Thursday, September 8, 2016

Take Off! Your Pocket Coach to Student Success - An Interactive Journal by Emile Nelson and Asa Odback



Take Off!


Less than 35% of college students graduate in four years, and that figure is actually closer to 19% at most public universities. Even worse, more than 40% never graduate at all! It’s obvious that students need someone on their side, but not everyone can afford their own personal coach. So we developed Your Pocket Coach — the solution that anybody can afford! Instead of just telling you what to do, this interactive journal coaches you with stories, tips and simple steps, so you can… Learn More, faster! Boost Your Creativity! Build Better Relationships! Feel More Involved, Engaged and Confident! And Succeed in College! Everybody has the potential to be successful and live an awesome life! Your Pocket Coach will show you how.


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Émile Nelson recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with straight As, Highest Honors and a University Award of Distinction. He also served as the Editor in Chief of UCSB’s nationally-ranked newspaper, and delivered the graduation speech. Åsa Odbäck graduated #1 in her class from Law School, taught law at the University of Stockholm, graduated #1 in her class from Stockholm Business School, and started a success training company that worked with major companies like Volvo and Ericsson.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Touretters by Chris Mason & Members of the TS Community



Touretters


Tourette’s Syndrome is a hereditary condition that causes acute, uncontrollable muscle spasm (ticcing) and uncontrollable verbal outbursts in more than 250,000 people in North America. It is one of the least known, least understood, most undiagnosed and misdiagnosed conditions in North America today. It affects all races and ethnicities. There is no known cure, though therapies and some medications have been known to lessen its affects. Some conditions lessen as people age and some worsen.

Here for the first time is a collection of short stories written by members of the Tourette’s community –Touretters- People living with it and their family members who support them. This collection was the idea of Chris Mason, who collected the stories and who also has Tourette’s. Many of the authors have chosen to remain anonymous. Sensitivity to TS has lagged behind the perception of those with other debilitating conditions. The stories are touching, powerful, maddening, and filled with enough lessons to begin to enlighten us all about Tourette’s Syndrome.



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Read an excerpt:

With The Blink Of An Eye

I came into this world by way of c-section, as an eight pound baby boy, after my mom had endured twenty difficult hours of labor. The doctor who delivered me left a scar on my temple, when he accidentally squeezed the forceps that he used to pry me from my mother’s womb, too tightly. It is a mark that has not gone away. Neither have the two disorders that have plagued me for most of my life.
I had never heard of Tourette Syndrome when I was diagnosed at age twenty. I started having symptoms of it at the age of six. For the fourteen years in between I wondered what was wrong with me and why I wasn’t like other people. When I was diagnosed I now I knew why I shrugged my shoulders, blinked my eyes many times in a row over and over, swallowed, jutted my arms out to the sides, grinded my teeth, bit my fingernails so far down until they bled, bit the insides of my cheeks until they bled, cleared my throat, grunted, stuttered, scrunched up my face, coughed forcefully, etc. Tourettes was the reason. I didn’t want to do these things, but my mind made me.
I had never been very good at studying before, but I had always been able to when I really put my mind to it. During junior year that was even impossible. The first time I sat down at my desk to do homework that year I absolutely could not do it. It started with me becoming distracted by everything in and around my desk each time I sat down to do homework. I tried doing it at different times and in different parts of the house, but nothing worked.
About a month later I also began having horrible symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD first showed itself in me in the form of making me think about making lists and being obsessed with certain numbers. When it began, an idea would pop into my head. Then, I would spend the next two or three hours writing down everything I could think of that was related to that subject. If I started thinking about cars, for instance, I would get out a piece of paper and write down every make and model of every car I could think of. If I started thinking about professional basketball teams, I would jot the names of every team and players on them, until I couldn’t think of anymore. No topic was off limits. Whatever came into my mind would be written down on paper and consume my thoughts for hours.
Later on I became obsessed with numbers. I started counting up to whatever number was my new favorite each time I did a daily activity. Most people would do things, like brushing their hair, until they thought it looked good. I had to brush mine well past that. Even if my hair looked good, I had to continue on. I would get stuck on a number for months. Then, all of a sudden, I would become obsessed with another number for several months. The numbers were always odd and consisted of having the same number multiple times. The numbers 77, 111, and 333 were some of my favorites. If the number that I was stuck on was 111, for example, I would make sure I did every daily activity I did during that time, no less and no more than 111 times each time I did them. Things like brushing my teeth, brushing my hair, and running my hands through my hair while shampooing it, each had to be done exactly 111 times. It had to add up to exactly 111, or it didn’t feel right. If I ever miscounted I had to start over and count again. I knew that it wasn’t normal and that it would have sounded crazy to anyone I told, but I couldn’t help it. I didn’t know why I was doing these things, but I had to do them. My mind made me.
Halfway through that school year, after having had the horrible obsessive thoughts, where I made lists and obsessed over numbers, another variance of OCD appeared. Up until then I had either made lists or obsessed over numbers. I had done one or the other and had never done both of them at the same time. During the middle of the school year both of them combined to make to make my life a living hell. I would begin by getting a thought in my head, just like I had done before. I would then start making a list and I would not stop thinking about that topic until I had written down as many items as the number that I was obsessed with at the time. It was easy to think of more than the number I was obsessed with, especially when that number was low. When the number I was obsessed with was a high number and a topic that I did not know much about entered my brain, I was in deep trouble. Many times, when that happened, I would be up until the early morning hours, trying to think of enough things to write down on my paper. If I thought of them I would go to bed. If I couldn’t think of them I would stay up until I did, sometimes all night. If I just tried to forget about my list and go to sleep, thoughts about the list would overwhelm me. At that point I would have to get up out of bed and work on the list until I was finished or until it was time to go to school. There were many times, after staying up all night, where my brain would be so exhausted that it would just shut off. That was the only time I ever got a decent amount of sleep for three years straight. I would usually forget about making the lists while I was at school or when I was doing things that I enjoyed. I pretty much only made lists when I was bored, alone, or doing something I didn’t enjoy. I made lists and obsessed over numbers in the same way, every time I was in any of those three situations, every day for three years. I was constantly having obsessive thoughts, or thinking about having obsessive thoughts.
I am now taking medication for both disorders. I will probably be on medication for life. The medication gets rid of the tics, but it also has many side effects. I am constantly tired and groggy and I can’t think straight. The best way to describe being on this medication is that it is like having a bad hangover. I have had that hangover every second of every day for the past twenty-three years. When I tell people what it was like before I started taking medication and what my life is like now almost everyone tells me that it sounds like being on medication is worse than not being on it. Those people cannot possibly comprehend what it was like have thoughts and feelings of doing things I didn’t want to do and thinking about things I didn’t want to think about every waking second of every day. Unless those people have lived as I have lived and walked in my shoes there is no way they can come close to understanding what I have been through and what I go through every day.
Even though I have had a very hard life I still have hope. I have a lot of hobbies. I have taken singing lessons with a few different instructors and they have each told me that I show promise. I have also come up with a number of inventions, that I know have never been thought of before. I have been told promising things about many of them too. I have also written the lyrics to a number of songs, which have been recorded by a professional, although, not well-known, musician. I have also been told that I am good at writing stories and poetry.
Even if none of my hobbies ever make any money or if I never have a great job, I will be okay with the way my life has turned out. I have been a swim coach and swim instructor for over twenty years. That means that I have taught over two thousand children how to swim or swim better. I have been a volunteer soccer coach for twelve years, which means that I have taught over two hundred children how to play soccer or play it better. I may be being naïve, but that’s well over two thousand kids whose lives I have had a chance to influence, and teach things that they will always remember. I don’t care what anyone else thinks except me and I think that is priceless.



