Selma Wassermann is Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is author of textbooks in the field of education, dozens of journal articles, chapters, cases, and a developer of multi-media courses on CD-ROM for high school and university level students.

As a grandmother in West Vancouver who looked for ways to stay close to her two grandsons who lived 400 miles away, she wrote The Long Distance Grandmother (Hartley & Marks, 1988).

Born in Brooklyn on July 25, 1929, Selma Wassermann arrived in B.C. and Canada in July of 1966. As an educator, she received an Excellence in Teaching award from Simon Fraser University. With her husband Jack Wassermann she has also co-written ten books in the Sailor Jack series for children, ten books in the Moonbeam series for children, six books in the Smart Start series for children and six books in the Helicopter Adventure series for children.


Put Some Thinking in Your Classroom (San Diego: Coronado, 1978)

Teaching for Thinking: Theory, Strategies and Applications to the Classroom (Columbus, Oh: Charles Merrill, 1966; new edition (New York. Teachers College Press, 1986) - co-author

The Long Distance Grandmother (Hartley & Marks, 1988), 3rd edition 1990, 4th edition 2001; 5th edition (Calgary: Detselig, 2010).

Serious Players (New York. Teachers College Press, 1990; New York: Teachers College Press, 2000).

Getting Down to Cases (N.Y. Teachers College Press, 1993).

Introduction to Case Method Teaching: A Guide to the Galaxy (N.Y. Teachers College Press, 1994).

Teaching Elementary Science: Who's Afraid of Spiders (N.Y. Teachers College Press, 1996; The NEW Teaching Elementary Science: Who’s Afraid of Spiders. (New York: Teachers College Press, 2006).

This Teaching Life: How I Taught Myself to Teach (New York: Teachers College Press, 2004).

Teaching for Thinking Today: Theory, Strategies and Activities for the K-8 Classroom (NY: Teachers College Press, 2009)

The Art of Interactive Teaching (New York: Routledge 2017)

Teaching in the Age of Disinformation: Don't Confuse Me With the Data, My Mind is Made Up! (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) HC $69978-1-4758-4097-1; PB $39 1-4758-4098-8

[BCBW 2018] "Education"