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Spinning Inward
Spinning Inward
Paperback      ISBN: 0877734224

If you have ever wished you could show children and teenagers how to enrich their lives with meditation and visualization, this book will delight you. It presents simple exercises in guided imagery designed to help young people ages three through eighteen to relax into learning, focus attention and increase concentration, stimulate creativity, and cultivate inner peace and group harmony.

The use of guided imagery has been internationally recognized as an effective method of "whole brain" learning. The author's approach will have special appeal to parents and teachers who are frustrated by an educational system that seems to reward only those children who excel at verbal, linear learning. With the exercises in this book, young people can discover learning styles that are effective and enjoyable for them. These techniques of guided imagery offer adults as well as children a unique way to tap the wealth of creativity and wisdom within.
Taking the Leap: Building a Career As a Visual Artist
Taking the Leap
Building a Career As a Visual Artist
Paperback      ISBN: 0811818152

Most artists would rather focus on art than struggle with the details of a business plan. Now, they can. Based on artist and teacher Cay Lang's popular seminars, Taking the Leap teaches artists how to succeed in today's complex and competitive art world. Offering inside information on how to show at galleries, nonprofit spaces, and museums, as well as a host of nontraditional venues, this behind-the-scenes look at the art world reveals how decisions are made and what artists can expect. Lang explains how to master efficient business skills such a negotiating a deal; making the most of art events, trips, presentations, and phone calls; and preparing top-notch promotional materials such as slides, bios, statements, and cover letters. Including many examples of artists who've found inventive alternatives to the gallery system, she suggests ways artists can by-pass mainstream channels and create their own art scene on their own terms. Filled with joy and encouragement, Taking the Leap recreates the energy and enthusiasm Lang evokes in her classroom and makes it available to artists everywhere.

Asperger Syndrome And Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions For Tantrums, Rage And Meltdowns
Asperger Syndrome And Difficult Moments
Practical Solutions For Tantrums, Rage And Meltdowns
Paperback      ISBN: 1931282706

The latest release from 2004 ASA Professional of the Year, Brenda Smith Myles, co-authored by Jack Southwick. This expanded and revised edition of a now classical work provides in-depth and insightful solutions for both parents and educators. In addition to almost doubling the section on interventions, this highly practical and user-friendly resource also focuses on the behaviors and reactions of the adults around the child going through the rage cycle.

Books to Build on: A Grade-By-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers
Books to Build on
A Grade-By-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers
Paperback      ISBN: 0385316402
The invaluable grade-by-grade guide (kindergarten--sixth) is designed to help parents and teachers select some of the best books for children.

Books to Build On recommends:

- for kindergartners, lively collections of poetry and stories, such as The Children's Aesop, and imaginative alphabet books such as Bill Martin, Jr.'s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Lucy Micklewait's I Spy: An Alphabet in Art

- for first graders, fine books on the fine arts, such as Ann Hayes's Meet the Orchestra, the hands-on guide My First Music Book, and the thought-provoking Come Look with Me series of art books for children

- for second graders, books that open doors to world cultures and history, such as Leonard Everett Fisher's The Great Wall of China and Marcia Willaims's humorous Greek Myths for Young Children

- for third graders, books that bring to life the wonders of ancient Rome, such as Living in Ancient Rome, and fascinating books about astronomy, such as Seymour Simon's Our Solar System

- for fourth graders, engaging books on history, including Jean Fritz's Shh We're Writing the Constitution, and many books on Africa, including the stunningly illustrated story of Sundiata: Lion King of Mali

- for fifth graders, a version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream that retains much of the original language but condenses the play for reading or performance by young students, and Michael McCurdy's Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass

- for sixth graders, an eloquent retelling of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and the well-written American history series, A History of US

. . . and many, many more
Drawing for Older Children and Teens: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
Drawing for Older Children and Teens
A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
Paperback      ISBN: 0874776619

Everyone can learn how to draw- and feel truly proud of the results - using Mona Brookes' proven drawing methods. Now the author of America's best-selling art instruction book for young children provides a complete course for older children, teens and adult beginners.

