Call Number: Valley City State University 2nd Floor (378.19422 Se4876t )
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
From the bestselling author of College Unbound comes a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate parents' anxiety and prepare their college-educated child to successfully land a good job after graduation. Saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, today's college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on their parents for years to come--a reality that has left moms and dads wondering: What did I pay all that money for? There Is Life After College offers students, parents, and even recent graduates the practical advice and insight they need to jumpstart their careers. Education expert Jeffrey Selingo answers key questions--Why is the transition to post-college life so difficult for many recent graduates? How can graduates market themselves to employers that are reluctant to provide on-the-job training? What can institutions and individuals do to end the current educational and economic stalemate?--and offers a practical step-by-step plan every young professional can follow. From the end of high school through college graduation, he lays out exactly what students need to do to acquire the skills companies want. Full of tips, advice, and insight, this wise, practical guide will help every student, no matter their major or degree, find real employment--and give their parents some peace of mind.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (371.829 R424w )
Publication Date: 2016-02-11
During the height of the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, dozens of Pan African nationalist private schools, from preschools to post-secondary ventures, appeared in urban settings across the United States. The small, independent enterprises were often accused of teaching hate and were routinely harassed by authorities. Yet these institutions served as critical mechanisms for transmitting black consciousness. Founded by activist-intellectuals and other radicalized veterans of the civil rights movement, the schools strove not simply to bolster the academic skills and self-esteem of inner-city African-American youth but also to decolonize minds and foster a vigorous and regenerative sense of African identity. In We Are An African People, historian Russell Rickford traces the intellectual lives of these autonomous black institutions, established dedicated to pursuing the self-determination that the integrationist civil rights movement had failed to provide. Influenced by Third World theorists and anticolonial campaigns, organizers of the schools saw formal education as a means of creating a vanguard of young activists devoted to the struggle for black political sovereignty throughout the world. Most of the institutions were short-lived, and they offered only modest numbers of children a genuine alternative to substandard, inner-city public schools. Yet their stories reveal much about Pan Africanism as a social and intellectual movement and as a key part of an indigenous black nationalism. Rickford uses this largely forgotten movement to explore a particularly fertile period of political, cultural, and social revitalization that strove to revolutionize African American life and envision an alternate society. Reframing the post-civil rights era as a period of innovative organizing, he depicts the prelude to the modern Afrocentric movement and contributes to the ongoing conversation about urban educational reform, race, and identity.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (372.11 T2207 )
Publication Date: 2015-10-16
Today's kindergarten teachers face enormous challenges to reach district-mandated academic standards. This book presents a model for 21st-century kindergartens that is rooted in child-centered learning and also shaped by the needs and goals of the present day. Classroom teachers working with diverse populations of students and focusing on issues of social justice provide vivid descriptions of classroom life across urban and rural communities. Teacher reflections and commentary from the editors link teacher decisions to principles of good practice. Teaching Kindergarten illustrates how a progressive, learning-centered approach can not only meet the equity and accountability goals of the Common Core State Standards but go well beyond that to educate the whole child.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (371.33 B6146d )
Publication Date: 2016-08-08
Digital Tools for Knowledge Construction in the Elementary Grades was written for teachers who wish to gain a better understanding of how to integrate technology into their classrooms from a student-centered perspective. When done so, students must take more control of, and therefore more responsibility for, their learning. This book is divided into two sections. Part I provides a foundation and rational for student-centered learning, instructional strategies for technology integration, and using this approach to help teachers assess their students in meeting academic standards. Part II includes foundational technology information and appropriate use of digital tools for communication, collaboration, research, publishing, and even games for learning. This text provides methods and examples of technology integration that supports students' achievement of national academic standards by using today's digital tools for communication, collaboration, research and publishing. When students learn how to become knowledgeable global digital citizens they gain the requisite skills for tomorrow's creative thinkers, problem solvers, and decision makers.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (370.112 F9125o )
