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    20. Educational Research: An Introduction

    1. Framework for Understanding Poverty
    by Ruby K. Payne
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    Asin: 1929229143
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Aha Process Inc
    Sales Rank: 1330
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    A Framework for Understanding Poverty teaches the hidden rules of economic class and spreads the message that, despite the obstacles poverty can create in all types of interaction, there are specific strategies for overcoming them. Through case studies, personal stories and observations that produce some aha! moments, Payne clearly strikes a chord in her readers., and provides a hopeful message. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good starting manual for teaching those born into poverty
    A Framework for Understanding Poverty provides a structure on which to build one's teaching. The way we teach is as important as what we teach, for , as Payne makes quite clear, we will not reach all children until we can understand--and accept--their backgrounds and any accompanying privileges or limitations children carry with them to the middle-class mindset of most American schools. As a high school English teacher, I found Chapter 2, "The Role of Language and Story", quite helpful--in fact, it has changed the way I approach writing in the classroom. Even if you have read bits of this information elsewhere, the author has gathered much relevant research in an easy-to-access format that any harried teacher can appreciate. For those teachers who balk at recognizing and/or accomodating behaviors related to class, I ask them to take the "Could you Survive in Poverty" quiz on page 53. I don't have any idea how to "get and use food stamps" or "how to get by without a car"--do you? I'd love to see a companion manual to this one that lists books for students that address class differences, either fiction or nonfiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" read for teachers who teach children in poverty
    I teach in an inner-city school where poverty is prevalent in almost every family. Not until I read Ruby Payne's book did I have an understanding of the differences involved when one teaches a child who is living in poverty. The book gives specific case studies that make you think and relate to poverty-stricken people. It then goes even further and gives the teacher examples of how to use the new knowledge in the classroom. It is, without a doubt, the best book I have ever read on the subject of poverty and how it relates to school children. I learned more from the reading of this book about how to relate to the students I teach than I have from any other book I've ever read about any subject. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending this book to any teacher who truly wants to understand the individuals she/he teaches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Payne's book an eyeopener
    Payne does a wonderful job of showing how economic status influences a person's world view and affects his/her reality. She does this while allowing us to step out of our own reality and experience the view from other socioeconomic classes. For people who work with the public, it's a valuable resource.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Summarizing Anecdotes is not research
    As a psychology researcher in inner-city schools, I am drawn to the description of this book because as a field (edu. research), we do indeed lack a theoretical framework to understand poverty in relation to school achievement. But this book falls very short in presenting such a framework. The main data of the book is the author's anecdotal experience, which she summarizes in almost in-your-face presentation of poverty case studies. But a framework fails to draw on various existing well-researched directions in poverty and in education to present a coherent parsimonious way to understand complex phenomena. The conclusions drawn by this author is thinly baesd on a few limited writings (mostly on linguistics), while largely a collection of personal opinions. The author stated that the idea for the book proceeded her years of "research" experience. That may be the problem. A hindsight retrospection wears very tainted lenses. The "years of experience" is not examined in real-time with specific research questions. Rather, they are selectively drawn upon to be coherent only with the author's current thinking. The reference list in the back is more in depth than what the author actually put in text. The mostly pointless clip art inserted throughout the book made it seem like the publisher is trying to squeeze more pages into a other-wise small book. The two pages comparing classes are interesting (but by no means research or data based). They did become very stereotypical (like the local evening news). Educational recommendations are very simplistic and lack explicit logical reasoning. I question the book's treatment of poverty students as a different breed, indicating that somehow they need to be taught special rules in order to even begin learning. For example, the notion that somehow poverty students don't have a sense of choices thus fail to understand causal relationship leading from choices to consequences. What?! That's a very very broad claim that is unlikely to be measurable. In child development, there comes a certain age where many children have trouble realizing (thus having to learn) that choices are related to consequences, regardless of their race, culture, or, income. These claims are quite outrageously stereotypical. Overall, Framework for Understanding is neither framework nor understanding. It may be of some interest here and there, but its title surely over-claims the substance of its content.

    For interested readers, I recommend John Ogbu's ethnographical study on Shaker Heights, titled "Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Understanding Poverty
    This was an eye opener for me. Poverty isn't just financial as I had thought. It put into words what I had been thinking and questioning. I mentor and I wish it would have addressed more solid solutions to help with these problems of society. ... Read more


    2. SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit: US DVD Version, Book, Training Video (DVD), Quick Reference Guide
    by Joseph Garcia
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    Asin: 1932354018
    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: Northlight Communications
    Sales Rank: 8627
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    The Complete Learning Kit-US DVD Version - includes the SIGN with your BABY Book, Training Video (DVD), and Quick Reference Guide (total of 3 component products) bundled together in one box. ... Read more


    3. Educational Psychology (with "Becoming a Professional" CD-ROM), Ninth Edition
    by Anita Woolfolk
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    Asin: 0205366929
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-02)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 16382
    Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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    Renowned for its clarity, readability, and organization, this market-leading Educational Psychology book continues to offer the best blend of current theory, research, and practice in a completely up-to-date new edition. This book provides an organizational framework that readers can immediately grasp to help them understand complex and ever-evolving theories. The Eighth Edition reflects the field's continuing interest in constructivism and authentic learning as well as other areas of growing emphasis such as students with disabilities and inclusion. Other topics that have been added or received significant updating include self-regulated learning, brain development, culturally relevant pedagogy, and student autonomy. Includes free Interactive Companion CD-ROM, featuring video clips of the author discussing important topics and instructive scenes from real classrooms; links to useful websites that deepen awareness of issues pertinent to teaching; activities that provide challenging problems and cases from which readers may gain further insight into the applications of theories covered. For anyone interested in educational psychology. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Badly dated - be afraid when educators defend this book.
    Woolfolk's book reflects educational psychology ca. 1975. She cynically - and selectively - cites references that are much more recent to give this the gloss of being current, but don't be taken in.

    This book ignores the last two decades of neurobiological research, and presents obsolete theories as still being valid. She presents Piaget's theories, then suggests they have "some limitations." I guess so - since they are almost entirely disproven by PET-scan based research.

    (Which is not meant to be a jab at Piaget per se. He did initiate much of the THINKING in this field. Subsequent research has simply unearthed different truths, based on actual neurobiopsychological evidence.)

    Woolfolk gets more than cognitive development wrong. Language development? She appeals to outmoded works of Vygotsky.

    Gender-identified differences in math skill? Due to "stereotyping in the preschool years," according to Woolfolk. No mention, not a breath of illumination, of the recent work identifying inherent differences (not deficiencies!) in spatial reasoning in young children.

    Woolfolk even opines that neurocortical stimulants (e.g., Ritalin) are "controversial" in the treatment of hyperactivity. Go to brains.org and read any of the hundreds of recent journal articles listed there. You won't find a legitimate study that suggests a "controversy."

