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Summer Reading Options 2011

Summer Reading Options 2011

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MICDS Faculty Summer Reading Choices 2011
Category #1Category #1Category #1Category #1: Motivating Students and Ourselves: Motivating Students and Ourselves: Motivating Students and Ourselves: Motivating Students and Ourselves
 
Carol Dweck 
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
From
Publishers Weekly 
 
Mindset is "an established set of attitudes held by someone," says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turnsout, however, that a set of attitudes needn't be so set, according to Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as... well, fixed. In other words, you are who you are,your intelligence and talents are fixed, and your fate is to go through life avoiding challenge and failure. Agrowth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see yourself as fluid, a work in progress. Your fateis one of growth and opportunity. Which mindset do you possess? Dweck provides a checklist to assessyourself and shows how a particular mindset can affect all areas of your life, from business to sports andlove. The good news, says Dweck, is that mindsets are not set: at any time, you can learn to use a growthmindset to achieve success and happiness. This is a serious, practical book. Dweck's overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, iswelcome.
 
Daniel Pink 
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
 
From
Publishers Weekly 
 
According to Pink (
 A Whole New Mind 
), everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. He pits thelatest scientific discoveries about the mind against the outmoded wisdom that claims people can only be motivatedby the hope of gain and the fear of loss. Pink cites a dizzying number of studies revealing that carrot and stick canactually significantly reduce the ability of workers to produce creative solutions to problems. What motivates usonce our basic survival needs are met is the ability to grow and develop, to realize our fullest potential. Case studiesof Google's 20 percent time (in which employees work on projects of their choosing one full day each week) andBest Buy's Results Only Work Environment (in which employees can work whenever and however they choose—aslong as they meet specific goals) demonstrate growing endorsement for this approach. A series of appendixesinclude further reading and tips on applying this method to businesses, fitness and child-rearing. Drawing onresearch in psychology, economics and sociology, Pink's analysis—and new model—of motivation offerstremendous insight into our deepest nature.
 
 
 
MICDS Faculty Summer Reading Choices 2011
Category #2Category #2Category #2Category #2: Too Little, Too Much, Just Right? Homewor: Too Little, Too Much, Just Right? Homewor: Too Little, Too Much, Just Right? Homewor: Too Little, Too Much, Just Right? Homework and Effective Student Learningk and Effective Student Learningk and Effective Student Learningk and Effective Student Learning
 
Cathy Vatterott 
Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs
 
From the Publisher
Is homework an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice that alienates and discourages asignificant number of students? The debate over homework has gone on for decades, but schools and families havechanged in many ways, and, as author Cathy Vatterott notes, "There's a growing suspicion that something is wrongwith homework."
Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs
examines the role homework has played in theculture of schooling over the years; how such factors as family life, the media, and the "balance movement" haveaffected the homework controversy; and what research—and educators' common sense—tells us about the effects of homework on student learning.The best way to address the pro- and anti-homework controversy is not to eliminate homework. Instead, the authorurges educators to replace the "old paradigm" (characterized by longstanding cultural beliefs, moralistic views, thepuritan work ethic, and behaviorist philosophy) with a "new paradigm" based on the following elements:* Designing quality homework tasks;* Differentiating homework tasks;* Deemphasizing grading of homework;* Improving homework completion; and* Implementing homework strategies and support programs.Numerous examples from teachers and schools that have revised their practices and policies for homework illustratethe new paradigm in action. The end product is homework that works—for all students, at all levels.
Alfie Kohn
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
From
Publishers Weekly 
 
Education watchdog and author Kohn (No Contest: The Case Against Competition) questions why teachers andparents continue to insist on overloading kids with homework when there are no definitive studies proving its overalllearning benefits. Indeed, argues Kohn persuasively, homework can be detrimental to children`s development byrobbing families of quality evening time together and not allowing a kid time simply to be a kid. Americans in generaladvocate a tough-going approach to education and push teachers to give more drudgery nightly as a way of "buildingcharacter." Yet Kohn shows that doing forced busywork only turns kids off to school and kills intellectual and creativecuriosity. The American insistence on producing good worker bees "by sheer force or cleverness," notes Kohn,"reflects a stunning ignorance about how human beings function in the real world." Kohn pursues six reasons whyhomework is still so widely accepted
 
despite the evidence against it, including the emphasis on competitiveness and"tougher standards" and a basic distrust of children and how they would fill their time otherwise if not doingbusywork. There aren't enough case studies in Kohn's work, but Kohn sounds an important note: parents need to ask more challenging questions of teachers and institutions.
 
 
 
MICDS Faculty Summer Reading Choices 2011
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Carl Honore
Under Pressure: Putting the Child Back in Childhood 
From the Publisher
"Why do grown-ups have to take over everything?" This innocent question from acclaimed journalist andinternational bestselling author Carl Honoré’s son sparked a two-year investigation into how our culture of speed,efficiency, and success at all costs is damaging both parents and children. When the impulse to give children thebest of everything runs rampant, parents, schools, communities, and corporations unwittingly combine forces tocreate over-scheduled, over-stimulated, and overindulged kids. The mere mention of potty-training, ballet classes,preschool, ADD, or overeating is enough to spark a heated debate about the right way to raise our children. Theproblem is that despite the best intentions of all involved, the pressure to manage every detail of our children’slives from in utero through college is overwhelming.
Delivering much more than a wake-up call, international bestselling author Carl Honoré interviewsexperts in Europe, North America, and the Far East, talks to families around the world and sifts throughthe latest scientific research. Not only do we see the real dangers of micromanaging children, but Honoréalso shows us an emerging new movement inspiring many to slow down and find the natural balancebetween too little and too much. Blending the finest reportage, intellectual inquiry, and extraordinary truestories,
Under Pressure
is the first book to challenge the status quo by mapping out an alternative to theculture of hyperparenting that is presently pushing children and their parents to the brink.
Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children
From
Publishers Weekly 
 
The central premise of this book by Bronson (What Should I Do with My Life?) and Merryman, a Washington Post journalist, is that many of modern society's most popular strategies for raising children are in fact backfiringbecause key points in the science of child development and behavior have been overlooked. Two errant assumptions are responsible for current distorted child-rearing habits, dysfunctional school programs andwrongheaded social policies: first, things work in children the same way they work in adults and, second, positivetraits necessarily oppose and ward off negative behavior. These myths, and others, are addressed in 10 provocativechapters that cover such issues as the inverse power of praise (effort counts more than results); why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids' capacity to learn; why white parents don't talk about race; why kids lie; that evaluationmethods for “giftedness” and accompanying programs don't work; why siblings really fight (to get closer).Grownups who trust in “old-fashioned” common-sense child-rearing—the definitely un-PC variety, with nonegotiation or parent-child equality—will have less patience for this book than those who fear they lack innateparenting instincts. The chatty reportage and plentiful anecdotes belie the thorough research backing up numerouscited case studies, experts' findings and examination of successful progressive programs at work in schools.

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