Reading Picks

By December 27, 2012Uncategorised

With the rush of Christmas now over, we thought we would share some of our reading picks for the holidays and for the New Year. We’d really like to hear what you think so please leave us a comment or a suggestion or your own.
All the best for 2013!

Linda and Judy’s suggested reading list for 2013
1. Environmental Awareness/Leadership
Education for Sustainability: Becoming Naturally Smart  – Paul Clarke
We believe that every school in the province should have a farm (problem-based learning) and that the farm should be connected to the Pop-Up Farm international network. Paul’s book helps to explain why. So will his video clips from the May seminar – available for your use by September on the website.
2. Reform of Systems
Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School – Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
Strong thinking from two leading reform analyzers – an enjoyable exploration of systems and reform strategies that do and do not work.
3. Learning and Teaching
How Children Succeed: Grit Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character  – Paul Tough
Provocative and hopeful book on how to help children develop perseverance, curiosity, optimism and self-control.
Visible Learning for Teachers John Hattie
If we want to draw on what is already known about teaching and learning,  this book is a strong summary of a huge amount of empirical research.
4. Assessment 
Active Learning through Formative Assessment  – Shirley Clarke
Lots of practical advice for learner engagement from K-12.
Clarity in the Classroom  – Michael Absolum
Especially strong on learning relationships and intentionality.
Embedded Formative Assessment  – Dylan Wiliam
Very good for teacher study groups. The core resource for AFL practices.
5. Parents/Social and Emotional Learning
Ten Mindful Minutes  – Goldie Hawn
Workable strategies for reducing stress and anxiety for family members and learners. Another easy read.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success –  Carol S. Dweck
A book that all educators, parents, trustees and coaches and high school students should read. Clearly and without jargon, Mindset explains why we need a growth mindset to learn. Web resources are excellent too and include questions for a book study.
Seven Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!  – Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins
A useful book for parent reading clubs and for educators interested in learning more about understanding reading.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking  – Susan Cain
Great book for understanding yourself, your family members and other educators and students in your work life. An easy read.
6. Professional Learning
Realizing the Power of Professional Learning –  Helen Timperley
Helen is the most knowledgeable international researcher about what makes professional learning a truly high impact activity for adults and for young people. She has synthesized all the studies to find what actually makes a difference to student learning. A must read for informal and formal leaders – especially professional learning committee members.
7. Inquiry
Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana
Not an easy thing to accomplish and this book can help educators learn how to do it – probably better for those who already have inquiry experience rather than complete beginners.
8. Innovative Learning Environments
The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice. Hanna Dumont, David Istance and Francisco Benavides
This is a succinct synthesis of the knowledge from the learning sciences – a must read reference for everyone interested in creating more innovative learning environments for young people.
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
Tony Wagner
Valuable for teachers and parents and trustees. Interesting combo of text and tech for those who like pushing the edge.
Coming Soon
Spirals of Inquiry  (2013) Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert
Published with BCPVPA. The research combined with some ‘how to’ practices for school teams committed to quality and equity for all learners and illustrated with case studies from BC schools. 

Leave a Reply