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Award Winning Books in the Brimmer Collection

2014 Newbery and Caldecott winners

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The Adventures of Beekle - Dan Santat
Call Number: E SAN
ISBN: 9780316199988
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER 2015 - An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC DIC
ISBN: 076366040X
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

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Locomotive - Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 385.0973 FLO
ISBN: 9781416994152
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. With encyclopedic enthusiasm, Floca visually documents the trip, vignettes illustrating the train's equipment as well as such must-know details as toilet and sleeping conditions. Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book's unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself. The nameless girl and boy provide touchstones for readers throughout, dubiously eyeing an unidentifiable dinner, juddering across a trestle, staring out with wide-eyed wonder. Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey. Frequent variations in font and type ("HUFF HUFF HUFF!" is spelled out in ornate, antique letters) further boost the excitement. Front endpapers provide detail on the building of the transcontinental railroad; back endpapers show the steam engine in cross section, explaining exactly how coal and water made it go. Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes.


Additions to the Brimmer Collection

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Draw What You See - Kathleen Benson; Benny Andrews (Illustrator)
Call Number: B AND
ISBN: 9780544104877
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Introduces readers to Benny Andrews, one of the most important African-American painters of the 20th century.

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The Everything Seed - Carole Martignacco; Joy Troyer (Illustrator)
Call Number: 231.765 MAR
ISBN: 9781592980086
The story of the very first seed, the one that unfolds to become everything in the Universe.

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas - Lynne Cox; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 599.79 COX
ISBN: 9780375858888
World-renowned swimmer and author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged. Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home. Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.

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Old Manhattan Has Some Farms - Susan Lendroth; Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Call Number: 635 LEN
ISBN: 9781580895729
Subject: Urban gardening.

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel - Kathryn Gibbs Davis; Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
Call Number: 791.06 DAV
ISBN: 9780547959221
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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Follow follow : a book of reverso poems - Marilyn Singer; Josée Masse
Call Number: 811.54 SIN
A collection of short poems called reversos which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. From top to bottom they mean one thing and then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top they mean something else.



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New Books Concerning Metacognition, received May 2015

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Positive Psychology - Giovanni B. Moneta
Call Number: BF204.6 .M66 2014
ISBN: 9780230242937
From theories of well-being to psychotherapy, this book takes a critical European perspective to positive psychology, encouraging the reader to engage with the question of 'What is positive psychology?' Accessible yet comprehensive, it is an ideal introduction to the subject for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Metacognition in Young Children - Shirley Larkin
Call Number: BF723 .C5 L38 2010
ISBN: 9780415463584
This book addresses how metacognition might be fostered in young children. Examining theories of particular relevance to primary school age children the author combines her empirical work over the last 8 years with the work of other researchers to show that children of all ages display metacognitive processing, given the right kind of environment. Drawing on evidence from psychology and education, Metacognition in Young Children brings together international research from different curriculum areas. As well as the traditional areas of science, mathematics and literacy, the author considers metacognition in physical education, art, drama and music.

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Powerful Ideas in Teaching : Creating environments where students want to learn - Michael Kolis; Emily Bright Krusack; Mickey Kolis
Call Number: LB1025.3 .K665 2012
ISBN: 9781475801965
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Why we do what we do: (and why they do what they do). The power of learning, Working with students: a collaborative approach.Practice makes ...? --Teachable moments and safety nets: frustrations and failures as learning tools --Living in a changing world: the complimentary roles of creativity and critical thinking --How much to expect?: setting appropriate expectations --You think that's funny?: humor as a teaching tool --Being explicit --Real and true: making it mean something for students. Where are we going, and why does it matter? --Inquiry: the process that continues to give --Flexible yet focused: teacher flexibility --Dimensions of understanding. Student learning data: it's always perfect! --Including parents/guardians --From classroom to community --
It's all connected.

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Empowering Excellence : creating positive, invigorating classrooms in a common core environment - Jeff Halstead
Call Number: LB1025.3 .H354 2014
ISBN: 9781475809848
Teachers, administrators, and education professors will find ideas that will transform classrooms into places where students are filled with confidence and empowered to strive for excellence.

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Rethinking Teaching : classroom teachers as collaborative leaders in making learning relevant - Mickey Kolis
Call Number: LB1025.3 .K667 2013
ISBN: 9781475801064
Veteran teacher Mickey Kolis invites you to reflect on how you "do learning" in your classroom. From making assignments meaningful to students to assessing the results, Rethinking Teaching explores key ideas for creating environments where students want to learn.