    Beyond being dated, two things are really disturbing about this book. First, it is cynical to keep archaic views fresh-seeming by selectively citing modern writers. Other reviewers have called this "bias," which seems too nice a word.

    Second, and worse, this book suggests bad educational policy - precisely because it's ignorant of current research.

    Consider this chestnut in the chapter on language acquisition: "Learning the standard speech is easy for most children...as long as they have good models, clear instruction and opportunities for authentic practice." Ummm, NO. It is not easy. It is precisely because it is not easy that children of color are often tagged as 'slow' when they have difficulty shifting from one dialect to another.

    This book offers bad science and perniciously dated pedagogical advice. It's disheartening that it's still assigned to education majors - and appalling that it is defended by practicing educators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for education majors!
    I am not sure where people get the idea that the book is bias and that Woolfolk is living in the dark ages. This books shows updated examples and scenarios of today's classrooms. It is a reflection of what the students and teachers see and experience. It gives a lot of methods and strategies to use in the classroom and really talks about the psychology of students. It is an awesome book that has become a treasure to me. I think that the people that have been posting negative comments do not have much experience working with students or are not aware of the diversity and the differences that exist in school districts around the United States.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for some, but bias is evident
    Not a bad overview of educational psychology, with plenty of resources for existing teachers to use in their instruction. As such, the title of this book would more properly be "Educational Psychology for Teachers". For psychologists and educational psychologists, it is rather inadequate, missing many of the new ideas in educational psychology that have not yet reached the "mainstream" of teaching, where Woolfolk resides. Most distressingly, her adherence to traditional ideas in education is annoyingly pervasive and interferes with the reader's process of inquiry and the formation of their own conclusions. As an educator herself, Woolfolk should know better that this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Professor, do some research
    The author's bias is too strong for an introductory text book in Educational Psychology. I almost signed up for a graduate class in which this book was assigned. Fortunately, I read several chapters in the bookstore and did not register!

    Ed Psych is an area of education where important developments are emerging. This book and presumably the author are stuck in the dark ages of behaviorism and rationales like "Because I'm the teacher that's why." Or perhaps the more glaring deduction is that Woolfolk's books are her cash cows.... Then, bully for her and shame on the professors who continue to teach with this tripe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid fundamentals for Educational Psychology
    I am director of secondary school student teachers at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. I teach courses in Educational Psychology, Teaching and Classroom Management, and Middle School Philosophy. While I use this text in my Educational Psychology class, it has been very helpful in providing information about student development in all of my courses. The book contains a CD-rom with practice tests and useful handouts. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


    4. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0071401946
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-18)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 797
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    "Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tool that gets results!
    As a coach to both individuals and groups, I see the very costly problems in the workplace that result from the important conversations that are not occurring because they are too hard or scary. The cost includes harm to relationships, careers and the bottom line. Both executives and high performance teams have been derailed by not addressing the dead elephants in the room. Crucial Conversations is absolutely the best book on the subject of difficult and critical communication. The book is very well organized, presenting clear steps to create an environment in which the hard conversation can happen. There are so many tools in this book that if it were not so well organized and presented in stages, the reader would be overwhelmed. The authors handle this very well - you can tell there was experience and expertise in adult learning informing the structure of the book. Why my clients and I become so excited about the book is its immediate results. You can start using the concepts and skills before you have finished the book! The foundations of making the environment safe - even for someone you may not like or respect is particularly effective. I have been very pleased with the results I have experienced - as well as my clients. Every leader should have this book on their bookshelf!

    A bonus to readers is the continued support from the authors on their website described in the book. There is a wealth of additional information, interactive reviews, assessments and even video vignettes that illustrate the learning points with relevance and humor. For those truly smitten, there are training courses available to assist in obtaining personal mastery or even to teach the material if desired. I recommend this book and Primal Leadership to top-level executives in the federal government and private sector. I, and they, have never been disappointed at the difference it has made. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crucial Conversations - Crucial Results
    I have read Crucial Conversations cover to cover 4 times now. The results in my business and my marriage have been amazing. The book is well written and easy to understand. It teaches step by step skills to help you master the content. Before reading this book, I thought influential people possessed a natural ability to effectively handle conflict. After reading the book, I now realize that there are specific skill sets that anyone can learn (and master) to effectively deal with these "High Stake," "Strong Emotions," and "Opposing Opinion" conversations.

    My confidence and productivity has increased in every area of my life (My business has increased by 30%-50% since I read the book the first time) and I am now effectively handling conversations with my wife that once caused constant upset.

    I would recommend this book for anyone 1) wanting increased results and 2) willing to have a profound breakthrough in how they communicate. It has made a profound difference for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, illustrated with clear diagrams
    I bought this book after I heard Dr. Glickman, the author of Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self, recommend it during an Optimal Thinking seminar. When I read that Dr. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended this book too I knew that this was going to be a life-changing book for me. I was right. This book has given me a formula for handling myself and others correctly during tough interactions. I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes yelled and degraded people when I did not get what I wanted from them. Now I use optimal thinking to put my best self in charge, start with heart, look for safety problems, make it safe, retrace my path, and take the other steps recommended in this book. The steps are simple and clear. I am not perfect at them yet, and might never be, but I have already come a long way. You can't go wrong with this book, so press the "Buy" button right now, and if you want to optimize your effectiveness in all areas of life, buy the other books I mentioned.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic common sense!
    I was lead to believe there would be some ground beaking information in this book but it's really just common sense. I think everyone knows, when they're thinking straight, that just being true to yourself, honest, and respectfull of other people while holding to your point of view is the only way to truly get things done. And this is basically all this book says. ... Read more


