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Free Association, Where My Mind Goes During Science Class (A Story about Distraction, Creativity, and Intelligence) (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Esham , Ray Fowler , Mike Gordon , Carl Gordon
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Book Description

A story that explores attention, distraction, and intelligence.
Oh, right. I’m in SCIENCE class. Have you ever started to think about one thing and ended up thinking about something completely different? I do it all the time...

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Emily loves science, but one idea sparks another in her mind, leading her away from what’s happening in her fourth-grade science class. Frustrated that Emily is daydreaming during the lesson, her teacher gives her a notebook to jot down her off-topic ideas. While the point was to discover what distracts Emily, the teacher is surprised to find some creative, science-based thinking in the journal. The next day, she hands out journals to everyone in class and encourages them to follow Emily’s example. Narrated by Emily, the story rolls along well until the end, when the portrayal of the teacher becomes less realistic. The story may disappoint parents looking for solutions to the problems created by daydreaming in class, but it does affirm the creativity and individual learning styles of gifted children, a notion basic to the Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series. Colorful and cartoonlike, the digital illustrations include some clever details. Like its predecessors in the series, this large-format picture book will find its audience. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan


Free Association is seemingly a children's book; however, it conceals a message of inspiration for all teachers to open their minds to the creativity of their students and by doing so change the world for both.
G. Emerson Dickman

Explains perfectly how creative students' minds wander as they conjur up theories and solve the world's problems. 
Dr. Susan Baum

Product Details

  • File Size: 12389 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Connections; 1 edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGYF3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the "thinkers" out there February 26, 2014
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I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far. I really enjoy this book because it validates the experience of the "day dreamers" among us. While the main character did get off task at times, most of her daydreams were completely aligned with the content being talked about in class, she was just playing with the information in her mind and getting a better understanding of the information.
I thought the idea of the journal was a great solution and really enjoyed the caring and empathy of the teacher in the story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great October 11, 2012
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I love these stories. The kids read them and they can totally relate to them and know they are not the only ones with such challenges.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book for explaining distractibility December 25, 2014
By the Doc
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Great theme but advice in book not realistically applicable to a classroom.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the Kids July 9, 2012
By Jae
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I purchased this book or my three kids. All of them loved this book. My 8 year old son especially whose mind wanders during science class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars October 20, 2014
By Boogerb
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Great book!
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More About the Author

Author Barbara Esham was one of those kids who couldn't resist performing a pressure test on a pudding cup. She has always been a "free association" thinker, finding life far more interesting while in a state of abstract thought. Barbara lives on the East Coast with her three daughters. Together, in Piagetian fashion, they have explored the ideas and theories behind the definitions of intelligence, creativity, learning, and success. Barb researches and writes from her home office, in the spare time available between car pools, homework, and bedtime.

Barbara's book series, The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses, received the 2008 Parents' Choice Awards, were featured on the American Library Association Booklist, and listed on the Reading Rockets Recommended Readings. In addition, Ms. Esham speaks and headlines numerous conferences and education events including the National Association of Gifted Children Conference, SENG, and the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council.

In addition to the reviews and endorsements, The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses has been highlighted in the following publications:
Last to Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class is highlighted as a resource in the book, Literacy + Math = Creative Connections in the Elementary Classroom by Jennifer L. Altieri, Published by The International Reading Association.
The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses book series is highlighted as a resource in the book, Disabilities and Disorders in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12 by Alice Crosetto, B.A., M.A., M.Ed., M.L.S. Publisher, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, MD.


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