The Not This, But That Series

"By the end of each book in this series you will understand both what not to and what to do to improve student learning."
-Nell Duke and Ellin Oliver Keene, Series Editors

Much like the diet phenomenon Eat This Not That, this series aims to replace some common, existing teaching practices with approaches that are more effective—healthier, if you will—for our students. We hope to draw attention to widespread practices around important instructional topics that have little support in research or professional wisdom and offer alternatives that have greater support. Each text is collaboratively written by authors representing research and practice. By the end of each book, you will understand both what not to do, and what to do, to improve student learning.

No More Teaching a Letter a Week

No More Teaching a Letter a Week

Rebecca McKay, William H. Teale, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Paperback)

“Letter-a-week” may be a ubiquitous approach to teaching alphabet knowledge,  but that doesn’t mean it’s an effective one. In No More Teaching a Letter a Week , early literacy researcher Dr. William Teale helps us understand that alphabet knowledge is more than letter recognition, and identifies research-based principles of effective alphabet instruction, which constitutes the foundation for phonics teaching and learning.  Literacy... more

No More Teaching a Letter a Week (eBook)

No More Teaching a Letter a Week (eBook)

Rebecca McKay, William H. Teale, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(eBook)

“Letter-a-week” may be a ubiquitous approach to teaching alphabet knowledge,  but that doesn’t mean it’s an effective one. In No More Teaching a Letter a Week , early literacy researcher Dr. William Teale helps us understand that alphabet knowledge is more than letter recognition, and identifies research-based principles of effective alphabet instruction, which constitutes the foundation for phonics teaching and learning.  Literacy... more

No More Independent Reading Without Support

No More Independent Reading Without Support

Debbie Miller, Barbara Moss, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Paperback)

"What if there was a time when things slowed down? No rotations, activities, or worksheets—just you, your kids, and books. Would you take it?" — Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss We know children learn to read by reading. Is independent reading valuable enough to use precious classroom minutes on? Yes, writes Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss, but only if that time is purposeful. DEAR and SSR aren’t enough. Research shows that... more

No More Independent Reading Without Support (eBook)

No More Independent Reading Without Support (eBook)

Debbie Miller, Barbara Moss, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(eBook)

"What if there was a time when things slowed down? No rotations, activities, or worksheets—just you, your kids, and books. Would you take it?" — Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss We know children learn to read by reading. Is independent reading valuable enough to use precious classroom minutes on? Yes, writes Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss, but only if that time is purposeful. DEAR and SSR aren’t enough. Research shows that... more

No More Independent Reading Without Support (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Independent Reading Without Support (Print eBook Bundle)

Debbie Miller, Barbara Moss, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Print + eBook)

"What if there was a time when things slowed down? No rotations, activities, or worksheets—just you, your kids, and books. Would you take it?" — Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss We know children learn to read by reading. Is independent reading valuable enough to use precious classroom minutes on? Yes, writes Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss, but only if that time is purposeful. DEAR and SSR aren’t enough. Research shows that... more

No More Low Expectations for English Learners

No More Low Expectations for English Learners

Julie Nora, Jana Echevarria, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Paperback)

Teaching English Learners from an asset perspective Too often in classrooms, English Learners are described by what they cannot do, rather than by what they can do.  Particularly in mainstream classrooms in which teachers have little or no training in how to meet their needs, ELs are seen through a deficit lens.  In No More Low Expectations for English Learners, esteemed EL researcher Jana Echevarría argues that teacher attitude... more

No More Low Expectations for English Learners (eBook)

No More Low Expectations for English Learners (eBook)

Julie Nora, Jana Echevarria, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(eBook)

Teaching English Learners from an asset perspective Too often in classrooms, English Learners are described by what they cannot do, rather than by what they can do.  Particularly in mainstream classrooms in which teachers have little or no training in how to meet their needs, ELs are seen through a deficit lens.  In No More Low Expectations for English Learners, esteemed EL researcher Jana Echevarría argues that teacher attitude... more

No More Low Expectations for English Learners (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Low Expectations for English Learners (Print eBook Bundle)

Julie Nora, Jana Echevarria, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Print + eBook)

Teaching English Learners from an asset perspective Too often in classrooms, English Learners are described by what they cannot do, rather than by what they can do.  Particularly in mainstream classrooms in which teachers have little or no training in how to meet their needs, ELs are seen through a deficit lens.  In No More Low Expectations for English Learners, esteemed EL researcher Jana Echevarría argues that teacher attitude... more

No More Mindless Homework

No More Mindless Homework

Kathy Collins, Janine Bempechat, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Paperback)

While schools around the nation reconsider homework policies, teachers, students, and parents continue to ride the wave of either too much, too little, too easy, or too hard homework assignments. In the expectation that children complete homework, sometimes they are assigned mindless “busy work.”  Kathy Collins and Janine Bempechat take on the stormy topic of homework by re-focusing the conversation from “to assign or not to assign”... more

No More Mindless Homework (eBook)

No More Mindless Homework (eBook)

