I can hardly believe that we are in the last couple of days of the school year already! Once again, time has flown by this year. As we head into the summer months, I wanted to share my summer reading list, as well as invite you to make some recommendations — what would you add to my list?
I’ve already shared Simon Sinek’s TEDx Talk “Start with Why”, and the text was a gift from my current Superintendent of Instruction. I look forward to exploring more deeply Sinek’s ideas around motivation, loyalty and doing meaningful work. Sinek believes that “people don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it”
I discovered this text when I came across an ABC interview with author Daniel Coyle. I look forward to learning more about Coyle’s thinking on the brain, motivation and learning. The clip from the ABC interview is available on Youtube. It explores the notion of persistence, struggle and great coaching in developing talent.
In this celebrated text, Susan Cain traces the rise of “extrovert ideal” and explores what it means to be an introvert in a world that favours extroverts. Cain’s text should be an important read for educators in a time when our focus is very much on group work, and it asks us to consider carefully what we might be missing if we don’t create learning spaces where introverts can harness their strengths.
I’m also planning to read some fiction this summer, but I haven’t even started to compile that list yet, so if you have fiction recommendations, let me have them!
I hope you enjoy a restful and friend / family-centred summer. Make sure to recharge for the fall.