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The Ultimate Guide to Books for Reluctant Readers Ages 12 to 13 Here in New York City, I’ve observed a distinct mood change around the schoolyards. Decibel levels have crept into the danger zone, kids are literally bouncing off the walls (scuffed sneaker prints on the walls to prove it), and teachers are gulping down Advil. Something is coming. While some of us welcome summer (more relaxed schedules, wearing tank tops, going to the beach), others dread it (kids are not in school, family reunions, it’s hot!). And for many kids, reading takes a huge backslide during the summer. Here at Book Riot we’ve had a lot of questions come in about this very topic, especially among kids ages twelve to thirteen. Book Suggestions After a school year full of analyzing texts, drawing sentence diagrams, and writing persuasive first paragraphs, kids need books that will draw them in and keep them interested. *Note: For books in a series, the series name links to the book series set (if available), and the photo and blurb refer to the first book in the series. Fiction:

The World Factbook ShowIntroduction :: AUSTRALIA Panel - Collapsed Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Population Pyramid A population pyramid illustrates the age and sex structure of a country's population and may provide insights about political and social stability, as well as economic development.

ENVoY Programs | Michael Grinder As a leading source of non-verbal communication skills, MGA is committed to reversing the trend of over-training and under-implementing. Michael Grinder shows educators how to use influence rather than power to manage the classroom. We provide training in non-verbal communication, group dynamics, influence skills and “permission” based development for school districts, schools and individual educators based on our widely successful ENVoY Program. The ENVoY Programs like all of MGA’s programs offer systemic strategies that are easy to learn and quick to employ; MGA’s classroom management programs and trainings include: What is the ENVoY program? Power to Influence ENVoY is a vehicle to shift educators from seeing themselves as bastions of Power to instruments of Influence. Professional strength This program, when used by cadres of instructors within a school, brings out the professional strengths of all the members involved. Sharing our collective wisdom Who is it for? Individual Schools Parents

Statistics Worldwide | free data for the world untitled Engineering Market Research Reports The global engineering market is defined through services relating to the application of advanced mathematics, sciences, social sciences, skills, experience and professional knowledge to design and realize practical solutions for clients that could include buildings, structures, equipment, industrial processes, products, civil, environmental and social projects, programs, and other initiatives. Engineering is a broadly-applied term for services rendered to customers in the pharmaceuticals, medical, life sciences, building and construction, architecture, automotive, aviation and aerospace, research and development (R&D), equipment manufacturing, product manufacturing, semiconductor, electronics, defense, specialty chemicals, oil & gas, and utilities industries as well as entire market sectors in government services and energy. In many contexts, the term engineering can refer more specifically to civil engineering.

untitled LABORSTA Internet (E) Ed’s Summer Reading List: 31 great books for students, chosen by students During the school year, most of the books that students read have been assigned to them by their teachers and parents. We wanted to know: what are the books kids love to dig into on their own? We asked several fourth and fifth grade TED-Ed Club Members to share the books that they’ve recently read and want to recommend to other kids their age. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi.Although this is a graphic novel, it is worth reading as a series for your own time. Beast Quest: Sepron, The Sea Serpent by Adam Blade Do you love adventure and a book that makes you wonder? Best of the Best by Tim Green This book about baseball demonstrates true determination. BFG by Roald Dahl This is a funny book which shows how two unlike things or species can become friends by being kind. Book: The Book with No Pictures by B. Do you want to make your teacher act funny and crazy in front of the WHOLE class? Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe This was such a funny book, after I had read many serious books. Wonder by R.

stats | Millennium Indicators The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 was launched in Geneva by the Secretary-General on 1 July 2013. The report presents the yearly assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs. With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon, this year's report examines where the targets have been met and where redoubled efforts are needed urgently to accelerate the progress. It also reveals that our attention needs to focus on disparities across geographical areas and population groups within countries. The report is based on comprehensive official statistics compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG indicators led by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The report is available in all UN languages. The Statistical Annex of the report can be viewed here.

John Hattie on BBC Radio 4: "Homework in primary school has an effect of zero" “Homework in primary school has an effect of around zero”, says Professor John Hattie. But what does really work in education, schools and classrooms around the world? Every week Sarah Montague interviews the people whose ideas are challenging the future of education, like Sugata Mitra, Sir Ken Robinson and the headmaster of Eton College Tony Little. In August John Hattie, Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne, was her guest at BBC Radio 4. John Hattie about class size “Well, the first thing is, reducing class size does enhance achievement. John Hattie about public vs private schools “Here in England, if you take out the prior differences from going to a private school where they tend to get parents who choose, as oppose to them sent to the local school, they tend to get a brighter student, you take that out, there’s not much difference. John Hattie about homework “Homework in primary school has an effect of around zero. John Hattie about streaming

10 tips for better slide decks When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on the changing bodies of athletes. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. We asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote mojo so that others could benefit from it. Aaron used this image of a New Zealand disaster to kick off a slide deck from TED’s tech team — all about how they prepares for worst-case scenarios. The big picture… Think about your slides last. And now some tactical tips… Go easy on the effects and transitions. Lastly, I’d love to leave you with a couple book recommendations. Happy slide-making.