Publication Date: 2016-02-19
This book questions some of our most ingrained assumptions, not only about the nature of teaching and learning, but about what constitutes education, and about the cultural determinants of what is taught. What if who you think you are profoundly affects what and how you learn? Since Descartes, teachers in the Western tradition have dismissed the role of self in learning. What if our beliefs about self and learning are wrong, and relevance of knowledge to self actually enhances learning, as current research suggests? Jane Fried deconstructs the Grand Western Narrative of teaching and learning, describing it is a cultural fishbowl through which we see the world, rarely aware of the fishbowl itself, be it disciplinary constructs or the definition of liberal education. She leads us on a journey to question "the way things are"; to attend to the personal narratives of others from ethnic, racial and faith groups different from ourselves; to rediscover self-authorship as the core task of learning in college; and to empower ourselves and students to navigate the disorientation of the Alice in Wonderland rabbit holes of modern life. This is a book for all educators concerned about the purpose of college and of the liberal arts in the 21st century, and what it is we should reasonably expect students to learn. Jane Fried both upends many received ideas and offers constructive insights based on science and evidence, and does so in an engaging way that will stimulate reflection.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (371.782 Er65r )
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Bullying in schools affects a high percentage of students with special needs. This ready-to-use guidebook gives K - 12 educators, administrators, and school counsellors the research-based interventions they need to stop bullying in its tracks, and to prevent it before it starts. Using a simple framework of 3 Rs (Recognize, Respond, and Report), you'll master the core components of preventing and addressng bullying and disability-based harassment at the district level, classroom level, and individual level. Practical, proven strategies and tools blend with heartfelt, real-world advice from students who've experienced bullying themselves. An easy fit with your existing initiatives, whether you use PBIS or a commercial anti-bullying program, this essential resource will help you create a safe and secure learning environment for all students to reach their full potential. This book will help you: distinguish bullying from normal childhood conflicts; develop effective anti-bullying interventions for victims, bystanders, and students who exhibit bullying behaviours; weave social-emotional learning into your existing curriculum; understand how teachers and staff may unwittingly contribute to a culture of bullying, and how to stop it; and more.
Call Number: Valley City State University Reserve (371.102 AL538p )
Publication Date: 2014-03-31
REA's Praxis II: PLT EC, K-6, 5-9, 7-12 Test Prep with Online Practice Tests Gets You Certified and in the Classroom! Nationwide, more than 5 million teachers will be needed over the next decade, and all must take appropriate tests to be licensed. REA gets you ready for your teaching career with our outstanding library of Teacher Certification test preps. Our test prep is designed to help teacher candidates master the information on the Praxis II: PLT EC, K-6, 5-9, 7-12 exams and get certified to teach. It's perfect for college students, teachers, and career-changing professionals who are looking to qualify in states where this exam is required. This study package contains in-depth reviews of all the competencies tested on the PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching exams (5621, 5622, 5623, 5624). Based on actual PRAXIS questions, four full-length practice tests (one for each exam) in the book feature every type of question, subject area, and skill tested on each of these exams. An additional full-length practice test for each exam is also offered online in a timed format with instant scoring, diagnostic feedback, and detailed explanations of answers. Our online practice tests replicate the question format, allowing you to assess your skills and gauge your test-readiness. The online tests at REA's Study Center include detailed scoring analysis and diagnostic tools. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you'll succeed when it counts. Every practice exam comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don't just say which answers are right - we explain why the other answer choices are wrong - so you'll be prepared on test day. This complete test prep package comes with a customized study schedule and REA's test-taking strategies and tips. This test prep is a must-have for anyone prepping for the PRAXIS PLT exams!
