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20 Amazing and Essential Non-fiction Books to Enrich Your Library | zen habits 20 Amazing and Essential Non-fiction Books to Enrich Your Library | zen habits Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’m an avid reader of fiction and just love a novel that transports me, that is so gripping that I can’t put it down. But I also enjoy a good non-fiction book, from self-help stuff to philosophy to biographies to just about anything that makes me think. After the warm reception of my post on novels (50 Amazing and Essential Novels to Enrich Your Library), a number of people asked for a list of non-fiction as well. I was hesitant to do this as there are so many classic non-fiction texts, from the Greeks to philosophers through the ages to biographies of amazing people to first-hand accounts of surviving wars and much more. But then I decided not to be comprehensive. So this list is far, far from being authoritative or comprehensive. This list is just a few of my favorites. Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robins. Bonus update — I forgot a few that I really want to add to this list. So what else should be on this list?
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Summer Reading: A Strategic Approach Summer reading is an important, simple and enjoyable activity students can do to help avoid the 'summer slide'. This slide in reading is characterised by progress in reading achievement throughout the school year, followed by a decline during the summer holidays away from school. To help keep students reading over the summer, students need a community of support. This jigsaw diagram illustrates the cohesive nature of a strategic, national approach to summer reading, connecting families, schools and libraries. Contents Why summer reading is importantWhat the research showsResearch for pleasureWhy we need a strategic approachCreating an evidence based initiativeHoliday reading Why summer reading is important Away from school over the long summer holidays some children and teens spend less time reading. Reasons some children and teens don't read over the holidays include: “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”Mason Cooley What the research shows Reading for pleasure Summer Reading: A Strategic Approach
Ditch Reading Lists What does a summer vacation with required reading look like? For 16-year-old Heather Smith, every Friday last summer meant making sure her reading assignment was done. A junior at Golden West High School in Visalia, CA, Smith had to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and write weekly journal entries. An avid reader, Smith enjoyed the novels. “It was nice to have a challenge,” she says. Once school began, there was no discussion about the books, Smith says. Jennifer Frantz can’t blame high schoolers for taking shortcuts. Other educators agree, and advocate for students to have more summer reading options—including more contemporary choices from diverse authors. Questioning the classics “I did not understand Shakespeare until it was taught to me by a great teacher,” says Elissa Malespina, coordinating supervisor of educational technology, media, and multimedia for the PTHSD. What’s the argument for keeping classic novels on the list? Ditch Reading Lists
(Scholastic) As a parent, I’m already dreading the summer reading slide. My second grader has just started to enjoy reading without much prompting, and I want to make sure that continues as the school days drop off and the long summer days begin. Scholastic thinks it has a good antidote to that slide: As kids hit certain milestones with their reading this summer, they get to “unlock” a new short story written just for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by authors such as R.L. Stine, Michael Northrup, Jude Watson, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce and many more. The authors shared advice with Scholastic about how they get kids excited about reading. R.L. Wendy Wan-Long Shang: As a school library volunteer, I love seeing students share their favorite titles with one another. Blue Baillett: First as a classroom teacher and now as an author, I love recommending books that make kids want to bring the story alive within their own world and in their own way. Tui T. Advice from authors Advice from authors
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Bruce D. Perry Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is an American psychiatrist, currently the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. A clinician and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences, from 1993-2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital. He also serves as Senior Consultant to the Alberta Minister of Children and Youth Services in Alberta, Canada. Dr, Perry is also a Senior Fellow at the Berry Street Childhood Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Early life and education[edit] Perry attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts but didn't graduate.[1] He took classes that interested him; but did not fulfill requirements for a bachelor's degree.[2] Even without a bachelor's degree,[3] he earned a M.D. and Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Bruce D. Perry
Peter A. Levine (born 19 February 1942) is an American therapist, author and educator who specializes in the treatment and understanding of chronic stress and tonic immobility, more commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD). Dr. Career[edit] Levine's psycho-physiological trauma theory is informed by what ethologists, or biologists who specialize in studying animal behavior in the wild, call the immobility response, a survival enhancing fixed action pattern evolved in prey animals which is triggered by the perceived imminence of being killed by a predator. Peter A. He also is the originator of "Somatic Experiencing®" method, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma / healing of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Education[edit] B.S. Ph.D. Ph.D. Published works[edit] In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body (Book + CD with 12 Somatic Experiencing exercises). Peter A. Levine Peter A. Levine
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What is stress? The Body’s Stress Response When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life. How do you respond to stress? It's important to learn how to recognize when your stress levels are out of control. The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress doesn’t always look stressful Signs and symptoms of stress overload Understanding Stress: Symptoms, Signs, Causes, and Effects Understanding Stress: Symptoms, Signs, Causes, and Effects

A Surprising Nutrient That Helps Kids Sleep A Surprising Nutrient That Helps Kids Sleep Sleeplessness among children is common, occurring in as many as 40% of kids. Sleep deprivation can crescendo into a variety of other problems, including fatigue, declining school performance, depression, behavioral issues, weight gain and even poor general health. An Oxford University study recently published in the Journal of Sleep Research reveals findings that provide valuable insights about causes of sleeplessness in children. More importantly, the study sheds light on a nutrition-oriented approach to improving sleep. The researchers evaluated the sleep patterns of 395 children aged 7 to 9. As had been reported in earlier studies, the number of children having trouble with sleep is a significant 30 to 40%. To test whether or not sleep could be improved by raising DHA levels, the researchers administered DHA (derived from marine algae) or a placebo to a smaller number of children for 16 weeks. Adequate, restorative sleep is a fundamental requirement for healthy brain function.

