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Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer. By Curtis Chandler In the 6th grade hall the other day, I overheard a parent asking a teacher an annoying, but fair, question: “So, what do you guys do over the summer, anyway?”

Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer

Not too long ago, I came across an article in The Atlantic that examined “The Myth of a Teacher’s Summer Vacation.” It reported that half of all educators are likely to get summer jobs (Riggs, 2015). Tons of Free Audiobooks for Teachers. May , 2016 Today as we were sifting through Open Culture’s list of over 700 free audio books we came across this great resource from Internet Archive.

Tons of Free Audiobooks for Teachers

This is a collection embedding hundreds of free audio books covering a wide variety of themes and topics meticulously curated by the folks in LibriVox. the collection is huge and you may want to use the integrated search functionality to search for specific titles. You can narrow down your search using criteria such as views, title, date reviewed/published/ archived, and creator. Once you find your audiobook, click on its cover page and you will be directed to a page where you can listen, download and access more details about it including publication date, usage licenses, and reviews. For those of you not familiar with LibriVox, this is basically a community based platform where volunteers from all around the globe ‘record public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works, in many different languages. These Are the Most Motivational Books Ever Written. Three years ago, I identified the "Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time," but with a twist: I left the No. 1 spot blank and asked readers to name their favorite.

These Are the Most Motivational Books Ever Written

In hundreds of comments, our readers named almost 300 books, but there were 18 that turned up consistently. Here are the books readers truly love: 1. Delivering Happiness. Honest Self-Help for Students, Teachers and Learning Professionals. I’m addicted to self-help books, which, I suppose, could call for another self-help book for that malady.

Honest Self-Help for Students, Teachers and Learning Professionals

However, Cary J Green’s Leadership and Soft Skills for Students: Empowered to Succeed in High School, College, and Beyond took me a bit by surprise because I was reading it not to help myself (or so I thought!) , but to help my students. 10 Motivational Books You Must Read To Strengthen Your Leadership Skills. Be the person who inspires people to succeed in life.

10 Motivational Books You Must Read To Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

Image Source: Tomasz Tunguz Leadership skills aren’t learnt in a day; it takes time and experience to understand and develop those skills and project them in your professional life. Everyone has their own leadership style, but these leaders have one thing in common—curiosity. They yearn to learn more and this helps them sharpen their leadership skills. Maurice Sendak on Storytelling, Creativity, and the Eternal Child in Each of Us: His Marvelous Forgotten 1970 Conversation with Studs Terkel. “One of the most powerful men in the United States is a dark-haired young bachelor with a mobile face, who was born in Brooklyn in 1928.”

Maurice Sendak on Storytelling, Creativity, and the Eternal Child in Each of Us: His Marvelous Forgotten 1970 Conversation with Studs Terkel

So wrote Brian O’Doherty in his 1963 New York Times profile of Maurice Sendak, a storyteller whose work “springs from his earliest self, from the vagrant child that lurks in the heart of all of us.” (Beautifully true as the rest may be, one claim was an ugliness of the era’s pre-DOMA bigotry: Sendak wasn’t a bachelor at all — by that point, he already lived with Dr. Eugene Glynn, who would be his spouse for the remaining half-century of Glynn’s life.) But the most timeless truth about Sendak’s genius lies in how his books granted and continue to grant validity to children’s imagination — not only in its boundless light but in its deepest darkness, too.

The conversation became the sincerest and most creatively revealing interview Sendak ever gave. Transcribed highlights below — please enjoy: On why William Blake became his great lifelong influence: 7 Inspiring Books You Must Read. She told me to turn off the light.

7 Inspiring Books You Must Read

It was 8pm and it was time to sleep according to the adult’s house rules. These were non-negotiable. My desire and passion for reading that I had discovered after mastering “the cat sat on the mat” sentence at the age of five, made this a cruel and arbitrary time. Books By CEOs That Will Teach You How to Be Successful. A Curriculum to Foster Self-Regulation & Emotional Control - Welcome.

700 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. 5 Great Books On Using Minecraft In Education. September 7, 2015 Since its release in 2009, Minecraft has sold millions of copies worldwide revolutionizing thus the gaming industry and providing game players with an endless world of possibilities.

5 Great Books On Using Minecraft In Education

As a sandbox construction game, Minecraft has successfully and distinctively set itself from the crowd by incorporating the ethos of 21st century learning that include: creativity, challenge, problem solving, and strategic thinking all of which are adeptly adapted to the player’s little gaming world. Minecraft provided players with the tools and resources to construct their own gaming reality and test their creative possibilities.

