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Assessing the Teaching of Writing

by Amy E. Dayton

Although fraught with politics and other perils, teacher evaluation can contribute in important, positive ways to faculty development at both the individual and the departmental levels. Yet the logistics of creating a valid assessment are complicated. Inconsistent methods, rater bias, and overreliance on student evaluation forms have proven problematic. The essays in Assessing the Teaching of Writing demonstrate constructive ways of evaluating teacher performance, taking into consideration the immense number of variables involved.Contributors to the volume examine a range of fundamental issues, including the political context of declining state funds in education; growing public critique of the professoriate and demands for accountability resulting from federal policy initiatives like No Child Left Behind; the increasing sophistication of assessment methods and technologies; and the continuing interest in the scholarship of teaching. The first section addresses concerns and advances in assessment methodologies, and the second takes a closer look at unique individual sites and models of assessment. Chapters collectively argue for viewing teacher assessment as a rhetorical practice.Fostering new ways of thinking about teacher evaluation, Assessing the Teaching of Writing will be of great interest not only to writing program administrators but also to those concerned with faculty development and teacher assessment outside the writing program.

Believer's Bible Commentary

by Arthur L. Farstad William Macdonald

Make Bible study a part of your daily life with the thorough yet easy-to-use Believer's Bible Commentary. MacDonald tackles the controversial issues head-on, taking a theologically conservative stand, yet presenting alternate views with fairness. The Believer's Bible Commentary is a friendly guide to exploring the deeper meanings of every biblical book.Features:Nelson's best-selling Bible commentaryBalanced approach to linguistic studies and useful applicationEasy to understand

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

by Harry Harrison

Students entering college may think they know just about everything, but...Whether it's their first year or fourth, college students (who think they already know everything) can always use powerful and proven tips on how to make the most of their experience. In 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know, Harry H. Harrison Jr.'s latest dose of trademark wit and wisdom provides practical advice ranging from class enrollment, living on campus, study habits and more, that every student-and parent-will benefit from...like buying their books before exams start!

The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America

by Randy Petersen

A groundbreaking look at the strange friendship between George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin, who together defined what it means to be an American. They were the most famous men in America. They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led dissimilar lives. But they were fast friends. No two people did more to shape America in the mid-1700s. Benjamin Franklin was the American prototype: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, with humble manners and lofty dreams. George Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies was heard by thousands, all of whom were told, "You must be born again. " People became excited about God. They began reading the Bible and supporting charities. When Whitefield died in 1770, on a preaching tour in New Hampshire, he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation--just as his surviving friend, Ben Franklin, had built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.

S. H. A. P. E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life

by Erik Rees

Rick Warren's bestselling book, The Purpose Driven® Life, described God's five purposes for every Christian. Now Erik Rees helps you discover God's unique purpose for your life based on the way God has shaped you. He made you marvelously unique for a reason. Tap into that reason and into the secrets of your own deeply personal makeup-the remarkable ensemble of passions, talents, experiences, temperament, and other components that work together to make you who you are-and you'll discover the path to a life of unimagined purpose, impact, and fulfillment. In this eye-opening, empowering, and liberating book, Rees shows you how to uncover God's most powerful and effective means of advancing his kingdom on earth: your own irreplaceable, richly detailed personal design. Based on the purpose of ministry outlined in The Purpose Driven Life, this inspiring guidebook gives you the tools to: -Unlock your God-given potential -Uncover your specific kingdom purpose -Unfold a kingdom plan for your life Filled with Scripture and real-life stories, S. H. A. P. E. presents a series of challenges that will guide you through the process of discovering your S. H. A. P. E. -your personal blend of Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. You'll learn how to apply these attributes in ways that bring confidence, freedom, clarity, and significance that can only come from your Creator. Also available: unabridged audio CD.

The Edge of Dreams (Molly Murphy Mystery #14)

by Rhys Bowen

[From the dust jacket flaps:] "Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common--nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target. Molly's detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She's healing from injuries sustained in the crash and she's refurbishing her house, which has only just been rebuilt after burning down. She's also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus's most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel's murder case. Rhys Bowen's characteristic blend of atmospheric turn-of-the-century history, clever plotting, and sparkling characters will delight readers in The Edge of Dreams, the latest in her bestselling Molly Murphy series." Catch up on all of the investigations of a feisty Irish immigrant in early twentieth century New York City. The historic atmosphere is diverse and accurate and though Molly enjoys her independence and is out to prove women are capable of running a business, she has a soft spot for Daniel, a police captain who loves her, but for some time, not reliably. Look for #0.5 The Amersham Rubies, #1 Murphy's Law, #2 Death of Riley, #3 For the Love of Mike, #4 In Like Flynn, #5 Oh Danny Boy, #6 In Dublin's Fair City, #7 Tell Me Pretty Maiden, #8 In A Gilded Cage, #9 The Last Illusion, #10 Bless the Bride, #11 Hush Now, Don't You Cry, #12 The Family Way and #13 City of Darkness and Light, with more on the way. The ten books in the Evan Evans series, also by Rhys Bowen, about a constable in a mountainous Welsh town are also in the collection as well as Bowen's Royal Spyness Mystery series including The Twelve Clues of Christmas.

