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T.E.T., Teacher Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon
" Thanks mom! Some male teachers still use their physical power to control kids. "
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel
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Dan Siegel explains how our own childhood experiences shape how we care for children. I read this while sitting in a treatment center for children with RAD - and I often felt frustrated that the suggestions were so abstract, intellectual, and wordy. ...more
Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr.
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This book helps me in tough times. It's no surprise that Martin Luther King is eloquent - but I had not realized until reading this collection of sermons that he was also such an intellectual. These are amazing pieces.

Love is the only force capable
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
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Here's some instant inspiration. I love this guy, and his absolute passion for reading great books with young students. He says that kids of all abilities seem to thrive with music lessons and a love of reading. Well, I couldn't agree more! Rafe's id ...more
Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
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Lemov spent years observing master teachers in the classroom, to discover their techniques. After spending 2 months observing classes, I agree with him! The best teachers I have seen use many of his techniques - i.e. not letting kids opt out, and pus ...more
Next of Kin by Roger Fouts
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A story of the psychologist who taught chimpanzees to communicate with American Sign Language. As a 12-year-old I was riveted, and I still enjoy rereading this insightful, compassionate story. It has it all: love, conflict (among big-name academics a ...more
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
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