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TimestampBook/Article TitleAuthorISBN Number/Article SourceRatingWhy did you give the selection this rating?What was your favorite line/quote/paragraph from the selection?What idea shifted your thinking?Share one of the take-aways that you will most remember from this reading.Do you think this would be a good selection for a larger scale DEN Reads Book Circle? Why? What's next for you?Your NameYour State
3/17/2013 15:32:28Deeper ReadingKelly Gallagher15711038484This is a great resource for any teacher who wants their students to read deeper and take understanding to a new level.p. 4-6 are great examples of reading for meaning vs. reading to answer comprehension questions.I already knew this to a certain extent, but I didn't realize HOW important it is to prepare students for what they are about to read. It's not effective to just hand a student a book and tell them to read it. Background knowledge is crucial to gaining meaning from text.I must immerse my students in all different kinds of text - novels, short stories, blogs, news articles, fiction, non-fiction, etc.I do think this would be a good selection because even though we are teaching 21st century learners and using technology as much as possible, it's still vital for any student, K-12, to be able to read text and derive meaning from that text. It doesn't matter where the text is coming from - it's still text.Not sure yet - maybe something by Marcia Tate or Cris Tovani?
3/11/2013 13:18:28DriveDan Pink5: DEN Finger WorthyIt really helps in understanding some of the reason why some students seem to lack motivation when in schoolmotivation needs autonomy mastery and purpose..get this and you will transform how you teachrewards and stick actually decrease motivation over basically our school system set students up to be unmotivated learners.Yes I think it would a be a great read , it is not long and it really has some inspiring concepts.Still working on Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (260 pages) and need to read Resumes are Dead by Richie Norton(only 22 pages)
3/11/2013 6:13:36Why Schools?Will RichardsonTED books5: DEN Finger WorthyThis very short book puts our educational dilemmas into perspective with the Common Core and other educational initiatives, and asks the very important question: Are we headed in the right direction to best serve our students?
3/11/2013 20:32:03Science formative AssessmentPage Keeley978-1-41294180-84I would give the book a 4.5. This is an awesome resource for any subject not just science. It gives you many examples of formative assessments and how they can be implemented in the classroom. These assessments are not only for elementary and middle school, but high school teachers can use them. Keeley does a great job introducing the strategies."Formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs) are rooted in good teaching practice."I really didn't need to shift my thinking about formative assessments. What I did need was a bit of help and suggestions for implementation.A variety of assessments I never knew existed and now I have used some of them in class. It is an ongoing task to find the ones that work in the class for me.Yes, especially for those looking for new formative assessment strategies.Next reading is Dan Pink, everyone has suggested him. So I will be reading "A whole New mind".
4/4/2013 16:57:28Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in very Class Every DayJonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams978-1-56484-315-94Katie WarrenCA
4/5/2013 15:46:57Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the CourtJohn Wooden, Steve Jamison5: DEN Finger WorthyJohn Wooden is known publicly as being the coach who led UCLA to multiple NCAA championships. When his friends, players and peers talk about him, he was a leader, learner and teacher. This book, while not education-specific, speaks volumes about being the kind of person and leader that our schools need.Wooden's Pyramid of Success is a graphic that I keep in my classroom every year!Wooden's goal focus has always been personal best. We must find our own personal best and figure out how to help our students find theirs, as well. I've read almost all of Wooden's books on leadership and basketball. I'm a sports person, but his books are much, much more. I think I'll re-read "They Call Me Coach" soon!Kelly HinesNC
