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A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned
A Life in School
What the Teacher Learned
Paperback      ISBN: 0201327996

Here one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom, and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her education shaped her in the mold of a high achiever who could read five languages but had little knowledge of herself. As she slowly awakens to the needs of her body, heart, and spirit, she discards the conventions of classroom teaching and learns what her students' lives are like. A painful and exhilarating story of spiritual awakening, Tompkins' book critiques our educational system while also paying tribute to it.

How Harvard Rules
How Harvard Rules
Paperback      ISBN: 0896082830

Mixing lively critique with historical analysis, How Harvard Rules opens a new window towards understanding the workings of one of the nation's most influential universities.

Endangered Minds: Why Children Dont Think and What We Can Do about It
Endangered Minds
Why Children Dont Think and What We Can Do about It
Paperback      ISBN: 0684856204
Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains?
In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:
-- How growing brains are physically shaped by experience
-- Why television programs -- even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street -- develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school
-- Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder
-- How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born
Montessori Play & Learn: A Parents' Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
Montessori Play & Learn
A Parents' Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0517591820

We all want the best possible starts in life for our children, and one of the best possible starts in life, educationally, is the " method" pioneered by Maria Montessori and taught successfully today throughout the world.
Now, Lesley Britton, the leading Montessori practitioner in England for more than twenty years, will show parents how to bring Montessori home. If you would like to facilitate the development of your child's unique personality, make it possible for him to develop to his full intellectual capacity, and help him become socially and emotionally well adjusted, then this is the book for you.
Montessori Play and Learn is packed with ideas, activities, and games that can fit into your normal routine and help supplement preschool learning for your child. For planning your home, introducing your child to the supermarket or the neighborhood, and helping him discover other people and cultures, this book provides valuable tips and insights that help parents and children grow and learn together.
-- Create hundreds of learning opportunities from everyday life
-- Learn dozens of games and activities to help prepare children for mathematics, reading, science, and writing
-- Make your home environment as stimulating for your child as the best Montessori preschool.

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
A Woman's Education
A Woman's Education
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679421009

The third book in the author's continuing memoir focuses on her tenure as the first woman president of Smith College.

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
Savage Inequalities
Children in America's Schools
Paperback      ISBN: 0060974990

National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol presents his shocking account of the American educational system in this stunning New York Times bestseller, which has sold more than 250,000 hardcover copies.

Reading Comprehension: Grade 6
Reading Comprehension
Grade 6
Paperback      ISBN: 1561890464

Master Skills Reading Comprehension for students in grade 6 is the perfect workbook to help children achieve mastery of the reading comprehension skills necessary to succeed in school

Designed by educational experts, specifically for children in grade 6, this essential workbook teaches children basic concepts and skills of reading comprehension and then offers a variety of activities for skill-and-drill practice. Skills covered include: vocabulary, main ideas, fact and opinion, making inferences, giving directions, and creative writing Its 128 pages feature challenging lesson content with real-life applications, easy-to-understand directions, and a complete answer key.

The Master Skills series has drawn national acclaim for its vivid illustrations, challenging lesson content and real-life applications. It spans grades K through 6 in six key subject areas: reading comprehension, English, math, reading, spelling & writing, and thinking skills. It is the perfect workbook series to teach children learning fundamentals.

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
For Your Own Good
Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0374522693

For Your Own Good, the contemporary classic exploring the serious if not gravely dangerous consequences parental cruelty can bring to bear on children everywhere, is one of the central works by Alice Miller, the celebrated Swiss psychoanalyst.

With her typically lucid, strong, and poetic language, Miller investigates the personal stories and case histories of various self-destructive and/or violent individuals to expand on her theories about the long-term affects of abusive child-rearing. Her conclusions--on what sort of parenting can create a drug addict, or a murderer, or a Hitler--offer much insight, and make a good deal of sense, while also straying far from psychoanalytic dogma about human nature, which Miller vehemently rejects.

This important study paints a shocking picture of the violent world--indeed, of the ever-more-violent world--that each generation helps to create when traditional upbringing, with its hidden cruelty, is perpetuated. The book also presents readers with useful solutions in this regard--namely, to resensitize the victimized child who has been trapped within the adult, and to unlock the emotional life that has been frozen in repression.

Making the Peace: A 15-Session Violence Prevention Curriculum for Young People
Making the Peace
A 15-Session Violence Prevention Curriculum for Young People
Paperback      ISBN: 0897932056
Making the Peace is written to help high school students break away from violence, develop self-esteem, and regain a sense of community. It provides photographs, illustrations, exercises, role-plays, in-class handouts, homework sheets, and discussion guidelines to explore issues such as dating violence, gangs, interracial tension, suicide, sexual harassment, and the social roots of violence.