Lives of Passion School of Hope

Author: Rick Posner
Publisher: Sentient Publications
ISBN: 1591810841
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This book describes how a progressive public school has transformed the lives of its alumni. It's the story of an extended family of students, staff and parents who have formed their own community of learners over the course of 38 years. This injection of heart, hope and passion into a public school demonstrates the place of personal growth in public education, and how it can inspire us to create a better world.

Schools on Trial

Author: Nikhil Goyal
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385540132
Format: PDF, ePub
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Schools on Trial is an all-in attack on the American way of education and a hopeful blueprint for change by one of the most passionate and certainly youngest writers on this subject. Are America’s schools little more than cinder-block gulags that spawn vicious cliques and bullying, negate creativity and true learning, and squelch curiosity in their inmates, um, students? Nikhil Goyal—a journalist and activist all of twenty years old, whom The Washington Post has dubbed a “future education secretary” and Forbes has named to its 30 Under 30 list—definitely thinks so. In this book he both offers a scathing indictment of our teach-to-the-test-while-killing-the-spirit educational assembly line and maps out a path for all of our schools to harness children’s natural aptitude for learning by creating an atmosphere conducive to freedom and creativity. He prescribes an inspiring educational future that is thoroughly democratic and experiential, and one that utilizes the entire community as a classroom.

Making Classrooms Better 50 Practical Applications of Mind Brain and Education Science

Author: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393708543
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A practical, classroom-oriented guide to best-practice teaching. Learning specialist Leslie Hart once wrote that designing educational experiences without knowledge of the brain is like designing a glove without knowledge of the hand. Making Classrooms Better takes this concept a step further, building from general knowledge of brain-based education science and current educational research to offer specific suggestions for how teachers can improve student learning outcomes. Covering a range of subjects, from creating an optimal classroom climate to maximizing metacognitive skill development, this well-researched, state-of-the-art guide is an essential resource for highly effective practices that teachers, administrators, and curriculum planners can easily use. The first half of the book provides a practical overview of teaching from a Mind, Brain, and Education perspective through an understanding of the intersection of the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and pedagogy. The second half shares 50 evidence-based classroom “best practices” that have a proven positive impact on student learning outcomes and explains why they work.

The Take Action Guide to World Class Learners Book 1

Author: Yong Zhao
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1506301185
Format: PDF, ePub
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Your blueprint to entrepreneur-minded schooling This inspiring guide from internally respected expert Dr. Yong Zhao provides the most complete information available on designing twenty-first century schools poised to leapfrog into the future! In this follow up to World Class Learners, Zhao digs much deeper, revealing how exactly to put his paradigm shift into effect, one component at a time. Uncover practical strategies for Incorporating student choice for flexible, student-focused curriculum Motivating students to turn strengths into passions Cultivating students’ technical, creative, decision making, and communication skills Use this comprehensive guide to reimagine your classroom, school, or district and foster a new spirit of achievement and entrepreneurship.

Seeds of Tomorrow

Author: Angela Engel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317252306
Format: PDF, ePub
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This inspiring author moves beyond criticism of public education, uniting readers toward a vision of educating children that is holistic, intelligent, and empowering. Written for parents, teachers, administrators, students, and policymakers committed to children and change, this book offers better alternatives to high-stakes testing. Vivid classroom stories show how education is enriched through individual personal attention-not uniformity. Engel introduces novel school collaborative accountability models ensuring academic integrity and excellence on behalf of students, teachers, and our communities. Uniquely engaging and surprisingly entertaining, Engel's combination of storytelling and research findings offers a comprehensive guide to cultivating future generations of problem solvers and leaders.

Passion Driven Education

Author: Connor Boyack
Publisher: Libertas Press
ISBN: 1943521115
Format: PDF
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Do you need parenting advice on how to inspire your child to love learning? Whether you homeschool or send your kids to public or private school, this is essential reading for your situation. Why? Because schooling has become a disaster. Your child's interests and uniqueness are disregarded, and structured curriculum and standards like Common Core place them on a conveyor belt that treats all children the same. This system crushes a child's curiosity. Your child deserves better! There is a better way: one that ensures your child sees learning as a joy and provides you, the parent, with a much less stressful way to educate and empower your son or daughter. In this book, Connor Boyack shares the exciting philosophy and empowering day-to-day steps involved in passion-driven education. A child's curiosity and natural desire to learn are like a tiny flame, easily extinguished unless it's protected and given fuel. This book will help you as a parent both protect that flame of curiosity and supply it with the fuel necessary to make it burn bright throughout your child's life. Let's ignite our children's natural love of learning! Five Things Discussed in the Book What's the problem with schools? Whether public, private, or "home," schooling is structured in a way that has significant negative outcomes for children academically, psychologically, and emotionally. To understand the solutions, you first need to review these problems.What's your goal? Too many parents simply send their children to school out of ritual and expectation, without thinking about the end result. Caring parents must ponder the outcomes of education and what they want their children to become. Once goals are established, we can make a plan.I need solutions! It's easy to point out problems with schooling. It's more important that we review serious and attainable solutions that can help you educate your child and preserve (or restore) their natural love of learning.What are the alternatives? If schools are inherently problematic and crush a child's curiosity, what can be done? We'll review several differing approaches to education that incorporate some of the solutions listed earlier.Passion-driven education The best way to educate a child is to speak to them in a language they already understand, using their personal interests as a "hook" to make other subjects interesting and relevant. We'll review some examples and then give you an action plan.

Free School Teaching

Author: Kristan Accles Morrison
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791479870
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Chronicles the author’s personal and professional journey within the American educational system.

Grit

Author: Angela Duckworth
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501111124
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Among Grit’s most valuable insights: *Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal *How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances *How lifelong interest is triggered *How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy *Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards *The magic of the Hard Thing Rule Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

A Different Kind of Teacher

Author: John Taylor Gatto
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781893163409
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"In A Different Kind of Teacher, John Gatto opens readers' eyes to what the American system of education really is, what it ought to be, and what steps can be taken to reach that goal."--BOOK JACKET.

Weapons of Mass Instruction

Author: John Taylor Gatto
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550924249
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The transformation of schooling from a twelve-year jail sentence to freedom to learn.