a21house / a21 studio a21house / a21 studio Architects: a21 studio Location: Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 40.0 sqm Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki “Every morning, the first thing that I would like to have is drawing first lines in a comfortable and joyful mind. I used to dream of an office-house for not travelling in a frequent traffic-jam and highly polluted place like Hochiminh City. I do not reluctantly think of green, environmentally sustainable or eco- architecture…. I simply want our studio like a wild-cage which is bathed in sunlight, inundated by rain-water, fully surrounded by tree… and non-frontier space … And we are like wild beasts in cage, stay temporary momentary but thirst for living.”
Architects: Martin Friedrich Architects Location: Brighton, Australia Design Principal: Martin Friedrich Project Architects: Michael Ceckiewicz , Kris Treagus and Prashanth Iyer Area: 519 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Martin Friedrich, Gerard Warrener Buldier: 1186 Pty Ltd Structural Engineer: Vayco Structures Landscaping: Jack Merlo Design Joinery: Touch wood cabinetry Metal Work: Hiba design and construct Electrical Contractor: Eslec Total Site Area: 697 sqm total From the architect. In today’s world, while requiring their indoor areas to provide for a comfortable and perhaps luxurious lifestyle, many people no longer want or need the maintenance of large gardens. These two townhouses in an affluent, Bayside suburb of Melbourne have been designed to be the perfect answer for this lifestyle. The main entry areas opens onto a fully glazed wall orientated to view the pool beyond. Brighton Townhouses / Martin Friedrich Architects Brighton Townhouses / Martin Friedrich Architects
STEVE EMBER: I’m Steve Ember. BARBARA KLEIN: And I’m Barbara Klein with the VOA Special English program PEOPLE IN AMERICA. Today, we tell about Louis Kahn. He is considered one of the most important American building designers of the twentieth century. STEVE EMBER: Louis Kahn helped define modern architecture. For example, Kahn was very interested in the look and feel of the materials he used. Louis Kahn is famous for his modern architecture BARBARA KLEIN: Louis Kahn was born in Estonia in nineteen-oh-one. Louis Kahn’s buildings have many influences. Other experts believe Kahn was also influenced by the part of Philadelphia where he grew up. STEVE EMBER: Kahn’s first projects involved building housing in Philadelphia. The inside of the gallery shows Kahn’s great artistic sense. BARBARA KLEIN: One of Kahn’s other important buildings is the Salk Institute, a research center in La Jolla, California. The Salk Institute has two structures that surround a marble garden area or courtyard. Louis Kahn, 1901-1974: He Helped Define Modern Architecture

We’ve all read so many books, that perhaps we feel we are well-acquainted with the many elements that go inside them. But are we, really? Let’s identify and define the interior parts of a book. What’s Inside a Published Book? Not all of these elements are in all published books, nor are they always in the order presented here. Starting inside the front cover, let’s take a tour. . . End Papers: Also called Leaves, these are the blank pages (perhaps with images) you find at the beginning and end of a book. An historical photograph illustrating a setting from the novel appears on the End Papers of The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank. Half Title Page: Only the book title appears on this page; the rest is blank space. Other Books by the Author Page: This optional list might appear on the opposite side of the Half Title page, or on its own page following the Half Title page or elsewhere. Title Page: The book title and the names of the author(s) and the publisher are found here. Foreword: Index: Anatomy of a Book: The Contents
25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers The folks at the BOOK-IT! Program have given permission for Education World to reprint 25 great ideas from teachers -- ideas that are sure to get kids across the grades excited about reading. The BOOK IT! Reading Incentive Program, sponsored by Pizza Hut, has motivated millions of young readers over the years. Note: The following teacher ideas were originally published by the BOOK IT! Musical Books. Scavenger Hunt. Name That Book! Readers for Tomorrow. Mystery Reader. Where in the World? Story Webs. Two Characters Meet. Readers' BINGO. Book-Word Search. Please Stand Up! Kid Quiz. Read to the Principal. TV vs. Reading Timeline. "You're Under Arrest!" Reading -- It's a Piece of Cake! Carnival of Books. Books Open Doors. Read-a-Thon. Books on Tape. Buddy Books. Bead Hangers. Green Light -- Go! "Picture" Books.
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Learning | Social science January 20, 2012 Hip-hop gets a bad rap. Misconstrued as vulgar, the genre actually arose as a positive alternative to gang violence in New York City during the 1970s. The subjects cover social justice, the music fuels arts and dance and the lyrics can be analyzed as poetry. Now, in a UW-affiliated project, its being used in social studies lessons for 6th-12th graders. Michele Myers, documentary producer at Seattle radio station KEXP, and Tiffany Grobelski, a KEXP volunteer and a UW geography graduate student, created the lessons partly because hip-hop is the main music of choice for kids this age – and they werent afraid of raising some eyebrows. “We wanted something edgy and fun,” said Myers, who came up with the lesson plans idea to complement two of her documentaries, Hip Hop: The New Seattle Sound and Masters of Turntablism. Download the lessons here. Myers needed help developing the lesson plans and thats when Grobelski, who hails from Chicago, got involved. Hip-hop lesson plans teach Seattle students about social issues, arts – with playlist
Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.” Ever want your students to slow down and notice details when they read — whether they’re perusing a book, a poem, a map or a political cartoon? Young people often want to hurry up and make meaning via a quick skim or a cursory glance when a text can demand patience and focus. Closely reading any text, whether written or visual, requires that students proceed more slowly and methodically, noticing details, making connections and asking questions. This takes practice. We’ve selected 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used previously in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” Below, we offer ideas from students and teachers who have engaged with these images for ways to use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills. 1. I stumbled across your site while looking for alternate ideas. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills Current Events
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