The worth of a book is to be measured by what you carry away from it ~ James Bryce
One of the many things that I love about Twitter is the amazing book recommendations that fill my stream. Throughout the school year I have read some great reviews and opinions on books that have me running out to Chapters to buy them. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough is an example of a book that I had to read once I saw the conversations on Twitter about it. As the school year rolled along I started making a list of books that my PLN were either currently reading or were recommended as great reads. I plan on having a summer full of reading and relaxing. Below are the 6 books I plan on reading this summer with a brief summary and a link to GoodReads. Maybe one or more of these will catch your eye.
My district will be working with Steven Katz during the next school year on transforming professional practice. Intentional Interruption will be used as a book study by administrators over the course of the year. The book is about changing the status quo of traditional activity-based professional development to help educators embrace permanent changes in thinking and behaviour.
I first heard of Quiet during a Twitter edchat in November. I immediately went out and bought the book but haven't had the time to dive into it. Quiet is about how as a society we undervalue introverts, losing much in doing so. Cain examines the rise of the extroverts in the twentieth century and its far-reaching effects. She also introduces the reader to successful introverts and how to empower an introverted child.
Daniel Pink has examined four decades of scientific research on human motivation and has written a book that will change how you think and transform how you live. Most people believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money. Pink writes that the secret to performance and satisfaction is to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
This is a book that I have been anxious to read since I read an interview with the author. He uses real-life stories along with his experience working with Bill Gates in the early years of Microsoft and as a CEO and executive coach. Snyder shows how to navigate intense challenges to achieve personal growth and organizational success. By mastering the art of struggle, you'll be better equipped to meet life's challenges and focus on what matters most.
Michael Fullan is an internationally renowned expert on educational change. I have been lucky to hear him speak a number of times since he became special advisor on education to the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty. In Stratosphere, Fullan uses a mix of humor, his expertise in the processes of educational change and deep understanding of new technologies to present a powerful plan for rethinking education.
In April I was asked to review a soon to be published book on tablet technology in education by Corwin. As a thank you they offered me any 5 of their books. As I scanned their online catalogue there were many that caught my attention, but Management by Wandering Around intrigued me because I immediately thought about how my day unfolds as a Vice Principal. I am constantly in and out of classes, completing curriculum walkthroughs and talking to teachers and students. The authors give new and seasoned administrators smart practical advice about how to "wander around" with purpose and develop a more interactive leadership style.
If you've read any of these I'd love to hear your thoughts and impressions. Do you a book list for the summer?