Professional Reading


High Noon: 20 Global Problems and Twenty Years to Solve Them

This book is a resourceful reference for social studies teaching, esp for teaching and learning about global issues and possible ways to overcome them

Writer : J. F Rischard

Publisher : Basic Books

Year of Publish : 2002

Brief Summary

In High Noon, J.F Rischard challenged the readers to take a new approach to the twenty most important and urgent global problems of the twenty-first century. Rischard also proposed new vehicle for global-problem solving that are startling and persuasive. He classified the problems into twenty:

Sharing Our Planet: Issues involving the global common

  • Global warming
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem losses
  • Fisheries and depletion
  • Deforestation
  • Water deficit
  • Maritime safety and pollution

Sharing Our Humanity: Issues requiring a global commitment

  • Massive step up in the fights against poverty
  • Peacekeeping, conflict resolution, combating terrorism
  • Education for all
  • Global infectious disease
  • Digital divide
  • Natural disaster prevention and mitigation

Sharing our rule book: issues needing a global regulatory approach

  • Reinventing taxation for the twenty-first century
  • Biotechnology rules
  • Global financial architecture
  • Illegal drugs
  • Trade, investment, and competition rules
  • Intellectual property rights
  • E-commerce rules
  • International labor and migration rules

Mainly, the book has three parts. The first part deals with the explanation of the two big forces that will produce spectacular worldwide changes over the next twenty years; population increasing and different new world economy that is emerging. In this part, it said that there are three new realities that will affect human; the move away from hierarchies, the struggle of the nation state, and the blurring of the boundary lines between the public sector, business, and civil society.

The second part of the book presents about the compilation of facts and information related to the twenty global issues. This part is very useful for me since it gives me a lot of facts which help me and my students in doing our research on global issues. The third part is mostly about the proposal of solution to overcome the twenty global problems, what people can do to preserve the world, and ways to accelerate global problem solving.

I find this book is very resourceful and motivating since it exposes the world global issues in such a very interesting presentation and easy to follow and also proposes solutions to the problems. I t is like a bible for me to update my self with the facts and the information which help me planning and teaching the unit of  inquiry of sharing our humanity talking about world global issues.

Differentiated Instruction Mixed-Ability Classrooms

This book provides some strategies and ways of differentiated instruction in mised-abilities classroom

Writer                    : Carol Ann Tomlinson

Publisher              : Hawker Brownlow Education

Year of Publish    : 2001

Brief Summary of Chapter 4

This book gives me tips and suggestion in how differentiation occurs in my class. Chapter four mainly talks about what really matters in planning for students’ success. There are some important highlights on how to help students to meet their learning goals in differentiated instruction mixed- ability classroom. Here are at least nine attitudes and skills teachers need to have to help all learners:

  • Establishing clarity about the essence of the learning
  • Accepting responsibility for learners success
  • Developing a community of respect
  • Building awareness of what works for each students
  • Developing classroom management routines that contribute to success
  • Developing flexible classroom teaching routines
  • Expanding repertoire of instructional strategies
  • Helping the students become effective partner in their own success
  • Reflecting on individual progress with an eye toward curricular goals and personal growth

Integrating Socially, Planning Integrated Units of Work for Social Education

 Writer                                   : Kath Murdoch and Julie Hamston

Publisher                              : Eleanor Curtain Pulishing

Year of Publish                    : 1996

Brief Summary

Integrating Socially is essentially a book about classroom practice. It is a guidance to develop integrated units of work for social education which provides opportunities for young learners to explore and clarify values and attitudes, develop investigative skills, discuss the issues, solve problems, make decision and act on their understanding they have developed about the world around them.

This book include an overview of the theory that guides the practice and an outline of the content that should be covered in a comprehensive social education curriculum and information on how the unit included in the book can be adjusted to meet particular needs. It also includes useful strategies for social education- on ways of learning appropriate to aspects of curriculum and explicit assistance on how to plan integrated units of work for social education

This book can help me inspire to get an idea for planning social studies for my class. There are plenty of examples on the activities can be used in my classroom. I also can do some improvisation with the planner and examples provided.

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