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2015

I don't watch much television or go to the movies often, nor do I listen to a lot of radio or podcasts. So most of my inspiration comes from books. This one is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I know this is a pretty popular book right now, but for a good reason. It's about a student who is going to public school for the first time, as a middle schooler. Middle school is challenging socially for lots of people, and to make it worse, Auggie is different. It's an excellent book to remind people--especially kids--that people who are different than you likely have stuff in common with you too, and that commonality can be a great basis for friendship.

Sometimes when you've had a long day (or week or month) at work, it's hard to remember why you liked your job in the first place. With that in mind, I would like to do periodic posts related to the topic of "What inspires you." I hope that you will respond with stories of your own, whether your inspiration is something you read, heard about, were told, or experienced. Here's to more thinking positive!

 

Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

I read this book a few months ago and really liked it. It's very short and a quick read, but it reminds you of how a great teacher, a teacher who really takes an interest in each individual student, can make such a difference for those students. If you've read it, let me know what you think. Or if you have another book recommendation that inspires you, please share!

If you or a student sees any kind of crazy question in LearningCurve, you can now let us know within the product. Once an answer has been submitted, you get the pop-up saying if your answer it right or wrong, with some feedback. Now, in the upper right, you will see a hyperlink to "Report this question" if you feel it was graded incorrectly or awkwardly phrased or whatever. Simply click on the link and you will get information about that LearningCurve question into the right hands to review, fix, and respond. We hope you find this helpful!

 

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Kathryn Johnson of Northern Michigan University, will be leading a 20-minute webinar on Monday, November 16 at 2 PM EST.

 

She'll be talking about how LearningCurve adaptive quizzing benefits students and helps her to maximize class time. LearningCurve is the most popular feature in LaunchPad, so be sure to join us!

 

RSVP at: https://community.macmillan.com/events/1061