In a relatively short time, Minecraft succeeded in marking a strong presence within the education sector and became one of the leading educational learning platforms for students. Given this growing potential of Minecraft in education, we decided to compile the list below featuring some of the best reads on Minecraft. Businessinsider. Book Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do By Amy Morin. At first glance, this is the farthest thing from a book that applies to corporate culture, but a deeper read shows that it is a great self-improvement tool.

Book Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do By Amy Morin

Morin’s advice will, by default, also improve your performance at the office. Using the tools she has developed as a psychotherapist, the author provides a list of 13 things that people who are mentally strong don’t do- ranging from quelling self pity (“They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves”) to patience as a virtue (“They don’t expect immediate results”). This writer’s favourite is number 12: “They don’t feel the world owes them anything.” Each chapter delves further into the header, and provides positive and forward-thinking tactics on how to fix your flaw in logic. 9 Favorite Books About Teaching. The Back-to-School signs are looming in the stores.

9 Favorite Books About Teaching

The district emails are starting to roll in. Pinterest is packed with bulletin board ideas. The Newbies Blueprint On How To Create A Blog. Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys To Energizing Your Work & Life. When I pick up a self-help book, I usually expect to see one of two things: a self-promoting figure selling his or her newfound path to ripped abdominals, or a handful of obscure research studies being extrapolated to the masses. Neither one of these books appeals to me. So, Tom Rath’s Are You Fully Charged? Had me doing a double-take. Rath is neither self-promoting nor over-promising. What he is, is right on the money. Rath begins by orienting the reader to what he calls “the science of daily experience.” This Habit Will Put You in the Top 1% of Experts and Money-Makers. What if you could become an international expert and top earner with ONE habit for only ONE hour per day? This one strategy changed everything for me. I used to be a huge TV junkie.

I still have a few favorites on Netflix that I turn to when I need a distraction. But once I learned that doing this instead could make me more successful and open up tons of opportunities, I made the switch. What Are the Top Five Books You Must Read? Uk.businessinsider. 8 Wonderful Self-development Books for Teachers. July 26, 2015 Isaac Asimov once stated that ‘self-education is…the only kind of education there is’. For Albert Einstein ‘ intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death’. The moral behind the quotes is that personal learning, self-directed education, informal learning, self-development…you name it, is a life-long process. Lifehack. “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” – John Green Nothing could be more fulfilling, exhilarating, or reassuring than a good book.

Whether it’s to make you feel more at peace with yourself, inspire you to be brave when it’s hardest, or let you know that you aren’t alone, there’s nothing a good book can’t overcome. And nothing sticks with you like the classics. Books that have withstood the test of time for their universal truths and unique voices. How To: Create an Interactive E-Book with Google Slides. Working in a one-to-one school district, where every student is provided with a device such as an iPad or Chromebook, can be a great opportunity of freedom for teachers and students.

The device serves as an efficient tool to create and curate information, as well as, a flexible environment to share content. No longer does an individual need to negotiate with textbook publishers and be locked into the confines of the perception of the authors of a company when it comes to the content and methods that should be used to teach a specific skill or understanding. 5 Creativity Books Everyone Needs To Read. Personally, I’ve always thought “creativity” was sort of an elusive term. The 25 Best Self-Improvement Books To Read Before You Turn 25. 10 Inspirational Books that Changed My Life and Could Change Yours Too.

Read, read, read. A Summer 2015 Reading List For Creative Leaders. 7 Books that will make you a better teacher. Reading makes your smarter. 20 Brilliant Self-Help Books You Need To Read. 53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down. NEW BOOK: Introducing Te@cher Toolkit by. This is a blog about my forthcoming teaching book due for publication in September 2015. # Motivation: 50 Self Improvement Books to Strengthen Productivity, Happiness and Relationships - Full News. 7 Self Help Books That Changed My Life and Motivated me to Achieve Bigger Things in Life. The man who doesn’t read books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them” – Mark Twain. # Motivation: 50 Self Improvement Books to Strengthen Productivity, Happiness and Relationships. Book Writer: App Allows Students to Create Their Own eBooks. After reading online reviews and testing the app with my students for several weeks, I can endorse Book Writer as the best eBook creator for iOS.

Compared to similar apps, Book Writer offers more multimedia features and is better suited for a large age range. With this app, teachers can incorporate technology into the creative process, motivating and empowering students to bring their stories to life. Five 'Minecraft' Books To Explain Obsession And Inspire Education.