    5. Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (7th Edition)
    by William L. Heward
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    Asin: 0130993441
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-23)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 76422
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    For over two decades, professors at more than 350 collegesand universities have relied on this comprehensive, engaging book for professional research, current practice, and trends in special education. Grounded in scholarship, yet written with the human experience in mind, this best-selling book effectively conveys the stories of teachers and children in special education. This latest edition adds a focus on master teachers and integrates professional standards from CEC and PRAXIS™ to make this the best book to help you train effective special educators and to introduce pre- and inservice general education teachers to exceptional children. This book provides some of the most comprehensive coverage of the characteristics of learners with special needs, as well as some of the latest assistive technologies like hand-held PDAs, the AAMR's new 2002 definition and classification system for mental retardation.For teaching professionals in the field of Special Education. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book If You Want An Intro to Special Education
    I love this book! I purchased a used copy in 2001 to help prepare for my (then) upcoming Massachusetts State Teacher exam in special education, which I passed on my first try. It is a very useful source of information and contains a ton of facts. It presents special ed topics in a logical fashion and has a nice companion website. I practiced all the online questions since I had to learn a lot of material in a short period of time. The text is geared towards elementary education. However, I read it, even though my field is secondary SPED, because there are many things in it that relate to special education in general that I need to know about. The discussion of historical special ed legislation is especially complete. I just wish I could get my hands on the companion videos that are (or were) offered by the publisher.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Textbook
    I was astonished by both how readable this book is and how much useful information is presented. The book is designed for those entering the field of education and those studying for the Praxis II exam. While the book is targeted to the teaching of exceptional children, regular education teachers, parents and other interested parties would gain a great deal of information from this book. Our assignment was to skim the book - a task I found nearly impossible. I kept getting drawn into the interesting and vivid examples in each chapter. I found the focus questions and review sections to be particularly helpful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A text which is informative, readable and challenging
    This is a great text if you are looking for an introductory course text for special education. It is well suited for college and university students or teachers looking to learn more about children as it is easy to read and very informative. With chapters ranging from Planning and Providing Special Education Services to Students with Learning Disabilities to Gifted and Talented Students this text can be of appeal to a wide variety of those who would like to know more about children and how to help children attain their potential. I learned so much - I hope you will too. ... Read more


    6. Wiley CPA Examination Review 2005, 4-Volume SET (Wiley Cpa Examination Review (4 Vol Set))
    by Patrick R.Delaney, O. RayWhittington
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    Asin: 0471668478
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-19)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 5068
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    Completely revised for the new computerized CPA Exam

    Published annually, this comprehensive four-volume study guide for the Certified Public Accountant's (CPA) Exam arms readers with detailed outlines and study guidelines, plus skill-building problems and solutions, that help them to identify, focus, and master the specific topics that need the most work. Many of the practice questions are taken from previous exams, and care is taken to ensure that they cover all the information candidates need to pass the CPA Exam. Reflecting the most recent changes to the new computerized CPA Exam, this comprehensive examination review is broken down into four volumes: Regulation, Auditing and Attestation, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Business Environment and Concepts. The number one CPA exam review provider worldwide, these study guides:
    * Include over 2,700 practice questions and complete information on the new simulation questions
    * Contain a unique modular structure that divides the content into 44 self-contained study modules so that candidates can zero in on areas that need the most work
    * Include AICPA content requirements and offers three times as many examples as other CPA exam review study guides

    O. Ray Whittington, PhD, CPA, CMA, CIA (Chicago, IL), is the Ledger and Quill Director of the School of Accountancy at DePaul University and author of bestselling books in the Wiley CPA Examination Review System. Patrick R. Delaney, PhD, CPA, was the Arthur Andersen LLP Alumni Professor of Accountancy at Northern Illinois University and the author of bestselling books, audios, and software in the Wiley CPA Examination Review System.
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    7. Learn in Your Car Spanish: The Complete Language Course : 3 Level Set (Learn in Your Car)
    by Henry N. Raymond
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    Asin: 1591252075
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Penton Overseas
    Sales Rank: 936
    Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This Set is Work, but Worth It
    If you are serious about learning Spanish, this will help you. However, it moves too fast to be your ONLY method of learning. You also need a beginning book or beginning class. This helps you listen for understanding and pronunciation. It starts with words and short phrases and moves quickly to longer sentences. Each lesson builds on the ones before, with concepts adding quickly. You hear it first in English, then there is a pause and you try to say it in Spanish. Then you hear it twice in Spanish, with a pause each time for you to attempt it. You learn much faster if you do try to pronounce it, as they recommend. Cut it off in heavy traffic, it requires concentration! I've been using it for a year, and have completed 2 of the 3 levels. My comprehension and pronunciation have improved tremendously as a result!

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the language student, not the traveler
    This series is formatted differently from other beginning language courses, such as those from Living Language and Berlitz. It's not a series of phrases designed for the traveler, but a more complete course for people who have aspirations of fluency. Hence, I'd recommend this course to anyone who was serious about learning the Spanish language, but not to the occasional traveler. Plan on spending several months going over the material.

    The early part of the course involves a considerable amount of basic vocabulary. Sentences and phrases come later. Once they do, they build upon each other quickly, so you'll be glad you learned the vocabulary. The advantage of this approach is that when the sentences come, you have a better chance of understanding and remembering them. The downside is that you really have to force yourself thru the early part of the course without any sense that you're getting anywhere.

    The material is perfectly suited to anyone with a long commute. What's needed is about 45 minutes per day of uninterrupted listening -- over and over and over and over. You don't even need to listen that hard. It's more like singing along with the radio. Just the constant repetition, with you repeating the words and phrases, is enough to implant the material in your brain. After a while, you'll know the language and not know how you know it.

    One great advantage of the presentation over other similar courses is that there is a slight pause between the English speaker and the Spanish translation. This pause allows you to say the Spanish word or phrase before the Spanish speaker, if you know it. This seemingly insignificant detail is actually critical for learning. Other courses put the Spanish translation immediately after the English speaker, without a pause, and you never really build the kind of recall that you need. Another advantage of the course is that it presents both Spanish and Latin American versions of words and phrases, when there is a difference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The more you practice, the better it gets!
    Your Spanish, that is!

    I started learning Spanish about 8 1/2 weeks ago using another set of CDs and a book as well as this set, but I have gradually switched over to using this set of CDs alone and am currently working on the 8th of the 9 CDs.

    This set works for me, because:

    1) It is great for developing your accent. Constant repetition developes the right muscles in your mouth, tongue and lips for speaking Spanish. At first I really struggled with certain sounds, but by striving to mimic the speaker, I have really come a long way. Pronouncing words and phrases correctly and fluently is incredibly important if you want to speak decent Spanish, and this is one of the biggest strengths of this course. You start off just trying to get each word right, then getting whole phrases and sentences exactly as spoken, with all the accents in the right place, 'r's trilled, and vowels elided as required.

    2) Constant repetition of the pattern sentences helps to reprogram your brain in Spanish without any real effort on your part. Sometimes I will drive for long distances repeating every phrase 3 times while my brain is elsewhere, but find that later in the day those same phrases are running through my brain and that I am wanting to speak to English speakers in Spanish, which shows that the program is definitely doing its job.

    3) I find myself making up original Spanish sentences in my head, based on the pattern sentences.

    All these changes have occurred in the last few weeks, without any effort on my part and without me devoting any special time to the projects, except time when driving, walking, or lying in bed with a Walkman type CD player. Now I am over the worst bumps in starting to learn Spanish. I know the 30 most common verbs, even if not fluent in all their tenses, I know the 20 or 30 most common prepositions, how to use reflexive verbs, the numbers, the days of the week, the months, the seasons of the year, the weather, lots of nouns and adjectives, the use of many idioms with the verb 'tenir', the mysteries of the verb 'haber' , several ways to say 'excuse me', and, most important of all, how to ask someone to speak more slowly, or "mas despacio", as we Hispanophones like to say.

