books

My Current EduReading List

There are plenty of books I need to read, and I have quite a few of them. These books have been recommended to me over time, and I’ve picked them up. So far, they’ve spent a lot of time on my shelf as I work my way through the school year. Reading is a passion of mine, but I usually only read before bed. This, of course, is under the cover of darkness, curled up in my bed with my Kindle. Reading helps me relax my brain and fall asleep more easily. Obviously this is not the ideal time to read any kind of reference material. Plus, I like to have physical copies of my reference books. This allows me to easily locate information or make any kind of marks I want. I’m not someone who marks up her books, but I do paste QR codes in them from time to time. The codes link to blog posts that I’ve written on that chapter or topic.

Most of the books listed work for anyone in education. Usually I find ways to link them to edtech or my own leadership in the field. There is always room to grow and room to learn.

Here are the books that are currently on my list to read and tackle. I’ve provided links to them on Amazon as well for easy purchase:

  1. The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros: I actually started this in the fall and participated in half of #IMMOOC before I got busy with other things. I am going to finish the rest of this book first!
  2. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess: I started this book, and then I switched out of the classroom and into the technology specialist position, so I never finished it because I was learning the ropes of a new job at the time. I need to revisit it now that I am more comfortable in my position. Goal is before summer, as I get to see both Burgess and Couros speak at Copenhaver Institute!
  3. What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker: If you know me well enough, you know I love promoting being a connected educator and growing one’s PLN via social networks, such as Twitter, which is my main playground.
  4. The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar: All I know is that this is a must for me in my coaching position and that it will help me assist my teachers better. I’ve had multiple folks tell me to read it before next school year begins.
  5. Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger: I have a copy of this book somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it right now. It may be at school. I want to create technological change in my schools, or at least see where I can begin.
  6. Lead Like a Pirate by Shelly Burgess: I’m in a unique leadership position as an ITRT and I want to see what new ideas this book will have to help me improve my leadership among my teachers. I think it’s geared toward admin, but I will find out. I want to be a better leader.

I have a lot to tackle, and I hope to jump back in soon. What’s on your current edureading list? Share in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy Days in WV

As with much of the east coast, WV was hit with a large dumping of snow. Our particular area got over 2 feet of snow, and I’m definitely glad that it was light snow and not the heavy stuff. I’ve shoveled the past 3 days, and my arms are definitely very sore, and feeling it.

Aside from sleeping in and shoveling snow, I’ve either napped or read for the most part. I’ve finished 3 books, and been quite pleased with myself:

– To Be An Israeli by Roberta Kagan
– The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe
– The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

Tomorrow there’s no school due to the road conditions nearly everywhere in the county, save for perhaps 50 and 28. I should work on the professional portfolio I need to put together for job applications, but I always like to spend snow days taking some mental health time after doing the necessary clearing of snow. It’s important to me to recharge my batteries and take advantage of the time I’d usually be working to instead do the things that make me happiest. Once I return to work then I’m ready to go and tackle the issues facing me, usually with a very good attitude.

My plans for tomorrow include sleeping in and potentially going to my mom’s daycare to see my favorite little boys. I need to do my laundry anyway, and it’s a good reason to venture out. My mom lives about 7 minutes away, right off the main road so I don’t need to worry about driving. Reading will probably be on the menu for tomorrow as well. As for school this week, I’m not sure when we’ll go back. I have a feeling we’ll be out Tuesday, but I don’t know about Wednesday onward.

Remember, enjoy your time off, too. Mental health is important, and what will keep you going until spring break!