As the school year draws to a close, I’m inspired to create a Summer Reading List. I’ve started with a few recommendations that have influenced the way I make sense of the world, I’ve added others that I’m eager to dive into, and I hope others will share their suggested gems.
Made to Stick
by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
The author’s SUCCES acronym for sticky ideas has multiple applications for getting people (even students) to care about ideas and move into action. Great read that also suggests other insightful books to read.
by Robert McKee
Movie watching has never been the same for me after reading this book. Often recommended for screenwriters, McKee’s principles can guide the thinking for anyone seeking to craft a story. This is a great follow up for Made to Stick.
by Dan Ariely
This book changed the way that I view seemingly illogical human behavior. Offers insight on how people act irrationally in strikingly predictable ways.
Imagine: How Creativity Works
by Jonah Lehrer
I haven’t finished reading this yet, but it has already shifted how I think about creativity and exponentially increased my moments of epiphany. Discusses where creativity comes from and how we can harness it.
Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems
by Marc S. Tucker (editor)
This collection outlines strategies emulating the best of what has been accomplished in public education. Surprise: high-stakes testing is not in the list.
If I’m completely honest, I also have The Hunger Games on my list. My students are really into the series, so I figure I better stay informed. Summer shouldn’t be too serious.
If you have a great read to add to the list, post a comment or tweet @MsTuckerSmith