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New English Resources
The Book Whisperer by
Call Number: TR 428.4 MIL
Publication Date: 2009-03-16
Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.
Anxious Kids by
Call Number: TR 155.41246 GRO
Publication Date: 2020-05-01
Anxious Kids offers parents a new perspective on their children's anxiety, encouraging them to view each episode as an opportunity to empower their kids with the skills to manage anxiety, and thrive. Parenting author Michael Grose and well-being expert Dr Jodi Richardson explain why more children than ever before experience anxiety. In plain language that can be shared with children, they outline the origins and biology of anxiety to make sense of it--key knowledge such as why it happens, the flood of physical symptoms that comes with it, how to calm it down, and why each strategy works. Grose and Richardson also give advice on a range of important steps parents can take to develop emotional intelligence, tolerance of discomfort, mindfulness, resilience, thinking skills, and flourishing mental health. In so doing, parents can reduce the impact of anxiety, enabling children of all ages to live their lives in full color.
Deep Work by
Call Number: TR 371.1 NEW
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
Read the Wall Street Journal Bestseller for "cultivating intense focus" for fast, powerful performance results for achieving success and true meaning in one's professional life (Adam Grant, author of Give and Take). Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep Work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way. In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill. 1. Work Deeply 2. Embrace Boredom 3. Quit Social Media 4. Drain the Shallows A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world. An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & Leadership Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller A Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ
Brain breaks by
Call Number: TR 153.15 GEE
I think I have known for many years the importance of movement, the value of fun, and how significant connection is to student (and adult) learning! However I still, all too often, find myself in a classroom or training room facing a group of learners who have been sitting down for too long. I notice the concentration wane, the focus drop and I know that once again I have let my students down by missing an opportunity to include a well-timed brain-break. All is not lost; I am glad that I have a growing awareness of where the audience is at, and I prudently invite all to join in a brain-break with me. I am confident the benefits of such brain-breaks, in terms of student learning and group cohesion, will be experienced by my students!
The definition we use for a brain-break is any short activity that is a break from the specified learning activity and is designed to enhance relationships (teacher-student and/or student-student).
Emotional Success by
Call Number: TR 152.4 DES
Publication Date: 2018
'Gratitude, Compassion and pride - not willpower - hold the secret to achieving your goals. Using cutting-edge research, world-leading psychologist David DeSteno shows you how positive emotions are far more powerful than willpower and self-denial in achieving your goals. Willpower is quickly depleted, but our prosocial emotions become stronger the more we use them. Even better, they're contagious.
* Cultivating gratitude, compassion, and pride leads to better cardiovascular health, immune function and sleep
* Students who feel proud of their work will work 40% harder and longer than others
* Empathy and compassion are the best predictors of team success
Our prosocial emotions evolved specifically to help us resist immediate temptations in favour of long-term gains. But they can also be adapted to strengthen our bonds with our own future selves - who will benefit most from the grit we need to succeed in life.' - website
Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools by
Call Number: TR 371.93 THO
Publication Date: 2013-08-28
Restorative practice is a proven approach to discipline in schools that favours relationships over retribution, and has been shown to improve behaviour and enhance teaching and learning outcomes. However, in order for it to work, restorative practice needs a relational school culture. Implementing Restorative Practice in Schools explains what has to happen in a school in order for it to become truly restorative. Section 1 explains the potential of restorative practice in schools, describing the positive outcomes for students and teachers. It also outlines the measures that need to be in place in order to embed restorative practice. Section 2 examines the process of understanding and managing change, providing realistic and pragmatic guidance on the practical and emotional barriers that may be encountered. Finally, Section 3 provides in eight practical steps, strategic guidance for achieving a restorative culture that sticks. Featuring useful pro formas and templates, this book will be an indispensable guide for educators, administrators and school leaders in mainstream and specialist settings.
Teach Like a PIRATE by
Call Number: TR 371.1 BUR
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to tap into and dramatically increase your passion as an teacher. Also, learn how to develop outrageously engaging lessons that will draw students in like a magnet and how to transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students. This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you'll never look at your role as an educator the same again.
Drive : the surprising truth about what motivates us by
Call Number: TR 153.8 PIN
Publication Date: 2018
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does. He argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world
Collaborative Professionalism by
Call Number: TR 371.102 HAR
Publication Date: 2018-06-15
Ensure Conversations About Collaboration Get Results. Ask any educational professional about collaboration and chances are they'll tell you it's one of their core values. But this familiar sentiment doesn't always translate into meaningful professional experiences that help educators or their students grow. Addressing this critical gap head-on, this book lays out the theory and practice of Collaborative Professionalism. Through five international case studies, the authors distinguish Collaborative Professionalism from professional collaboration by highlighting intentional collaborative designs and providing concrete examples for how to be more purposeful with collaboration. Additionally, the book makes Collaborative Professionalism accessible to all educators through clear take-aways including:* Ten core tenets, including Collective Efficacy, Collaborative Inquiry, and Collaborating With Students.* Graphics indicating how educators can move from mere professional collaboration to the deep and transformative work of Collaborative Professionalism.* Analysis of which collaborative practices educators should start doing, keep doing, and stop doing Collaboration can be one of your most powerful educational tools when used correctly, and turned into action. This book shows you how.
Care for our common home by
Call Number: TR 261.88 FRA
This 32 page magazine, Care for our Common Home, An Australian Group Reading Guide to Laudato Si' is an accessible way to take up the Australian bishops' invitation for Catholic and Christian communities to confront the challenges, and opportunities, raised by Pope Francis' new encyclical. Distilling down the encyclical's 40 000 words over 184 pages, and offering reflections, discussion guides and unique Australian case studies this reading guide is ideal for parish and school communities to take action now! (From publisher)