Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations
This time of year, schools scramble to select a book for their entire faculty to read over the summer. Although it would be nice if everyone read the same book as a basis for common dialogue and for teachers to read more than one book about learning each year, I just assembled a list for the (DK-8) school where I serve as the Special Assistant to the Head of School for Innovation. Based on our overarching goals of action, reflective practice, progressive education, learning-by-making, energetic classroom centers, creativity, and collegiality, I recommended the following books for this summer. If a school community was to read one book (besides Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom) , I would recommend David Perkins’ book, Making Learning Whole.
- Perkins, David. (2010) Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education. A clear and concise book on how to teach in a learner-centered fashion.
- Gandini, Lella et al… (2015) In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, Second Edition. A beautiful and practical book aimed at early childhood education, but equally applicable at any grade level.
- Littky, Dennis. (2004) The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business. Aimed at secondary education, but with powerful ideas applicable at any level. This may be the best book written about high school reform in decades.
- Tunstall, Tricia. (2013) Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music. One of the finest books about teaching and learning I’ve read in the past decade. This lessons in this book are applicable across all subject areas.
- Papert, Seymour. (1993) The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer. A seminal book that situates the maker movement and coding in a long progressive tradition. This is arguably the most important education book of the past quarter century.
- Little, Tom and Katherine Ellison. (2015) Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools A spectacular case made for progressive education in the face of the nonsense masquerading as school “reform” these days.
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