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Get Smart!: Nine Sure Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School Hardcover – August 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0787983345 ISBN-10: 0787983349 Edition: 1st
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Going beyond mere strategies, Dietel, an assistant director at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, weighs in with a nine-point "learning model," designed to help students succeed in a test-centric academic environment. Though the model's pillars aren't groundbreaking (encourage your children, work with teachers, support healthy learning and study habits), the strength of Dietel's book lies in his detailed, yet readable, explanations of how, say, reading to children improves their communication and verbal skills. Each chapter is dedicated to a tenet of the "Get Smart" model and includes an overview, tips on implementing new habits (communication is key among them) and a mix of micro case-studies and real-world examples. Clear, concise writing, tried-and-true advice and the absence of testing jargon make this a handy go-to guide.
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"The Ideas in Get Smart! Should be useful for every parent who reads the book. " (TC Record, March 2007)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787983349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787983345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,013,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Max McConkey on October 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is no shortage out there of advice to parents about navigating the increasingly complex American education system. Unfortunately, much of it is anecdotal, idiosyncratic, and seriously uniformed by solid research.

One can find in professional education journals analyses of what research is teaching us. Unfortunately, reading through and making sense of many of these treatises is an experience much like running through honey -- the residue on one's boots may be sweet, but the going is tough.

We are now blessed to have available a book that successfully meets the need to inform and guide parents through the educational maze for the benefit of their children by drawing on research-based knowledge. Get Smart! is both accessible and smart. Dietel, who is an academic and a communicator, writes directly and clearly -- and never condescendingly.

Get Smart! should be on the must-buy Christmas list for all parents with children in our nation's schools. It's not enough to wish that our schools were better and our kids better educated. We adults need to be smarter about enacting our responsibilities. Ron Dietel's new book can provide a great start in that direction.
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