This summer I was pumped at the idea of digging deep into my own professional development. I started the summer by increasing my following of my PLNs and increasing my reading. I also spent several days of learning at the ISTE conference. You’ll hear more about my ideas from the ISTE later as I flesh them out.
I picked three books to read this summer. Many people in my PLNs were excited about these books. I also knew the reputation of the authors and the subject area intrigued me.
All three books had a little different perspective.
Shift This is a look into how to make your classroom more student led. This book gives really practical tips on how to help our students think. It is so practical and uplifting. If you are ready to make that shift into student-led instruction this is a great book to start with. Check out #ShiftThis if you want to read more about this book on Twitter.
Lead Like A Pirate is look at leading with passion. One thing that really stuck with me from this book is that “You never really achieve greatness, it’s a moving target.” Improving my skills as a leader means I have to keep moving towards greatness. I’m not there, I’m constantly learning, and I keep rowing the boat forwards. As soon as the boat stops, I sink as a leader. This book really resonated with me. Check out #LeadLAP if you want to learn more about this book on Twitter.
Empower – What Happens When Students Own Their Learning – Is the book I’m reading right now. I know this book will take me a while to read because I keep going back to my personal journal and reflecting on it. This book is a game changer for educators. You can’t read this book and not get super-charged to make changes. I think back to my education – I went to class, got A’s, rarely failed and went on to do exactly what I thought I would do. Teach. Today, we have no idea what jobs will be there for our students. This book is about empowering our students to own the learning process. This allows them to be prepared for their future. #EmpowerBook is where you’ll find the buzz about this book on Twitter!
Again – This book is a game changer. I wish all educators were reading this book at once! Imagine what our schools would look like this fall!
More about my summer reading at a later time. If you are interested in what I’ve been reading, check out my Goodreads Profile.
One new thing I’ve learned this week – #BookSnaps. Why wasn’t this a thing while I was in the classroom?