Read, Reflect, Repeat

April 13, 2019

This week I share what I’ve been reading lately along with how our experiences can spark new ideas.

  1. In this post, I shared several titles that I have read for the past three months. I’m going to strive for this type of post quarterly on the blog.

  2. The quote about “real leadership challenges the leader” is from Eric Glover’s Educational Leadership article Real Principals Listen.

  3. One book worth noting in particular is Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. It’s an important memoir about a positive mindset, especially in the face of despair.

  4. I also highly recommend How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollen. We all know someone with mental health challenges. Pollen’s reporting is essential knowledge.

  5. Right now I am reading aloud Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer to my son. He is excited about the movie coming out this summer.

  6. In this post, I reflect on a how controlled/prescribed burn at our school’s oak savanna could serve as a launch for facilitating student questioning and/or an entry event for an integrated unit of study.

  7. One comment on that post referenced Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction, an excellent approach to curriculum development by H. Lynn Erickson.

  8. Feedback is essential for reflection and growth. Bill Ferriter and Paul Cancellieri wrote a short and practical book on the topic, Creating a Culture of Feedback.

  9. I wrote about my own experience with reflection and renewal on New Year’s Eve last year in this post.

  10. Two recommended articles about making data meaningful for students are Data - Doin’ it for the Kids by Carrie Kreider and Meaningful Data by Ruth Ayres.

Speaking of data, on Thursday, April 18 I will be hosting a free webinar for EdWeb, titled “Authentic Assessment in the Digital Age”. You can sign up here.