The Power of a Plant

A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools

Author: Stephen Ritz,Suzie Boss

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1623368650

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher and self-proclaimed CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Stephen Ritz shows you how, in one of the nation's poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom. What if we taught students that they have as much potential as a seed? That in the right conditions, they can grow into something great? These are the questions that Stephen Ritz--who became a teacher more than 30 years ago--sought to answer in 2004 in a South Bronx high school plagued by rampant crime and a dismal graduation rate. After what can only be defined as a cosmic experience when a flower broke up a fight in his classroom, he saw a way to start tackling his school's problems: plants. He flipped his curriculum to integrate gardening as an entry point for all learning and inadvertently created an international phenomenon. As Ritz likes to say, "Fifty thousand pounds of vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens who are growing and eating themselves into good health and amazing opportunities." The Power of a Plant tells the story of a green teacher from the Bronx who let one idea germinate into a movement and changed his students' lives by learning alongside them. Since greening his curriculum, Ritz has seen near-perfect attendance and graduation rates, dramatically increased passing rates on state exams, and behavioral incidents slashed in half. In the poorest congressional district in America, he has helped create 2,200 local jobs and built farms and gardens while changing landscapes and mindsets for residents, students, and colleagues. Along the way, Ritz lost more than 100 pounds by eating the food that he and his students grow in school. The Power of a Plant is his story of hope, resilience, regeneration, and optimism.

The Power of a Plant

A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools

Author: Stephen Ritz,Suzie Boss

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1623368642

Category: Education

Page: 304

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In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher and self-proclaimed CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Stephen Ritz shows you how, in one of the nation’s poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom. What if we taught students that they have as much potential as a seed? That in the right conditions, they can grow into something great? These are the questions that Stephen Ritz―who became a teacher more than 30 years ago―sought to answer in 2004 in a South Bronx high school plagued by rampant crime and a dismal graduation rate. After what can only be defined as a cosmic experience when a flower broke up a fight in his classroom, he saw a way to start tackling his school’s problems: plants. He flipped his curriculum to integrate gardening as an entry point for all learning and inadvertently created an international phenomenon. As Ritz likes to say, “Fifty thousand pounds of vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens who are growing and eating themselves into good health and amazing opportunities.” The Power of a Plant tells the story of a green teacher from the Bronx who let one idea germinate into a movement and changed his students’ lives by learning alongside them. Since greening his curriculum, Ritz has seen near-perfect attendance and graduation rates, dramatically increased passing rates on state exams, and behavioral incidents slashed in half. In the poorest congressional district in America, he has helped create 2,200 local jobs and built farms and gardens while changing landscapes and mindsets for residents, students, and colleagues. Along the way, Ritz lost more than 100 pounds by eating the food that he and his students grow in school. The Power of a Plant is his story of hope, resilience, regeneration, and optimism.

The Power of Plants

Author: Brendan Lehane

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Graphs, charts, and color illustrations contribute to a detailed survey of the survival abilities of plants, their use as food, their uses to heal, kill, and alter consciousness, and their role in all religions

The Enchanted Tower Garden

Author: Julie Mohr and Noel Leon

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 1681815397

Category:

Page: 22

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One day while Jesse and Jasmine play in the backyard with their favorite ball, the ball becomes magical and falls through an enchanted rainbow. The enchantment transfers to a tall tower that grows fruits and vegetables, causing it to glow and the fruit and veggies to come alive. They talk to the children about the benefits they can provide to help them grow up healthy and strong. Travel through the enchanted rainbow with Jesse and Jasmine in this wonderfully illustrated story, as they listen to the different fruits and vegetables explain how important the right foods can be. To happy and healthy kids everywhere, making good food choices is as easy as visiting The Enchanted Tower Garden.

