The book's strengths are many: firstly, there is a variety of activities to choose from... secondly, the activities span the curriculum; thirdly, they can be adapted to suit a particular group of students; and, finally, they do not build on each other so a teacher has the freedom to select whichever activities are best for the group.
This book is a great resource and guide for the middle school teacher. Recommended. (Gail Hamilton is Library Learning Resources Consultant at the Manitoba Department of Education, in Winnipeg, MB. CM: Canadian Review of Materials 2011-06-20)
"For schools which already have the Deal with It Series, this Resource Guide would be a great addition. For those schools which have not yet had experience with the series, it might be a worthwhile purchase as the topics covered are very relevant in classrooms in today's milieu.
Students need to know how to deal with these issues and this whole series is a good starting point. In fact, a whole program could be built around these books and the Resource Guide." (Victoria Pennell Resource Links 2011-06-01)
About the Author
WENDY DOUCETTE has been a teacher-librarian for the past fifteen years and is presently a Resource/Reading Recovery teacher. She lives with her husband and three children in Greenvale, PEI.
RACHELLE DUFFUS has been teaching in the greater Toronto area for over ten years. She has been a specialist in Reading and Special Education for both Behaviour and Learning Disabilities. Rachelle has designed several win-win programs including the inter-generational Adopt-A-Grandparent and MYIND: Mentoring Youth in New Directions, a program for at-risk students. She is currently an Itinerant Behaviour teacher for the Toronto District School Board.
YOLANDA HOGEVEEN, B.Ed., M.L.S., is a high-school teacher-librarian. She develops and teaches Library Technician courses for Red River Community College in Winnipeg, MB, and is the co-author of teachers' guides for the videos Pioneer Quest and Quest for the Bay.
HEATHER JESSOP is a teacher-librarian with the Peel District School Board in Ontario. She has previously co-written curriculum documents for her school board and the Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario.
TRICIA CARMICHAEL is an editor who specializes in educational materials. Her projects include everything from media literacy resources for K-12 students and teachers, to online professional development resources for healthcare professionals. She lives and works in Toronto, ON.