Thank You, Teacher: Grateful Students Tell the Stories of the Teachers Who Changed Their Lives

By Holly Holbert. In this book, editors Holly and Bruce Holbert present readers with a collection of stories from students who credit their teachers with changing their lives for the better. The editors have organized the selections that make up the main body of the text in four parts devoted to the impact of the experiences of notable people with their teachers at the grade school, middle school, high school, and college levels. Bruce Hobert is a high school teacher from Washington state. Holly Holbert is an educator in Washington as well.

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A Mind for Numbers

MindforNumbersA Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley

Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options – both to rise in the military and to explore other careers – she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.

In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science – secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they’d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there’s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions – you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn math. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. A Mind for Numbers shows us that we all have what it takes to excel in math, and learning it is not as painful as some might think!

The End of Molasses Classes

By Ron Clark

Award-winning teacher and bestselling author Clark (The Essential 55) presents a riveting new book providing rules for parents and teachers to help kids succeed in school.

In his New York Times bestseller The End of Molasses Classes, renowned educator Ron Clark challenges parents, teachers, and communities everywhere to make a real difference in the lives of our kids, offering revolutionary and classroom-tested ways to uplift, educate, and empower our children. Read this book to find out why so many across the country have embraced these powerful rules.

  • Set the electric tone on day one
  • Teach your children how to study – don’t expect it to come naturally
  • Don’t constantly stress about test scores
  • Not every child deserves a cookie
  • Lift up your teachers. No, really, lift them up!
  • If kids like you all the time, you’re doing something wrong
  • Don’t be a penny parent

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