A recent traveler to New Zealand was complaining that the house where he stayed while he was there was unbearably cold in the winter. The reason it was so uncomfortable, he said, was that the Scottish settlers who built their houses there neglected to change their perspective.
They built their houses to capitalize on the warmth of southern exposure only they were in the southern hemisphere where everything is reversed. They should have been building for a northern exposure instead.
Summertime, especially for educators, is a slip into a different hemisphere. The pace slows just enough to allow a newly angled perspective, surprising ideas or, at the very least, a longer range view of your life and work. If you have been looking south, it may be the time to look north.
One way to capitalize on this mental shift (after you have had your fill of blissful beach reading, of course) is to pick up a book on a professional topic. A book that is not too dense and technical, but one that is thought-provoking and can help you take a fresh look at what you do and how you do it.
Below are some reading recommendations from our webinar speakers. These are books they have singled out as well worth your (summer)time.
Do you have your own reading recommendations for fellow educators? Please expand the list by adding some suggested reading material in the comment box.
The Tough Kid Tool Box, Jensen, Rhode and Reavis, Sopris West.
Struggles: Managing Resistance, Building Rapport, Maag, Sopris West.
School, family and community partnerships: Your handbook for action, 2nd edition, by J. Epstein, Corwin Press
Academic Language Notebooks: The Language of Math, (grades 3,4 and 5) Course Crafters Publications and Perfection Learning
Managing School Districts for High Performance, Childress, Elmore, Grossman and Johnson
The 4 Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, Patrick Leoncioni
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Leoncioni
The Strategic School by Miles and Frank
Updraft/Downdraft, Crawford and Dougherty
Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Do you have any recommendations for summer reading? Please add them here with a note about why you liked the book(s) or other reading material.
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Daniel Pink’s, Drive, is a book I would suggest to educators. Pink questions assumptions that many make regarding what truly motivates people. Specifically, we often hear that students are motivated by grades not the learning, instead of recognizing that it is our school cultures that have created that emphasis on grades. Pink provides concrete examples of intrinsic motivation and why we need to focus on it if we wish to support students becoming deep thinkers.