Are you ready for summer? Do you have big plans? Some summers I jet-set all over the place but this summer I think I’m mostly staying in town. I have lots of big plans of house projects and play dates and beach time and time to read (Am I crazy? Will any of that actually happen?)
Normally, give myself a Summer Reading List to dig into some of the books I have on my “to read” pile that I don’t have time for during the school year. Fiction. Non-fiction. History. Education.
While I realize that this summer may have less reading time than summers before, I don’t want to completely drop my summer habit. I kind of like it. So, below is my Summer Reading List 2014. I am sure I won’t make it through all the books, but maybe I can make it through one or two.
- Explicit Instruction by Dr. Anita Archer. I read bits and pieces before but I want to go back and dig into the pieces I missed.
- The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I’m not super-strong on the Progressive Era so this looks like a fun way to work on that...
- The House Girl by Tara Conklin. Slavery and reparations. Fiction. Intriguing...
- Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History by the always-engaging James Lowen, author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me”.
- Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown. Got rave reviews and really is supposed to define what it means to learn.
How about you? What’s on your book pile? What are you doing to keep your brain functioning (or rebooting) over the summer?
Enjoy a wonderful, well-deserved, hard-earned break! I’ll see you all fresh and ready to rock in the fall