How to Read a Book, first published in 1940, is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. Now it has been completely rewritten and updated.
Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.
Revised and updated for the 2012 exams, the 2012 Audio Edition (abridged) of the PHR / SPHR Study Guide is a comprehensive audio program that covers all six exam areas, and includes an audio glossary and numerous test-taking tips. Additional role-playing examples are included in the audio version to help illustrate certain topics. With more than 26 hours of clear and concise information, it is an important resource for those individuals who prefer to work independently in preparation for the PHR / SPHR certification exams.
"This is a great, but can't be your only resource"
Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.
"Outstanding! Myth, Legend & History Come Alive"
"They Say / I Say" identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the audiobook includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and - new to this edition - writing about literature.
"Does not sync with the physical book"
A new book from the award-winning teacher and best-selling author, Ron Clark, providing rules for parents and teachers to help kids succeed in school.
Security+ (SY0-201) Lecture Series audio training is a fresh, intuitive way for IT professionals to get the training they need for their career. Security+ Lecture Series provides authentic, instructor-led lessons on the most essential topics covered in the CompTIA Security+ (SY0-201) exam. A passing score on the (SY0-201) exam is required for the Security+ certification, and this Lecture Series audio training helps you pass the exam quickly and easily.
"Good foundation but practice with tests!"
Jump-start your reading skills! Speed reading used to require months of training. Now you can rev up your reading in just a few minutes a day. With quizzes to determine your present reading level and exercises to introduce new skills quickly, 10 Days to Faster Reading will improve your reading comprehension and speed.
Your students aren't reading. They aren't engaged in class. Getting them to talk is like pulling teeth. Whatever the situation, your reality is not meeting your expectations. Change is needed. But who's got the time? Or maybe you're just starting out, and you want to get it right the first time. If so, Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students is the blueprint. Find out how to hack the world of higher education instruction and have your course become the standard.
Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. With over 100,000 copies in print since its original publication in 2002, this book is collection of essays and speeches and includes a describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching". John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and was a New York State Teacher of the Year.
"He speaks the truth because he was a cog"
In The Book Whisperer, Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. She also focuses on building a classroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modeling appropriate and authentic reading behaviors.
It’s true—you CAN do simple everyday math in your head, without a calculator! Improve your mental math skills in one week with just ten minutes of practice a day. Join The Math Dude, Jason Marshall, as he leads you through the tricky journey of mastering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, AND percentages in your head. Whether you’re calculating the tip on a $76.85 meal or you’re frantically doing mental math in a business meeting—Math Dude has got you covered.
"Engaging, Entertaining, & Educational"
Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey - the plot - fails. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that delight readers.
"A little vague"
From America's leading experts on parent-child communication, authors of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry, comes a breakthrough guide telling parents and techers how to handle one of the burning issues of our day: how to motivate kids to succeed in school at a time when schools are rife with violence and many students are openly rebellious.
"Too much abridgement"
Did you know that listening to audiobooks doesn't just make you smarter, it makes you smarter, quicker, and increases your intellect - and recall - as well? If you want to discover why audiobooks are the coming rage, this is the audiobook for you. If you want to learn more, faster than ever before, this audiobook is for you, too. Learn how to use cognitive skills and retention tools to revolutionize the way you and your family learn.
"Very Insightful, I am smarter for listening."
Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television programs, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test? Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning and has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by classroom teachers.
In this audiobook, you will be given an overview of the field of biochemistry. The following sections will take you through the fundamentals of biochemistry, starting with a short background in the field, an overview of the types of cells that are studied by biochemists, and the organization of structures within those cells. This will be followed by an introduction to the types of molecules that biochemists take interest in - proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
"Only an outline"
Dynamic dialogue can turn an otherwise ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt, renowned for his handling of dialogue, explains his techniques for making characters come to life through their words. He explains the importance of matching character and dialogue, of avoiding dialogue that's “on-the-nose,” and the value of using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud.
"Excellent advice, brief and on-point"
This CliffsNotes study guide on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
In an increasingly competitive world, improving the elementary school experience for children is imperative. What if you were given access to the proven solutions of a highly successful administrator? What would you be willing to do to revitalize your school? What if the secret to a successful school rested on the power of caring? The Power of Caring for Elementary Schools outlines a strategy for transforming even the most troubled elementary schools.
"Forms available in PDF?"
How can technology help students with learning disabilities? From academics and hardware manufacturers to teachers in the field, hear about the technological advances for teaching everyone from elementary to university students grappling with learning disabilities, deafness, blindness, motor problems and speech disorders. Producer Alyne Ellis delves into the advantages, controversies and problems of these merging technologies.
