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2013 Professional Book Groups Recipients

Pinon Elementary was awarded 48 books for four book groups and Smith’s gift cards for refreshments for their newly formed groups.  Jennifer Guy, Kindergarten teacher and Administrative Intern at Pinon wrote each of the grant proposals. In addition, Pinon was awarded an additional copy of each book to add to the professional development section of their school’s library so that others may check it out and read them once they have heard about the enthusiasm and great discussions surrounding each book.

Good Questions for Math Teaching: Why Ask Them and What to Ask by Peter Sullivan  Open-ended questions, coined "good questions" by the authors, can prompt children to think creatively and critically. This useful book helps teachers define good questions, offers teachers tips on how to create their own good questions, and presents a wide variety of sample questions that span 16 mathematical topics, including number, measurement, geometry, probability, and data.

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess   Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that aimed at helping teachers increase student engagement and boost their own creativity.  Topics include learning how to tap into and dramatically increase their passion as a teacher, and developing outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet.

The Book Whisperer by  Donalyn Miller  Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore.

Mindfulness: An eight week plan to finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. 

Los Alamos High School was awarded 2 Professional Book Grants

Elizabeth Bowden, and up to 30 teachers, will study The New Inner Wealth Initiative for Educators. This book provides a fresh slant on the successful “Nurtured Heart Approach” that focuses particularly on education.  A strengths based approach, the book posits that focusing on building on students’ strengths bring lasting results in terms of more productive and better behaved students and more productive classrooms and schools. The authors outline strategies to instill inner wealth in students, taking only a few minutes of intervention each day.  Reason for selection, "In this time of increasing emphasis on testing and focus on remediating deficits, we think this book helps us approach students from a strengths based perspective, building student skills from the inside out."

The Los Alamos High School Librarian, Ken Holmes, received a grant for teachers to review a variety of young adult literature. This will include teachers of all subjects fifth grade  through middle school, K-12 librarians and the Mesa Public Libraries Youth Services Librarians.  The group will select contemporary young adult novels across a number of genres that would be appealing to 10 to 14 year old students.  They will divide the titles among the participants and will read the selected titles and provide a “book talk” about the novel at the next meeting by telling about its appeal or lack of appeal and applications within the classroom curriculum.

    Laura Loy
    Executive Director
    1900 Diamond Drive, Suite 1
    Los Alamos, NM 87544
    Phone: (505) 500-6501

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