Kathy Collins, Janine Bempechat, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(eBook)

While schools around the nation reconsider homework policies, teachers, students, and parents continue to ride the wave of either too much, too little, too easy, or too hard homework assignments. In the expectation that children complete homework, sometimes they are assigned mindless “busy work.”  Kathy Collins and Janine Bempechat take on the stormy topic of homework by re-focusing the conversation from “to assign or not to assign”... more

No More Mindless Homework (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Mindless Homework (Print eBook Bundle)

Kathy Collins, Janine Bempechat, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Print + eBook)

While schools around the nation reconsider homework policies, teachers, students, and parents continue to ride the wave of either too much, too little, too easy, or too hard homework assignments. In the expectation that children complete homework, sometimes they are assigned mindless “busy work.”  Kathy Collins and Janine Bempechat take on the stormy topic of homework by re-focusing the conversation from “to assign or not to assign”... more

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets

Jennifer Palmer, Marcia Invernizzi, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Paperback)

“When we give every student worksheets to learn phonics and spelling, we miss opportunities to get our students excited about words and fail to give them the opportunity to meet the high standards represented by the Common Core Standards. Our students need instruction that makes them think and helps them apply their word knowledge to real reading and writing situations.” —Jennifer Palmer and Marcia Invernizzi We want students... more

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets (eBook)

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets (eBook)

Jennifer Palmer, Marcia Invernizzi, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(eBook)

“When we give every student worksheets to learn phonics and spelling, we miss opportunities to get our students excited about words and fail to give them the opportunity to meet the high standards represented by the Common Core Standards. Our students need instruction that makes them think and helps them apply their word knowledge to real reading and writing situations.” —Jennifer Palmer and Marcia Invernizzi We want students... more

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets (Print eBook Bundle)

Jennifer Palmer, Marcia Invernizzi, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Print + eBook)

“When we give every student worksheets to learn phonics and spelling, we miss opportunities to get our students excited about words and fail to give them the opportunity to meet the high standards represented by the Common Core Standards. Our students need instruction that makes them think and helps them apply their word knowledge to real reading and writing situations.” —Jennifer Palmer and Marcia Invernizzi We want students... more

No More Reading for Junk

No More Reading for Junk

Barbara A. Marinak, Linda Gambrell, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Paperback)

Pizza. Pez dispensers. Nerf balls. When we give students “junk” to reward reading, we are focusing their intention away from the act of reading and from their own independence as readers. Instead, we can create classrooms where reading is seen as its own reward. In this book, esteemed researcher Linda Gambrell provides a research-based context for cultivating children’s intrinsic motivation to read and identifies three essential... more

No More Reading Instruction Without Differentiation

No More Reading Instruction Without Differentiation

Lynn Geronemus Bigelman, Debra S. Peterson, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Paperback)

The research is compelling: when teachers differentiate reading instruction, students learn more. But teachers are too often given the expectation of differentiation without the details on how to make it work.   In No More Reading Instruction Without Differentiation, Debra Peterson and Lynn Bigelman offer an instructional framework that adapts instruction based on individual students needs and interests. Peterson unpacks the research... more

No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters

No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters

Elizabeth Hammond Brinkerhoff, Alysia D. Roehrig, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Paperback)

“We need to evaluate how we spend time in our classroom by asking whether it is proportional to how valuable the activity is in fostering students’ independence and growth.” —Elizabeth Brinkerhoff and Alysia Roehrig Time is precious, and every teacher needs more. No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters shows you where to find it as well as research-based ways to align every classroom minute... more

No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters (eBook)

No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters (eBook)

Elizabeth Hammond Brinkerhoff, Alysia D. Roehrig, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(eBook)

“We need to evaluate how we spend time in our classroom by asking whether it is proportional to how valuable the activity is in fostering students’ independence and growth.” —Elizabeth Brinkerhoff and Alysia Roehrig Time is precious, and every teacher needs more. No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters shows you where to find it as well as research-based ways to align every classroom minute... more

No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters (Print eBook Bundle)

Elizabeth Hammond Brinkerhoff, Alysia D. Roehrig, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Print + eBook)

“We need to evaluate how we spend time in our classroom by asking whether it is proportional to how valuable the activity is in fostering students’ independence and growth.” —Elizabeth Brinkerhoff and Alysia Roehrig Time is precious, and every teacher needs more. No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters shows you where to find it as well as research-based ways to align every classroom minute... more

No More Summer-Reading Loss

No More Summer-Reading Loss

Carrie Cahill, Kathy Horvath, Anne McGill-Franzen, Richard L Allington, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Paperback)

Everyone loves summer—except reading teachers. Kids take a vacation from books and those with limited access to books lose ground to their peers. You may have thought there’s nothing you can do about it, but there is. No More Summer-Reading Loss shows how to ensure that readers continue to grow year round. School-based practitioners Carrie Cahill and Kathy Horvath join with renowned researchers Anne McGill-Franzen and Dick... more

No More Summer-Reading Loss (eBook)

No More Summer-Reading Loss (eBook)