4/5/2013 23:02:23Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at WorkRichard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas Many19321279334I love the ideas of using PLCs. It is a best practice that my school in engaged in, however, I felt the book repeated itself somewhat. It gave unique ideas for finding time to collaborate that we are currently using. The idea that shifted my thinking was the term "mutually accountable" and how the buy-in process is essential for the progression of student learning. That PLCs cannot not be a "top-down" thing forced by the administration.It could be if there were teachers working in school districts that are planning on, implementing, or maintaining the PLC process.Since completion of this book, we have started a book club at my school. There is a representative from each grade level and we plan to highly encourage everyone to read this book as next year we will be in our second year of continuing the PLC process. Allison BakkenMontana
4/6/2013 11:19:04Around Reading Workshop in 180 DaysFrank Serafini0-325-00830-24Has an easy to follow plan on how to run your reading workshop."The reading workshop is nothing more than an organizational framework for reading instruction" There really wasn't a shift, but something that validated what I already do in my room is the way to teach reading. That teaching reading in the workshop way is the most effective way to teach reading and that all workshops can look different, but they have the same goal...effective reading instruction. It is a great read for elementary language arts teachers to guide them or inspire them to enhance, tweak, change or start a reading workshop in their classroom. I want to read the science formative assessment book that was featured on this blog. It looks like a great resource for CCS. Kelly AlfordMI
4/8/2013 21:24:33The Six Secrets of ChangeMichael Fullan978-1-118-15260-75: DEN Finger WorthyThis is a great read for leaders in education. Not only are the six secrets easy to incorporate, but Fullan writes the book in an easy to follow and practical manner. He uses real world examples and explanations to show the secrets in action and for that this book gets a five! "When peers interact purposefully, their expectations of one another create positive pressure to accomplish goals important to the group."Fullan says that leaders should establish their own theories based on the six secrets. He also writes that "a good theory travels when constituent parts are cohesive." This leads to one his six secrets. Peer interaction must be purposeful. Without purpose there is no road map. Theories can't drive themselves. Theories need action."We must learn to manage change." There's no one answer on how to best handle it, but Fullan says "there are some good approximations" in existence. Yes, this would be a great book for DEN Reads! There are many leaders in the DEN and anyone who is interested in the growth of their organization should read this book. My next read is Education Nation by Milton Chen and then I plan to reread Understanding the Framework of Poverty by Ruby Payne.Delsia EasleyAL
4/12/2013 7:58:46Fall Down 7 times get up 8Debbie Silver97814129987725: DEN Finger WorthyThis book is an easy, yet informative read. It gives us a common sense approach to "teaching kids to succeed" without the former shielding from adversity.We need to shift our focus from doling out unmetered praise in hopes of raising their self-esteem to helping them understand the power they have in making positive choices and sustained efforts.This book validated my views and gave me concrete strategies in facilitating learning in the classroom. "Okay, you seem to be having trouble making up your mind. In 15 seconds, you choose or I choose for you."Oh yes! Debbie Silver is not only a national speaker (and a funny one at that), but shares her own experiences coming to terms with strategies which encourages self-reliance. We see too much self-defeat and enabling in our classrooms. Ms. Silver's "real life" examples will help all of us help all of our students.Common Core strategiesNorma RockwellSC
4/15/2013 23:14:07Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging KidsChris Biffle978-0-9848167-1-25: DEN Finger WorthyFor two years, I read everything I could find on how the brain makes memories and how I could use that information in my classroom. All the books I read gave me lists of things I should remember to try to do. Finally, I found Whole Brain Teaching. This is a complete framework that gives step-by-step directions on applying the latest in brain-based learning research in a real-world classroom. In fact, this teaching system has been practiced by thousands of educators throughout the world.

I began using Whole Brain Teaching in my classroom this year. My students love it. They are totally engaged. I love it. My English Language Learners are thriving. Everyone who visits my classroom makes positive comments like, "Wow, I wish every teacher taught like this." and "This is so interesting."

This book is a wonderful foundation for anyone interested in learning about Whole Brain Teaching.
