In early June I got an email from a colleague asking me what books I was going to read over the summer. I had a short list that included a few new titles and a text that I wanted to revisit (links below). It is now early July and I have yet to make a dent in that short list - why? I have become fascinated with listening to podcasts.
Here are a few of my favorites:
HBR IdeaCast by the Harvard Business Review: A long time reader of the HBR's quick and smart articles - this podcast is my go-to. Sarah Green is curious but not obvious and thoughtful without being cautious. Between about 15-25 minutes (usually) you are guaranteed to walk away with at least one new idea.
Good Life Project: Jonathan Fields talks with "world-shakers" about what makes a good life. Episodes are between 40-60 minutes but there are also Good Life Riffs which are 5-15 minute essay-style episodes. The conversations are tangential and authentic so they make for an interesting listen. Some of my favorites: Gretchen Rubin, Sir Ken Robinson, Don Sull, and Brain Hacking: The Truth About How to Change Your Brain. I've been really inspired by some of his most recent riffs and to be referenced in future posts.
Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR): The title of this is self-explanatory - it is basically a roundtable discussion of all things pop culture - movies, books, music, TV and anything else getting media buzz. Episodes are about 40 minutes with small batch episodes clocking in around 10.
Headspace: Not a podcast but one of my absolute favorite things to listen to. I meditate with Andy Puddicombe's app almost daily. I am a huge advocate of meditation and really, really love this app - try it!
Also on rotation: Freakonomics Radio, This American Life, Education Talk Radio, Talks with Teachers, Radio Headspace
Do you listen to podcasts? What should I add to my playlist?
Here is my summer reading list:
I pre-ordered (and couldn't be more excited about!!!): A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth
It must be the summer of Serravallo, currently re-reading: Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Student's Growth and Independence
And last, but certainly not least: THE NEW READING UNITS OF STUDY
What are you reading?