Looking for something to read this summer? Here are a few sorta-teaching-related texts I’ve enjoyed. These are all non-fiction. Fiction seems too subjective (but I love Dune, The Song of Ice and Fire series, and almost all of the Harry Bosch series). Note: none of those are school appropriate 😝
Why Don’t Students Like School
Why Don’t Students Like School, from Dan Willingham. Fun read, looking at how students learn, and how our teaching can accidentally push in the wrong direction. My biggest takeaway (and a theme in my thinking lately): the low levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy make the high levels possible.
21 Games for Paper and Pencil
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Think Like A Freak
Ok, I’m only part way into Think Like A Freak, but I already see several future posts emerging from it. It’s all about approaching problems from new directions, thinking about how you think, and how easy it is to fall into common thinking traps. Also recommend: the authors’ earlier book Freakonomics, and their related podcast (the belts vs suspendors ep is a blast).
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
In What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, the author examines how leaders reach the top because of a certain trait, but then that very trait holds them back once they’re at the top. Explores a favorite theme of mine: strengths become weaknesses. Some very brave examples of seeking purposeful feedback from those under you.
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See also, previous recs.