The Road Out

A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America

Author: Deborah Hicks

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520953711

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Can one teacher truly make a difference in her students’ lives when everything is working against them? Can a love for literature and learning save the most vulnerable of youth from a life of poverty? The Road Out is a gripping account of one teacher’s journey of hope and discovery with her students—girls growing up poor in a neighborhood that was once home to white Appalachian workers, and is now a ghetto. Deborah Hicks, set out to give one group of girls something she never had: a first-rate education, and a chance to live their dreams. A contemporary tragedy is brought to life as she leads us deep into the worlds of Adriana, Blair, Mariah, Elizabeth, Shannon, Jessica, and Alicia?seven girls coming of age in poverty. This is a moving story about girls who have lost their childhoods, but who face the street’s torments with courage and resiliency. "I want out," says 10-year-old Blair, a tiny but tough girl who is extremely poor and yet deeply imaginative and precocious. Hicks tries to convey to her students a sense of the power of fiction and of sisterhood to get them through the toughest years of adolescence. But by the time they’re sixteen, eight years after the start of the class, the girls are experiencing the collision of their youthful dreams with the pitfalls of growing up in chaotic single-parent families amid the deteriorating cityscape. Yet even as they face disappointments and sometimes despair, these girls cling to their desire for a better future. The author’s own life story—from a poorly educated girl in a small mountain town to a Harvard-educated writer, teacher, and social advocate—infuses this chronicle with a message of hope.

The Arts and the Creation of Mind

Author: Elliot W. Eisner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300105117

Category: Art

Page: 258

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Learning in and through the visual arts can develop complex and subtle aspects of the mind. Reviews in: Journal of aesthetic education. 38(2004)4(Winter. 71-98), available M05-194.

Teaching Minds

How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

Author: Roger C. Schank

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807770900

Category: Education

Page: 223

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From grade school to graduate school, from the poorest public institutions to the most affluent private ones, our educational system is failing students. In his provocative new book, cognitive scientist and bestselling author Roger Schank argues that class size, lack of parental involvement, and other commonly-cited factors have nothing to do with why students are not learning. The culprit is a system of subject-based instruction and the solution is cognitive-based learning. This groundbreaking book defines what it would mean to teach thinking. The time is now for schools to start teaching minds!

Reinventing Project-Based Learning

Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age

Author: Suzie Boss,Jane Krauss

Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education

ISBN: 1564845389

Category: Education

Page: 270

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This newly revised book explores proven strategies for overcoming the limitations of the traditional classroom, including a wealth of technology tools for inquiry, collaboration, and global connection to support this new vision of instructional design. The book follows the arc of a project, providing guided opportunities to direct and reflect educators own learning and professional development. In the expanded second edition, educators will find new examples of the latest tools, assessment strategies and promising practices that are poised to shape education in the future.

The Incredible Microbiome

Author: Sean FNP-C Davies,Tori Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692968666

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 38

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The first of its kind informational book designed to educate children on the importance of gut health! What is the human microbiome? How does it work? All of this explained and more on a level children can understand.

History Lesson

A Race Odyssey

Author: Mary R. Lefkowitz

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300145195

Category: Education

Page: 209

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In the early 1990s, Classics professor Mary Lefkowitz discovered that one of her faculty colleagues at Wellesley College was teaching his students that Greek culture had been stolen from Africa and that Jews were responsible for the slave trade. This book tells the disturbing story of what happened when she spoke out. Lefkowitz quickly learned that to investigate the origin and meaning of myths composed by people who have for centuries been dead and buried is one thing, but it is quite another to critique myths that living people take very seriously. She also found that many in academia were reluctant to challenge the fashionable idea that truth is merely a form of opinion. For her insistent defense of obvious truths about the Greeks and the Jews, Lefkowitz was embroiled in turmoil for a decade. She faced institutional indifference, angry colleagues, reverse racism, anti-Semitism, and even a lawsuit intended to silence her. In History Lesson Lefkowitz describes what it was like to experience directly the power of both postmodernism and compensatory politics. She offers personal insights into important issues of academic values and political correctness, and she suggests practical solutions for the divisive and painful problems that arise when a political agenda takes precedence over objective scholarship. Her forthright tale uncovers surprising features in the landscape of higher education and an unexpected need for courage from those who venture there.