    The materials are extremely well organized, though you do not need to know this, and new concepts and vocabulary are introduced in a logical order a teaspoonful at a time, so that you never feel you are learning vocabulary or grammar, yet you are speaking Spanish, so you must be digesting something.

    ( I realised how well organized the materials were when I foolishly skipped Level 2 discs II and III to go to Level 3 disc I and found I was struggling with new material overload.)

    I am not sure that there is any correct or incorrect way to use these discs, but my method is to play each disc 10-12 times, first just listening a few times and repeating in my head, but not aloud, then listening and repeating, and finally giving the translation in Spanish before hearing the Spanish version. When I am heartily sick of a disc, whether or not I know everything on it, I move on to the next disc. When I have completed all, I will go back, revise, and reinforce my knowledge of all the materials--at least that is the plan.

    I really recommend this course. You have to put in the work of repeating phrases, but that is about it. After that you can just open your mouth and let the Spanish flow.

    Obviously the course will not give you every word or phrase you need, but you can use an online translator to make up the sentences you really feel you want and you will have enough knowledge by now to know if the translation program has got it right, and to be able to edit any errors or misunderstandings.

    *** Addendum 2/24/04

    Soon after writing the above, after about 9 weeks with the CDs, I made my first trip to a Spanish speaking country with wonderful results. Mostly I avoided being around English speaking people and initially I was pretty tongue tied, but by the end of three days I was starting conversations with strangers, ordering meals without reference to the menu, and had learned almost enough Spanish to get a job as a soap opera writer in Spanish. By the time I left I did not want to stop speaking Spanish and in fact continued on the plane and in the airport in Miami. I was even thinking and dreaming in Spanish, for goodness sake.

    Since my return I have had conversations with Spanish speaking people I have met, and it is amazing how friendly they become when you are trying to speak their language, however badly.

    Don't get the impression that I am now miraculously fluent in Spanish. My Spanish is still pathetically bad, but I am still working with the CDs as I drive and improving all the time.

    Maybe there are other better courses for learning Spanish, but all I can say is that this one has hit the spot for me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars waaayyyy too much chit chatting......
    This is very poorly put together. Much too much chit chatting (in English). No real lessons. Have to listen to too much chatter and the sound has very poor quality...like he was talking into a tape recorder.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Good
    This is definitely not for beginners. It does not "teach" you any basics. I've listened to the first tape ~6 times and I've learned about 10 words. I would not recommend this to anyone. ... Read more


    8. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Fifth Edition
    by John A. Van de Walle
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    Asin: 020538689X
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-04)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 17337
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    John A. Van de Walle has written a book that helps readers make sense of mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach mathematics to children K to 8. Elementatry and Middle School Mathematics consists of 16 chapters reflecting the view that all mathematics can be taught through a problem-solving approach that motivates children and builds their confidence as they learn. This book thoroughly discusses the new standards and clearly develops four key aspects of teaching mathematics: the nature of mathematics as a science of pattern and order; an understanding of how children learn mathematics; a problem solving view of teaching mathematics; and specific methods for integrating assessment with instruction.Simple yet effective classroom activities are woven throughout the chapters as well as suggestions for technology and literature. For teachers, future teachers, and educators.nt Code-- F ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have!
    If you learned math from traditional methods or algorithms, you must read this book. Math today is so different from how I learned it. This book explains how and why math has changed so much. I recommend it to teachers and parents alike. The author explains how to teach math using problem-solving. The method makes so much more sense than traditional mathematics. The book is filled with activities for every math concept and age that are easy to find, read, and use without much prep or prop. It also has ideas and resources for including literature and technology into math class.
    I find it highly valuable as a 3rd year teacher of fifth grade. My district uses the Visual Math program, and this book has helped me understand why visual math works much more than any inservice. I have the fifth edition as a textbook for a methods class, and I'll never leave home without it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good book for teachers
    This book is a great book for teachers. I learned a lot through it. And I know you will too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource!
    As an elementary teacher and college math methods instructor, I have found this book to be an excellent resource for teaching children math in an engaging, meaningful way. The author includes lots of examples of useful activities for all areas of mathematics. A book I'll use over and over in the years to come... ... Read more


    9. Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn
    by Richard Dufour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Gayle Karhanek, Gayle Karhanek
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    Asin: 1932127283
    Catlog: Book (2004-06)
    Publisher: National Educational Service
    Sales Rank: 20831
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    Whatever it Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn examines the question, "What happens when, despite our best efforts in the classroom, a student does not learn?"

    A PLC will create a school-wide system of interventions that provides all students with additional time and support when they experience difficulty in their learning.

    The authors describe the systems of interventions, including Adlai E. Stevenson High School's "Pyramid of Interventions," created by a high school, a middle school, and two elementary schools. The authors also discuss the logistical barriers these schools faced and their strategies for overcoming them. ... Read more


    10. Newton's Telecom Dictionary, 21st Edition: Covering Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technology, The Internet, Fiber Optics, RFID, Wireless, and VoIP
    by Harry Newton
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    Asin: 1578203155
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
    Publisher: CMP Books
    Sales Rank: 1375
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    This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 675,000 copies sold. Featuring 500 new terms plus hundreds more updated and expanded entries, the 21st edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT dictionary, and includes wireless, broadband, VoIP, RFID, and fiber optics terms.

    Packed with over 22,400 definitions, it explains technical concepts in non-technical language that anyone can understand. It's used by more leading technology companies for training and employee orientation than any other text.

    Four bonus sections include: Harry Newton's favorite money-saving tips for telecom, computing, and more; what happens when telecom services are suddenly free?—a vision for this business in the 21st century; how you should orient your precious telecom budget in today's tight times; disaster recovery planning to protect your computing and telecom resources.

    Most dictionaries are updated every ten to twenty years. Not this one. Newton updates this dictionary every day and issues a new, expanded, improved and updated edition every ear. This edition is current as of Spring 2005.
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    11. The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible
    by David M. Killoran
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    Asin: 097212960X
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Powerscore Pub
    Sales Rank: 4096
    Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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    The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible is the most comprehensive book available for the Logic Games section of the LSAT. The intent of this book is to provide you with an advanced system for attacking any game you encounter on the LSAT. This same system is covered in the live classes taught by PowerScore, and all of the methods and techniques discussed in the book have been tested in classroom situations over many years.

    The book features and explains a detailed methodology for attacking the games section. All aspects of Logic Games are covered, from recognizing game types to diagramming rules to making inferences and answering questions. Entire chapters are devoted to the most advanced game techniques and to time management strategies.

