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100 Award-Winning Science Fair Projects
100 Award-Winning Science Fair Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 0806973773

Science is at work everywhere - in the kitchen, up in the sky down in the ground, and all around us in plants, animals, machines, even the mind. Here are 100 ways to show how it works and come out tops at school project time. - Stir up chemical magic - Turn a copper pot green with oxidation - Prove that computers emit radio waves - Show off medieval ballistics - - Create virtual 3-D with a polarised lens - Simulate rock abrasion - - Chemists & Cooks - Earth & Sky - Mechanics & Motion - Sparks & Waves - - Light & Sound - Eye & Mind - Plants & Animals - Stars & Planets - * Serious learning about real science is hidden in this away-from-school entertainment for 8-12 year olds. Impress your science teacher

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
Boys Adrift
The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465072097

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. As for young men, it turns out the film Failure to Launch is not far from the truth. Fully one-third of men ages 22-34 are still living at home with their parents-about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college; and for the first time in American history, women are outnumbering men at undergraduate institutions three to two. Parents, teachers, and mental health professionals are worried about boys. But until now, no one has come up with good reasons for their decline-and, more important, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend. Now, family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his vast clinical experience to propose an entirely original view of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs. And he presents practical solutions-from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games, to innovative (and workable) education reforms.

The Excellent 11: Qualitites Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children
The Excellent 11
Qualitites Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children
Paperback      ISBN: 1401308031

Now in paperback, the national bestseller that's changing America, one student at a time After publishing his New York Times bestseller The Essential 55, award-winning teacher Ron Clark took his rules on the road and traveled to schools in 49 states. He met amazing teachers, administrators, students, parents--all kinds of people involved in bringing up great kids. In the best of them, he noticed the same qualities that he'd observed in many of the outstanding individuals he'd worked with during his time teaching in North Carolina and Harlem.

Making the Grade
Making the Grade
Paperback      ISBN: 0739036696

For music teachers and substitute music teachers of grades 3-6. Lesson plans specifically target each of the nine MENC National Standards for Music Education. Each standard is represented by a unit of creative lesson plans that incorporate folk, classical, and original music -- 55 lessons in all Every lesson clearly details the materials needed, introduces the activity, explains concepts, and builds and reinforces students' musical skills. Reproducible student worksheets are included, saving preparation time for the teacher while encouraging student thinking skills as well as musical skills. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

Young Children's Talent Education & Its Method
Young Children's Talent Education & Its Method
Paperback      ISBN: 0874877709

This textbook by the father of the Suzuki Method(R), Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, contains several essays that deal with children's abilities, educational systems, memory and absorption, the power of habit, early education, and the fostering of students' talents. A glimpse into the mind of a great man

The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School
The Soul of Education
Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School
Paperback      ISBN: 0871203731

Based on the deeply moving stories and profound questions of students themselves, each chapter responds to the yearnings young people express: Deep Connection, Meaning and Purpose, Silence, Joy, Creativity, Transcendence, and Initiation--each evokes a gateway to inviting soul into the classroom.

Without healthy forums led by responsible adults, young people seek these gateways on their own, sometimes in destructive ways like drugs, sex, suicide, hazing, and even murder. Helping students find constructive ways to express their longings increases their motivation to learn; stay in school; strengthen ties to family and friends; and approach adult life with vitality, character, and vision.

This practical and inspirational sourcebook will support school communities that are committed to preventing violence and alienation and producing responsible, caring citizens.

In the Company of Children
In the Company of Children
Paperback      ISBN: 1571100105

In schools of every description, teachers are working to turn their classrooms into reading-writing workshops. They're filling bookcases with the best of childrens literature, and students are tucking writers' notebooks into their bulging backpacks.

This new look calls for meaningful change in teaching practice, but many questions about implementing literacy workshops remain. In this clear and practical book, Joanne Hindley takes a hard look at how to make every minute count and offers specific suggestions for creating rigorous, efficient, and successful reading and writing workshops.

Grounding her story in the lives of her third graders, Joanne tackles difficult issues and offers thoughtful direction and ideas you will appreciate:
how to manage a productive workshop setting in a crowded classroom;how to launch writer's notebooks with your students;how the study of one genre can help you manage the reading/writing workshop;where to get ideas for mini-lessons for the reading/writing workshop;guidelines to help you improve your conferring with individual readers and writers;how to assess student progress in a process-oriented classroom.

In the Company of Children is a treasure trove of fresh ideas and strategies that teachers--in service and preservice--will draw on and adapt for their own classrooms.

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child
The Edison Gene
ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child
Paperback      ISBN: 1594770492

Explores how the ADHD gene is and has been critical to humanity's development

- Shows how artists, inventors, and innovators carry the gene necessary for the future survival of humanity

- Explains why children with the Edison gene are so often mislabeled in public schools as having a disorder

- 10,000 sold in hardcover since August 2003

Thomas Edison was expelled from school for behavior that today would label him as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. In The Edison Gene Thom Hartmann shows that the creativity, impulsiveness, and distractibility that are characteristic of ADHD are not signs of a disorder at all, but instead are components of a highly adaptive skill set utilized by our hunting and gathering ancestors. These characteristics have been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital as humanity faces new challenges in the future.

Hartmann, creator of the "hunter versus farmer" theory of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the global catastrophe 40,000 years ago that triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators in our modern era, he argues that the children who possess the "Edison gene" have neurology that is wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. He offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children reach their full potential and shows that rather than being "problems," such children are a vital gift to our society and the world.
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
The Tao of Watercolor: A Revolutionary Approach to the Practice of Painting
The Tao of Watercolor
A Revolutionary Approach to the Practice of Painting
Paperback      ISBN: 0823050572

Applying the principles presented in the "Tao Te Ching", this book shows painters how to unite spirit, mind and body to achieve inspired craftsmanship in their works. Painters are shown how to approach the act of painting in a fully conscious manner for continued artistic growth.