theft represents a personal attack or an attempt to derail the entire baseball team, Chase must track down the culprit and find the glove before the team boards the bus at 3 o'clock. Surprising and suspense-filled plot twists fill the pages of this single-day, real-time mystery thriller. About the Chase Manning Mystery Series The Chase Manning Mystery Series features single-day, real-time thrillers that occur on an elementary school campus. Written for readers 8-12 years of age by National Board Certified Teacher Steve Reifman, the series launched with the award-winning Chase Against Time, in which fifth grader Chase Manning must investigate the mysterious disappearance of the cello that the school plans to auction off to save its prestigious music program. Chase Against Time has enjoyed rave reviews from children, parents, and teachers. Young readers love the book's fast-paced, action-packed format while parents and teachers appreciate the book's kid-friendly tone and content. Chase is now back in the eagerly anticipated sequel, Chase for Home. Note for Elementary School Teachers and Parents Chase Against Time and Chase for Home are Level Q on the Fountas & Pinnell scale. Both books are ideally suited to be used as read alouds and mentor texts during Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop units on mystery and "edge-of-seat" fiction because they include numerous examples of end-of-chapter cliffhangers, red herrings, suspects, motives, and other important mystery elements. If you are interested in teaching children how to craft their own mysteries, check out Steve's e-book, The Ultimate Mystery Writing Guide for Kids.

Chase Against Time

release date: Mar 15, 2012
Chase Against Time
Fifth-grader Chase Manning races against time to find a stolen cello needed for a fund-raising event by three o'clock in order to save the school's award-winning music program and Chase's dream of playing in the Sixth Grade Honors Orchestra.

How to Be an Effective Teacher

release date: Jan 01, 1996
How to Be an Effective Teacher
This resource helps teachers with extra curricular aspects of teaching.

107 Awesome Elementary Teaching Ideas You Can Implement Tomorrow

release date: Jan 01, 2020
107 Awesome Elementary Teaching Ideas You Can Implement Tomorrow
"This helpful book is chock full of high-interest, easy-to-use activities for your elementary school classroom. Organized into three main categories, you'll find 107 ideas for creating positive, cooperative classroom culture, improving academic instruction, and building student capacity. Topics include family involvement, student movement, social emotional learning, academic content learning, reflection and assessment, and much more. The author draws from his wealth of experience to share inspiring examples of these teaching tips in action. Bonus: The classroom-ready templates and tools throughout the book are also provided on our website as free eResources for ease of use"--

Chase Under Pressure

release date: Apr 25, 2015
Chase Under Pressure
Book Synopsis With huge prizes on the line at the state hamster race, the Apple Valley Elementary science team has been working overtime to prepare. Dash, the school's little speedster, is in the best shape of her life, and confidence is high-until the hamster turns up missing the morning of the event. Fifth-grader Chase Manning must overcome an unsupportive principal, the visiting members of a rival school, and even his own teammates to identify the thief and find Dash before the competition begins. Expect the unexpected on the pages of this single-day, real-time mystery thriller. About the Chase Manning Mystery Series The Chase Manning Mystery Series features single-day, real-time thrillers that occur on an elementary school campus. Written for readers 8-12 years of age by National Board Certified Teacher Steve Reifman, the series launched with the award-winning Chase Against Time, in which fifth grader Chase Manning must investigate the mysterious disappearance of the cello that the school plans to auction off to save its prestigious music program. Its sequel, Chase for Home, was released in 2014. Both Chase Against Time and Chase for Home have enjoyed rave reviews from children, parents, and teachers. Young readers love the books' fast-paced, action-packed format while parents and teachers appreciate the kid-friendly tone and content. Chase is now back in the eagerly anticipated third installment, Chase Under Pressure. Note for Elementary School Teachers and Parents Chase Against Time, Chase for Home, and Chase Under Pressure are Level Q on the Fountas & Pinnell scale. All three books are ideally suited to be used as read alouds and mentor texts during Reading Workshop units on mystery and "edge-of-seat" fiction because they include numerous examples of end-of-chapter cliffhangers, red herrings, suspects, motives, and other important mystery elements. If you are interested in teaching children how to craft their own mysteries, check out Steve's e-book, The Ultimate Mystery Writing Guide for Kids.