The more you practice our strategies, the more power you will have as an instructor to change your students' lives, and the more power your students will have to master the learning tasks you set before them. In 12 years of experimenting in classrooms across the country, we have found nothing that motivates students more intensely than setting and breaking their own records. Brains seem to be nourished by their own growth. Exhilarated by its sprouting dendrites, the brain sprouts more dendrites...So let's focus on student improvement as our educational target...Most teachers say that nothing they learned in college prepared them for the classroom. That means most teachers would benefit from learning about a proven teaching strategy which is based on cutting edge brain-based learning research.Right now, I can't see beyond my state test next week.Ruby AguilarTexas
4/18/2013 19:50:02Creating InnovatorsTony Wagner978-1-4516-1149-65: DEN Finger WorthyIn this book Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. This is the key to our country remaining among the world leaders. We need to learn how to develop young people who are innovators. Children need to have play, passion, and purpose in their lives. Formal education is not necessarily the best way to raise innovators. A childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.Yes, because this book aim is to look at several young innovators, pinpoint the similarities of their childhoods and educational background, and develop a recipe for producing innovative minds.My next education related book will be Why School? by Will Richardson. Paula NaugleLA
4/19/2013 18:01:56Why School?Will Richardson DEN Finger WorthyWill challenges the way school is being done in our country and it needs to be challenged. For those who are not aware, we don't we to do school better, we need to do school differently. But those scores really tell us very little about what kinds of learners our kids are. And they tell us even less about what our children will actually be able to do in their lives.

Richardson, Will (2012-09-10). Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single) (Kindle Locations 598-600). TED Conferences. Kindle Edition.
I thinking was already shifted. Will just helped me grasp it to a better degree. We teachers need to stop being the deliverers of content, and need to become the facilitators of learning. We need to be the lead learner in our classrooms. Yes, most definitely. I already know that many members of my PLN are in book clubs right now discussing this book. The Element by Sir Ken Robinson Paula NaugleLA
4/20/2013 11:53:11Learning by Doing: Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work Richard Dufour, Robert Eaker and Rebecca Dufour19355420954Our school has been working on developing Professional Learning Communities at various levels. I have got some good ideas about how to improve our current PLCs from this book.The DEN is a very large PLC in which its members have a common vision to increase technology integration within instruction to improve academic success for all students. DEN members are active life-long learners who share ideas, resources, lesson ideas, and more. We are eager to try new technologies and instructional practices and share them within this community.Brenda GreenMaryland
4/20/2013 16:48:58Focus on inquiryLesley Wing Jan & Jeni wilson9781863667210, 18636672104Common core will lead teachers to do more inquiry with students. This book helps teachers plan, implement and assess inquiry based units.Page 37 - Who am I and where am I going? How do I make sense of and communicate with the world? What are my rights and responsibilities in communities, cultures and economies? How do I describe, analyse and shape the world around me?‎Focus on Inquiry empowers you to investigate inquiry-based learning within the context of your school, leading to rich and powerful learning for all students.Inquiry inspires students to take an active role in:
• asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries
• finding information from a variety of sources
• making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences
• reflecting on, and taking action related to, their understandings.
Yes, the book builds current research into learning and pedagogy, to further student learning. More student focused.I want to read the other book that builds on curriculum. Difficult to get they are from Australia.Wendy NortonFlorida
4/20/2013 16:54:22Brain RulesJohn Medina9797777044I think this is a great book for teachers to read aobut how the brain works.Brain Rule #4 The Brain Can Not MUltitaskHow to teach students and how to structure my lessons to include exercise and movement.We get our best ideas when we are movingI think it would be great to read because it would help us all look closely at how science and learning are linked. That using science we can make teaching easier.Smart but Scattered by Pew DawsonTracie BeltFlorida
4/20/2013 17:17:25Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the WorldTony Wagner978-1-4516-1149-65: DEN Finger WorthyThe content is excellent [well researched and great concepts to 'chew on'], but also love that QR codes in the print book and built-in for e-books offer supportive videos. There are way too many...but this one sets the stage: The most essential qualities of a successful innovator appear to "represent a set of skills and habits of mind that can be nurtured, taught, and mentored!"