Call Number: Valley City State University Reserve (371.102 P891 )
Publication Date: 2016-08-11
Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 Study Guide: Test Prep and Practice Test Questions for the Praxis II PLT 5624 Exam will provide you with a detailed overview of the Praxis 5624, so you know exactly what to expect on test day. We'll take you through all the concepts covered on the test and give you the opportunity to test your knowledge with practice questions. Even if it's been a while since you last took a major test, don't worry; we'll make sure you're more than ready Cirrus Test Prep's Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 Study Guide: Test Prep and Practice Test Questions for the Praxis II PLT 5624 Exam includes: A comprehensive REVIEW of: Students as Learners Student Development and the Learning Process Students as Diverse Learners Student Motivation and Learning Environment Terms The Instructional Process Planning Instruction Instructional Strategies Questioning Techniques Communication Techniques Terms Assessment Assessment and Evaluation Strategies National, State, and District Standardized Assessments Terms Professional Development, Leadership, and Community Professional Development Practices and Resources Implications of Research, Views, Ideas, and Debates Reflective Practices The Teacher's Role in the Community The Teacher as Collaborator Implications of Legislation and Court Decisions Terms ...as well as TWO FULL Praxis principles of learning and teaching practice tests.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (371.358 H6527c )
Publication Date: 2010-04-07
Educators and students have vast, rich resources available to them online, but few teachers or educational leaders really know what uses of digital material are lawful. In Copyright Clarity: Fair Use and 21st Century Learning, Renee Hobbs, one of America's top media literacy experts, provides a set of principles that clarify how copyright law and the doctrine of fair use apply to 21st-century learning. This book dispels the misconceptions and myths that have contributed to concerns about the educational use of materials related to mass media, popular culture, and digital media and helps educators apply the principles of fair use to the most common classroom scenarios.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (371.1092 R117i )
Publication Date: 2017-04-25
Tom Rademacher wishes someone had handed him this sort of book along with his teaching degree: a clear-eyed, frank, boots-on-the ground account of what he was getting into. But first he had to write it. And as 2014's Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Rademacher knows what he's talking about. Less a how-to manual than a tribute to an impossible and impossibly rewarding profession, It Won't Be Easy captures the experience of teaching in all its messy glory. The book follows a year of teaching, with each chapter tackling a different aspect of the job. Pulling no punches (and resisting no punch lines), he writes about establishing yourself in a new building; teaching meaningful classes, keeping students a priority; investigating how race, gender, and identity affect your work; and why it's a good idea to keep an extra pair of pants at school. Along the way he answers the inevitable and the unanticipated questions, from what to do with Google to how to tell if you're really a terrible teacher, to why "Keep your head down" might well be the worst advice for a new teacher. Though directed at prospective and newer teachers, It Won't Be Easy is mercifully short on jargon and long on practical wisdom, accessible to anyone--teacher, student, parent, pundit--who is interested in a behind-the-curtain look at teaching and willing to understand that, while there are no simple answers, there is power in learning to ask the right questions.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (372.5 P397n )
Publication Date: 2014-01-16
Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, this book explores research indicating that youth are learning new ways to engage in the arts on their own time and according to their own interests. Digital technologies, such as production tools and social media, allow youth to create and share their art. Kylie Peppler urges educators and policy makers to take advantage of #65533;arts learning opportunities#65533; and imagine a school setting where young people are driven by their own interests, using tablets, computers, and other devices to produce visual arts, music composition, dance, and design. This book gives educators an understanding of what is happening with current digital technologies and the opportunities that exist to connect to youth practice, and raises questions about why we don't use these opportunities more frequently.
Call Number: Valley City State University 2nd Floor (507.12 Sh928e )
Publication Date: 2013-10-11
Within every science classroom there are students waiting to be inspired. All these students need is the right motivation. That's exactly what this one-of-a kind guide will help you provide. And along the way, you'll quickly learn that the motivational tools that are most effective with adolescent boys don't always work with adolescent girls--and vice versa. At the heart of Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science is a collection of research-proven strategies on how best to motivate students in science--and once students are motivated, scientific literacy soon follows. Across chapters, Shumow and Schmidt: * Detail key motivational constructs specific to science with illustrative vignettes * Address gender differences that influence how girls and boys are motivated * Describe how to make science learning relevant, accessible, and enjoyable * Reduce science anxiety and build student confidence, especially among girls * Offer motivational strategies that are consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Much more than a professional book, Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science also includes a companion website packed with video clips, links, and tutorials. All in all, there's no better resource for fuelling the student motivation so central to science literacy.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (371.224 Ak37g )
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
College tuition and student debt levels have been rising at an alarming pace for at least two decades. These trends, coupled with an economy weakened by a major recession, have raised serious questions about whether we are headed for a major crisis, with borrowers defaulting on their loans in unprecedented numbers and taxpayers being forced to foot the bill. Game of Loans draws on new evidence to explain why such fears are misplaced--and how the popular myth of a looming crisis has obscured the real problems facing student lending in America. Bringing needed clarity to an issue that concerns all of us, Beth Akers and Matthew Chingos cut through the sensationalism and misleading rhetoric to make the compelling case that college remains a good investment for most students. They show how, in fact, typical borrowers face affordable debt burdens, and argue that the truly serious cases of financial hardship portrayed in the media are less common than the popular narrative would have us believe. But there are more troubling problems with student loans that don't receive the same attention. They include high rates of avoidable defaults by students who take on loans but don't finish college--the riskiest segment of borrowers--and a dysfunctional market where competition among colleges drives tuition costs up instead of down. Persuasive and compelling, Game of Loans moves beyond the emotionally charged and politicized talk surrounding student debt, and offers a set of sensible policy proposals that can solve the real problems in student lending.