Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them

Jenifer Fox lays out three areas in which you can learn how to discover your child’s strengths; Activity Strength, Relationship Strengths, and Learning Strengths. She started the Strength Movement in which education are tailored to be strength-based rather than ‘fixing’ children to improve test scores, etc. There is workbook-type guide at the end for readers to discover their children’s strengths in these three areas and learn how to apply them in learning. Great for home educators, so they can better customize their child’s education. Reading Level: AdultGenre: Education, PsychologySubjects: Psychology


Genre: Education, Psychology
Subjects: Psychology
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Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching

“It turns out that even believing you are smart—one of the fixed mindset messages—is damaging, as students with this fixed mindset are less willing to try more challenging work or subjects because they are afraid of slipping up and no longer being seen as smart.”


Genre: Education, Math, Teaching
Subjects: Homeschooling, Learning Disability, Math, math anxiety, Pedagogy
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Teaching Minds : How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

Schank is definitely a divergent thinker and this comes out in his innovative thoughts on the conventional system of education and his proposals for solutions. Instead of acquiring factual knowledge, he focuses on thinking. He proposes a high school program in which the students get a mentor in different areas and learn the ‘subjects’ in real life context instead of learning chemistry or physics just because. This book is an eye opener for those of us who grew up in the traditional educational system. He proposes what teaching should look…


Genre: Cognitive Science, Education, Teaching
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Think Smart: A Neuroscientist’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance

One theory claims that creative impulses exist in all of us but are weakened by custom and social rules of behavior – a variation of the claim dating back to French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau that formal schooling inhibits rather than stimulates creativity.


Genre: Cognitive Science, Education, Neuroscience, Psychology
Subjects: Neuroscience
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Rethinking School: How To Take Charge of Your Child’s Education

Western modernity has many upsides, but it also has a downside: it channels all students into the same developmental path. That’s not how people actually are. Some of us should not be railroaded into college. We should take alternative paths: toward being stonemasons, shepherds, brewers, artists, costume designers, diesel mechanics, landscapers, weavers, electricians, plumbers. All of these are professions that demand a high level of skill and a great deal of training. They can also pay very well. But the exit lanes that lead from our usual high-school-into-four-year-college interstate toward those alternative destinations are poorly marked, and (too often) littered with road blocks: chief among them, parental disappointment, and social stigma (vo tech as the “stupid” track).


Genre: Education, Homeschooling, Non-Fiction
Subjects: education system, Homeschooling
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The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

Classical education is, above all, systematic – in direct contrast to the scattered, unorganized nature of so much secondary education. Rigorous, systematic study has two purposes. Rigorous study develops virtue in the student: the ability to act in accordance to what one knows to be right. Virtuous men or women can force themselves to do what they know is right, even when it runs against their inclinations. Classical education continually asks a student to focus now on what is immediately pleasurable (another half hour of TV or computer game, for example) but on the steps needed to reach a future goal-mastery of vital academic skills.


Genre: Education, Teaching
Subjects: Classical Education, Homeschooling
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Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students

Pope welcomes her readers to Faircrest High, a high school located in a wealthy California suburb which has the lowest dropout rate in the state, small class sizes, and high quality teachers. She shadows five students recommended by the faculty as successful and outstanding students, and discovers how the pursuit of grades in the school system strips students of integrity and induces unnecessary stress and hostility. Is the school system producing future generation with solid admirable values, or is it just producing students who just ‘do school’ at the expense…


Genre: Education, Non-Fiction
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The Power of Play

The book is divided into three parts. The first part talks about how play has degenerated in today’s modern world, and how our society has succumbed to technology’s ‘toys’ thereby abandoning the natural environment that is our worldly playground. The second part expounds on the role of play in learning and development, and in the last section, Elkind ends the book with some lighthearted parenting tips. Reading Level: AdultGenre: Education, Non-Fiction, Parenting, Psychology, Teaching


Genre: Education, Non-Fiction, Parenting, Psychology, Teaching
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