Macon's Perfect Shot: A Yellowstone Adventure

by M. Mark Miller

Fourteen-year-old Macon Josey must earn enough money so his widowed mother won't have to give up his baby sister for adoption. He sees a chance when Uncle Bird Calfee offers him a job caring for art equipment on a trip to the brand new Yellowstone Park. Macon's mother fears marauding Indians, boiling geysers and ferocious bears, but Uncle Bird promises her he'll stay on routes that avoid danger, and he'll teach Macon to shoot his father's rifle. Macon learns to be a sharpshooter while he and Uncle Bird travel meeting colorful characters and seeing hot springs, waterfalls, and canyons. This new skill becomes crucial after Uncle Bird falls into a geyser and Macon has to figure out how to get his scalded friend home. The only way is to head straight toward a band of murderous horse thieves.

Margaret Truman's Undiplomatic Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel

by Margaret Truman Donald Bain

Private investigator Robert Brixton has always hated Washington. Against his better judgment, he decides to stick around and take a job as an agent in a new State Department security agency headed by his former boss at the Washington P.D. After work one day he meets his youngest daughter, Janet, for a drink at an outdoor cafe. Shockingly, a young Arabic woman blows herself up, killing Janet and a dozen others. Seeking revenge for his daughter, Brixton follows the tracks of the bomber to a powerful senator's son.

Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive

by T. D. Jakes

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller for six weeks, Bishop T. D. Jakes's smash-hit INSTINCT shows readers how to tap into their God-given intuition to achieve ultimate success. Whether you call it following your heart, a gut feeling, a hunch or intuition, instinct-the inner knowledge bubbling up from a wellspring of wisdom within-can lead to a bigger, elephant-sized life. Combining social, business and personal examples with biblical insights, in INSTINCT Bishop Jakes shows readers how to rediscover their natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of their past experiences. Knowing when to close a deal, when to take a risk, and when to listen to their hearts will become possible when they're in touch with the instincts that God gave them. If readers are ready to unlock the confines of where they are, and discover where they were meant to be, then INSTINCT is their key!

The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Giving to the Poor

by Peter Abrahams

A modern-day Robin Hood by a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author!Robbie Forester has learned the hard way that life isn't fair. So have her friends Ashanti, Silas and Tut-Tut. But Robbie and her friends--who call themselves the Outlaws of Sherwood Street--want to change that.When Sheldon Gun, an evil business man, ends up killing Silas's father so he can build a new apartment complex in Brooklyn, the Outlaws know it's up to them to make Sheldon Gun pay. With street smarts, Silas's inventions, and a little help from a charm bracelet, these friends know they can take on Sheldon Gun and win--at least, they hope so. If not, they may end up just like Silas's dad. This story is filled with action, adventure, social justice and great friends--and is especially relevant during our current economy and the rise of the Occupy Everywhere movement. Perfect for fans of young detectives like Nancy Drew, Enola Holmes, and Gilda Joyce. Peter Abrahams, who also writes the Chet & Bernie mysteries as Spencer Quinn, is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Echo Falls series as well as teen novels Reality Check and Bullet Point. His adult novel, The Fan, was turned into a feature film starring Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes. Stephen King has called Abrahams "my favorite American suspense novelist."

Islamic Political Thought

by Gerhard Bowering

In sixteen concise chapters on key topics, this book provides a rich, authoritative, and up-to-date introduction to Islamic political thought from the birth of Islam to today, presenting essential background and context for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and beyond. Selected from the acclaimed Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, and focusing on the origins, development, and contemporary importance of Islamic political ideas and related subjects, each chapter offers a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to its topic. Written by leading specialists and incorporating the latest scholarship, the alphabetically arranged chapters cover the topics of authority, the caliphate, fundamentalism, government, jihad, knowledge, minorities, modernity, Muhammad, pluralism and tolerance, the Qur'an, revival and reform, shariʿa (sacred law), traditional political thought, 'ulama' (religious scholars), and women. Read separately or together, these chapters provide an indispensable resource for students, journalists, policymakers, and anyone else seeking an informed perspective on the complex intersection of Islam and politics.The contributors are Gerhard Bowering, Ayesha S. Chaudhry, Patricia Crone, Roxanne Euben, Yohanan Friedmann, Paul L. Heck, Roy Jackson, Wadad Kadi, John Kelsay, Gudrun Krämer, Ebrahim Moosa, Armando Salvatore, Aram A. Shahin, Emad El-Din Shahin, Devin J. Stewart, SherAli Tareen, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman.A new afterword discusses the essays in relation to contemporary political developments.