Dorm-Based Business

Direct Marketing for Generation Y

Author: Tommy Bryant

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781453686676

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 148

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A Direct Marketing, or home-based, business can be done virtually anywhere because of the technologically advanced world in which we live. It cuts out the middlemen of traditional distribution methods, saving time, money, and energy for the customer, the distributor, and the company. More importantly it can be done by anyone at any age. Yet most of the business owners currently involved are Generation X-ers and Baby Boomers. This is Generation Y's opportunity to take over the industry, after all aren't we the best networkers and information seekers because we grew up with technology? But if we wait until we are as old as our parents and grandparents to start, we will make the same mistakes as previous generations and miss the boat of the Direct Marketing revolution. The future rests in our hands, and this book will help you take control of your financial future at an earlier age, so don't put it down! Find out: *Why this industry is the best thing since sliced bread *How you can get started as a Gen Y-er *How to choose the right company *What to say to each of the other generations vs. your own *How to handle rejection *How to set goals that will get you to where you want to be

All Together Now

How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School

Author: Suzie Boss

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506350119

Category: Education

Page: 224

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This book prompts readers to make their own meaning by considering a series of questions. Abundant examples and case studies from the frontlines of school change provide inspiration and ideas you can adopt or adapt for your context. Discussion prompts are included to promote and provoke conversations--both inside and outside school--with everyone who has a stake in student success (including students themselves). Working together, through collaborative inquiry and hard conversations, you will arrive at your best answers for how schools should adapt for your context and your children. This four-part framework, based on insights from those at the leading edge of change, will help readers navigate the journey ahead: (1) The Why: To help a community reimagine school, effective leaders must first build common understanding about why change is necessary. (2) The How: Moving from vision to reality requires practical considerations. For example, stakeholders with diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives to shape the future of education. To collaborate effectively, however, they need to speak the same language. (3) The What-ifs: Only on paper do plans unfold without any push-back or detours. Leaders who maintain momentum and overcome resistance to "what ifs" and "yeah buts" share their troubleshooting strategies in this section, preparing readers to anticipate challenges and be more effective change managers. (4) The Future Story: School leaders who are taking courageous steps to reinvent education understand the power of story. A superintendent who regularly tweets out examples of powerful student learning or a principal who blogs about school-business partnerships helps to build public understanding of 21st century learning. Keeping change efforts from backsliding requires ongoing communication, effective storytelling, and optimism about the future. This book will walk readers through these four critical stages, helping communities mobilize around the shifts that students deserve. Compelling examples from schools on the leading edge of change will inspire readers to embark on the challenging work ahead. The book is intended to be a practical action guide, taking readers from talking about the future of learning to realizing their community's vision.

A Sparrow Falls

Author: Lynda Shelhamer

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781543225181

Category:

Page: 140

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HOW DOES A MOM SURVIVE THE DEATH OF A CHILD? With raw honesty Lynda invites you to explore such questions as: Why Me? How Do I Step Out of Bed and Take My Next Breath? Is My Child in Heaven? Will I Ever Laugh Again? Perfect for grieving moms, couples, or support groups...A Sparrow Falls features: -40 Interactive Devotionals -Journal/Workbook Space -Helpful Scriptures -Hope for Each Day

No Kale Required

Healthy Eating Ideas for the Rest of Us

Author: Nancy Oglesby

Publisher: Healthworkskc LLC

ISBN: 9780998514116

Category:

Page: 102

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How many books have you read about diet and lifestyle? I've probably read 50 and I've tried just about everything. On average, I failed at the three-week mark every time! Getting healthy is exhausting! You worry about every little thing! Did I measure this? Did I drink enough water? Am I getting enough protein? What time am I supposed to get into bed? Low Carb, High Carb, Paleo ... Am I supposed to have raisins? How many nuts in a serving? I read that I should limit fruit, is that right? High Intensity Interval Training or yoga? Both? When I work out, how much time do I need to shower, fix my hair and get to the office? Can my kids eat the same stuff? Meditate? Seriously? HELP!!No Kale Required focuses on healthy dietary shifts giving you tons of one-at-a-time simple changes and ideas that will allow you to integrate them easily. Once a change becomes second nature, you can add in another. Some of your choices are simple, some are more complex. Pick and choose depending on YOUR lifestyle and health needs. Think of each one as a stepping stone on your very personal journey to wellness.

