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Summer 2012 Reading List

Summer 2012 Reading List

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Summer's nigh approaching, and I'm starting to curate my must-read list for those afternoons at the beach. :) So far I have:

Creating Innovators - Tony Wagner
Getting Started with Lego Robotics - Mark Gura
The Art of Game Design - Jesse Schell

Interesting and slightly nerdy, but not really light summer fare now that I reflect on it. Looking for good fiction, especially. Would love to see others' lists, so if you're a summer reader, please share!

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Jenny David's picture
Jenny David
Special Education, Students with ED, Behavior Issues. NEXUS Middle School,

A great fiction book: Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Lora Ma-Fukuda's picture
Lora Ma-Fukuda
mom & former exec producer

Saw Jane McGonigal speak at SXSWedu and she was amazing! (Here's a link to her TED talk: )

So this summer I'll probably be reading her book, "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World"

And for fun, I'm reading (with my 10-year old son) the Rick Riordan Kane Chronicles. I'm on the first book, "Red Pyramid" and it's pretty awesome. Highly recommend.

Tanya Marshall's picture

Teach Like A Champion by Doug Lemov...provides excellent tips for classroom strategies that are easy & inexpensive to implement.

Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

This was the topic of our New Teacher Chat on Wed. 5/30/12.
We generated a list of books on the chat including some contributed later by my PLN, for summer reading. I posted the list on a recent post on my blog.
Here is the actual Google Doc Book list:
Will be getting my reading on this summer!


Kim Simpson's picture
Kim Simpson
Third grade teacher at Poland Community School

Schools Where Everyone Belongs by Stan Davis is a must read and a great discussion group. Also I would recommend Comprehension Connections by Tanny McGregor as a light read but easy to implement.

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Derek Lough
International & Multicultural Education with an Emphasis in Human Rights Ed

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire is a beautiful translation than should be discussed in every social science class as a reminder that for every government or ethnic group that dominates, there are those who fight back against the oppression.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander will open your eyes to the modern day injustices occurring here in the United States and how the legislative methods used to oppress others parallel methods used in past.

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer examines structural violence in the age of paradigm-shifting technology. He argues that the neoliberal ideology spreading across the globe will only succeed in perpetuating disease, oppression, and stark inequality between regions unless healthcare is universally accepted as a global issue and is approached as such.

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