Where to Find Me
- Mrs. T’s Middle Grades on Pinterest
- Elissa Field – writing blog on WordPress
- earthmonkeymama – parenting blog on WordPress
- Elissa Field on Twitter
- Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom, by David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson
- Intended for parents, but fab for differentiating student learning styles: Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- Day One & Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle-Level Teachers (also: Meet Me in the Middle), by Rick Wormeli
For Teachers & Parents – On Gender Differences:
- Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, by Leonard Sax
- Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
- The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well, by William & Martha Sears
- also by Sears, for new parents: The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
- Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
- Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction:
- Anything by Rebecca Stead, including: Liar & Spy (best for: 4th-6th grade), and When You Reach Me (best for: 5th-7th grade).
- Anything by Roland Smith, including: Elephant Run (an all-time favorite, best for 6th-9th); the I,Q series, including Independence Hall, The White House and Kitty Hawk.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon. A real favorite, with interesting mystery and insightful point of view — but recommended for 8th and above for the British freedom with the use of the f-word in 3 places.