As I’ve done every December for the past several years, I’m inviting readers of this blog to share the best education-related book that you read over the past twelve months.
Forty readers have already contributed, and there are only two days left if you want me to include your choices in my post. December 29th is the deadline.
Leave a your choice in the comments section with no more than a sentence or two description/explanation. As usual, I’ll publish a full list on January 1st.
Here are posts from previous years:
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2012
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2011
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2010
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2009
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2008
Best book I read this year–Trusting Teachers with School Success by Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager with Amy Junge. This book is encouraging because it promotes teachers as leaders and professionals who should make the decisions in our schools.
My fave 2013 read was Jim Collins’ Good to Great. Getting the RIGHT people on the bus is key to success.
I helped lead a book study with Dave Burgess’ Teach Like a Pirate. IMO, this should be a must do for all campuses no matter the level. It was very successful…and FUN!
Teach Like a Pirate was my favorite this year. The PLN related to it is awesome, too!
“Quiet” by Susan Cain. As an extrovert, it gave me a perspective on introversion and how many great leaders are introverts. Worth the read and the reflection.
Notice and Note by Kylene Beers.
The Element by Sir Ken Robinson
How to find the point where natural talent meets personal passion.
Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam
Very insightful book with excellent research based strategies bought multiple copies for my staff and gifted one to each of my teaching daughters.
Two books I carry around in my backpack are Untangling the Web by Adam Bellow and Steve Dembo and The Classroom Teacher’s Technology Survival Guide by Doug Johnson. Both are great for practical advice you can use immediately, and I use them for PD training ideas.
Best book used in leadership team read this year…book study…The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner
I am just finishing up Dan Pink’s – To Sell is Human. This book gave me better insight into how to become more persuasive and thoughtful towards others. As a technology coach that promotes change in education it was very helpful, however all educators can benefit from such a book.