Our school district, Stockton Unified School District, recently concluded a 12 week reading campaign. The challenge was for all students of SUSD to read 12 books in 12 weeks.
I thought it was a benevolent activity so I gave the flyers and challenge to my classes. I quickly realized this challenge was accepted by more of the elementary students and teachers than the high school audience. My high school students laughed and satirically asked what a book was? I guess they use cell phones and videos rather than pass their time reading pages on paper.
I decided to “do it myself” just like the Little Red Hen in one of my favorite children story books.
I gave it the good old college try but came up short in total books read. I could analyze and make a list of why I didn’t meet or complete the challenge. I could dwell on dissatisfaction of not obtaining the worthy goal. Instead I have decided to share my list of books.
The order of the list doesn’t have any strategy. Following is just a list that came to mind and a reason why I would like to read it.
I hope you enjoy reading.
Books to Re-read:
The Little Train That Could by Watty Piper
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, et. al.
Hints on how to talk when the results could cause a loss or really hurt feelings.
One Minute Teacher: How to Teach Others to Teach Themselves by Constance Johnson
I wonder if there are any suggestions to make me a more effective teacher.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Top guru of having positive attitudes about success.
Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana
My students are very weak at asking investigative questions. Will this book help?
Ditch that Homework: Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete
by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler
Excellent book to learn better strategies to help students learn.
Books on the first time to read list:
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
I have read other books by this author and believe this would be an awesome read.
The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, PhD
I used the previous book which was excellent as a help for managing people. I am curious of what is new in management styles.
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Sounds like a statics and a help guide for science experiments. I am curious to see if it will help me teach investigation to my science students.
Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom by Matt Miller
This title sounds like additional hints and helps from an excellent author I have read.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
I am curious what hints and behaviors will help me focus deeper and longer than I already do.
Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Schools, Workplaces, and Lives by Bryan Goodwin
This book was suggested by a friend to see if science students can be taught to be curious and thus engage in science classes.