Building A Better Teacher: How Teaching Works And How To Teach It To Everyone By Elizabeth Green chats with Dr. Alvin

Elizabeth Green Click Here To Listen We’ve all had great teachers who opened new worlds, maybe even changed our lives. What made them so great? Everyone agrees that a great teacher can have an enormous impact. Yet we still don't know what, precisely, makes a teacher great. Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does exceptional teaching require something more? Building a Better Teacher introduces a new generation of educators exploring the intricate science underlying their art. A former principal studies the country’s star teachers and discovers a set of common techniques that help children pay attention. Two math teachers videotape a year of lessons and develop an approach that has nine-year-olds writing sophisticated [...]

Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me By Kim Bearden chats with Dr. Alvin

Kim Bearden Click Here To Listen   The inspiring true story of a teacher’s experiences with her students and the life lessons she learned that can help others find joy and success. Crash Course chronicles the life lessons that Kim Bearden has learned during an award-winning career in education that has spanned three decades. Kim has taught more than 2,000 students, and each has shown her something about the world and the abundant capacity for love, resilience, and appreciation that we all possess. By sharing her students’ stories, she teaches their inspiring lessons to us all. Throughout the ups and downs of her professional and personal life, Kim found that her students were the light that [...]

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms In A Digital Age — From Picture Books To eBooks And Everything In Betweenn chats with Dr. Alvin

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Seventeen Ultimate Guide To College: Everything You Need To Know To Walk Onto Campus And Own It By Bethany Heitman chats with Dr. Alvin

Bethany Heitman Click Here To Listen   After the excitement of prom and high-school graduation festivities, young women begin to focus on the next big milestone; starting college. Filled with tips and stories from real students, Seventeen Ultimate Guide to College reveals everything a girl needs to know to feel confident on campus and make the next years her best yet. It contains insider secrets she won’t learn from her high school guidance counselor or a college information packet, including: How to bond with your roomie Navigating the college hookup scene Sneaky ways to avoid going broke in college Plus a bonus style section on what to wear at every type of school  

My Very First I Can Read: Learn To Read With Tug The Pup And Friends By Dr. Julie M. Wood chats with Dr. Alvin

Julie M Wood Click Here To Listen Enter into the world of reading with My Very First I Can Read! This comprehensive emergent reading program addresses all the components of reading mastery based on the latest early literacy research. Written by educator and reading specialist Dr. Julie M. Wood, with lively illustrations by Sebastien Braun, this Common Core–aligned program stars Tug the Pup and an endearing group of characters who will lead beginners through the proven steps for successful reading.

How Not To Be Wrong: The Power Of Mathematical Thinking By Jordan Ellenberg chats with Dr. Alvin

Jordan Ellenberg Click Here To Listen   The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not To Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.  

Everyday Calculus: Discovering The Hidden Math All Around Us By Oscar Fernandez chats with Dr. Alvin

Oscar Fernandez Click Here To Listen For every befuddled math student who’s ever sat in class and thought, “When am I ever going to use this?” Fernandez, assistant professor of mathematics at Wellesley College, gleefully reveals the truth: the world really does run on math. He takes a day-in-the-life approach to his subject: getting out of bed introduces trigonometry and how it can be used to describe and predict sleep cycles, while water running from a faucet allows him to address gravity and how its influence shapes motion into parabolic curves. The morning news leads to derivatives and how they can chart unemployment rates and population growth. A stray thought during a morning meeting stirs [...]

GW Commencement Speaker 2014 Jose Andres, author of Made In Spain chats with Dr. Alvin

Jose Andres Click Here To Listen   Americans have fallen in love with Spanish food in recent years, and no one has done more to play matchmaker than the award-winning chef José Andrés. In this irresistible companion volume to his public television show Made in Spain, José reminds us—in the most alluring and delicious way—that the food of his native Spain is as varied and inventive as any of the world’s great cuisines. To prove it, José takes us on a flavorful tour of his beloved homeland, from Andalucía to Aragón. Along the way, he shares recipes that reflect not just local traditions but also the heart and soul of Spain’s distinctive cooking. In the [...]