Make It Relevant!: Strategies to Nurture, Develop, and Inspire Young Learners

Scholastic. Feb. 2022. 128p. pap. $18.99. ISBN 9781338764079.
King’s book focuses on instructors’ desires to be relevant and significant in a world that is moving ever faster. Based on a framework of belonging, believing, and becoming, King offers nudges to relevance throughout and encourages readers to consider the perspective of a student through the pursuit of wonder. Most of the 10 chapters in the book pose examples of ways to incorporate relevancy in the classroom immediately. Although the entire book, which can be read in chunks or as a whole, can be useful for elementary school teachers and instructional coaches, Chapter Nine sums it up: “One of the easiest ways to capitalize on relevant moments is to let your learners talk, or ‘unleash the wheesht!’”(Scottish way of shushing). Then, the entirety of Chapter Ten is lessons that have been broken down in a traditional format. A strategy book that is easy to read, comprehend, and apply, this will resonate with primary instructors who are feeling the pressure of connecting with their students after a very strange few years in education. King offers suggestions to improve current pedagogy, relates relevance to behavior concerns, and ultimately, ties the importance of relevance to student voice.
VERDICT This is a great choice for elementary and early middle level instructors, or the coaches who support them, who are looking to find a more authentic connection to their students.

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