    Logic Games are divided into individual types, and a discussion follows that teaches you how to approach each type of Game, and drills are presented to help you apply and understand the techniques. Thereafter, real LSAT logic games are used to illustrate how the techniques apply to real tests. Using real LSAT questions is a must for high-level LSAT preparation, and twenty-one real LSAT logic games are contained in the book. Each logic game is accompanied by a detailed analysis of the game setup and related questions.

    The author has over 12 years experience teaching the LSAT and has scored in the 99th percentile on a Law Services-administered test. An expert in LSAT preparation, he has overseen the preparation of thousands of students and founded two national LSAT preparation companies.

    The Logic Games Bible can be supplemented by The Ultimate Set-Ups Guide, which features setups for every game in each released LSAT from 1995 to 2002.Also, both books provide access to a unique website for additional LSAT and Logic Games information, and has answers to frequently asked questions.

    For more information about the renowned PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible, contact PowerScore at (800) 545-1750. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars If You are Scared by Logic Games Get This Book!
    For me, the worst part of the LSAT was the logic games section. I purchased several other books including Kaplan and Princeton Review before buying this book. This by far, was the best resource I could have invested in for the Logic Games Section of the LSAT. I can't imagine having taken the test without the aid of this book. It wasn't a page turner, but I worked my way through each chapter carefully and ended up doing much better on the Logic Games section of the LSAT than I ever imagined possible. If you are anything like me and are CONFUSED and frustrated by the logic games and about to give up, buy this book, work through it carefully, take notes, and you will notice a huge difference in your performance. Following the advice in this book was the single most important step I took in improving my score, and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a good LSAT score and is willing to invest some time and energy in methodically applying the techniques that are outlined in the book to their practice tests and studies.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this unless your LSAT is lower than 150
    Ok, I can see how this book can help somebody who has very limited logical mind. If you are comfortable with logics, it would be far faster and easier to figure out the games in your own way. Try solving the old test problems and you will definitely find your own best diagrams to solve them efficiently. This book can even slow you down by making you follow the given steps which, I think, is a waste of time for those who can find their easiest way themselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable LSAT Preparation
    This publication should be your second purchase for LSAT preparation only after buying "10 Actual" "10 More Actual" and "The Next 10 Actual" from the Law School Admissions Council.

    "Logic Games Bible" delineates what is necessary to know about the notoriously difficult Logic Games section of the LSAT. It gives real examples, incisive insight, and rules that are easy to memorize and follow. After each example there is a 2-3 page question-by-question explanation.

    To score well on the LSAT, you must effuse confidence from every orifice; don't find yourself diffident on test day. Get the Logic Games Bible as soon as you can.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Analytical Reasoning is hard; this book helps.
    I've spent a lot of time studying for the LSAT and reading reviews people have written for different books. Having a lot of experience in this field, I would say the the Logic Games Bible is very helpful for three reasons.

    1) People need extra help on the games section, and this provides a lot of practice.

    2) It helps identify game types, then reinforces it through practice, so you're able to know how to approach a problem.

    3) It provides games practice without having to ruin an entire practice test (or 3 or 4) by just taking the games section and not the other three.

    Anyway, I needed help with games, and while this book is not going to give you a 180, this book does provide a lot of help and practice where most LSAT takers desperately need it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource for a Scary Test
    I decided to purchase this book after reading about it on several law school chat boards. I wasn't sure any book could help me with games, but after reading the comments, I took the chance. I feel quite fortunate that I did.

    First, this is a serious book for a serious test. There is no joking around or making fun of the LSAT. The author immediately sets out to discuss the different types of games on the LSAT and spends quite a bit of time discussing how to set up and diagram the rules for the games. For me, this was critical because I needed significant improvement in even understanding how to approach the games, and this book delivered. The diagramming advice was sensible and intuitive, and I had no trouble adopting the approach advocated by the author. Literally, I felt like I was being given the mental tools to handle the test.

    Second, although there are games discussed in the text and drill sets, the recurrent theme seems to be an emphasis on solving games through recognition of form. I found this to be a unique approach, and one the benefited me tremendously. As I continued through the book I began to see that certain elements appeared again and again, and by recognizing those elements I had a handle on how to approach the game as well as a way to attack new games.

    Third, at the conclusion of each chapter there are game sets and each game is explained in detail. I found this to be very helpful since I could do the game on my own and then immediately review to see what errors I made. By doing this I made significant progress in correcting my errors.

    Discovering this book was a positive turning point in my preparation. The $45 I spent gave me renewed confidence in my ability to solve games and was, in my opinion, the best investment I made in this whole law school process. ... Read more


    12. Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition
    by Robert E. Slavin
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    Asin: 0205351433
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-26)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 57084
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    This popular book from renowned educational psychologist Robert Slavin translates theory into practices that teachers can use in their classrooms with a further inquiry into the concept of intentionality. An "intentional teacher," according to Slavin, is one who constantly reflects on his or her practices and makes instructional decisions based on a clear conception of how these practices affect students. To help readers become "intentional teachers," the author offers a set of questions to guide them and models best practices through classroom examples. Educational Psychology prepares teachers as no other text does. It teaches them to think about how students develop and learn, to make decisions before and during instruction, and to consider what constitutes evidence that their students are learning and succeeding. This edition includes new sections on brain research, expanded coverage of Title I, programs for language minority students, and comprehensive school reform. It contains new critiques of assessment and accountability strategies, and a substantially updated treatment of programming for students with special needs. A new feature, "Technology Cases," presents practical uses of technology related to the contents of the chapters. A self-check feature, appearing throughout the chapters, links chapter contents to INTASC standards, and self assessments at the end of each chapter are linked to the content and format of PRAXIS. Designed for anyone interested in educational psychology or in the psychology of learning. ... Read more


    13. The First Days Of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher
    by Harry K. Wong, Rosemary T. Wong
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    Asin: 0962936065
    Catlog: Book (2004)
    Publisher: Harry K. Wong Publications
    Sales Rank: 2399
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    The First Days of School

    Hands down, by far, the best selling book in education.With over 2.3 million copies sold, it continues to be at the top of the chart.The revised and updated Version Three of The First Days of School includes a 38 minute bonus multimedia Enhanced CD.The CD features Harry Wong, the most sought-after speaker in education on an audio and a video track.His message, Never Cease to Learn, is one that will inspire all educators.

    The First Days of School is for new and veteran teachers, from kindergarten to college instructors.The graphic layout, with 302 photos and illustrations, is partnered with text that flows silken smooth.You will learn about classroom management, teaching for mastery and to standards, and creating positive expectations.The First Days of School will bring you instant results so that you can become an even more effective teacher. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Walk Into The Classroom Without This Book!
    I won't go so far to say that this book could replace going through a teacher education program. But there is such a gap between all of the "theoretical stuff" you learn from your professors, and actual practice that this book has been literally a God-send to thousands of teachers.

