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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
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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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