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Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills
Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills
by Todd Stanley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.34
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical resource, November 13, 2014
Written by a practicing teacher, the book explains how to use performance-based projects and assessments in the classroom. The writing is clear and direct. The author explains performance-based assessment, its benefits and challenges, how to design rubrics, and how to create authentic assessments. Examples and applications are provided throughout the book. The book is aimed at teachers within grade, middle, and high schools. However, the principles may be applied in college classrooms as well. A practical resource for teachers wanting to help students develop needed real-life skills.


Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing
Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing
by Douglas Goldstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.52
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one, November 7, 2014
Going through "Rich as a King" is like reading two books simultaneously. Readers will come away learning more about financial investing and championship chess at the same time. Some readers may be annoyed by the insertion of the chess metaphor. Others will welcome how the discussions of chess make what could be a dry subject entertaining. The authors never lose sight, however, of the main purpose of the book—to provide sound and applicable investing guidance. The authors provide a realistic approach to investing. There are no shortcuts or get-rich-quick schemes. Both the strategic and tactical aspects of investing are thoroughly discussed. The authors make clear the need for focus and discipline if financial goals are to be achieved. This is why the chess metaphor is appropriate. Personal commitment is necessary for becoming a championship chess player or becoming financially independent. The book provides sound financial guidance while making for interesting reading. A winning combination.


Heads Up Philosophy
Heads Up Philosophy
by DK Publishing
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Provides a clear overview of philosophical concepts, October 28, 2014
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Written for teens, this book will also be of interest to adults who want a clear and concise summary of philosophical concepts and philosophers. Explanations of philosophical terms and concepts are written in easy-to-understand language without being too elementary, though readers may find the book repetitious in parts. The colorful graphics reinforce the text. One unique aspect of the book is the descriptions of practical applications of philosophy. This will dispel the misconception of philosophy as an esoteric discipline of interest only to academics. A useful book for anyone who wants to understand the philosophical concepts that form the foundation of Western society.


Leading with Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice
Leading with Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice
by Mindy Hall PhD
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.55
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide, October 19, 2014
"Leading with Intention" by Mindy Hall is a practical guide on how to develop the mindset and behaviors of a leader. A straightforward writing style, short chapters, and simple illustrations make this book a quick and easy read. That doesn’t mean, though, that the concepts lack sophistication. The emphasis, however, is on the practical rather than the theoretical. And the author’s recommendations can be applied to other aspects of life other than leadership. Well worth reading for those new to a leader position. The book will also remind experienced leaders of how they may maximize their impact.


Being In Action: How to Wake from the Dream of Introversion
Being In Action: How to Wake from the Dream of Introversion
Price: $2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Transcending introversion, October 5, 2014
This is not the usual self-help guide for introverts. The intent of the author is to help introverts to transcend their introversion in order to live full and creative lives. The book is not a casual read. Keogh delves deep into the psychological, developmental, and spiritual aspects of introversion. It is easy for the reader to get the impression from reading the book that introversion is something to be cured. However, as the author states, his intent is to help introverts to not be defined by their introversion and to enable them to embrace their wholeness. Keogh’s approach would be strengthened if he established greater credibility with the reader. We do not know his credentials nor does he cite outside sources. This does not mean the book does not have value. Keogh provides a perspective absent from most of the recent writing on introverts. Of particular interest is his writing on presence and living in the now. In the latter part of the book he provides a list of powerful questions to contemplate that can aid readers in creating their desired futures. Anyone seeking to live a full and whole life can benefit from reading this short book.


The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter
The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter
by Susan Pinker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.91
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4.0 out of 5 stars Face-to-face matters, October 4, 2014
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Face-to-face interactions matter. That is the conclusion Susan Pinker draws from her extensive review of the research conducted in the fields of social cognition and neuroscience. Live interactions with people promote health, happiness, and learning. The same effects are not obtained through electronic contact with others. The many examples and research results included in the book and Pinker’s engaging writing style make for fascinating reading. Those interested in business, health care, education, and parenting will find in the book much that is interesting and useful. The extensive research Pinker cites supports the argument that screen time is not a substitute for face time.


The Vinedresser's Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting & Abundance
The Vinedresser's Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting & Abundance
by Judith Sutera
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of wisdom, October 2, 2014
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Judith Sutera, a Benedictine Sister, has written a wonderful spiritual guide using the metaphor of the vinedresser. The book is filled with sketches of how to tend a vineyard. The section of text after each vine dressing lesson relates how each step in tending to grapevines holds spiritual lessons. Sutera’s calm, gentleness, and wisdom come through in her writing. Reading her book is akin to meditating. She renews the reader’s connection with self, community, and God. This book is appropriate for anyone on a spiritual journey regardless of their faith tradition. Even readers who do not identify with organized religion will benefit from reading this wise guide.


The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
by Frances E. Jensen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.51

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teens explained, September 16, 2014
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If you educate, coach, manage, or live with a teenager or young adult, you need to read this book. The reason for much of young people’s behavior that has mystified you will become understandable. Teens and young adults should read this book to better understand and manage themselves. Frances Jensen is a neuroscientist who provides clear and science-backed explanations of teen behavior. She explains how much of that behavior is a result of the brain’s development process during the teenage years. Jensen covers a long list of important topics as they relate to teen development—learning, sleep, risk-taking, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress, mental illness, use of digital devices, gender differences, sports, crime, and more. Throughout the book, Jensen provides recommendations for interacting with teens more effectively and ways to help them to develop into functional adults. The writing is clear and many examples are provided to illustrate points made. A valuable contribution to the literature on adolescent development written for the lay reader.


The End of American World Order
The End of American World Order
by Amitav Acharya
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.51
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3.0 out of 5 stars What shall replace American world order?, September 6, 2014
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Acharya provides a clear explanation of the decline of American power in the world. The author’s focus is not on whether or not America is declining but rather on America’s position in world politics. Acharya then explores what might replace American hegemony. He explains various proposed models and points out their strengths and flaws. He offers his own system using the metaphor of the multiplex theater. The book will be of interest primarily to academics and their students. The lay public will not find an explanation of how these high-level discussions of world order impact ordinary citizens. Worth reading for those with a deep interest in international relations.


Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds of Systems
Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds of Systems
by John Boardman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.84
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex subject explained with clarity and wit, August 6, 2014
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John Boardman and Brian Sauser in their book "Systemic Thinking" take what could be a dry and confusing subject and explain it clearly and with wit. Quite an accomplishment! The authors take the reader through a methodical explanation of the systemic perspective. They use a wide variety of examples drawn from business, government, film, literature, and other disciplines. They provide a clear description of the difference between systems and systemic. Systemic thinking considers the relationships between multiple systems. The second half of the book instructs on how to create systemigrams—a map of the relationships between systems. This part of the book is more challenging, but the authors apply their clear writing and humor to guide the reader through the intricacies of the mapping process. Readers will not become masters of creating systemigrams by simply reading the book but will have the basics needed to begin to experiment with the process. The authors help to bring simplicity to complexity and in a way that makes it enjoyable for the reader.


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