When the only way is up, risk-averse Bruce challenges himself most originally, to live his life by the Fl!p of a coin for a year.
Faced with homelessness, no job, and fresh out of a 20 year relationship, risk-averse Bruce Molloy decides to put his fate in the hands of a coin. For one year, Bruce commits to making decisions, from where to eat lunch to whether to pack up and relocate to Bali, by the Fl!p of a coin – and in doing so found a new sense of purpose and direction.
From an introverted horticultural therapist struggling with depression and burn-out, Bruce’s life transforms as he rids his mind of all unnecessary clutter of decision making. Fl!pping becomes an integral part of Bruce’s life as he settles in Indonesia teaching scuba diving and coaching others in this mindfulness technique.
Bruce shares his story and his techniques of surrendering and committing to show you how to let go of the conflict of everyday decision making. Bruce applies the principle of living in the moment when faced with choices that would usually fill his mind with chatter and noise. He explains how to relieve psychological distress and liberate yourself with no more than a Fl!p of a coin.
Presented in three sections, as a (i) Memoir, (ii) Mindful Application and finally as a (iii) ‘How to’, Fl!p will have readers hooked. In no time at all, they will practise the Fl!pping techniques in the cereal aisle, or maybe the travel agents, or… who knows? We’ll let them decide!
Rosamond Lehmann’s first novel, now a classic of British literature, tells a luminous story of friendship, discovery, and forbidden love This debut novel, set in the early 1900s, tells the story of Judith Earle, a solitary only child growing up in a sprawling house in the Thames Valley. From an early age, she is fascinated by the six cousins who live next door. There’s boring, faithful Martin, of the red cheeks and perennially scabby knees; beautiful, aristocratic Charlie, whom Judith secretly adores and who will die in the First World War; reckless Julian, who turns lying into an art; enigmatic Roddy, who visits only occasionally; and Mariella, whose marriage to her first cousin will end tragically, and who lives with the scandal of her mother running off with another man. Every year, the Fyfe family returns to this idyllic corner of England. Childhood friendships blossom into adolescent romance as the cousins fall in love with Judith—and she with them. But her world transforms forever when she meets a beautiful fellow student named Jennifer. A novel in many ways ahead of its time, Dusty Answer is about love: first love, love on the rebound, taboo love, the loss of love. With its gentle indictment of England’s class system, it is also about what goes on behind the closed doors of genteel society, and the self-deceptions we spin in order to give our lives meaning.
In the course of his educational consultancy work, Bob has seen many teachers successfully use the scope and depth which literature can offer to inspire high standards, mastery learning and, above all, a love of language in its many forms. Schools using the 'opening doors' strategies told Bob they led to:
More teacher empowerment and confidence.
More knowledge building for pupils and teachers.
A growing confidence with literature, including poetry.
Planning from the top becoming a norm.
Planning for mastery learning becoming a norm.
Improved comprehension skills.
Improved quality writing and associated excitement.
They also asked Bob for further examples of inspiring, quality texts, and more ways in which all abilities can access them. Bob was only too happy to oblige.
These 15 units of work cover poetry and prose: each unit provides exciting stimulus material, creative ideas for writing projects, and differentiation and support strategies, meaning all pupils can achieve the quality writing objectives. All the units should help teachers facilitate understanding of the challenging texts and maximise the huge potential for quality writing. Discover a multitude of ready-to-use ideas, inspired by classic literature and great writers' works, along with plenty of new strategies and advice.
All of the extracts and illustrations you will need to begin opening doors in your classroom are downloadable a link to the download web page is provided in the book.
Units include: (Click on the links below to view a collection of written work produced by school children aged 10 to 13 who are following the passages and exercises related to the texts included in this book)
Part 1: Opening doors to prose
1. Night Encounter - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
2. Spooky Scientists! - The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards
3. The Strongest Looking Brute in Alaska - That Spot by Jack London
4. Mr Knickerbocker's Notes - Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
5. The Portrait of Doom - Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
6. The Hell Hound - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7. Sinister Spaces - Metamorphosis and The Castle by Franz Kafka
9. All in This House is Mossing Over - From 'Mementos' by Charlotte Bronte
10. Dancing the Skies - 'High Flight' by John Gillespie Magee, Jr
11. The Mystery of the Lonely Merman - 'The Forsaken Merman' by Matthew Arnold
12. Making Magic Talk - 'The Magnifying Glass' by Walter de la Mare
13. The Spirit in the Garden - 'A Garden at Night' by James Reeves
14. A Shropshire Lad - 'Blue Remembered Hills' by A. E. Housman
15. The Silver Heel - 'I Started Early - Took My Dog' by Emily Dickinson
The Opening Doors to Quality Writingseries won the 2017 Education Resources Awards in the Educational Book Award category.
Judges' Comments: "Described as two gems which provide innovative approaches to exploring quality texts as stimuli for children's writing. Judges described The Opening Doors to Quality Writing series as an invaluable resource, particularly for non-specialist teachers. Excellent literary choices contained within very attractively produced books."
Opening Doors To Quality Writing: Ideas For Writing Inspired By Great Writers For Ages 6 To 9
Everyone occasionally experiences natural anger emotions. It’s a typical response to feeling insecure or frustrated and can take different forms, from mild annoyance to outright aggression. In some circumstances, it is advantageous because it gives people motivation and energy to solve problems.
Not controlling anger can harm relationships, work performance, and general health and well-being. For parents, controlling their anger can be particularly challenging. They must deal with their emotions and navigate their children’s emotional terrain.
Children are constantly learning and developing, frequently testing limits and pushing boundaries. So, it’s natural for parents to become frustrated and angry, but it’s critical to model healthy emotional management for our children.
Anger management isn’t about completely suppressing or eliminating your anger. It is about learning to recognize and manage your anger healthily so it does not spiral out of control and harm you or those around you. This book offers methods and tactics to succeed in your anger management journey
The third book in Charles Bowden’s “accidental trilogy” that began with Blood Orchid and Blues for Cannibals, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing attempts to resolve the overarching question: “How can a person live a moral life in a culture of death?” As humanity moves further into the twenty-first century, Bowden continues to interrogate our roles in creating the ravaged landscapes and accumulated death that still surround us, as well as his own childhood isolation, his lust for alcohol and women, and his waning hope for a future. We witness post-Katrina New Orleans and terrorist-bombed Bali; we encounter our shared actions with the animal world and the desirous need for consumption; we see the clash and erosion of our physical and figurative borders, the savagery of our own civilization. A man of his time and out of time, Bowden seeks acceptance and a will to endure what may lie ahead.
In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.
“Packs big entertainment, from famous ghosts and weird hauntings to bizarre but riveting true stories that will give you quite a chill.” —Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits Hauntings lurk and spirits linger in the Old Dominion State . . . Reader, beware! Turn these pages and enter the world of the paranormal, where ghosts and ghouls alike creep just out of sight. Author L. B. Taylor shines a light in the dark corners of Virginia and scares those spirits out of hiding in this thrilling collection. From poltergeists that make trouble at Blue Ridge Pottery, to a phantom light on Holston Mountain, to specters haunting the battlefield of Cedar Creek, there’s no shortage of bone-chilling tales to keep you up at night. Around the campfire or tucked away on a dark and stormy night, this big book of ghost stories is a hauntingly good read.
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