    Dr. Wong and his wife have put together a wonderful resource based on the experieces of hundreds of successful teachers. This book is designed to give the pre-service teacher, or relatively new teacher a handle on what can be, the overwhelming experience of managing a classroom.

    This book deals in depth with what a successful teacher looks like, how to have positive expectations about student success, the sometimes elusive art of classroom management, designing lessons to foster student mastery, and the teacher as a professional educator.

    Practical, sometimes funny and inspiring from beginning to end, The First Days of School will both strengthen and encourage you for the journey ahead. Buy this book today, and read it many times over. I did!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for new teachers
    I first was introduced to Harry Wong through a set of videos my mentor teacher had. I found his advice useful, and I still use a number of those ideas today. Coming from a department that didn't stress classroom management very well, I found this book to be priceless.

    This is a book you need to read BEFORE the "First Days of School". Some of the ideas take awhile to implement and many of them need to be in place from day one. You can't change you rules two or three times and not expect to upset the apple cart (no pun intended).

    The only real drawback I saw in this book is, like so many things in education, this book is largely geared toward elementary teaching. Although it is useful to a secondary teacher, it really shines for the elementary teacher.

    I don't have my original copy anymore. It has been passed down to new teachers over the last couple years, but each of them has found it useful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Help for Teachers!
    It's a known fact that education majors consistently score lowest of all majors - on standardized tests, current affairs quizzes, foreign policy, etc. They enter teaching as softies used to scantron tests in sociology, etc. Assuming they can read at all, they should get this book. And teachers who are in a union shouldn't say knee-jerk, "Not my job." I suggest you read it anyway!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for First Year Teachers.
    Last year was my first year as a full time teacher. I was so very nervous and timid before the year began. A professor made a gift to me of "The First Days of School", and "The Child Whisperer." After reading Harry Wong's book, I was more excited to get started teaching but still so very nervous. "The Child Whisperer" gave me some insights into language on a very basic and practical level. I love "The First Days of School" by Harry and Rosemarry Wong and I think it was most effective for me because I also read "The Child Whisperer" by Matt Pasquinilli - especially helpful with ADD/ADHD children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A veteran teacher of 25 years
    I recommend this book to all teachers, whether novice or experienced. The ideas and material throughout the book are invaluable! It is the most used book I have, so dog-eared I ordered a new copy! ... Read more


    14. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding
    by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis
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    Asin: 1571103104
    Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
    Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
    Sales Rank: 4526
    Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars These strategies empower students to improve comprehension.
    At first glance, it is easy to be a bit cynical when you see a book entitled "Strategies That Work," especially when it deals with the subject of teaching students to read. I have to admit I was, until I started reading this book and putting into practice Harvey and Goudvis' common-sense strategies for empowering students to make meaning from what they have read.

    So many of our children can decode, and are as fluent as we are, yet when it comes to comprehension, inferencing, and extending meaning, they are completely lost. Not any more; Strategies at Work to the rescue!

    There isn't enough room to review all of my favorite strategies, but I will offer one; for me, Chapter 8, which deals with Visualizing and Inferring is worth the price of the book.

    The authors walk you through how to get students to visualize, or as they so elequently put it "make movies in your mind," as a way of establishing connections with text in order to improve comprehension. In the section entitled "Inferential Thinking: Reading Between the Lines," teachers are given strategies to model and help students think more abstractly in order to extend meaning, which is a skill that many of the state standardized tests are requiring our students to do.

    "Strategies that Work" is one of the few books I have read that actually deliver on what they promise. Recommended for teachers K-12.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Teach Reading for Meaning Effectively in your Classoom
    For every teacher who has ever been overwhelmed at the idea of "teaching
    reading" to students, Strategies that Work-Teaching Comprehension to enhance
    Understanding, is a book for you. The authors, Stephanie Harvey and Anne
    Goudvis, tackle the enormous task of illustrating what teaching students to
    read for understanding can look like in the classroom setting. The book
    discusses five comprehension strategies that are vital for creating meaning
    from text: Making Connections; Questioning; Visualizing and inferring;
    Determining Importance in Text; and Synthesizing Information. What separates
    this book from others you may have read is the actual classroom application
    that the authors offer readers. Any teacher who reads this book will begin to
    understand how these strategies can be implemented into his/her own classroom
    practices. This is an invaluable tool for any teacher regardless of grade
    level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Reading Teachers
    This is an awesome book! If you want to really help students improve in reading, then you've got to have it. I teach LD students, and I have seen the biggest difference in the level of comprehension among my students since I have started using the strategies outlined in the book. If you haven't read it, you will wonder how you ever taught reading without it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, With Some Good Information
    I found this book very useful for teaching reading in my small groups. The authors give some good ideas for classroom teachers to use "authentic literature" in order to teach reading comprehension which can include newspapers and magazines. The appendices are worth the price of the book. The only reason I downgraded it a bit is the authors could have done away with some of the whole language rhetoric about traditional basals and basic skills being "boring." This is nonsensical and detracts somewhat from the general usefulness of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great support for literacy instruction!
    This is the best book I have yet read on teaching reading to middle and upper grades. If you are new to balanced literacy, this is a must-have! Even experienced teachers will find it to be a useful resource book. It is filled with strategies that will help you go from whole-class novel studies or basals into smaller, guided reading groups. This book goes beyond Mosaic of Thought to give wonderfully explicit details on strategies you can use in your classroom. I heartily recommend it to middle and upper grade teachers. ... Read more


    15. Behind the Wheel Spanish (8 CDs/Complete Illustrated Text & Tapescript)
    by Mark Frobose
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    Asin: 1893564428
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-07)
    Publisher: Language Dynamics
    Sales Rank: 8093
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    At last a Spanish CD course which requires no reading and which teaches you to actually speak Spanish in a minimum of time and effort. The course also comes complete with a complete 207 page illustrated text with tapescript, same page answer keys and English translations for home review. Designed by the experts at Language Dynamics, 'Behind The Wheel Spanish For Your Car' takes the learner form basic to intermediate level Spanish without the guesswork and pain usually associated with language learning. An expert English speaking instructor talks you through these tapes in English while a trained professional native Latin American Spanish speaker teaches you Spanish the way it is really spoken.

