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The books reviewed in this section were chosen for their unique approach to describing behavior. They vary from tried & true “How to” classics to modern perspectives on society, culture, and animal instinct. All chosen for your enjoyment...

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What Shamu Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Southerland

                 A fun to read book that relates cooperative problem solving to training exotic animals...or you husband! Works in the classroom too...you’ll enjoy this one...and it will get you thinking.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne

                 This book spent time on the New York Times best seller list. It is short and sweet, explaining how we all fit into a comfortable level of social structure. It discusses the difficulties of moving from one level to another. When we teach students from poverty, this book will help us understand  many of the roadblocks we face.

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene

                 Read this book, then loan it to parents!  It is easy to read and clearly describes the process of cooperative problem solving. Situations described are common everyday challenges that adults face when working with an explosive child. Remarkably encouraging! Gives the adults hope...and a plan!  (I like the parent version.)

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The Motivation Breakthrough by Richard Lavoie

                  This book breaks motivation down into six  motivational styles. It helps parents and teachers identify a child’s “style” and, based on the style, it offers strategies and tools to encourage children to learn and to experience success.

(Rick Lavoie is best known for his “Fat City” videos)

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

                 Some of our preconceived ideas on rearing a child are examined and given fresh perspective. You might even think again when praising you own child, or when discussing integrated schools, or when thinking about raising IQ. Not that these are bad things...just a different perspective. Very interesting...

Reclaiming Youth at Risk by Larry Bendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Brockern

                 This resource explores: - The roots of discouragement in today’s youth, including destructive relationships, learned irresponsibility, and a loss of purpose. - How to create a Circle of Courage to give youth a sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. - How to mend a circle that has been broken. - How to reclaim youth who are troubled or lost.

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