The interviews with young innovators provided a "consistent link and developmental arc in their progression from play to passion to purpose" which showed these young people learned creative thinking skills, intrinsic motivation, and the positive role of failure, i.e., iteration. I can't help but think that we still allow too much focus on first-time success as the only/best way to work.Though I work with high school and adult students, I was interested with the Bing Nursery School philosophy on toys and technology, i.e., intentional, using reading as play, and spreading that to parents.It definitely has appeal for educators who want to do more for their students.Moving into The Round House by Louise Erdrich NYTimes review
Marie ColemanFL
4/21/2013 17:18:13Moodle 2.0 for 7-14 Year OldsMary Cooch978-1-84951-832-15: DEN Finger WorthyIf you are wanting to learn how to use Moodle to create an online learning course/environment for students, this book is a great start. It walks the reader through the various features of using Moodle and is very easy to read and follow. This is a fantastic resource for those new to Moodle or just wanting a refresher/reminder on how to use one of the features when creating a Moodle course.I didnt have a favorite part but I this is my favorite Moodle book as it is very user friendly and very easy to complete the steps necessary to use various features of Moodle. I love that is written by experts but is very non threatening and easily understood by beginning Moodlers. Educators feel that Moodle course creation is a complex process and this book helps debunk that notion and make creating a Moodle more accessible to educators of various technical levels. I have always been a fan of using Moodle but this book helped me rethink ways of sharing how to create a Moodle course with course designers that are new to using Moodle. I had also heard that Moodle 2.0 was more complex than 1.9 and I didn't seem to notice significant, complex differences in the two versions. One of the most important take aways is that Moodle courses must be structured to foster engagement with the course content. Incorporating DEN resources in the Moodle course can really enhance the course and provide a variety of ways students can interact with the elements featured in a Moodle course. Images and videos from the DEN content library will definitely liven up any Moodle course and help demonstrate complex concepts or assist students with conceptualizing various scientific or mathematical skills.This would be a good selection for course designers wanting to learn how to use DEN resources in a Moodle course. Moodle courses can be password protected thereby protecting copyright issues with DEN resources and technology projects created using DEN resources. I have heard from many educators that they would like to create Moodle courses but find it daunting and this book can help alleviate those concerns.I plan to put what I read into practice and work on a Moodle install on my personal blog. Wish me luck!Kim CaiseTX
4/20/2013 22:59:58The Energy BusJon Gordon5: DEN Finger WorthyAn excellent, motivational book!You are the driver of your bus.The idea that you have the power to be positive, and you should avoid energy vampires (those who suck the positive out of you.)Remember to come back to this book when things are not going well to remind myself of the positives in life.Yes. I feel everyone would benefit from this book. The book just makes you feel good. It makes you want to go out and conquer the world.The Shark and the Goldfish by Jon GordonJan Abernethy Pennsylvania
4/21/2013 19:24:14The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids UnstuckRon Clark978-1-4516-3972-85: DEN Finger WorthyI loved this book! It is so inspiring and motivating for teachers of all grade levels and content areas!I laughed out loud when Ron Clark shared when asked during his first interview for a teaching job why he wanted the position and his response was, "My mama made me come!". Although a true story, it changed his life forever and he has become an inspiration to students, parents and educators alike.When Ron talks about including the parents, I was already familiar with how paramount the home/school connection is for student success but he gave ideas to interact with parents to truly make them feel welcome in a non punitive, daunting way. Ron stresses sharing interests with students so that discussions and learning is authentic and real. Kids can tell when an adult is not being 'real' and this connection and influence in a student's life can make a significant difference and takes little time or energy on the teacher's part. The rewards or difference made in the student's life can be remarkable and the teacher may be the one person on the child's side encouraging success or believing in him/her. This would be a great book for new or experienced teachers regardless of what content area or grade level the teacher teaches. Ron's school uses a great deal of technology but when technology is used, the focus is on the task not the device. This is a great way to model how successful technology can be integrated in the classroom seamlessly and meaningfully.Continue reading Ron's books and participating in the community at his website Http:// He has weekly webinars and talks about best practices and strategies to increase student engagement and achievement in the classroom.Kim CaiseTX
4/22/2013 12:45:04How the iPad Can Transform Classroom LearningBen Johnson DEN Finger WorthyI like that the author is also a principal and once I start digging around in Edutopia, I just find all of their articles worth the read. If students are given engaging, open-ended problems to solve, they won't want or need to play games on their iPads during class time.Amy FrackmanAlaska
