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More excellent professional reading suggestions from our awesome DEN members!


Creating Innovators

Tony Wagner


Rating: 5: DEN Finger Worthy

In this book Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. This is the key to our country remaining among the world leaders. We need to learn how to develop young people who are innovators.

My favorite line/quote: Children need to have play, passion, and purpose in their lives.

My idea shift: Formal education is not necessarily the best way to raise innovators.

My take-away: A childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.

What’s next: My next education related book will be Why School? by Will Richardson.

Paula N. from Louisiana



Learning by Doing: Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work

Richard Dufour, Robert Eaker and Rebecca Dufour


Rating: 4

My idea shift: Our school has been working on developing Professional Learning Communities at various levels. I have got some good ideas about how to improve our current PLCs from this book.

Brenda G. from Maryland



Focus on Inquiry

Lesley Wing Jan & Jeni Wilson

9781863667210, 1863667210

Rating: 4

Common core will lead teachers to do more inquiry with students. This book helps teachers plan, implement and assess inquiry based units.

Favorite line/quote: Page 37 – Who am I and where am I going? How do I make sense of and communicate with the world? What are my rights and responsibilities in communities, cultures and economies? How do I describe, analyse and shape the world around me??

My idea shift: Focus on Inquiry empowers you to investigate inquiry-based learning within the context of your school, leading to rich and powerful learning for all students.

My take-away: Inquiry inspires students to take an active role in:
• asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries
• finding information from a variety of sources
• making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences
• reflecting on, and taking action related to, their understandings.

Wendy N. from Florida





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