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The Power of Reading a Book a Week.

The Power of Reading a Book a Week. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Oprah Winfrey says, "What I love most about reading—it gives you the ability to reach higher ground. A world of possibilities awaits you. Keep turning the page

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Reading opens up possibilities.
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The “One” Book… (1)

The “One” Book… (1) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This is the first of a series of posts that will explore the books that have shaped who we are, what we do and how we do it…
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The article presents and reviews three books for teachers.

The New Authority by Omer Haim examines a democratic way of teaching. Having just read bell hooks's Teaching to Transgress I find this a worthy and challenging way of teaching. The challenge is schools remain hierarchical institutions where teachers are treated in shabby ways.

Thinking in Education by Matthew Lipman is about critical thinking. Lipman draws on John Dewey, whereas bell hooks, drawing on Paulo Freire, argues for critical thinking in her critical pedagogy. I think of Dewey as a crticial theorist before his time.

Freedom to Learn by Carl Rogers underscores the essential nature of meaningfulness in teaching and learning. Again, this connects to John Dewey. What makes something meaningful is how we experience it in life.
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Fall Reading on Education

Fall Reading on Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The book came out—These Schools Belong to You and Me: Beacon Press—and so I have been busy promoting it on the east coast.  But it reminds me of how much writers are anxious—and not just for moneta…
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Deb Meier is a hero of mine. The list is short but includes a book about being addicted to school reform and another by Sonia Nieto.
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Why Books Will Always Matter - The Scholarly Kitchen

Why Books Will Always Matter - The Scholarly Kitchen | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
An inspirational talk by the National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas.
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This is an excellent video explaining why books are essential to humans. They help us learn empathy.
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How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats

How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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The list is broken into categories i.e. inspiration, characters, craft, etc.
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Penelope's curator insight, August 29, 2017 12:27 PM
Quotes can be instant inspiration. There are some very unique ones in this article. I like #12. What's your favorite?

“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research

How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Reading is a huge key to success and wealth, but how can you actually benefit from this habit as a busy adult? I’ve said it many times: reading books is a major key to success.


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Reading and conversation are essential to learning.
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Penelope's curator insight, June 30, 2017 1:28 PM
Read before you decide to write. Sage advice, but when? One tip from this author is...there are hidden minutes everywhere. Find yours.

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There are many hidden moments to read.
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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I love a good page turner. There are few things more satisfying to me then starting a book and not physically being able to put it down. So much so that you look up from said book only to realize that you've been in your pajamas all day, and now it's nighttime. Such was the wonderful…

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I like the idea of starting with something that you never pull off. Students could buy into that.
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Penelope's curator insight, February 15, 2017 10:17 PM
I absolutely love stories that stand up the hair on your arms--those rare plots where you never know what's lurking around each corner and senses are firing on all cylinders.

Want to know how to write your own creeper? This article gives us some really great ideas for a whiplash of a ride sure to thrill the reader.

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Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing

Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Dystopian novels are all about consequences, choices and grey areas. And psychologists say that plays right into the sweet spot of the developing teenage brain.
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I found books that veered from happy, utopian plot lines opened up conversations and led to questions.
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Education experts share the best books they’ve read about teaching

Education experts share the best books they’ve read about teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Some recommendations are not about education at all.

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There are some great books by the likes of John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Deb Meier, etc.

A scholar who offered ideas was Jonathan Kozol. His books, particularly Savage Inequalities, would make my list.
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The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer

The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Take heart from the Three Little Pigs: Don’t let an inner critic huff, puff, and blow your work down.

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I could have used this in my teaching. I used Fractured Fairytales to explore writing and its elements. What surprised me was how little experience some students had with fairytales and satire.
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Penelope's curator insight, October 17, 2017 11:35 AM
You'll love the metaphor of the "Three Little Pigs" children's story to your inner critic. Yes, he/she will huff and puff, but don't let it blow your house down! You keep on writing no matter the obstacles. 

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Alan Kay on How Many Books You Can Read in a Lifetime

Alan Kay on How Many Books You Can Read in a Lifetime | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If you’re not into tech, you might not know of Alan Kay. But in the world of “hackers,” Alan Kay’s status is not far from that of a minor deity. An ex-MIT professor of computer science, Kay known for…
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Alan Kay claims to have read 20, 000 books. I am not sure everyone is able to accomplish this. What I do believe is reading is essential and should be encouraged from the time children prepare to go to school. This is not e-readers, but curling up with a book and reading for the love it.
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Reading List

Reading List | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
These 25 books helped Tom Bilyeu escape The Matrix and unlock his true potential. Read them if you want to take the red pill.

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Viktor Frankl, Joseph Campbell, and Nassim Taleb are part of a diverse list.
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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Maya Eilam is a freelance New York City graphic designer making digital and printed works that bring creativity to communication. Including websites, logos, social media graphics, custom lettering, illustration, photography, infographics, and more.


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This would be an interesting way to teach writing in school. There are certain basic literary archetypes that teachers could focus on. this is not an exhaustive list, but is a great place to begin
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Penelope's curator insight, April 21, 2017 10:19 AM
Visuals are wonderful learning tools, and this beautiful infographic is a keeper. Created by an artist to depict "The Shapes of Stories" by Kurt Vonnegut, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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Writing is love

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2017 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.