    Behind The Wheel Spanish For Your Car is the ideal way to learn Spanish while you drive because there is no confusion, no reading, no looking up meanings, and no guessing. It's all on the tapes. Use your commute time to effectively learn Spanish with this delightful course whose method will have you speaking your first words in Spanish within minutes of receiving your course, and enjoying it. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good... but Behind the Wheel?
    This is a pretty good course. I've learned some Spanish and I am just on CD 2. But, the book does not match the cd's very well. Some of the words taught on the tape are not the same words (are they synonyms?) in the book. I think it was originally just a book and tapes, not meant really for learning behind the wheel and they just copied the tapes to CD (see Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat).
    There are 2 tracks on each cd, each about 30 min long (the front and back of each tape) and if you want to repeat a section of audio ('repetition is the key to learning' the instructor tells us), you have to >> or << the cd player - not the easiest or safest thing to do while driving. And if you are not careful, you are back at the beginning of a track. Not much fun when you are 15 minutes into a 30 minute track and the only way to get back is to hold down the >> key...

    If they had taken just a little time and divided each tape into about twenty 3 minute tracks so that the driver could review more easily, it would be so much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Behind the Wheel
    This is an amazingly helpful car Spanish course. I've learned a ton of Spanish already and I am only on CD 2. Fortunately, the book matches the cd's perfectly for home review and there is even a word for word tapescript and and answer keys (and English translations - what a Godsend) on the same page as the exercises..
    I received the multi-track version of this set but I feel that with the built in review that the single track version would work just fine in the car as well. I rarely if ever use the multi-tracks because the course is designed to be 'real time' which means you don't have to artificially speed it up or slow it down. Just keep playing the CDs and you'll learn to speak Spanish.
    My set has 6 tracks per CD and they are beautifully produced.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Multiple Tracks at Last!!
    I am and continue to be a big fan of Language Dynamics, their method and above all, the Behind the Wheel Series.
    I am delighted to have purchased the newer version of Behind the Wheel Spanish 8 CD with text which has
    Multiple Tracks and is completely edited with no reference to tapes whatsoever.
    The former course was good but this one is great since I can now sail from lesson to lesson with my track changer and still enjoy the award winning voices and accents that have made this course an all time favorite.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much baggage
    The content gets the stars, the presentation loses them. To have to hear on the second side of the 8th CD the presenter say for the n-teenth time "listener, please remember to stop the tape and repeat..." It gets painful to hear the instructions over and over and over and over and over (get it) again. Also, trying to rewind the CD while driving doesn't work. CD should have been divided into many more tracks than 2 per CD. I got through all 8, used it to break up Pimsleur Spanish I and II, every time I finished a Pimsleur CD I popped one of these in and worked on a side for a while, then went back to Pimsleur. At >55 am learning that learning a language isn't for the instant gratification folks...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simplifies and Speeds Up Speaking Spanish
    I bought Behind the Wheel Spanish upon the recommendation of a friend who had heard an interview with Mark (the founder of Language Dynamics) while on business in California on a radio program called LA Insight with Skip Kelly. She was so impressed that she bought the course right away and learned to speak Spanish right away as well. About a month ago I saw Mark's interview here in New York on Fox 5's 'Good Day New York' where I was instantly impressed by his method to teaching foreign languages in a simple and fast way.
    Seeing and hearing this and having her glowing recommdation before me daily compelled me to buy the course as well. The course performed for me just like it did for her (of course, I had to PRACTICE) but it was well worth because now I can speak Spanish.
    Below are my impressions of what makes Behind the Wheel Spanish so effective at making novice learners like myself totally conversational in just a few weeks:
    1. The product has superb clarity of voices and exudes a spontaneity which makes learning Spanish fun. Thanks to this, you feel an affinity for the course and actually enjoy it.
    Big plus.
    2. The fast and easy to learn design of the course, beginning with the immediate gratification you feel when you conclude your first one half hour session with the CDs speaking sentences in Spanish that Spanish speakers understand 10 minutes later on the street.
    3. The 'natural' way you just seem to pick up Spanish without having to learn grammar or reviewing. No need to go back. It's all 'built in' the course. Just keep playing it over and over, wherever you are.
    4. The joy of hearing a Spanish speakers voice that is sooo
    good that every Spanish speaker you bring to listen to your CDs says that 'This guy's Spanish is excellent' .
    5. The thrill of being able to express what you really feel in 100 different ways because you know own a linguistic blueprint, a template that you can manipulate over and over again in different and personal ways while increasing your fluency.
    6. The satisfaction that comes from knowing that instead of wasting your time doing nothing in your car, while jogging, shopping, walking, etc ... that you are becoming fluent in Spanish. And this is confirmed by native Spanish speakers with whom you interact daily with whom you share what you have learned from your course.
    7. Getting the past, present and future along with idioms all in the same course.
    8. Having a complete illustrated text with answer keys on the same page for home or office review.
    Behind the Wheel Spanish really simplifies and speeds up learning Spanish. ... Read more


    16. Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
    by Isabel L., Ph.D Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan, Isabel L. Beck
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    Asin: 1572307536
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-20)
    Publisher: Guilford Press
    Sales Rank: 8100
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    Exciting and engaging vocabulary instruction can set students on the path to a lifelong fascination with words. This book provides a research-based framework and practical strategies for vocabulary development with children from the earliest grades through high school. The authors emphasize instruction that offers rich information about words and their uses and enhances students' language comprehension and production. Teachers are guided in selecting words for instruction; developing student-friendly explanations of new words; creating meaningful learning activities; and getting students involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words both within and outside the classroom. Many concrete examples, sample classroom dialogues, and exercises for teachers bring the material to life. Helpful appendices include suggestions for trade books that help children enlarge their vocabulary and/or have fun with different aspects of words.
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    17. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
    by ShonHarris, Shon Harris
    list price: $79.99
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    Asin: 0072229667
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-17)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 3573
    Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    All-in-One is all you need! This authoritative reference offers complete coverage of all material on the challenging CISSP exam. You’ll find exam objectives at the beginning of each chapter, helpful exam tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and photographs and illustrations. The bonus CD-ROM contains a testing engine with questions found only on the CD. This comprehensive guide not only helps you pass this challenging exam, but will also serve as an invaluable on-the-job reference. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Available in Market
    I enjoy reading this book very much. I believe that this book is the best so far in the market for CISSP and as an introduction and survey to provide a solid framework for the field, and especially for those to prepare CISSP. It is very well written as a summary (better and comprehensive than "The CISSP Prep Guide" by Krutz, et al) with the orignial and critical sources. My delight and best part of this book: for each topic the author kindly provides the web sites (for further study and reading).

    CISSP test is very general (generic, and not for a specific product or service) and thus a frustration. But that is what CISSP is about. For professional and marketable working knowledge, use this book as a framework, along with many other good books such as (1) Incident Response (by Mandia & Prosise) and (2) Hacking Exposed (2nd ed, by Scambray, McClure, Kurtz) or (3) Maximum Security (3rd ed, Anonymous), or (4) Counter Hack by Stoudis, to supplement the reading and case study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE definative CISSP study guide
    I've read most of the CISSP books out currently. The SRV books, Exam cram, prep guide, secured computing, and the first two infosecurity management handbooks. Out of all of them, this book is by far my favorite.

