Category Archives: School of Arts, Sciences & Education

Motivation and Success: Two Books from Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

81puh8q8gklCall Number: BF503 .P475 2011
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Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money– the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink. In this provocative and persuasive book, Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction–at work, at school, and at home–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. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does– and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation– autonomy, mastery, and purpose– and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

71pjsvmp0xlCall Number: BF468 .P57 2018
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Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Daniel Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

Learn Philosophy Through Jokes

Philosophy becomes a little more entertaining – and perhaps a bit more approachable – with these books by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…

816c50efdqlUnderstanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Call Number: BD31 .C38 2008
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Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read—and finally, it all makes sense!

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

813bsgq-2bvlUsing Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between
Call Number: BD444 .C38 2009
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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein now turn their attention to the Big “D” and share the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, theologians, psychotherapists, and wiseguys. From angels to zombies and everything in between, Cathcart and Klein offer a fearless and irreverent history of how we approach death, why we embrace life, and whether there really is a hereafter. As hilarious as it is enlightening, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a must-read for anyone and everyone who ever expects to die.

Phonics and Reading

Words Their Way

Word Study  for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
51k21yg1ypl-_sx359_bo1204203200_By Donald R. Bear
Call Number: PE1117 .Z5 B41 2004
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A core text or supplement for phonics and reading methods courses. Words Their Way, Third Edition is designed to help teachers address the needs of all readers and spellers, by setting out a clear way to accommodate each student’s developmental level, then providing the best methods for teaching to that level. In support of this philosophy, the authors provide more than 250 ready-to-use activities for teaching word study, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics.

Phonics They Use

Words for Reading and Writing
51ocryogo9l-_sx408_bo1204203200_By Patricia M. Cunningham
Call Number: LB1573.3 .C86 2005
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This bestseller is packed with new activities and strategies for teaching reading. It weaves together the complex and varied strategic approaches needed to help students develop reading and spelling skills.

Creating Strategic Readers

Techniques for Developing Competency in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
51zoe-5w8ul-_sx382_bo1204203200_By Valerie Ellery
Call Number: LB1050 .E42 2005
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To develop lifelong readers, it is vital for teachers to also show students how to apply these reading skills strategically to acquire meaning from text. This book is a comprehensive resource you can use to better equip yourself in the craft of teaching reading. Author Valerie Ellery first lays the groundwork for a comprehensive literacy classroom, detailing appropriate curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She then focuses on the five essential components of reading instruction—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension—to align instruction with current standards.

Guided Reading: Making It Work

51zyx42b2b4l-_sy450_By Mary Browning Schulman and Carleen daCruz Payne
Call Number: LB1525 .S37 2000
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Guided reading is wonderful in theory, but how do you manage it? In this practical resource, two veteran teachers provide a step-by-step guide to guided reading, sharing their lesson plans, management strategies, and assessment tools. They show you how to manage flexible groups, match books to student needs, incorporate phonics, and use assessment to inform instruction. Transcripts of guiding reading sessions and lots of teacher prompts show exactly how guided reading can work for you. Also included is a list of over 650 book titles leveled by reading stage and by Reading Recovery levels. For use with Grades K-3.

Literacy for the 21st Century

51vxbojxqgl-_sx400_bo1204203200_By Gail E. Tompkins
Call Number: LB1576 .T657 2006
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Literacy for the 21st Century is the number #1 reading text preferred by teacher educators, future teachers, and in-service teachers. It continues to offer the most balanced approach to literacy instruction on the market today, while providing the clearest look into successful literacy teaching. The new 4th Edition has been thoroughly revised to address the realities of today’s classroom and to provide invaluable practical resources instructors will want their students to keep for use in their own classroom.

Children’s Literature in the Elementary School

51g2vawqcyl-_sx366_bo1204203200_By Charlotte S. Huck
Call Number: LB1575.5.U5 H79 2001
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This text shows readers how children’s literature can capture the attention of K-8 students and foster a lifelong love of reading. The text covers learning about children’s literature, understanding children’s responses to literature, the history of children’s literature, all the genres (beginning books, picture storybooks, traditional literature, fantasy, poetry, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, and informational books), planning the literature program, and extending and evaluating children’s understandings of literature.

New Children’s Books for July

The Hugely-Wugely Spider

By Ethan T. Berlin
Call Number: PIC BER
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We’ve all heard of the Itsy-Bitsy Spider right? But have you heard of the the Hugely-Wugely Spider? He’s just like Itsy-Bitsy except he’s a little—no—a lot bigger.

