Den Reads: Recommendations for Professional Reading

Getting right to the point, here are some of my recommendations for professional reading:

> Machines Are the Easy Part; People Are the Hard Part:observations about making technology work in schools  by Doug Johnson

With humor, insight and short easy to read chapters, Johnson addresses topics from encouraging job security to the particular needs of technology in schools to administration and teaching in a rules of the game style.    A few of my favorites:

  • Change anything and someone is not going to like it
  • You can’t be too rich, too thin or have too much bandwidth
  • Rules only work with the rational
  • A project not worth doing is not worth doing well
  • Accentuate the things you [librarian]can do that the internet can’t
  • Take your job seriously but not yourself

One of the great parts about this book– it is a free ebook download at Click here.

Readicide: how schools are killing reading and what you can do about it by Kelly Gallagher

Does the emphasis on high-stakes testing and its effect on current teaching methods help or hinder a typical student’s love of reading?  Are we over-analyzing good books to point they can’t be enjoyed?  Do we focus on academic texts to the detriment of good literature?  Gallagher presents some thought-provoking material, then goes a step further and suggest steps to halt the Readicide. Available as an ebook purchase.  Click here for more information.

The Book Whisperer: awakening the inner reader in every child by Donalyn Miller

Fitting well with Readicide, this book takes a look at how all students can be encouraged to become readers — life long, for pleasure readers.   It is not through drills and worksheets or computerized reading programs.    Miller’s own experience is recounted as she let students pick books that interested them, required them to read 40 books a year and uses alternative methods to build a class full of readers — AND saw good test scores too!  Available as an ebook purchase.  Click here for more information.

and now something a little different:

National Geographic has a series of books using the popular game to give information in a fun format.  Some sample titles:

  • Angry Birds Space: a furious flight into the final frontier — learn about our solar system and beyond
  • Angry Birds: 50 true stories of the fed up, feathered, and furious — learn about various types of birds
  • Angry Birds: Colors and Angry Birds: Numbers — board book format to help the learning get started
  • Angry Birds Playground series — coming in October, subjects include dinosaurs, animals around the word and geography

Check it out!