Here’s my 2013 summer reading list (in no particular order):
Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess — (Follow Dave Burgess on Twitter — @burgessdave)
Dave Burgess lists the following traits to absorb and develop and practice until they become part of the teacher who is wholly committed to the profession: Passion, Immersion, Rapport, Ask and Analyze, Transformation, and Enthusiasm (astute readers will see that the first letter of each word spells out PIRATE). From this jumping off point Burgess accompanies the reader through the techniques he has developed and perfected in making the classroom an exciting, desirable place for students to literally absorb learning. His ideas on providing `hooks’ that focus on capturing the attention and passion of students to follow his standard in making learning not a chore but a fun challenge to incorporate in their view of the joy of learning.
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon — (Follow Jon Gordon on Twitter — @JonGordon11)
The Energy Bus takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals ten secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment. Everyone faces challenges and everyone has to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success. For everyone looking to turn negative energy into positive success, this book provides a powerful plan for overcoming common life and work obstacles.
Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley — (Follow Andy Stanley on Twitter — @AndyStanley)
Five characteristics mark the man or woman who will shape the future.
Drawing on two decades of experience mentoring a rising generation, seasoned visionary Andy Stanley shows how to:
-Discover and play to your strengths
-Harness your fears
-Enlist a leadership coach
-Maintain moral authority
“Capable men and women will eventually catch, pass, and replace the current generation of leaders,” says Andy Stanley. “Embracing these essentials, you will not only excel in your personal leadership, but also ensure a no-regrets experience for those who choose to follow you.”
Schools Cannot Do It Alone by Jamie Vollmer — (Follow Jamie Vollmer of Twitter — @jamievol)
Schools Cannot Do It Alone tells of Jamie Vollmer’s extraordinary journey through the land of public education. His encounters with blueberries, bell curves, and smelly eighth graders lead him to two critical discoveries. First, we have a systems problem, not a people problem. We must change the system to get the graduates we need. Second, we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding town; everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions, and beliefs. Drawing on his work in in hundreds of districts, Vollmer offers teachers, administrators, board members, and their allies a practical program to secure the understanding, trust, permission, and support they need to change the system and increase student success.
The Noticer by Any Andrews — (Follow Andy Andrews on Twitter — @AndyAndrews)
Poverty. A failing marriage. Old age. Lost dreams. A failing business. An unsure future. To the residents of Orange Beach, Alabama, these desperations are dead ends. Hopeless, barren places with no chance of change. But to an old drifter named Jones, with a gift of seeing what others miss, there is no such thing as a dead end. It only takes a little “perspective”, he says, to recognize miracles in our moments, the seeds of greatness tucked into our struggles. As Jones mysteriously makes his way through this coastal town and into the searching hearts of its residents, he offers simple wisdom and sound hope. Think, Learn, Plan, Dream. For soon … you will become.
Again, this is my plan for summer reading. I have Teach Like a Pirate on my iPad and hard copies of the other four. I haven’t decided which one I will start with, but I am going to start one on Monday, June 10th. By the way, I have included each author’s Twitter handle — you should consider following each of them.
If you have read any of these, I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think.