4/22/2013 18:09:55Special Populations of Gifted educationJaime A Castellano & Andrea Dawn Frazier978-15936341795: DEN Finger WorthyI use this book to teach my Special Populations of Gifted class to teachers who want to achieve their gifted endorsement. It covers a lot of our special populations, those kids that we often do not see as gifted.I think the introduction to the book highlights how the identification of gifted kids is not a one size fits all.I think the greatest misconception we have is that gifted kids are high IQ and high intellect. However, it also includes artistic inclinations, leadership qualities, musical acumen, academic proficiency and language and mathematical prowess. Many potentially identifiable children are overlooked when school staff use observable behavior instead of the thinking process students use to make meaning of information.That children with a learning disability can e gifted as well as those with physical disabilities.Only if they were seeking to work with gifted kids.I want to read the authors other books since she has great insight!!Wendy NortonFlorida
4/29/2013 13:36:04The Ten-Minute InserviceTodd Whitaker, Annette Breaux978-1-118-47043-54I lead professional development in my building, and found that this book has some quick activities that are easy for teachers to implement in their classrooms. "Sometimes we get so involved in 'fixing' that we forget to revel in what is working...It is most definitely your job as a leader to fix problems. But it is also your job, and a most important one, to recognize what is working well for some and to use that knowledge to benefit others, mainly students and teachers.I love that this book steps you through accomplishing a great staff inservice in such a small amount of time. Our staff meetings are crammed so full of the nuts and bolts, we don't have time for much else, but this is manageable.We have been very focused on writing our School Improvement Plan, and have spent so much time looking at the problems, we have lost sight of all the we are doing well. I feel we need to celebrate the good things, and that makes the rest seem more manageable.Perhaps not - it is geared toward administrators, so it might be good for a more specific book circle, but maybe not for the larger scale.I just picked up Taking the PYP Forward by Simon Davidson & Steven Carber.Melissa ColbyOregon
5/2/2013 21:17:47The Energy Bus for KidsJon Gordon5: DEN Finger WorthyThis is an awesome book to share with students that teaches them about overcoming challenges and staying positive."If you have a vision, you also have the power to make it happen."The idea that you really have the most control over how you feel.You don't have to hang out with people that bring you down and suck the positivity out of you. You have a choice.Absolutely. The Jon Gordon Energy Bus series are great for the adults in a school to help create a positive atmosphere. The Energy Bus for Kids helps create a positive atmosphere among your students.The Shark and the Goldfish by Jon GordonJan AbernethyPennsylvania
5/3/2013 11:54:14PLaying with Media:simple ideas for powerful sharingWes Fryer13-97809831048104Great for Elem school teachers. Suggestions for inspiring teachers to bring multimedia into the classroom! Simple ideas for powerful sharing Always looking for recommendation for teachers to help them "GET IT" this is an easy book for them to read with suggestions they can incorporate now!! even non techies!Although it is a couple of years old I still find it an easy read for non techies that want to learn!!! a great way to get the conversation started!!Not really I am using it as a tool for teachers that really do not have the tech knowledge yet to bring it into the classroom for out Digital natives - Students to have access to technology !!unknownCheryl WoolwineFlorida
5/3/2013 16:48:18The Mind of BoysMichael Gurian978-0-7879-9528-75: DEN Finger WorthyIt has helped transform the way I work with boys in my class. The culture and attitude of my boys has been changed to a very productive setting.For lots of boys, work space is going to need to be roomier than you might have imagined. The young male brain tends to be spacial-mechanical play and learning, so it tends to 'use more space' than girls will often.Helps explain why boys do the "I don't know" stuff they do DAILY!Treat boys like boys! Girls will come along.Yes. Can help get boys ready for school at all ages, not just when they get in trouble in high schoolJust started Boys and Girls Learn Differently!Mark CaseNC
5/3/2013 18:56:32The Book WhispererDonalyn Miller5: DEN Finger WorthyIt supports why we should instill the love of reading into every child and it gives explicit ways to do this.“Books are love letters (or apologies) passed between us, adding a layer of conversation beyond our spoken words.” That no matter what type of reader they are- there are no boundaries to what type of reader they can become.It is another one of her quotes that will stick with me. “I believe that this corporate machinery of scripted programs, comprehension worksheets (reproducibles, handouts, printables, whatever you want to call them), computer-based incentive packages, and test practice curriculum facilitates a solid bottom-line for the companies that sell them, and give schools proof they can point to that they are using every available resource to teach reading, but these efforts are doomed to fail a large number of students because they leave out the most important factor. When you take a forklift and shovel off the programs, underneath it all is a child reading a book.” If you are determined to help every child read.... then yes!The new "Battle of the Books" selections for our state.Dacia JonesNC
5/4/2013 12:40:15Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented Susan Winebrenner978-15754232965: DEN Finger WorthyI teach gifted students in the classroom and find that sometimes I have students who have moved way beyond the curriculum in my classroom. Enrichment is not enough for these kids at times so this book can help with ideas such as compacting for this group of kids.

