California Educator

June/July 2020

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Often educators' creativity spills over into a book, blog, app or other work. We're happy to showcase members' talents. The Tao of teaching The Tao Te Ching is one of the world's longest-surviving wisdom texts. Veteran educator R. Lewis Cordell came out with his translation, Tao Te Teaching (2019), for the teacher who seeks to walk the path of learning and to travel the way of the masterful teacher. According to Cordell, a social science teacher and member of Carlsbad Uni- fied Teachers Association, this book has only three things to teach: Simplicity, Patience, Compassion. The masterful teacher will first deeply know the educa- tional system in which they work, complete with its nuances and facets. They will know how, why and which rules to navigate around to be a masterful teacher. Available at Amazon. Building teens' social emotional intelligence Finally, a book for teens to cut out needless drama and create their best life! Selena Wilson, a 14-year art teacher and member of Nuview District Teachers Association, is author of A Practical Workbook for Social Emotional Intelligence (2019). The simple guide is interactive, grounded in science, and inspired by The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Readers will gain an understanding of the physiology of stress, core beliefs, and social constructs that bring awareness of four habits of mind that can create or avoid needless suffering. They'll learn prac- tices to rewire their neural networks. In 45 pages designed for a short attention span or a busy life. Available at Amazon. Woman on the move High school librarian and Grossmont Education Association member Laura Preble has won awards for her young adult series, Queen Geek Social Club. Her newest novel is the darkly witty Anna Incognito (2020), and while it deals with adult themes, it features a teen character pivotal to the story. Protagonist Anna Colin Beck suffers from OCD and lives a regimented life at home, doing everything she can to avoid subjecting herself to the torments of a germ-infested world. A chance meeting in a laundromat changes her life, and she finds herself on a solo cross-country trip determined to stop a wedding. Though she's planned extensively for all contingencies, there are some twists and turns — on a trip, in life — you just can't prepare for. Available at Mascot Books ( Continued on page 59 60 CTA & You From Within

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