The Hugely-Wugely Spider went up the water spout, well not really, because he wasn’t invited by the other spiders. And maybe because his size was bit of an issue . . . But that didn’t stop him from trying. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider and his friends get into a bind when down comes the rain and threatens to wash them out, and only the Hugely-Wugely Spider can save them. With his quick thinking and huge thorax, Hugely-Wugely clogs the drain and saves the day.

Frog and Beaver

By Simon James
Call Number: PIC JAM
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A charming ecological fable of community and friendship from award-winning author-illustrator Simon James. Frog and his friends all live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen, but it’s so big that it stops all the water and Frog and his friends are forced to move. Frog tries to warn Beaver that his dam is too big, but busy Beaver just won’t listen.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs

By Kate Messner
Call Number: QH75 .M44 2018
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All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs—with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral—are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe tell the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.

A House That Once Was

By Julie Fogliano
Call Number: PIC FOG
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The dynamic duo of Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Lane Smith team up to tell a delightful story about a boy and a girl who explore an abandoned house. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go? They set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before.

You’re Safe with Me

By Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry
Call Number: PIC SOU
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When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, “You’re safe with me.”

Secret Lives: What Your Teachers Never Told You

Read this series to discover the secrets behind some of the world’s best-known people, including authors, artists, politicians, and more!

 

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New Children’s Books for June

 

Honey

By David Ezra Stein
Call Number: PIC STE
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Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! Alas, it is too soon for honey, so Bear tries hard to be patient. The world around him is waking up, too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries, and rain. He’s almost content, until, one day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound . . . and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others–and it is as warm, golden, sweet, and good as he remembered.

The Best Mother

By C.M. Surrisi, illustrated by Diane Goode
Call Number: PIC SUR
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When Maxine wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, she wonders if the problem might be her mother. What if she could try out a new mom who doesn’t make her brush her teeth or comb her hair? Enlisting Mom to help her with the search, Maxine interviews various prospects to be her new mother at the park, the toy store, and the zoo. Unfortunately, these other mothers present a host of new problems and concerns. Maybe her “old mother” was the best mother of all? For every child who’s ever wondered if the grass is greener, The Best Mother affirms that there’s nothing better than your own mother’s love.

All That Trash

By Meghan McCarthy
Call Number: TD792 .M36 2018
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Lowell Harrelson wanted to turn trash into methane gas so he rented a barge called Mobro 4000. His plan was to ship the garbage from New York to North Carolina, but as the barge floated down the coast, no state would let him dock because of smelly waste on board! The barge became a mockery and the butt of many jokes in the media. What started as an attempted business venture turned into quite the predicament for Mr. Harrelson. Mobro 4000 roamed the seas for forty-five days and traveled a distance of 6,000 miles. While awaiting its fate, the trash floated in New York’s harbor, garnering much attention by onlookers. Green Peace activists put up a large banner across the barge that read, “NEXT TIME…TRY RECYCLING.”

What’s Cooking, Moo Moo?

By Tim Miller
Call Number: PIC MIL
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Moo Moo serves up another half-baked scheme—and loyal Mr. Quackers goes along for the ride! Yes, for real! The hilarious cow-and-duck duo are opening their own five-star restaurant. You’ll want to see what udderly ridiculous antics they get up to in their new adventure.

The Other Ducks

By Ellen Yeomans, illustrated by Chris Sheban
Call Number: PIC YEO
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This Duck and That Duck were the best of friends. They did everything together but sometimes two ducks just isn’t enough. When This Duck declares that he wishes there were Other Ducks around so they could waddle in a line (a very ducky thing to do), That Duck is quite confused. That is until This Duck and That Duck go swimming, look down, and finally meet The Other Ducks.

Unfortunately, The Other Ducks never seem to come out of the water! Oh how This Duck and That Duck wish The Other Ducks would waddle outside the big puddle with them. But it’s getting colder and their feathers are starting to itch for warmer weather. Will these best friends ever find their companions?

More Award Winners!

Hello, Universe

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By Erin Entrada Kelly
Call Number: jFIC KEL
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In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball. They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

51cbu6hg1hl-_sx387_bo1204203200_2018 Caldecott Honor Book
By Derrick Barnes
Call Number: PIC BAR
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The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly.