Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What is on your reading list this summer?

Get to Know You Questions:

What is your favorite meal?
What is your favorite movie and why?
So what is your sign?
So, how about those (insert the name of the local team here)?
What is the last book you read?
How about the weather?
What do you like to do in your free time?

Questions: These are all questions people ask each other as they get to know each other.  The questions lead to other conversations and topics of interest.  The direction either endorses the continuing of a relationship or the determination that this might not be a relationship heading in a common direction or along an compatible journey.

Social fluency: One of those questions people often ask as they get to know each other addresses reading habits: How much, What genre?, Favorite authors? or style? and latest? or current read?  The answers to these questions help each party identify common interests, beliefs or strongly held opinions about the other.

For instance, in an effort to introduce myself, and in case others were interested, I began to compile a list of my summer reading.  It began as a short list but evolved into a few other books that have made an impact on my philosophy of education.  Interestingly, this selection even includes a couple of ebooks!

Drive, Daniel Pink
Leaders of Learning, Rick Dufour
Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs,  Kachur, Stout, Edwards
Never Work Harder Than Your Students,   Robyn Jackson
Outliers, Malcom Gladwell
The Taming of the Crew,  Brian Mendler
Shopclass as Soulcraft,  Matthew Crawford
Oh, The Places You'll Go,  Dr Suess
Understanding a Framework of Poverty,  Ruby Payne
Lessons from the Classroom,  Hal Urban
What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most,  Todd Whitaker
Conative Connection

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