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Tools for Citizenship & Life: Using the Lifelong Guidelines & LIFESKILLS in Your Classroom, 5th Ed. Revised
by Sue Pearson
Here’s the book you’ve been waiting to have at your fingertips! A practical and powerful resource for creating a sense of community that significantly enhances academic learning. With a chapter for each of the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS, the book provides a description of each, why practice it, how to practice it, what it looks like in the real world, what it looks like in school, inquiries to develop it, signs of its success, and links to related literature to use with students grades K-12. Can be used as a stand-alone character education program or as a key HET resource. (300+ pages) $38.50
LIFESKILLS & Lifelong Guidelines Wall Posters - Cartoon Kids
This set includes the Lifelong Guidelines poster (12” x 18”), posters for each of the 19 LIFESKILLS (8.5”x 11”), and a LIFESKILLS poster with definitions (18”x 24”). LIFESKILLS include such traits as Cooperation, Responsibility, Initiative, Problem-Solving, Caring, and Sense of Humor, etc. Artwork is whimsical, action oriented, and multi-ethnic. $38.50
LIFESKILLS & Lifelong Guidelines Wall Posters – Animal Design Set
This set includes the Lifelong Guidelines poster (12” x 18”), posters for each of the 19 LIFESKILLS (8.5”x 11”), and a LIFESKILLS poster with definitions (18”x 24”). LIFESKILLS include such traits as Cooperation, Responsibility, Initiative, Problem-Solving, Caring, and Sense of Humor, etc. $38.50
LIFESKILLS / Lifelong Guidelines Definitions Poster
This poster includes both the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS with their definitions—all on one 18” x 24” glossy poster. Display it in the hallway, office, lunchroom, classroom, or at home. $16.50
LIFESKILLS Package Special with Animal Design
LIFESKILLS Package Special with Cartoon Kids Design
Display the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS in your classroom or at home for handy reference with this attractive post-card size magnet (3.75” x 6”). Every teacher and family will want one. They make great appreciation gifts for students, volunteers, guests, and school board members and every refrigerator door needs one! $1.95 each
by Susan J. Kovalik, Linda Jordan, Ed.D., and Karen D. Olsen
As we emerge from our covid nightmare and need more powerful ways to help students catch
up and re-engage, there is no better companion to stimulate our thinking than this book. Key is its neuroscience-based definition of learning as a four-phase process that corresponds to the four shifts in brain activity involved in learning something new. A new and powerful way to look at curriculum development for the classroom while building on the 35-year track record of the Highly Effective Teaching Model (formerly known as the Kovalik ITI Model). A must-read book for our times.
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: A User's Guide to Implementing Brain Research in the Classroom, 6th Ed.
by Susan J. Kovalik & Karen D. Olsen
This 6th edition of Exceeding Expectations isn’t just another update. It’s a re-conceptualization of the Highly Effective Teaching Model that reflects lessons learned over the past 35 years of implementing and coaching HET and a review of recent brain research findings. Changes include a more integrated discussion of how to develop curriculum and select learning strategies based on brain research findings, especially the new brain-based definition of learning as a process that occurs in four-phases.
As we emerge from our covid nightmare and need more powerful ways to help students catch up and re-engage, there is no better companion to stimulate our thinking than this book.
Kid’s Eye View of Science: A Conceptual, Integrated Approach to Teaching Science
by Susan J. Kovalik & Karen D. Olsen
Kid’s Eye View of Science examines learning science from multiple perspectives—especially a child’s. The book guides readers through the steps of igniting students’ natural sense of wonder, incorporating brain research, integrating science concepts with other subjects, and applying science to daily life. (280 pp.) $49.50
What Brain Research Can Teach Us About Cutting School Budgets
by Karen D. Olsen
This book boldly asserts that brain research should be applied wherever human brains are working—that not only can and should brain research inform how and what we teach in the classroom, it should be brought to bear in boardrooms and the school budgeting process as well. What Brain Research Can Teach About Cutting School Budgets offers principals, teacher leaders, and district staff a step-by-step process for applying the principles of how students learn to the budgeting process. The process applies equally well to deliberations to add funding. The end result? Improved student outcomes.
Starting with a strategy-builder chart, this book:
HET Package Special
A wonderful resource for professional development trainings or for personal teacher use. This 2-hour DVD is a compilation of seven ITI/ HET DVDs. $43.95
Classroom Leadership Series – DVD
Classroom of the 21st Century - DVD
by Robert Ellingsen
Observe an ITI/HET fourth-grade classroom where all curriculum content and skills are orchestrated around a yearlong theme. Hear students speak for the power of the model. (50 mins. DVD) $16.95
LIFESKILLS: How to Build a Class Family- DVD
by Susan Kovalik & Associates
"LIFESKILLS: Building a Class Family in a HET Classroom" takes the viewer through activities in a multiage classroom of 60 fifth- and sixth-graders with teachers Joy Raboli and Karin Janik. It demonstrates some of the foundational pieces of creating a class family, such as the Lifelong Guidelines, LIFESKILLS, class meetings, and Learning Clubs (15 min. DVD) $16.95
Divide and Conquer: Division in a Day - DVD
with Martha Kaufeldt
When the learning environment is brain compatible, something as “hard” as long division—concept and computation—can be mastered in a single day. Follow a fourth-grade teacher as she takes 50 students, grades 4-6, through an unforgettable day of conquering long division. (55 mins.) $21.95
Few disagree: Learning by doing is the most powerful way to learn. Behind the vocabulary, doing creates meaning, comprehensive and in-depth. Behind the rhetoric, doing builds the capacity to use what is understood in real-world ways—as students and as adults and citizens.
The HET micro-community, as depicted in this video of Jacobson Elementary, provides a realistic and comprehensive experience in self-governance, civics, economics, entrepreneurialism, and community service. Not an add-on, the HET micro-community is a deliberate and strategic means of using real life to integrate curriculum and make it come alive for students, regardless of language or socioeconomic status.
If you’re looking for a way to significantly boost student engagement and achievement scores, learning and living in a micro-community is your fastest and most direct pathway.
A companion how-to book by Dr. Terri Patterson is due out this fall. DVD only $21.95