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The Bookshelf: Oct. 27, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Born to Learn.

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BORN TO LEARN: A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning

by Richard John Stapleton 

A refresher course in Transactional Analysis emphasizes its application in the classroom. ... While the author suggests his new book could apply generally to organizations and businesses, it seems most relevant to educators. Four of the eleven chapters concentrate on such specifics as classroom layouts, teaching methods, tests, grading, classroom management, and classroom games. …  Perhaps most enticing is the author’s description of the “Classroom De-Gamer,” a “roulette”-type device he created to effectively spread out student anxiety. … This idea alone should spark a creative teacher’s rethinking of the traditional classroom environment, but it is just one of a number of alternative learning concepts covered in this enlightening book. ... insightful, eye-opening observations about the interplay of teachers and students in the classroom.

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