    Shon Harris presents the information in very easy to understand terms and uses vivid analogies which helped me retain more of the information. With the other books I found the reading quite dry and often caught myself losing focus. The All-In-One book was much easier to digest. Those of you who have read Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies should have a good idea on the writers style.

    Despite Amazon's information, this book comes in at 924 pages from the front to the glossary. While Chapter 12, Operations Security ends around page 840, there are almost 100 additionaly pages of interesting and relevant information. For the price I definately think this is the best buy around.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best could be better, easily
    This book, along with the CISSP Exam Prep Guide by Kurtz and Vines, provided me a great deal of insight into the 10 domains of computer security and it was instrumental in assisting me to pass the CISSP exam on the first try.

    No book alone can inform a candidate to the level of familiarity with this topic needed to pass this very broadly scoped exam. But, this book helped me put my 20+ years of IS experience into perspective from the point of view of the ten domains of computer security. It helped provide the context and framework for organizing and thinking about the issues, helped to sort-out and standardize my terminology, informed me in some areas where I was weak and provided pointers to additional resources to supplement my understanding.

    This book was helpful in spite of considerable shortcomings, including errors of fact, errors in logic, and an appalling number of typographical errors that must reflect a rush to publish and a lack of interest in quality control. Errors of fact included erroneous definitions of important terms, e.g., MTTR - improperly defined as the mean time between repairs rather than the mean time to repair. Some sample questions at the chapter ends included duplicate answers, and offered wrong answers as correct ones. While this occurred infrequently, it shouldn't happen at all. Without prior knowledge, the reader wouldn't know what was true and what was in error. The book was laced with exasperatingly trite examples that distracted from the theme development in the chapters. Moreover, many of the book's sections were far too wordy and could have been distilled or provided as an appendix for those who are interested in the tutorial material, e.g., over 150 pages on the telecom and security domain alone.

    The sample test S/W included informative questions, but was unwieldy, error-filled and did not permit the user to suspend the exercise until later nor did it provide for printing the Q&A's in any useful way.

    All in all I believe the book was a considerable help to me. If you can get by the multiplicity of errors and deal with the frustrating sample test software, it could be a helpful tool in preparing for the CISSP exam.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good CISSP reference.
    Good reference for CISSP. Easily comprehensible material.

    BTW, curious to know, has anybody taken CISSP exam, and not passed?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for General Knowledge, Bad for Exam
    I read this book and almost memorized it. I found it to be way to detailed for the CISSP. The CISSP poses questions that are vague and open to interpretation. If you are studying to pass the CISSP, you should probably use the book published by ISC2 (located on their Web site.) ... Read more


    18. The American Accent Guide, Second Edition: A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals of All Language Backgrounds / book and 8 CDs
    by Beverly A. Lujan
    list price: $99.00
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    Asin: 0963413945
    Catlog: Book (2004-01)
    Publisher: Lingual Arts
    Sales Rank: 20815
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This highly sought after program with an international following provides thorough instruction on the intonation, stress, rhythm, and the sounds that work together to give American English its distinct "accent".

    Produced by a speech-language pathologist with expertise at training all components of American English speech, this program imparts a wealth of insights and techniques, accompanied by clear graphics.

    This new edition includes 8 CDs featuring a variety ofmale and female voices, and more conversational exercises. Interactive exercises use everyday language of social-casual to professional-business-technical situations.

    The American Accent Guide is highly relevant to speakers of all language backgrounds who want to attain mastery on all aspects of English as commonly spoken in North America. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars most comprehensive and accurate I've found
    See my review on the 1st edition for a comparative analysis of this book with others. (I believe this edition is basically a superset of the last one, but they don't seem to be linked on amazon, so I'm doing it myself.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The knowledge I get is matchless.
    This gem provides me the complete guidance to the correct sounds that Americans speak and the practical and easy steps to follow. I improve not only my speaking, but my listening also.

    Gradually, I notice myself having more fun and more confidence when facing Americans. Hardly hear their embarrassing "I-beg-your-pardon?" responses anymore.

    Supun Tiptipakorn
    Ph.D. student (Electrical Engineering)
    The University of Texas, Arlington

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Real American Accent!!!!
    I am from Brazil. I come to the USA twice a year in order to practice my English and visit my dear friends as well. They live in Pennysylvania. I really like the eastern USA accent. Anyway, everytime I come here I buy a book which is on American Accent.
    I was really fortunate this year because I got The American Accent Guide 2nd Edition which is just awesome.
    I'm enjoying soooo much studying it and using the CDs,which the sound quality is superb and totally understandable.
    The more I study it , the more I like it. I have improved my pronunciation and intelligibility of my English using this new 2nd Edition by Beverly A. Lujan.
    The American Accent Guide 2nd Edition is a great tool for anyone who wants to learn the REAL AMERICAN ACCENT. It is very well written and hard to put down once you start studying
    it.

    I can highly recommend this SUPERB 2nd Edition to anyone who wants to improve their american accent.

    Jorge Alves Nunes
    Brazil ... Read more


    19. Kaplan GRE Exam 2005 with CD-ROM (Kaplan Gre Exam)
    by Kaplan
    list price: $33.00
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    Asin: 0743251709
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Kaplan
    Sales Rank: 1833
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    Book Description

    Are you ready for the GRE Exam? You will be.

    Kaplan's GRE 2005 Edition comes complete with a comprehensive review of all the material on the exam, plus Kaplan's proven test-taking strategies to help maximize your score. This powerful combination is a highly effective way for you to score higher on the GRE and make yourself competitive for graduate school admissions.

    Succeed on the computer-adaptive GRE with Kaplan's exclusive computer test-taking strategies.

    Prepare with hundreds of practice questions to build your skills in the critical content areas of the GRE.

    Practice with our challenging, full-length GRE, complete with a detailed explanation for every answer.

    Score Higher with effective strategies and advice from Kaplan's expert instructors.

    Even more practice online! ... Read more


    20. Educational Research: An Introduction (7th Edition)
    by Meredith D. Gall, Walter R. Borg, Joyce P. Gall
    list price: $110.60
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    Asin: 0321081897
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-29)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 55169
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very easy to understand
    This book is good for any college student in need of guidance on how to conduct research. The chapters are well sequenced, the topics flowing from the previous ones. Each start with an overview and the objectives of the chapter, and finish with a "self-check list" (in the form of a multiple choice quizz) to help the reader know if she/he understood what was read. Also, any new vocabulary is highlighted and defined in the glossary. The authors even put a suggestion sheet at the end of the book for when they write the next edition (I thought it was "cute" yet scientific the way they did this; if you get the book, you'll know what I mean!). ... Read more


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