In Part I, you'll discover the many different styles you can choose to draw in and how to develop your own personal style.

In Part II, you'll discover a unique way of seeing that allows you to draw any shape you observe. You'll learn the basics (from buying art supplies to planning your compositions) and all the good stuff- proportion, scale, perspective, contrast shading and special effects. Lastly, Mona provides essential information on drawing the human form, animals, still, landscapes, and buildings.

It's all here. Now nothing can prevent you from discovering the joys of drawing. Open this book and you'll see what creative possibilities await you

Special Note
Drawing For Older Children & Teens includes special sections for art teachers and educators.
Triathlete's Edge
Triathlete's Edge
Paperback      ISBN: 0736046534

Triathlon coaching pioneer Marc Evans has trained pros and age-group triathletes for over 20 years, and he knows what it takes to be successful. His system is divided into phases that can be customized to fit various training seasons and racing objectives. The base preparation phase sets training goals and develops endurance, strength, flexibility, and technique. Base transition adds new workouts, introduces transitions, and increases the volume and intensity of your training. The third phase, race preparation, includes specific swim, bike, and run workouts tailored to your fitness level that will condition your body to put it all together in the approaching competition. The final phase, peak transition, prepares you physiologically and psychologically in a taper that will sharpen your body to peak on race day.

Triathlete's Edge contains much more than training programs. Complete assessment tools allow you to evaluate mobility, posture, gait, strength, and flexibility to make improvements through event-specific exercise drills. Swim instruction covers stroke improvement and hand entry techniques and offers tips on mass starts and exits. You'll improve your position on the bike, perfect your posture, and study cadence and gearing on the bike. The running section will sharpen your efficiency with drills for arm movement, foot strike, and running stride.

Evans reveals the professional training secrets that have defined him as the triathlon training authority. Mark Allen, Karen Smyers, Mike Pigg, and Sue Latshaw are just a few of the legendary triathletes who have benefited from Evans' mentoring. Now you can incorporate his knowledge in your own training program to give yourself the triathlete's edge

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 10th Anniversary Edition
The Courage to Teach
Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 10th Anniversary Edition
Hardcover      ISBN: 0787996866

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad -- and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." -- Parker J. Palmer from the Introduction]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts -- the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self -- supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.

BONUS: Includes an audio CD featuring a 45-minute conversation between Parker Palmer and his colleagues, Marcy Jackson and Estrus Tucker from the Center for Courage & Renewal. They reflect on what they have learned from working with thousands of teachers in their "Courage to Teach" program (www.CourageRenewal.org)and with others who yearn for greater integrity in their professional lives.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Test Anxiety & What You Can Do About It: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Parents, and Kids
Test Anxiety & What You Can Do About It
A Practical Guide for Teachers, Parents, and Kids
Paperback      ISBN: 1887943633
Multiple Intelligences and Positive Life Habits: 174 Activities for Applying Them in Your Classroom
Multiple Intelligences and Positive Life Habits
174 Activities for Applying Them in Your Classroom
Paperback      ISBN: 0761977287

Activities are specifically tailored to each of the eight multiple intelligences and serve as a guide to developing learning strategies in the classroom.
A Mind at a Time: America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed
A Mind at a Time
America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed
Paperback      ISBN: 0743202236

"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known learning experts and pediatricians in America today. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all. Yet most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, many children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the way they are being taught.
In his #1 New York Times bestseller A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and those who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns, explaining how they can strengthen a child's abilities and either bypass or help overcome the child's weaknesses, producing positive results instead of repeated frustration and failure.
Consistent progress can result when we understand that not every child can do equally well in every type of learning and begin to pay more attention to individual learning patterns -- and individual minds -- so that we can maximize children's success and gratification in life. In A Mind at a Time Dr. Levine shows us how.