Carrie Cahill, Kathy Horvath, Anne McGill-Franzen, Richard L Allington, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(eBook)

Everyone loves summer—except reading teachers. Kids take a vacation from books and those with limited access to books lose ground to their peers. You may have thought there’s nothing you can do about it, but there is. No More Summer-Reading Loss shows how to ensure that readers continue to grow year round. School-based practitioners Carrie Cahill and Kathy Horvath join with renowned researchers Anne McGill-Franzen and Dick... more

No More Summer-Reading Loss (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Summer-Reading Loss (Print eBook Bundle)

Carrie Cahill, Kathy Horvath, Anne McGill-Franzen, Richard L Allington, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Print + eBook)

Everyone loves summer—except reading teachers. Kids take a vacation from books and those with limited access to books lose ground to their peers. You may have thought there’s nothing you can do about it, but there is. No More Summer-Reading Loss shows how to ensure that readers continue to grow year round. School-based practitioners Carrie Cahill and Kathy Horvath join with renowned researchers Anne McGill-Franzen and Dick... more

No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices

No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices

Gianna Cassetta, Brook Sawyer, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Paperback)

Frustrated by ongoing difficult student behavior? You’re not alone: classroom management issues are a leading cause of teacher burnout. But there is a solution. No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices shows how to promote good behavior, address interruptions, and keep everyone moving forward. “Management and control are not the same,” write teacher and school leader Gianna Cassetta and noted... more

No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices (eBook)

No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices (eBook)

Gianna Cassetta, Brook Sawyer, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(eBook)

Frustrated by ongoing difficult student behavior? You’re not alone: classroom management issues are a leading cause of teacher burnout. But there is a solution. No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices shows how to promote good behavior, address interruptions, and keep everyone moving forward. “Management and control are not the same,” write teacher and school leader Gianna Cassetta and noted... more

No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices (Print eBook Bundle)

Gianna Cassetta, Brook Sawyer, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Print + eBook)

Frustrated by ongoing difficult student behavior? You’re not alone: classroom management issues are a leading cause of teacher burnout. But there is a solution. No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices shows how to promote good behavior, address interruptions, and keep everyone moving forward. “Management and control are not the same,” write teacher and school leader Gianna Cassetta and noted... more

No More

No More "Look Up the List" Vocabulary Instruction

Charlene Cobb, Camille Blachowicz, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Paperback)

“Just as word learning is incremental, so is learning about vocabulary instruction. Teachers need exposure to research, best-practice strategies, and fellow practitioners.” —Charlene Cobb and Camille Blachowicz The way we’ve learned influences the way we teach, but the vocabulary instruction many of us received—looking up words and writing sentences or completing worksheets— just doesn’t work. So what can we do instead?... more

No More

No More "Look Up the List" Vocabulary Instruction (eBook)

Charlene Cobb, Camille Blachowicz, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(eBook)

“Just as word learning is incremental, so is learning about vocabulary instruction. Teachers need exposure to research, best-practice strategies, and fellow practitioners.” —Charlene Cobb and Camille Blachowicz The way we’ve learned influences the way we teach, but the vocabulary instruction many of us received—looking up words and writing sentences or completing worksheets— just doesn’t work. So what can we do instead?... more

No More

No More "Look Up the List" Vocabulary Instruction (Print eBook Bundle)

Charlene Cobb, Camille Blachowicz, Edited By Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene

(Print + eBook)

“Just as word learning is incremental, so is learning about vocabulary instruction. Teachers need exposure to research, best-practice strategies, and fellow practitioners.” —Charlene Cobb and Camille Blachowicz The way we’ve learned influences the way we teach, but the vocabulary instruction many of us received—looking up words and writing sentences or completing worksheets— just doesn’t work. So what can we do instead?... more

No More Telling as Teaching

No More Telling as Teaching

Cris Tovani, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Paperback)

The truth is, when we rely on lecture in an effort to cover content, we’re doing students a disservice.  Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give kids real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the disciplinary ideas, skills, and practices we’re trying to teach. Cris Tovani and Elizabeth Moje help us translate the time spent lecturing into powerful learning experiences where students... more

No More Telling as Teaching (eBook)

No More Telling as Teaching (eBook)

Cris Tovani, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(eBook)

The truth is, when we rely on lecture in an effort to cover content, we’re doing students a disservice.  Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give kids real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the disciplinary ideas, skills, and practices we’re trying to teach. Cris Tovani and Elizabeth Moje help us translate the time spent lecturing into powerful learning experiences where students... more

No More Telling as Teaching (Print eBook Bundle)

No More Telling as Teaching (Print eBook Bundle)

Cris Tovani, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Edited By Ellin Oliver Keene, Nell K Duke

(Print + eBook)

The truth is, when we rely on lecture in an effort to cover content, we’re doing students a disservice.  Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give kids real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the disciplinary ideas, skills, and practices we’re trying to teach. Cris Tovani and Elizabeth Moje help us translate the time spent lecturing into powerful learning experiences where students... more