The Healthy Body Book

Caring for the Coolest Machine You'll Ever Own

Author: Ellen Sabin

Publisher: Watering Can Press

ISBN: 9780975986882

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 61

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Explains how the human body works and what it needs to be healthy. Provides activities to help children make healthy food and exercise choices to keep thier bodies strong.

My Teacher's My Friend

Author: P. K. Hallinan

Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books

ISBN: 9780824953089

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 22

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This title is intended for ages 3 to 6 years. This book puts a child`s mind at ease with this delightful story of a teacher and a friend. Here are all those ways that a teacher helps her young charges throughout the day - from fun at exercise time to reading a storybook to drying tears.

Odyssey of the Soul, a Trilogy

Apocatastasis

Author: Pamela Chilton,Hugh Harmon,Light

Publisher: Quick Book Pub

ISBN: 9780965989107

Category: Mysticism

Page: 286

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First in a trilogy, Book One presents extraordinary information gathered from the inner consciousness levels of the minds, bodies, and spirits of thousands of ordinary people. Knowledge gathered by the authors in their healing, motivational, and channeling work with and for others opens the mind and excites the spirit to the inherent abilities of the soul. Written simply, even complex subjects such as healing, hypnosis, re-incarnation, channeling, therapy, spirit possession, multiple personalities, inner children, astral matter, metaphysics, the soul, and Higher Self become clear and understandable. Personal stories add light, humor, motivation, and a sense all is possible and knowable. Presents a lighted path to self-mastery for the enlightenment of self and others, while succinctly outlining why the past is important to this path. Explains the dynamics of trauma, including childhood abuse, and how the mind stores, as well as buries, trauma. Explains why memories - whether "false" or "real" - are important to healing and achieving personal and professional goals. Delineates the levels of the mind and spirit in a way that is meaningful to every day reality. Lures and keeps the interest of both beginners and experts in metaphysical studies, even as it brings forward information that enhances both mainstream and alternative healing. Miracles are explained, as well as why medications, surgery, prayer, guided imagery, visualizations, affirmations, hypnosis, herbs, and other healing aids sometimes do not work and what needs to be done so they will. It is a book written by experts who explain why no expert knows more about a person's mind, body, or spirit than that person's own mind, body,and spirit. Explains how such information can be accessed both in and out of trance states. Channeling is introduced in a manner that eliminates fear, dread, and foolhardiness. Parts of the book and all of chapter eight are written by LIGHT, which says it is The Light, the creator energy of The Creator of All That Is. Light outlines a plan for healing the earth, balancing nature, and enlightening humans. The plan is powerful and perfect for people of all religions and no religion. So ingenious is this plan, so simple, so positively focused, it could only have been written by a consciousness of light leading to the thought that if a consciousness of light does not lie, this must, indeed, be The Creator Light. Just knowing such a consciousness is present and active in the world lessens the rampart fear presently escalating naturally occurring earth changes. Most importantly, this book, as it makes clear how the mind creates, makes clear how prophecy works. It becomes understood prophecy is not for the ego of the prophet; it is for the good of the people. If one does not like a prophecy, one has the ability and the right to positively shift the mental focus and physical actions in the present, which alters the future, thus nullifying the prophecy. Being created in the image of the Creator means we are spirit with will and the ability to choose what we will. A great prophet does not care about being right. A great prophet cares about doing right. Doing right is to warn and when the warning is heeded, the great prophet rejoices, knowing the prophecy will be rendered untrue. Book One explains how the mind truly works so the soul of one and the souls of many may alter the future to bringgreater good and joy.

Greenling

Author: Levi Pinfold

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763675989

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Originally published: Dorking, Surrey: Templar Publishing, 2015.

Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

Author: Elizabeth Green

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244156

Category: Education

Page: 320

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A New York Times Notable Book "A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).