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Learning Personalized : the evolution of the contemporary classroom - Allison Zmuda; Diane Ullman; Greg Curtis
Call Number: LB1031 .Z63 2015
ISBN: 9781118904794
A real-world action plan for educators to create personalized learning experiences. Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom provides teachers, administrators, and educational leaders with a clear and practical guide to personalized learning. Written by teachers and educational consultants Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis, and Diane Ullman, this resource explores what personalized learning looks like, how it changes the roles and responsibilities of every stakeholder, and why it inspires innovation. The authors explain that, in order to create highly effective personalized learning experiences, a new instructional design is required that is based loosely on the traditional model of apprenticeship: learning by doing. Learning Personalized challenges educators to rethink the fundamental principles of schooling that honors students' natural willingness to play, problem solve, fail, re-imagine, and share. This resource explores the elements of personalized learning and offers a framework to achieve it; provides a roadmap for enrolling relevant stakeholders to create a personalized learning vision and reimagine new roles and responsibilities; addresses needs and provides guidance specific to the job descriptions of various types of educators, administrators, and other staff.

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The Invisible Classroom : relationships, neuroscience & mindfulness in school - Kirke Olson; Louis Cozolino (Foreword by)
Call Number: LB1050 .O46 2014
ISBN: 9780393707571
Improving student learning with the tools of neuroscience and mindfulness.

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Make It Stick : the science of successful learning - Peter C. Brown; Henry L. Roediger; Mark A. McDaniel
Call Number: LB1060 .B768 2014
ISBN: 9780674729018
"To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned. Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement."

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The Social Neuroscience of Education : optimizing attachment and learning in the classroom - Louis Cozolino
Call Number: LB1060 .C696 2013
ISBN: 9780393706093
"This book explains how the brain, as a social organism, learns best throughout the lifespan, from our early schooling through late life. Positioning the brain as distinctly social, Louis Cozolino helps teachers make connections to neurobiological principles, with the goal of creating classrooms that nurture healthy attachment patterns and resilient psyches."

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The New Science of Learning : how to learn in harmony with your brain - Terry Doyle; Todd Zakrajsek; Jeannie H. Loeb (Foreword by)
Call Number: LB1134 .D68 2013
ISBN: 9781620360088
A new look at learning --Sleep, naps, and breaks --
Exercise and learning --Using all your senses to learn --
Patterns and learning --Memory --Mindsets toward learning --Paying attention --

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The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Thinking and Understanding - Sue Robson (Editor); Suzanne Flannery Quinn (Editor)
Call Number: LB1139.23 .R67 2015
ISBN: 9780415816427
"This ground-breaking handbook provides a much-needed, contemporary and authoritative reference text on young children's thinking. The different perspectives represented in the thirty-nine chapters contribute to a vibrant picture of young children, their ways of thinking and their efforts at understanding, constructing and navigating the world. The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Thinking and Understanding brings together commissioned pieces by a range of hand-picked influential, international authors from a variety of disciplines who share a high public profile for their specific developments in the theories of children's thinking, learning and understanding. The handbook is organised into four complimentary parts: - How can we think about young children's thinking?: Concepts and contexts - Knowing about the brain and knowing about the mind - Making sense of the world - Documenting and developing children's thinking Supported throughout with relevant research and case studies, this handbook is an international insight into the many ways there are to understand children and childhood paired with the knowledge that young children have a strong, vital, and creative ability to think and to understand, and to create and contend with the world around them"

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McKeachie's Teaching Tips : srategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers - Wilbert McKeachie; Marilla Svinicki
Call Number: LB2331 .M394 2014
ISBN: 9781133936794
This indispensable handbook provides helpful strategies for dealing with both the everyday challenges of university teaching and those that arise in efforts to maximize learning for every student. The suggested strategies are supported by research and adaptable to specific classroom situations. Rather than suggest a "set of recipes" to be followed mechanically, the book gives instructors the tools they need to deal with the ever-changing dynamics of teaching and learning.

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Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning : across the disciplines, across the academy - James Rhem (Foreword by); Matthew Kaplan (Editor); Naomi Silver (Editor); Danielle LaVaque-Manty (Editor); Deborah Meizlish (Editor)
Call Number: LB2331 .U83 2013
ISBN: 9781579228248
Reflective pedagogies and the metacognitive turn in college teaching. Make exams worth more than the grade.Improving critical-thinking skills in introductory biology through quality practice and metacognition.Reflection and metacognition in engineering practice. "The steps of the ladder keep going up". Implementing metacognitive interventions in disciplinary writing classes.

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Breaking Open the Box : a guide for creative techniques to improve academic writing and generate critical thinking - Nancy DaFoe
Call Number: PE1404 .D34 2013
ISBN: 9781475802733
We need a more creative approach to teaching writing. A methodology incorporating creativity, as modeled by students in this text, demonstrates the kind of progress we are all seeking, offering an exciting challenge for young writers and educators alike.

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Thinking about Thinking : cognition, science, and psychotherapy - Philip E. McDowell
Call Number: QP360.5 . M38 2015
ISBN: 9781138823969
Thinking about psychology --Thinking about the brain. Thinking about emotions --Thinking about thinking -Thinking about our selves --Thinking about science and contemporary issues --Re-thinking psychotherapy.


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