Book Reads

Book Read: Building a Better Teacher

I thought I knew the history of American education. After all, I had studied John Dewey in school, and isn’t he the source of all things education? Guess not, according to Building a Better Teacher by Elizabeth Green. Turns out, there was a lot of misguided efforts to create a teacher education program, and a lot […]

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Book Reads | Teaching and Learning

Beware of the person of one book.

During lunch today, I was skimming Facebook and came across a post from an awesome teacher friend Autumn with the following intro: ISO: 21 Generous friends who are looking to bless one of my students for the year! I was intrigued. I kept on reading… Each month I receive the Scholastic Book Club fliers to […]

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Book Reads | Design Thinking

Designing From The Heart

I have been reading quite a few books on design, but none have actually been designed with the elegance of this human: how to be the person designing for other people by Melis Senova, PhD.  I did not want to finish reading it because I was enjoying the content and layout so much. Luckily, it’s the […]

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Book Reads | Design Thinking

I Have Fallen in Love with Cad Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People!

Well, not literally! But I did thoroughly enjoy the book Cad Monkeys. Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People: Inside the World of Design Thinking and How it Can Spark Creativity and Innovation by Warren Berger (That title is quite a mouthful!!). If you don’t believe me, consider the fact that I used up almost all of […]

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Book Reads

Crafting a Purpose-Filled Culture

Three signals are required to create a great culture, according to Daniel Coyle, author of The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups. One of these signals is crafting purpose. “Be Ten Times as Clear About Your Priorities as You Think You Should Be.” Executives at 600 companies were asked how many of their […]

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Book Reads | Design Thinking | Personalization of Learning

Bashing into Walls to Change the World

In the book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant writes, “When we become curious about the dissatisfying defaults in our world, we begin to recognize that most of them have social origins: Rules and systems were created by people. And that awareness gives us the courage to contemplate how we can change them.”

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