Monday, December 5, 2016

The Paper Architect: Fold-It-Yourself Buildings and Structures With 20 Ready-To-Use Templates

by Marivi Garrido
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The Taj Mahal may have taken 22 years to build, but you can do it in less than a day! Using crisp folds and a craft knife, you can easily recreate the world’s greatest architectural structures from ordinary sheets of paper. Whether you’re building the White House after dinner or crafting an origami version of the Eiffel Tower in an afternoon–and then folding it up to send to a friend in Paris–The Paper Architect guides you through every step of the process.

Each project also includes a wealth of information, from the history of the buildings and technical drawings to the raw materials used during construction. With quick facts that supplement the text, step-by-step illustrations, and clear instructions, all of these display-worthy projects can be mastered with no previous paper craft or architectural experience!

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

一瓦之緣

小思
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一瓦之緣 / 小思 本書是小思書寫日本的散文集。上溯一九七○年代,下至二○一四年,筆跡縱貫四十年。

一九七三年,小思負笈京都大學人文科學研究所,度過一段「脫胎換骨的歲月」。從那以後,她與日本結下了緣分——司馬遼太郎記念館中那醇厚的生氣,彷彿作家從未離開;安藤忠雄的設計,用陰翳與光亮激發出建築的生命;看到《編舟計畫》中林立的一盒盒筆記卡片,她怦然心動,想起靜寂、如夢境般的求學時光;一盤《梵鐘之響》CD,收錄日本十四座名寺的鐘聲,一心如洗;嵐山吉兆的懷石料理,簡樸中回歸真義……日本文化之美浸透在現實中,也小心翼翼地封存在回憶中。可是,靖國神社前參拜的人群、熱鬧再版的戰時地圖、掩映在細節中的大東亞意識……又在感情中投下陰影,記恨有之,戒惕有之,難以釋懷。在小思筆下,日本展現出讓人敬與恨交織的性格,在閱讀中,讀者也會不覺一起在靜水流深中回溯,找到自己對於「一瓦之緣」的理解。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel
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To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.

Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming,and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

高等教育的心件

郭位 著
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高等教育的心件 / 郭位著心件 : 大学校长说教育 / 郭位著 身為香港城市大學校長及美國國家工程院資深院士,郭位教授從他多年的教、研、高教辦學經歷中,總結出中、港、台兩岸三地高等學府之所以未能跟世界其他高等學府一樣邁向國際化的原因。

究其原因,當中最重要是政府、高等學府領導層、教職員及學生在心態上均未有作出適當的調整,以致辦學“心”件(soulware)不彰。

郭校長在本書真誠地循著高教國際化、教研合一、質量評鑒,以及創意創新等四個方面,提出解決問題的真知灼見,尋探提升兩岸三地高等學府教學水平的可能性。

本書特色:
高等教育怎麼辦? : 兩岸大學心件的探討 / 郭位著
‧ 近年兩岸三地高等教育面對不能提升水平的問題,此時出版本書,對教育工作者及營辦高等教育的政策官員有啟示作用。

‧ 作者是資深教育工作者,透過其多年任教及出任大學校長的經驗,道出兩岸三地高等教育國際化的需要,以讓三地大學教育更具競爭力,觀點具有說服力。

‧ 作者對於兩岸三地的高等教育作出多方面的比較,三者當中有需要迴避的問題,也有值得
借鏡的地方,更有需要向外國學習之處。評論分析較為全面及持平。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

《高等教育的心件》--香港版
《心件:大學校長說教育》--大陸版
《高等教育怎麼辦? : 兩岸大學心件的探討》--台灣版

Monday, November 21, 2016

Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

Scott Eblin
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Leverage mindful awareness and intention to achieve better outcomes

Overworked and Overwhelmed is a handbook for more mindful work and living that offers:
• "Must know" mindfulness basics that today's professional needs to thrive in a 24/7 world.
• Inspiring examples of mindfulness in action from dozens of leaders ranging from a U.S. Coast Guard Commandant to the CEO of Hilton Worldwide.
• A self assessment for readers to understand how they perform at their best.
Simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance.
• A personal planning framework for creating the outcomes that matter most at home, at work and in the community.

Even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

如何消除緊張 (Learn to Relax)

華克 (Eugene Walker)
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本書針對各種引起焦慮的原因,利用心理學的技巧,教你如何做鬆弛運動,泰然自若的面對生活壓力。