Over the course of this year, every time my students finished a book they filled out a Google Form aptly titled The Finished Book Form (after reading Rump by @LieslShurtliff we began using "The" a lot). As we approached the last day of school students were compiling lists of texts that they had to get their hands on this summer. I listed many of the same titles (at the top of their list was Legend by Marie Lu) as well as identified a few professional texts that I wanted to read (or re-read) this summer. Here is my list:
1. Brain Rules by John Medina image via Brain Rules
This book has completely changed the way I think...about thinking. And everything really. I introduced some of his twelve brain rules to my students and they were a constant point of reference as we learned this year. One of the first rules we discuss is: vision trumps all senses. Super power eyes are very important in our classroom. Learning about brains and how they work and think is a passion of mine and my students are quick to join me in learning about the science of their own brains. In my own practice, I loved learning about Theory of Mind. I am a huge believer in this concept and the implications that it may have on teacher preparation programs and decision-making in education. Everyone should read it.
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
A colleague brought up this book during a recent institute day. I took out my iPad and ordered it on the spot. To be completely honest, I haven't started reading it yet. But I can tell you that it is one of those books that gets me thinking every time I look at the cover. Have you read this yet?
3. Advancing Formative Assessment by Brookhart and Moss
I love this book. And Learning Targets by Brookhart and Moss. And almost everything by Brookhart and Moss. Clear and organized their ideas are purposeful and manageable. This is a book that inspires you to head into the classroom the next day in order to practice and try. I constantly re-read and reference their section on feedback that feeds forward. I love learning with Brookhart and Moss. Can we Twitter chat about this book?
Other books on my summer reading list:
The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller (I am very late to the Donalyn Miller party!)
Thrive, Meenoo Rami
Visible Learning and Science of How We Learn, John Hattie
David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown, as part of this book club!
The Real Boy, Anne Ursu
The False Prince, Jennifer Nielsen
Legend, Marie Lu
The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
Top Secret Twenty-One, Janet Evanovich (I secretly, now openly, adore these books)
What are you reading this summer?