Chase to the Finish

release date: Oct 29, 2016
Chase to the Finish
Book SynopsisThe last day of school at Apple Valley Elementary could mark the end of Mrs. Kennedy's 27-year teaching career, if she finds the rest of the money she needs to buy her dream house. When former student Brian Kelly surprises her with a $10,000 check, confidence is high-until the gift turns up missing hours before the down payment is due. Fifth-grader Chase Manning needs to work quickly to save the day for his favorite teacher. Suspense, drama, and excitement overflow from the pages of this single-day, real-time mystery thriller.About the Chase Manning Mystery SeriesThe Chase Manning Mystery Series features single-day, real-time thrillers that occur on an elementary school campus. Written for readers 8-12 years of age by National Board Certified Teacher Steve Reifman, the series launched with the award-winning Chase Against Time, in which fifth grader Chase Manning must investigate the mysterious disappearance of the cello that the school plans to auction off to save its prestigious music program. The book and its sequels, Chase for Home and Chase Under Pressure, have enjoyed rave reviews from children, parents, and teachers. Young readers love the books' fast-paced, action-packed format while parents and teachers appreciate the kid-friendly tone and content. Chase is now back in the eagerly anticipated fourth installment, Chase to the Finish.Note for Elementary School Teachers and ParentsChase Against Time, Chase for Home, Chase Under Pressure, and Chase to the Finish are Level Q on the Fountas & Pinnell scale. All four books are ideally suited to be used as read alouds and mentor texts during Reading Workshop units on mystery and "edge-of-seat" fiction because they include numerous examples of end-of-chapter cliffhangers, red herrings, suspects, motives, and other important mystery elements. If you are interested in teaching children how to craft their own mysteries, check out Steve's e-book, The Ultimate Mystery Writing Guide for Kids.

Rock It!

release date: Sep 01, 2013
Rock It!
Every elementary school teacher knows that students need to be active during the day. After all, they're kids! But with all the demands on our time, we find ourselves pushing through the school day, just trying to get through everything in the curriculum. Our students suffer when they are stuck in their seats all day long.Now there is a resource to teach your students while they are moving. "Rock It! Transform Classroom Learning through Movement, Songs, and Stories" by Steve Reifman has over 100 activities that allow your students to move while learning the required curriculum.Many of the activities in Rock it! align with specific Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math. Other activities help students learn concepts in science, social studies, and health. Reifman also explains how to use movement for warm-up activities, as short breaks during the day, and as a way to build strong classroom bonding.Rock It! includes: - Movement activities for English language arts, math, science, social studies, and health, grades K – 5 - Stories for English language arts, math, science, social studies, and health, grades K – 5 - Songs for English language arts, math, and science, grades K – 5 - Chants for English language arts, math, and science, grades K - 5 - Movement warm-ups and breaks - Movement activities and stories for creating a positive classroom culture Each activity in the book includes step-by-step descriptions for preparation, procedure, and variations. You can adapt the activities for the age group of your students.Research shows that children learn best when they have multiple ways to process information. Adding movement, songs, and stories to your teaching repertoire will have your students rocking to the beat of success!

Wanderer: The Ultimate Hippy Trail Journey

release date: Feb 15, 2019
Wanderer: The Ultimate Hippy Trail Journey
Woodstock, a young American hippie, beats the Draft and hits the hippy trail in a coming of age story. "Wanderer" follows Woodstock's year-long journey to scratch his nomadic itch. During his travels, Woodstock's spontaneous, unscripted adventure of raucous, hilarious incidents weighs heavily against his need to come home and grow up.

CHANGING KIDS LIVES ONE QUOTE AT A TIME;121 INSPIRATIONAL SAYINGS TO BUILD CHARACTER IN CHILDREN.

CHANGING KIDS LIVES ONE QUOTE AT A TIME;121 INSPIRATIONAL SAYINGS TO BUILD CHARACTER IN CHILDREN.
Changing Kids' Lives One Quote At a Time contains 121 inspirational sayings designed to bring out the best in children and develop lasting habits. The quotes target 13 "Habits of Character," a list that includes Cooperation, Courage, Fairness, Honesty, Kindness, Patience, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Pride, Respect, Responsibility, Self-discipline, and Service. In addition, the sayings touch on other important ideas, such as quality, success, and health & wellness. Accompanying each quote is a set of "talking points" that parents and teachers can use as a reference when discussing the quotes with children. Though the conversations take only a few minutes, the exercise is a valuable one because it encourages kids to think deeply, because there is a high tone to the dialogue that appeals to the best in people, and because it allows your family or classroom to start the day on a positive note. Further payoffs to consistent use of this activity include better student behavior, stronger work habits and social skills, improved attitudes towards school, greater enthusiasm for and increased dedication to learning, more connections made between school and students' present and future lives, and enhanced vocabulary development.
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