Even though I don’t have a clue when I’m going to get around to them, I have four recently published books on my nightstand that I’m looking forward to reading:
So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence Of Failure In Urban Schools by Charles Payne
Rules Of Thumb: 52 Truths For Winning At Business Without Losing Yourself by Alan Webber
Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, And Strategy In The California Farm Worker Movement by Marshall Ganz
Teaching the New Writing:Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom by Kevin Hodgson and others.
What are your recommendations for other books that have been published this year that should join this list?
2009 books I enjoyed.
The Element by Ken Robinson – so I can dream of how things might be.
Why Don’t Students Like School by Daniel Willingham – so I can keep my feet on the ground.
These two books compliment each other well even though the authors would disagree with each other on fundamental issues. Ganz & Webber books you listed are two others I liked.
Books I’ve enjoyed reading and recommend:
The Element by Sir Ken Robinson – why we need to encourage creativity in schools.
Readicide by Kelly Gallagher – to keep kids reading real books and materials and not test prep.
Mindset by Carol Dweck – fixed and growth mindset; useful for how I react to things as well as thinking about students.
Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett – massive research that demonstrates how unequal societies like the UK, USA and Australia have huge inequalities in health and education compared with more equal societies such as Sweden and Finland.
An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory – great book of examples of illustrated journals from designers, writers etc.
I have danile Willingham’s book on my list to read.
A new book I have just discovered is Guiding Students into Information Literacy: Strategies for Teacher and Teacher-Librarians by Chris Carlson and Ellen Brosnahan.