I do compacting and the CD that comes with the book allows me to modify the worksheets so I can document the practices in my classroom for this group of kids.
For me I especially use the strategies in chapters 4-6 which are designed to be used with subject areas that appear to represent new learning for students, such as science, social studies, and interdisciplinary and/or thematic units. Chapter 7 covers appropriate reading instruction for gifted students, and chapter 8 discusses how to evaluate their work. Chapter 9 helps teachers to understand the special needs of gifted students in cooperative learning experiences. It is hard to nail down just one aspect of this book.I had never compacted my curriculum before and find it works really well for my highly gifted kids. I have them sign contracts with parent consent and then have them work on a portfolio independent from the class.That it is not enough to let our gifted kids sit in the classroom bored out of their minds because the teacher is unwilling to enrich and change the curriculum to fit our gifted kids needs.Not sure it would need to be a group of teachers interested in the needs of these students. It is not like they teach this in college as separate class. Most teachers never get information on gifted until they have to actual teach them.I want to start reading more on flipped classrooms and inquiry.Wendy NortonFlorida
5/5/2013 10:03:05Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8Debbie Silver9781412998775: DEN Finger WorthyThis book is fun to read and has a great approach to learning strategies that target all sorts of learners. It was given to everyone who attended the Star 3 Leadership Training session led by Debbie Silver. She was HILARIOUS and enlightening. Also, the cover was designed by our beloved Peter Reynolds."Self-motivation is severely damaged when learners experience a sense of entitlement."In this book Debbie redirects you to the idea of self efficacy instead of focusing on the student's self esteem. She strongly believes that failure is a huge part of success, and often people choose areas where they have a higher self efficacy (or feeling of confidence) to avoid failure.Debbie incorporates the concepts behind the The Zone of Proximal Development. The developer of this idea believes that optimal motivation comes for students when they are "asked to reach just beyond their present state but not beyond a reasonable expectation." (p. 20)Yes because it is a delightful book written by an award winning author and humorist who just comes out and says what you are thinking right out loud!Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers by Debbie Silver.Judy UhrigNorth Carolina
5/6/2013 10:43:40History of Standardized Testing in TexasNate Blakeslee DEN Finger WorthyIt has lots of good information about why we have to do the testing we do as well as a lot of backing for those who fight against this.Years ago, when her youngest kids were in the first and third grades, she managed to get an author of science books for children to agree to speak for free to both classes. At her third grader’s school, located in the Kellners’ affluent neighborhood, the teacher was delighted. But Kellner’s first grader attended a school in a less affluent neighborhood that offered a dual-language curriculum. “Oh no,” her teacher replied. “That’s the week before TAKS, and we just can’t free up the time.” Kellner was flummoxed. “I thought if any children need exposure to this enriched, fun way to learn about science, it’s the children from poverty or minority backgrounds, not the wealthy white children,” she recalled. No real idea shifts, just a lot of backup for anti-testing or at least anti-testing to the extent that we do now.Once upon a time testing was one afternoon and the results were for diagnostic purposes.Not really. I think this would be something for people to use if they are anti-test or trying to get folks to realize what testing is and does.The Gamification of Education by Karl KappJen KraftPA
5/6/2013 10:46:44Gamification by DesignGabe Zichermann/Christopher Cunningham4I think this is a good book for those interested in gamifying their classroom. I relied on it heavily when I was planning to do so for this school year.I didn't have a favorite.The whole thing made me think about what I was doing and how I could make bland skills like keyboarding more interesting.It has a great description of how to go about planning and setting things up.No. I think there are a few better sources now that more information is known.Looking for suggestions.Jen KraftPA
5/6/2013 20:42:47The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes EverythingSir Ken Robinson5: DEN Finger WorthyGREAT reading. Once you start, it is hard to put downFor most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail - it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed

How true. It is so easy to do the 'normal thing' in our classroom.