About Chris Mason


My name is Chris Mason. I live in San Francisco, CA. I have Tourette syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is a new edition of my first book. My first book (Touretties) was published in 2011. It is an anthology that includes twenty-one true short stories, including my own, about people who have or have a family member who has Tourette syndrome and its associated disorders. My autobiograpy (What Makes Me Tic: Living With Tourette Syndrome) was published as an ebook in 2013. I have also written a children’s picture book that includes four stories, written in the authors’ own words, about what is like having Tourette syndrome as a child, which will be published later this year. I have also written a full-length non-fiction book about my experiences coaching youth soccer, which will also be published later this year. I am currently working on two other children’s picture books and my first work of fiction, which I am hoping to have published next year.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Furry Tutor: Funny, 3-Step Audiobook Literacy - 6 Silly Stories About Apples




The Furry Tutor


Baroony: The Furry Tutor presents 1st Grade Apple Adventures! This is a professionally produced but fun, 3-step audiobook based, Listening-Reading-Writing Six Story Pack! Baroony is Scooby Doo meets Marley the dog meets Paddington Bear, all rolled into one.

Looking for a new, fun way to not only improve literacy through multiple styles of learning, but also inspire passionate, young readers? Look no further! Kids LOVE Baroony the Bear!

Six original stories are included in this bundle.

Each story includes a YouTube link to my audio-video file which narrates the story 3 times, a just-audio MP3, and the same audio-video file for offline use. Pick the easiest route for your teaching style without the hassle.

They can be heard/watched as a whole class, used as a listening station that also incorporates reading and writing, Daily 5, or even sent home for extra practice.

This awesome, six story pack includes all of the worksheets, audio, and video files organized neatly into separate folders, OR a print ready PDF with all of the stories combined.

It also includes Teacher bonuses: Baroony's Apple KWL, an extended educator license, Baroony classroom posters, and more!




It's SIMPLE! HEAR IT! RAWR IT! PAW IT!

First students listen to the audiobook version 3x, next they RAWR It (not just robot-read it) 3x, then they PAW the story on a traceable handwriting section.

All on one easy print page!

