What We’re Reading: 13 Books to Keep Your Learning Alive this Summer
Summertime: it is a time to relax, spend time outdoors, and possibly catch up on those tasks that fell to the wayside during the school year. Though the following books are not exactly “beach reads”, we invite you to join us in some fun summer reading that will stretch your mind as you stretch out at the beach. Here is what our staff is reading this summer. Be sure to let us know what you are reading in the comment box below!
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“Adam, God’s Beloved” by Henri Nouwen
This is truly an excellent book that talks about the profound impact Adam had on Henri Nouwen’s life. Henri was assigned to come alongside Adam in the L’Arche Community called Daybreak in Canada. – Barbara Newman, consultant and director of church services
“Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning” by Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.
This is an easy to read, practical, and idea filled resource book on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It explains key principals of multiple means of engagement, representation and action/expression for diverse learners. It also gives practical ways to put them into action. – Becci Zwiers, teacher consultant
“Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class” by Jason Bretzmann
The chapters range from details on flipping certain content areas to philosophical reasoning and empirical evidence on the benefits of flipping. I’m finding great details and suggestions so far! – Becci Zwiers, teacher consultant
“Have the Guts to Do It Right: Raising Grateful and Responsible Children in an Era of Indulgence” by Sheri Moskowitz Noga
This obscure book is a treasure of common sense wisdom and practical strategies to assist parents in understanding their relationship with their children in their own styles of parenting.
For example, in a section titled, “Manners”, the author points out the importance of teaching children to say “please” and “thank you”, a process which should begin as early as possible. The parent’s clear expectation is for their child to treat people with politeness, good manners, respect and appreciation. The author adds, “If you want your children to be polite and have good manners, work on relating to them [with good manners].”
Other compelling topics in this gem of a parenting resource include: respect, autonomy, gratitude, boundaries, self-control, work/chores, computer use and access to media (as in “do not allow your children to have television sets in their bedrooms”). –Doug Bouman, S.Psy.S.
“Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How we Can Help Them” by Ross Greene D.
I’m finding that this book is a really great reminder that when students are struggling, it is important to meet them where they are and work with them on developing the lagging skills, either behavioral or academic. – Linda Weemhoff, teacher consultant
“No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement” by Randy Lewis
I’ve recommended this book to several people in the short time since I’ve read it. Randy Lewis goes over the steps he took and lessons learned from helping Walgreens re-design their distribution centers to employ persons with disabilities. Although pithy at times, it challenged me to think more purposefully about how we design our work and organizations to unlock the gifts of every person. – Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski, advancement director (as of September 2015)
This book is PACKED with cool stuff. This writer looks at introversion/extroversion from every possible angle. She includes interesting data from psychology, sociology, history, neuroscience, anthropology, economics, politics, and education. You could pretty much make a meal out of each section. It would be a fun book to study with a book club…at least if the book clubbers want to gain personal insight and cultural awareness It is possibly more a winter read rather than a summer read…but with that being said, it is very readable, full of stories and fun facts. It feels like both a novel and a textbook. – Dr. Sherri Rozema
“Safe Within These Walls” by Andra Medea; “Taking Restorative Justice To Schools” by Jeannette Holtham; “Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools” by Margaret Thorsborne and Peta Blood
Through reading these books, my goal is to sharpen my skills for de-escalating student behavior and rethinking how wrongdoing and conflicts are approached in schools. (I will then take this learning to my consulting work and professional development workshops.) – Pam Maat, teacher consultant
“The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults” by Frances Jensen
Through this book, I am learning that the teenage brain is sponge like, absorbing both beneficial and harmful input at equal intensity, creating lifelong neural connections. This makes the teenage brain very exciting and tremendously scary at the same time. – Marji Voetberg, teacher consultant
“The Wounded Healer” by Henri Nouwen
I was so taken with “Adam, God’s Beloved”, that I also intend to read “The Wounded Healer”as a way to understand Henri Nouwen’s encouragement to engage in ministry in our faith communities today. – Barbara Newman, consultant and director of church services
“Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications” by Tracey E. Hall Ph.D., Anne Meyer Ed.D., and David H Rose D.
This textbook-type book dives into the theory, practice and evidence of UDL. – Becci Zwiers, teacher consultant