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Friday Reads: Back to School!

New backpacks and the sweet smell of pencil shavings…yep, it’s back to school time! Here are two new books to help navigate the season, plus an eBook sale for Libraries!

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson
“A film and TV writer (e.g., HBO’s The Newsroom) and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, Henderson believed that failure in the classroom resulted from unmotivated, inattentive, simply bad teaching. But when he began substitute teaching, he quickly came to believe that the problem was rampantly unchecked student behavior, which he sees as resulting from society itself. Beyond analysis, here are prescriptions, including discussion of legal infrastructure, to improve the situation. Not surprisingly, there’s a big push not just to educators but to libraries.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

Guinness World Records 2017 Teacher’s Guide & Giveaway

Happy #BookBday to the 2017 editions of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS GAMER’S EDITION! To celebrate, Guinness has created a FREE, downloadable Teacher’s Guide and is giving away 3 copies of both books to lucky librarians and/or teachers!

The Teacher’s Guide allows students and young patrons to explore the world of record-breaking in a fun and educational manner. It’s appropriate for Common Core Connections for Grades 2-5 and has many benefits:

— Engaging STEM-friendly activities
— Fascinating classroom/library activities that teach Language Arts, Science, Math and more
— Appropriate for all levels of readers
— Perfect for reluctant readers and struggling learners
— Can be used for one lesson or throughout the whole year
— Easy-to-use guide includes topical records (it’s not necessary to have the 2017 Edition to use the guide)

School Library Journal even showcased three amazing teens and their world record-breaking skills!

To enter the giveaway for a chance to win both GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 GAMER’S EDITION, email digital.nyc@guinnessworldrecords.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Teacher’s Guide) by September 8 and tell Guinness World Records which activity you would most likely do with your students/young patrons. Make sure to include your name, school, and library name. Good luck!

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Back to School Books

Just in time for back-to-school season, here are several new and forthcoming books about schools and education:

LIT UP: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby
Available in trade paperback February 14, 2017
“Part literary meditation, part case study of exemplary teaching, LIT UP traces a diverse group of adolescents as they are drawn into the ‘character-forming experience of reading difficult books’ by their ardent and caring (and as duly noted, union) teachers. LIT UP is also a cri de coeur imploring a return to the kind of education that elevates the ‘unquantifiable’ humanities to foster ‘the spiritual value of literature and the moral instruction of teenagers.’” — Booklist, starred review

FAIL U.: The False Promise of Higher Education by Charles J. Sykes
The bestselling author of PROFSCAM and A NATION OF VICTIMS exposes the over-priced, under-performing, grievance-crazed, and student-indenturing American higher-education complex. “Laying out a bold agenda for reform, Sykes calls for a university system smaller and less dependent on government largesse, less politically correct, and more open to online instruction than the one now bankrupting many students and their families. Certain to stimulate a much-needed debate.”
Booklist, starred review

IT TAKES A SCHOOL: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World’s #1 Failed State by Jonathan Starr
A story of David and Goliath proportions, how an American hedge fund manager created a unique school in Somaliland whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve success beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

THE POWER OF A PLANT: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools by Stephen Ritz
Ritz’s inspiring story about how teaching kids to garden moved the graduation rate from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

LEARN BETTER: Six Strategies for Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business and School by Ulrich Boser
In this engrossing book, Boser maps out the new science of learning, showing how simple techniques like self-questioning can help people gain knowledge and expertise in dramatically better ways.

Check out our resources for the college-bound student:

OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (2016 Edition)

CLEP OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE 2017

COLLEGE HANDBOOK 2017

GETTING FINANCIAL AID 2017

SCHOLARSHIP HANDBOOK 2017

BOOK OF MAJORS 2017

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK 2017

50 SUCCESSFUL HARVARD APPLICATION ESSAYS (4th Edition)
The 5th Edition will be available May 9, 2017

GRAMMAR GIRL’S 101 WORDS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE NEEDS TO KNOW by Mignon Fogarty readmoreremove

The Art of Teaching

Just in time for the new school year, here are several new books by and about teachers:

BLACKBOARD: A Personal History of the Classroom by Lewis Buzbee
“From the perspective of former student, teacher, and parent, Buzbee offers a keen look at the politics, economics, and sociology of how school has evolved and the history of school developments from textbooks to writing tools to blackboards, interspersed with his own visceral memories of nap time in kindergarten and learning to read and calculate. This is a loving and probing look at the social and emotional meaning of school.” — Booklist

WHY TEACH?: In Defense of a Real Education by Mark Edmundson
Now in paperback. Edmundson, a renowned professor of English at the University of Virginia argues forcefully that the liberal arts are more important today than ever. “A heartfelt, beautifully written, profound, and often hilarious appeal to rage against the machinery of modern education.” — Booklist, starred review

GETTING SCHOOLED: The Reeducation of an American Teacher by Garret Keizer
Keizer’s memoir “packed with humor, pathos and valued insights” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of his return to teach at the same rural Vermont high school where he taught fourteen years ago is “a sympathetic portrait of a school, a searing indictment of a culture that uses working-class children as cannon fodder, and, unexpectedly, a page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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