Imagine that your parent is your teacher, your siblings are your classmates, and your kitchen is your classroom. Plus, you get to study outside, choose your areas of interest, and do your classwork online. The image of the home-school is changing from detached and reclusive, to engaged and mainstream. And not all home-school education is alike. Home school parent and producer Heather Gattucio examines very different approaches to this alternative education.
Today, the computer in the classroom is ubiquitous. But how did it get there? Was it an organic process, or was it driven by manufacturers looking for a new place to push their machines? Turns out it was a little of both — altruism and profit. Hear from some of the people who started it all. Two teachers in the 1960s and 70s were among the very first to use computers in the American classroom: Dale LaFrenz in Minneapolis and Sylvia Charp in Philadelphia.
When computers entered the classroom, hundreds of software programs were pitched to teachers and administrators. Yet few actually made the cut and became part of everyday use. What did become ubiquitous was software designed for the office such as Word, PowerPoint and email. What were the roadblocks that kept innovative software out of the classroom?
How can a 20-year-old man who is blind, autistic and still believes in Santa Claus play the most sophisticated improvisational jazz piano? How can a child who appears withdrawn and mentally disabled gaze at a building for only a minute then draw an exact reproduction on paper? Producer Stephen Smith explores the mysterious powers of savants — people with profound mental disabilities who develop an island of genius in music, mathematics or art.
Standardized tests have been around for years in the United States. What's different now is that schools and teachers are being held accountable for the results of these tests. Add to that new federal legislation, and the stakes are raised even higher, with threats of federal funding being cut off to underachieving school districts. Then there is the question of how and what the children are being tested on.
Our story begins within a video game. Producer Chris Brookes takes us on an adventure that explores what video games can tell us about teaching children in school.
A psychologist looks at students who play video games and whether they then learn new technologies faster in school. How can video games be structured towards improving knowledge of math, science and social studies? That is what some video game developers and educators are working on.
With its student mix of Irish-Catholic, Vietnamese, Cambodian, African-American and African-Caribbean heritages, South Boston High School offered a unique opportunity for multi-ethnic understanding. That was not always the case. South Boston High was once the scene of such violent racial confrontations that the National Guard had to patrol its halls. Producer Adina Back takes us to South Boston High, now closed, to let us hear from students as they address their differences.
Xeroderma Pigmentosum, commonly known as XP, is a genetic mutation with a number of implications. People with XP can't tolerate sunlight. It diminishes the body's resistance to UV waves. It can be life threatening. People with XP have to be completely covered up before they go out, and even inside they live with curtains drawn. The disorder also creates a bubble around the person with XP, their family and friends.
In the 1960s, in California, African American parents set up an elaborate ruse to get their children a better education. Restricted to poor schools in low income East Palo Alto, outside of San Francisco, parents looked across the freeway and devised a way to send their children to wealthy Palo Alto schools. A young mother, barely educated herself, organized the Sneak Out program. Working with white parents, the program was a modern day Underground Railroad.
A principal, parents and students who believe in themselves and their New York City middle school are determined to raise it from a grade "F" and threatened closure to its new motto, "Superior in Every Way." Producer Steven Mencher returns to his childhood school to look at the effect of 20 years of social changes in the neighborhood on the spirit and student body there.
In conversations about the use of technology in schools, what you'll often hear is: Once we have a cadre of young teachers and administrators who've grown up with technology, computer use in schools will take off. This program examines that premise by following a young teacher, Brian Mason (7th grade American History) as he begins his second year in the classroom.
Computers in classrooms are a given in elementary schools across the nation. Now new technology initiatives are bringing computers into preschools, driven by the assumption that if children don't begin early, they fall behind. But is this really true? And are computers essential learning tools for very young minds? How do very young children learn, how do their brains develop, and does pointing, clicking and hyperlinking affect their neurological and social development?
Producer Njemile Rollins follows two teens coming of age in two different African-American communities. We meet Camilla, a vivacious and head-strong African-American 13-year-old, and follow her through a church-led retreat and a naming ceremony. Rodney, a thoughtful 16–year-old single father, is in a first time offenders program where he’s getting direction and support.
When educators approached the digital age at the turn of this century, they did so with some fear and trepidation. Producer Bill Drummond, himself a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, took the plunge for his own coursework, and discovered the many settings where education was beginning to shift.
Many learning disabled students are finding that they learn more readily with a variety of technology assistance and human support in their classrooms. But what happens once they leave school? Whether moving into the workforce, or on to higher education, most high school graduates discover they must adjust to new environments on their own and learn to advocate for themselves.