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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. Those nightly reading assignments and endless five-hundred word essays for school may have made reading a chore rather than a joy. The Elegant Universe The Elegant Universe: Part 3 PBS Airdate: November 4, 2003 NARRATOR: Now, on NOVA, take a thrill ride into a world stranger than science fiction, where you play the game by breaking some rules, where a new view of the universe pushes you beyond the limits of your wildest imagination.

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.

Einstein for Everyone Einstein for Everyone Nullarbor Press 2007revisions 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Copyright 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 John D. Norton Published by Nullarbor Press, 500 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 with offices in Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222 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.-Andre Wooning, Grade 4, Coolidge School

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. 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. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other folks in the office.

Anita Heiss on why reading is important - Just Read. Image courtesy of Indigenous Literacy Foundation This is a guest post from Dr Anita Heiss, author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. Her most recent books are Tiddas and Am I black enough for you? Reading is an integral part of my everyday life. From the moment I wake up and grab my smart phone to the minute I put down a book at my bedside at night, my ability to read is being utilised and often challenged on an hourly basis. Being literate and reading gets me through the day by keeping me safe, reading gets me places, it informs me of my work commitments and lets me complete them, reading allows me to keep up-to-date with my family and friends and what’s going on in their lives.

Children's and Young Adult Literature (Education) - AUSTLIT & Black Words AUSTLIT is the Australian Literature Gateway database. It references Australian literature published in both print and electronic sources. Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams Things are changing. For starters, ebooks, apps, and the web are now a part of your students’ daily lives. So how do you determine the best way to turn your library space into a learning center that’s right for today’s rapidly changing digital world? Take it from me, a longtime designer of school libraries, it’s not easy.

Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway 2015 shortlists announced In its 78 year history, no author has ever won a hat-trick in the Carnegie or the Kate Greenaway medal – but this year it might happen. Double medal winners Patrick Ness and Chris Riddell are both shortlisted this year and if either (or even both) win then records will be broken. An even more dramatic result could be Sally Gardner and David Roberts’ book Tinder scooping BOTH the Carnegie and the Kate Greenaway with their gothic retelling of the Tinderbox. This year, there’s no doubt the shortlisted books explore challenging themes including war, sickness and adversity – but that’s not to say the shortlist makes for depressing reading, as Agnès Guyon, chair of this year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel says: “There is darkness here, illuminated by the bright light of optimism”.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important.