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rockwood, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014

  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"

    I loved this book and recommended it to my co-workers. It was very inspiring and as an educator it gave me hope. It was current, relevant and full of ideas on how we can help are challanging disadvantgaged students with our everyday practices. It was easy to listen too and the stories of real people were engaging. I found it hard to stop listening and get out of the car and go into work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By Matt Addis

    Science starts to get interesting when things don'’t make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don'’t Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow'’s breakthroughs.

    Robert Patterson says: "Too much non-science for my taste."
    "Interesting information"

    The writer sets the scene for each mystery with stories highlighting the work of a variety of scientist. The stories are interesting and full of details. Some of the details of the research discussed became a bit technical and dry such as the section on viruses and lost my interest until the next mystery was introduced. Some sections weren’t new to me such as the material on dark matter but I had no real knowledge on homeopathy and found that section particularly interesting. All in all a good listen with lots on details to create good images in your mind and to further your knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel T. Willingham
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo

    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.

    Lynn says: "Informative Stimulating"
    "a manual for working with student brains"

    I would buy for all my new teachers and parents who say "i just don't understand why he/she is like this". Lots of insight to how the brain works and why students do what they do. A good summary of the latest research and how to use it to help get better engagement in the classroom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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