My method of building top-notch literacy skills revolves around enthusiastic repetition with the use of short passages of text for automaticity and fluency.

Stories focus heavily on high frequency and sight words for 1st graders, are written in rhyme, and introduce alliteration.

Great for struggling readers with the various learning disabilities who learn differently than other students.

All these silly stories are written and narrated by myself, and Baroony Bear: The Furry Tutor! I'll be the extra voice in your busy classroom helping with literacy skills.

Baroony is the ONLY Reading Bear on all of TPT. These silly, apple adventures surround the antics of this wacky yet adorable bear, just on time for fall's apple lessons!


You can also download a free sample and purchase the stories individually on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

3 Easy Steps to Successful Parenting: What Am I Going to Do With This Child? by Karen McKenzieSmith



3 Easy Steps to Successful Parenting


Are you struggling with children that don’t listen? Want to regain control in a calm and assured way? Then this booklet is for you! This booklet outlines a tried and true procedure that uses real-life experiences in order to guide parents to use an easy 3 step discipline process. Packed with tips and tricks that work!

Author Karen McKenzieSmith is a certified teacher and counsellor that has taught post-secondary courses on parenting, won numerous teaching awards, and she is also the parent of three now adult children. Her 3 step discipline process is simple, and it works!




Rave reviews!
“This book is so easy and quick to read. For busy and frustrated parents it's a must. On looking at the title, one wonders, "No, it can't be that easy; just 3 steps to successful parenting?" Unlike other parenting books that may overwhelm you with complexity, Karen McKenzieSmith gets to the nitty gritty quickly, and she's so logical: Describe the behaviour you expect, set and communicate reasonable consequences with the kids input preferably, be consistent, be assertive while communicating, stay calm and neutral, model a positive attitude, take the age and developmental level of the child into consideration, etc., etc.. The author knows it works because she's done it. I know it works because I've done it. The author gives hands-on examples to which a parent can relate. I would compare this book to a short manual on "how to". As a grandmother of 11, a retired teacher and counsellor working extensively with parents and children, I have no hesitation in recommending this book to my clients”. ~~ Amazon customer 
“Karen gives a straight forward, structured, common sense approach for parental behaviour based on real experience. As a counsellor frequently encountering struggling parents, who have somehow let their child become the “boss”, this is a practical, self-help book that will put parents back in the driver’s seat, and culminate in young people of whom our society can be proud.” ~~ Val Kendall,Ph.D.

The Naughty Bugs of Grassland School: A Change Agent for Hire by Matt B. Hooks



The Naughty Bugs of Grassland School


If you're in need of a children's book that promotes taking positive action, making a difference, improving student (social skills) behavior, building relationships, and focusing on student strengths (rather than their weaknesses)! Well, look no more! See how hiring a change agent can make a positive impression on a school's climate & empower student morale! This would be perfect for you to have in your counselor's cabinet or teacher's toolbox!


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Enjoy a few images from inside the book:



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About Matt B. Hooks

Matt B. Hooks is a dyslexic author who learned how to face and overcome his fears of reading and writing. He went on to later earn his Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa to finally become a special education teacher. He has taught for over a decade, working with students who struggle with their academic and social skills.

During his college years, he was selected to be a guest speaker at the Learning Disability Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. He currently works and lives in Paducah, Ky. It is now his mission to reach out to others who are at risk of developing a ‘learned helplessness’ attitude towards reading. In doing so, Mr. Hooks hopes his books and story will inspire others to reach their personal goals.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Parenting in the Real World: The Reboot of Parenting by Olivia Black


Parenting in the Real World


Olivia Black, author of Falling Forward and Mulligan, has just released her first non-fiction title: Parenting in the Real World. Taking a non-professional boots-on-the-ground approach to parenting, Olivia dissects the unpleasantries of modern day parenting and presents them in a fun, easy read every parent can relate to. 

"I was shocked to find the advice of many so-called parenting 'experts' including the awful ancient advice by Benjamin Spock or unfounded and unrealistic psychobabble by Shefali Tsabary are still taken as gospel,” says author Olivia Black. “Many of the best-selling parenting books are two or more generations old. The world needs up-to-date parenting information.” 

Rather than present complicated statistics or results of psychological studies which are dated by the time they are vetted and published, Olivia Black’s book shares new insights into the troubles and challenges faced by parents in today’s hectic and fast-changing modern life. Black weaves her own insights and experience as a mother of four children now aged 14 through 25 into the book in hopes of helping parents around the world feel more at peace with the mistakes and frustrations they face daily. 

Throughout the book, readers are guided towards a new conception of what it means to be a parent and how not to take themselves so seriously in one of the world’s most perplexing positions. Comic relief and a surprisingly refreshing take on raising children are the focus of this 279 page book. 


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About Olivia Black

Olivia Black resides in Melbourne, Florida, and is the author of the romance novel “Falling Forward.” In her spare time she enjoys painting, riding bikes, hiking, traveling, and reflecting on life.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

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