One of my goals for 2015 was to read (and note my opinions on) 36 books, which I later bumped up to 48. Out of those, here are 3 that you might enjoy, and that tangentially relate to gifted education:
The Housekeeper and the Professor, recommended by Byrdseed reader Christy. A delightfully touching tale exploring friendship, family, and mathematics. You’ll learn fun facts about numbers, while also pondering whether friendship can exist without memories.
Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton, who you may know from Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, or just from around the internet. An intimate look at someone equipped with intelligence and talent, but who struggled to find success. Wheaton struggles with impostor syndrome, jealousy, and bitterness to emerge as a person who finds his own path to success. A great lens to look at some of our students.
The Everything Store. A book about Amazon.com and its founder, Jeff Bezos. It’s fascinating to see how Bezos single-mindedly pursues a vision that few around him could understand. Another fascinating take on a grown-up gifted kid, and an interesting contrast to Just A Geek.
Read anything great in 2015? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or @IanAByrd on Twitter.
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