Some Suggested Summer Reading

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Some Suggested Summer Reading

Last week, colleague Glenn Whitman at St. Andrew’s Episcopal shot out an email to a number of us asking for recommendations for good summer reading reflections for his faculty.  I thought I would compile the responses as I know this is going to add to my own iPad library this summer.  Also, for any of you who are encouraging your faculty to start/grow their own professional learning on social media, following and interacting with this list of educational thought leaders via their blogs and Twitter would be a marvelous place to start. Most of them filter and pass on recommended readings of articles and books, saving your people a lot of time.  I guarantee that a few minutes a week with them is some of the most efficient growth time your colleagues can spend!

Jonathan Martin started with:

Carol Dweck: Mindset

Parker Palmer: Courage to Teach

Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot: The Good High School

Peter Elbow: Embracing Contraries

Ron Berger: Ethic of Excellence

Tim Fish added:

Ken Bain: What the Best College Teachers Do

Richard Sheridan: Joy, Inc.

 Chris Thinnes added:

Deborah Meier: The Power of Their Ideas

Carlina Rinaldi in Making Learning Visible 

Lawrence Smith added:

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, by John Wooden and Steve Jamison

The Headmaster’s Papers, by Richard Hawley

Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher, by Garret Keizer

Bob Dillon added:

Seth Godin: Stop Stealing Dreams

I added:

 Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and by McHenry and Brady

The Art of War

Fisher and Urey: Getting to Yes.

Charles James added:

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.

Change by Design by Tim Brown,

Jonah Lehrer: I Imagine and How We Decide

Jill Gough added:

David Kelley: Creative Confidence

Steve Long-Nguyen: What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue

Elizabeth Hebert: The Power of Portfolios

Thanks to all for these helpful suggestions!



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  1. Jonathan Martin May 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this Grant. I’d only offer the small caveat that my list (and perhaps those of others) was offered in response to a very specific request, summer reading “about the importance of reflection or a related book that would connect to the spirit of the self-study.” Now, all these titles are great, but I wouldn’t want my list to be seen as necessarily my most highly recommended summer reading titles in general.

    • glichtman May 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Yes; sorry; should have made that clear. My suggestions were similarly focused.

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