Race for Revenge #6

by Chase Wheeler

When several cars are run off the road, Speed starts looking for answers. But Speed gets more than he bargained for when he learns about a driver who is out for revenge... and who won't stop until he gets it!

Secret Engine, The #3

by Chase Wheeler

Tongue Blaggard, the dastardly criminal, has stolen a Model T that once belonged to the crook Light Fighters Clepto. When Speed vows to recover the Model T, he learns Clepto's fortune. Can Speed stop Blaggard before he gets his dirty hands on the loot?

Race Against the Mammoth Car, The #4

by Chase Wheeler

Speed has entered the No Limit World Race, but the competition is overshadowed by the theft of $50 million in gold bars. Can Speed and Racer X solve the crime before they reach the finish line?

Mask of Power: Lightning Rod Faces the Cyclops Queen #3

by Onk Beakman

The #1 Kids' Video Game! Lightning Rod Faces the Cyclops Queen is the third book in an ongoing Mask of Power series of original novels set in the Skylanders universe. These all-new stories feature favorite characters from all the Skylanders games.

What Is the Panama Canal?

by Fred Harper Janet Pascal Tim Foley

Before 1914, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast meant going by land across the entire United States. To go by sea involved a long journey around South America and north along the Pacific Coast. But then, in a dangerous and amazing feat of engineering, a 48-mile-long channel was dug through Panama, creating the world's most famous shortcut: the Panama Canal!

New Orleans! #4

by Giada De Laurentiis Francesca Gambatesa

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you back home. In the fourth book in the series, Zia's secret ingredient takes Alfie and Emilia to New Orleans. There they meet the members of a kids' jazz band and are soon helping save the band's performance venue, as well as tracking down a long-lost cookbook, which just might hold some very special secrets. From beignets and gumbo, to jazz and zydeco, Alfie and Emilia experience everything New Orleans has to offer, all while trying to find their way home.

A Lady's Ranch Life in Montana

by Isabel F. Randall

"A faithful and unvarnished Record of a Settler's Life" is how Isabel Randall described her letters when they were first published in 1887. Many foreign travelers published accounts of their visits to the American West, but Randall was one of the few European women to write about the western experience from the inside. In 1884 Randall and her husband settled on a ranch in Montana hoping to make their fortune in the livestock boom. Randall's letters home to England describe the practical affairs of daily life, rural social interactions, and the natural world around her. Her letters are cheerful, but they also suggest why the Randalls ultimately failed to achieve financial success. In this new edition of A Lady's Ranch Life in Montana, Richard L. Saunders supplements Randall's letters with notes and an extensive introduction drawn from a wealth of primary sources. He sketches the Randalls' lives before and after their western adventure, describes the stock industry that drew them to Montana, places Isabel's letters in the context of English attitudes toward Americans, and discusses her neighbors' reactions to her criticisms of local society.

Cocos2d-x by Example: Beginner's Guide - Second Edition

by Roger Engelbert

If you are a game enthusiast who would like to develop and publish your own game ideas onto different app stores, this is the book for you. Some knowledge of C++ or Java is helpful but not necessary.

Learning Android Application Testing

by Diego Torres Milano Paul Blundell

If you are an Android developer looking to test your applications or optimize your application development process, then this book is for you. No previous experience in application testing is required.

Mastering Apache Cassandra - Second Edition

by Nishant Neeraj

The book is aimed at intermediate developers with an understanding of core database concepts who want to become a master at implementing Cassandra for their application.

Salesforce Reporting and Dashboards

by Johan Yu

This book is intended for all Salesforce users--administrators, managers, business analysts, or report writers who are new to creating reports or dashboards within Salesforce. Basic knowledge of the Salesforce platform is required.

Building Machine Learning Systems with Python - Second Edition

by Luis Pedro Coelho Willi Richert

This book primarily targets Python developers who want to learn and use Python's machine learning capabilities and gain valuable insights from data to develop effective solutions for business problems.

GameMaker Essentials

by Nathan Auckett

This book is for users experienced with game development who now want to learn how to develop games in GameMaker: Studio in a fast-paced way.

QGIS Python Programming Cookbook

by Joel Lawhead

If you are a geospatial analyst who wants to learn more about automating everyday GIS tasks or a programmer who is responsible for building GIS applications,this book is for you. The short, reusable recipes make concepts easy to understand. You can build larger applications that are easy to maintain when they are put together.

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