Alan Trussell-Cullen – Teacher leader, mentor and writer
Alan Trussell-Cullen began his teaching in Te Puke Primary School in New Zealand. (Te Puke is where the New Zealand Kiwi fruit industry began.) From this country school, he went on to teach in an inner city school in Auckland.He then moved on to teacher education at the Auckland College of Education, at that time, the largest teacher-training institution in the country. Besides working with teachers in New Zealand, he has traveled widely and presented at conferences and worked with teachers in other countries, including Australia, Sweden, the UK and in many parts of the USA. Beside writing for children, he has also published a number of books for teachers. The three books featured here have been received enthusiastically by teachers everywhere.
Starting with the Real World – Strategies for Developing Nonfiction Reading and Writing K-8
Publisher’s notes: This revolutionary book explores the countless possibilities of using nonfiction to develop the reading and writing skills of young readers.
Starting with the Real World dispels the myths surrounding nonfiction as a reading tool, as it details strategies for developing comprehensive nonfiction reading and writing programs.It explores the difference between fiction and nonfiction and the huge range of nonfiction materials available to teachers.
Teachers coming to grips with the Common Core State Standards will find this book an invaluable resource. It provides a wealth of practical and innovative ideas teachers can use in their classrooms to foster the reading and writing of informational text.
Available from Pearson Learning
Assessment in the Learner-Centered Classroom
Publisher’s notes: Assessment in the Learner-Centered Classroom uses practical advice with a dash of humor to help teachers plan and implement authentic, classroom-based assessment systems.
In this engaging, entertaining book, educator and children’s author Alan Trussell-Cullan employs a simple, step-by-step approach to show teachers how to use a multifaceted “assessment tool box” in selecting the best mix of strategies and devices to help their students learn more effectively
Trussell-Cullen provides a wealth of professional insight to help teachers reappraise many of their basic assumptions and beliefs about assessment. While he recognizes the merits of many traditional assessment practices, he points beyond those techniques toward a more realistic approach that values th individual student.
Available from Pearson Education.
Inside New Zealand Classrooms
Alan Trussell-Cullen wrote this book in response to all the teachers from other countries who kept asking him questions like: “But what is it really like in a New Zealand classroom?” How come so many New Zealand children learn to read so well and from such a young age?” “How do New Zealand teachers teach?” “What is a New Zealand classroom like?” “What is a New Zealand school like?” “How did the unique approaches to learning taken by New Zealand teachers develop and who were some of the people who helped shape and develop their approach to teaching and learning?”
The book is divided into three parts:
Part 1: Inside New Zealand classrooms A fly on the wall account of what happens in five different classroom, each in a completely different school and community setting.
Part 2: New Zealand Classrooms in Context. How New Zealand schools are organized and managed and a brief history of how New Zealand schools evolved and an introduction to some of the key people who provided important leadership such as Sylvia Ashton Warner, Elwyn Richardson, Don Holdaway and Marie Clay.
Part 3: What can we learn from each other? (This section includes an intriguing critique from Ted, a six year old US boy who spent a year in a New Zealand classroom.)
Available from Richard C Owen Publishers
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