Sir Ken just puts things in the entire book in a way that it forces you to reflect upon what you do daily in the classroomI need to change the way I teach to the way kids are learning. We need to 'transform' education one classroom at a time.Oh yes! This book can and will spur good discussion.Just ordered his next book: Finding your elementMark CaseNorth Carolina
5/8/2013 16:58:06The Element:how finding your Passion changes everythingSir Ken Robinson978-0:670-02047-85: DEN Finger WorthyI am rereading this after the Sir Ken Robinson Talk Monday nightEnjoyed the different chapters on creativity, intelligence, education, and so on.
I also learned about many important people around the world that have contributed deeply by giving thru their extraordinary work.
Discussed is the fact that children who were labeled with conditions such as ADD/ADHD or who are deemed learning disabled were made to feel they are broken, different (in a bad way), or stupid. We hear stories of some people who found passion in other areas of life that were not the focus in traditional schools (especially the arts) but wound up not just fulfilled but successful at their job, wealthy and with celebrity status, sometimes with their area of strength being directly from their `disability'. Somehow, the book manages to come off pro-teacher though, in no way is this book an attack on the teaching profession in general.A thorough discussion of what creativity is and how to take practical steps to use creativity and make things happen is not just inspirational but makes it clear that all people can begin living a creative life at any time they choose to open their minds to the notion and commit to taking active steps to make it happen.Absolutely - actually his new book when it comes out would be even better!Waiting on the next book by Sir Ken Robinson - Finding the ElementCheryl WoolwineFlorida
5/10/2013 17:02:35Teaching With Poverty in MIndEric Jensen97814166088444This book gives great ideas on improving the motivation and instruction of students in high poverty areas. It was really inspiring for our whole staff.There is a section on "How We Can Change the Brain for the Better". It gives good explanations of how the brain works and action steps for helping students maximize their brain use.It gives great tips on what data to gather, how to gather it, and how to use it to evaluate students needs.High poverty students need increased access to art, music, and technology to succeed.Possibly, since it deals with an issue close to many of us.Something light-hearted and fun!!!Shannon WentworthColorado
5/13/2013 11:31:19Web Literacy for EducatorsAlan November5: DEN Finger WorthyReally a great resources for talking with Teachers and students about how to search for information on the Internet. Children need us to be exemplary role modes. Filtering the Internet is no longer sufficient.He uses an example of Victorian Robots and how it has caused students to think pictures of robots with people in history are real- need to teach people how to evaluate what they are seeing and reading on the internet- The chapter on Expanding the boundaries- we need to use blogs and podcasts and wikis but we must keep students and adults for that matter safe on the Internet- we must have the discussions about what is appropriate and how much personal information should be shared on the internet.As we use more and more resources on the Web. We must not assume that just because our students are growing up with these tools that they know how to appropriately use them. This is a good read to get you thinking!not sure!Beth WeeksTexas
5/13/2013 17:31:14I'm still here: back online after a year without the internetPaul millerThe Verge is very thought-provoking in this time in education where we are trying to find the right blend of technology and traditional."there's a lot of "reality" in the virtual, and a lot of "virtual" in our reality"I had been falling victim to those who think that people who are constantly connected are somehow missing out on life. Reading this article helped me to understand that my connectedness is just as much a part of my personality as anything else in the "real" world is.I think what I will remember most are the lessons the author learned about himself and the fact that whether or not he has internet, he is still the same person.Probably not, because it is a short article.I'm working on a master's degree in sociology right now, and focusing on virtual society, so I'm sure I'll find other, similar articles to this one to read.Elaine PlybonTexas
5/14/2013 15:52:43Creating a Digital-Rich Classroom: Teaching & Learning in a Web 2.0 World (kindle)Meg Ormiston19352498785: DEN Finger WorthyEasy to read and follow and makes you want try the tools with your class especially if you have a technology or library backgroundEngagement happens when a lesson captures students’ imaginations, snares their curiosity, ignites their opinions, or taps into their souls.
