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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 - Rafe Esquith

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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56


Read Rafe Esquith's posts on the Penguin Blog.

From one of America’s most celebrated educators, an inspiring guide to transforming every child’s education

In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation immigrants who live in poverty and speak English as a second language. They also play Vivaldi, perform Shakespeare, score in the top 1 percent on standardized tests, and go on to attend Ivy League universities. Rafe Esquith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments. From the man whom The New York Times calls “a genius and a saint” comes a revelatory program for educating today’s youth. In Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire!, Rafe Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time. The two mottoes in Esquith’s classroom are “Be Nice, Work Hard,” and “There Are No Shortcuts.” His students voluntarily come to school at 6:30 in the morning and work until 5:00 in the afternoon. They learn to handle money responsibly, tackle algebra, and travel the country to study history. They pair Hamlet with rock and roll, and read the American classics. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire! is a brilliant and inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation’s children.

How Men Think - Adrienne Mendell

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How Men Think


"An interesting tool for working with gender differences."
--John Gray
Author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Men at work do it all the time: They brag, cover up their mistakes, pretend to know what they don't, start fights. And they still get ahead! Why? As psychologist Adrienne Mendell learned when she interviewed one-hundred male executives, the traits that women spend their entire lives erasing from their personalities are actually the qualities that men value in the world of work. And since men are still in the power positions, if you don't play it their way, you don't play at all.
Based on Mendell's interviews and her experience of counseling hundreds of frustrated career women, How Men Think identifies the seven rules that men learned by playing sports as children--games that excluded girls. These rules may seem simple on the surface, but understanding them as men do is anything but easy. You may have fallen into many of these traps yourself:
* You're mad because you want your male boss to let you control your projects. But you've got to take control--that's the only way you'll get it.
* You're steamed because a male colleague consistently takes credit for your work. Do you make a point of touting your accomplishments?
* When you make a mistake you apologize. But the man you apologize to doesn't think you're polite--he thinks you're admitting incompetence.
* A fight with a male colleague leaves you shaken. But the men in your office shout at each other for an hour and then go out for a beer.
These are the times that try women's souls! The strategies, insights, and eye-opening advice in How Men Think will help you get along better with the boys and propel you to the top where you belong.
"The more women have opportunities to play sports the more proficient they will become in competing in this men's world of 'unwritten rules.' To bridge the gap, Mendell's book, How Men Think, is a necessary guide for women working with men."
--Diane Everett, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Association for Girls and Women in Sport

The 10 Commandments of Money - Liz Weston

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The 10 Commandments of Money


From the #1 personal finance columnist on the Internet (Nielsen/NetRatings)-a clear prescription for financial health in the 2010s and beyond.
For previous generations, living within your means was a simple formula. Now, with the staggering rise in education, health care, and housing costs, millions of people find themselves skating from paycheck to paycheck with no idea how to move forward.
As the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet, Liz Weston has heard the questions and has the answers. Her "10 Commandments of Money" will help readers avoid critical mistakes, survive the bad times, and thrive in the good ones. Just a few of Weston's invaluable pointers include how to:
* Balance Your Budget
* Pay Down Toxic Debt
* Get the Right Mortgage
* Pay for College
* Save for Retirement
* Maximize Your Financial Flexibility
Liz Weston's goal is to provide THE practical guide to the brave new world of money. What "Sylvia Porter's Money Book" was to the 1970s, "The 10 Commandments of Money" will be for the 2010s.

Our Search for Happiness - M. Russell Ballard

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Our Search for Happiness


In this, the most recent addition to the approved missionary personal library, Elder M. Russell Ballard explains the Church and LDS beliefs in a clear and inoffensive way. Elder Ballard discusses the Apostasy, the need for the Restoration, the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, the plan of salvation, the Articles of Faith, the Word of Wisdom, temples, missionary work, and benefits of living the gospel. Through personal experiences he reveals how the gospel has benefited him and concludes by bearing his testimony.

Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming - Hattie Kauffman

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Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming


From her humble beginnings to the bright lights of network television, Hattie Kauffman weaves a story both heartbreaking and redemptive. Nationally recognized for her high-profile interviews and coverage of disasters and triumphs that affected millions, Kauffman candidly shares the experiences that made her into a perceptive and award-winning newswoman.
An inspiring account of the Holy Spirit's transforming power, Kauffman's life is a true testament to God's goodness. Now available in trade paper.

Anger Management - Swati Y. Bhave, Sunil Saini

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Anger Management


Anger management is a term that connects to us instantly since it talks about the most common emotion that we encounter in the present time, both within and without: anger. Laying out a host of effective tips to manage anger, Anger Management comes with the power to change things for the better.

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable - Tim Grover

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Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable


FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, LEGENDARY TRAINER TIM GROVER HAS TAKEN THE GREATS—MICHAEL JORDAN, KOBE BRYANT, DWYANE WADE, AND DOZENS MORE—AND MADE THEM GREATER. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, HE REVEALSWHAT IT TAKES TO GET THOSE RESULTS,SHOWING YOU HOW TO BE RELENTLESS ANDACHIEVE WHATEVER YOU DESIRE.

DIRECT, BLUNT, AND BRUTALLY HONEST, Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In “The Relentless 13,” he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. Relentless shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack. Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clients—“don’t think”—and shows you that anything is possible. Packed with previously untold stories and unparalleled insight into the psyches of the most successful and accomplished athletes of our time, Relentless shows you how even the best get better . . . and how you can too.

Less is More - Kim Carruthers

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Less is More


Less Is More tackles the very contemporary issue of de-cluttering your life. This includes not just the physical aspects of de-cluttering a home or a room, but also the emotional clutter that might be inherent in a life. This book helps clutterers learn to accept, understand and deal with the deep-seated emotions that go with cluttering, while at the same time providing smart, practical techniques, methods, and rules of thumb to clear away the clutter, and then to keep it away.

The Manifesto Of An Influential Leader - Barry L. Smith

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The Manifesto Of An Influential Leader


Becoming an influential leader is not easy and it does not happen overnight. There is a progression that our great leaders have followed. Understanding and applying the progression of Awareness, Environment, Growth, Communication and Leadership will allow you to become an influential leader. Follow the action items in The 5 Pillars Of Influential Leadership and you will not only take yourself, but your team or organization to new levels of achievement and performance. Find out how to take on specific challenges that are holding you back in your personal or professional life, overcome them and change the quality of life you are currently encountering. This Manifesto will provide a way forward that will get you through the tough times and empower you to master the art of living at home and at work.