The book shared the new 3 Rs research, rationale, and relevance in such a way that the teachers can understand the creative ways these online tools can easily be embedded into the curriculum.
embed the tools in the curriculum not just use the tools for the sake of using them.yes because it is a compilation of resources that could lend itself to a discussion of why some tools work better than other times.Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]Bobbi CapwellTexas
5/14/2013 15:56:57Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]Will RIchardson B00998J5YQ4Just started it.not in it far enough to say
highly recommended
because our CTO said to read itprobablyHow Did You End Up Here?: The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us (TED Books) [Kindle Edition]
Davy Rothbart
Bobbi CapwellTexas
5/14/2013 20:33:10Whistling VivaldiClaude Steele97803933397275: DEN Finger WorthyI believe this book should be required reading for anyone who influences the lives of children in schools. It describes something that can really help educators understand the power of the messages they send through their words and how to make sure they are meeting the needs of all students, regardless of what stereotype may affect them.I just love the whole bookThe idea that I could actually increase student success by simply changing the words I said or by changing the way I assess my students in ways that don't invoke stereotype threat.One part of Steele's study revealed that simply putting questions like name, sex, and ethnicity at the bottom of a test can significantly increase test scores because asking those questions at the beginning can invoke stereotype threat.Yes, as I mentioned, I believe every teacher should read this book. It is an easy read, and covers a lot of research in ways that teachers will find easy to understand and find ideas to implement in their classroom.I'm getting ready to read Blueprints for Continuous Improvement.Elaine PlybonTexas
5/14/2013 21:58:57Drumming to the Beat of a Different MarcherDebbie Silver0-86530-584-64Debbie Silver is a middle school specialist, so I didn't want other grade levels to ignore this book.Her storytelling about a typical day at a middle school is humorous with a message. There are so many different stories to tell her.My thinking was not really shifted, but reinforced that middle school kids are unique.It takes courage to go against the crowd, even fellow teachers. But if it is the best for students, do it!I would prefer have another person read this and voice their opinion before making a suggestion to the book circle. Not sure, there are so many great suggested books in the comments.Robin MartinPA
5/17/2013 12:32:58E-LEARNING: PARADIGM SHIFT IN EDUCATION Maur DesaiEducation, Winter 20084Because the article talks about changes in higher and secondary education. This article may not apply to all DEN members.When students use technology to identify and collect information, they no longer depend on the teacher as the source of information.The favorite quote about studentsd using technology to identify and collect information causes me to want to infuse more technology into my daily lessons. Students need to be using a technology device to master concepts. Ten years ago that was not he case. If the education world (schools) do not start infusing more technology and spending money on this technology, school as we know it will fail to exist. This is an increasing problem for our society because appropriate social skills will decline. Not sureMore articles and textbooks relating to my Adminstrative leadership master's program. Cathaleen HammelFlorida
6/14/2013 11:59:45WonderR. J. Palacio97803758690205: DEN Finger WorthyThis was a great read! It would be great for a classroom read to spark conversations about difference, disabilities, and acceptance of others. When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. - Dr. Wayne W. DyerOne teacher gave students a precept each month. These quotes, thoughts, ideas were used to spark the students' thoughts and he then had students journal about how the precept related to them or what thoughts it evoked. At the end of the school year the students had to write their own precept.

Awesome idea for a class!!
That kindness is so important and that our actions speak louder than our words!YES - because the target age is middle school, and traditionally it is such a difficult time for ALL students. We are all awkward at that age!The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenAlison SchleedeNC
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