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May 31, 2018

2018 Summer Educator Reading List

AltSchool and Partner Educators

Summer is a time for educators to relax and reflect on the past year and prepare for another year of teaching and inspiring a new generation of learners in the fall. Our partner and lab school educators shared the books that they are reading to help them grow and learn as educators and people. Here are their recommendations. We hope they inspire you this summer!

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
by Josh Waitzkin

Recommended by Nathan Schmitt, Cofounder of HadaNõu Collective.

Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator
by Dave Burgess

Recommended by Eman Haggag, Science Educator at AltSchool Fort Mason.

Eman says: “I just started reading it and love it. So, this is on the top of my mind right now.”

The Mindful Child
by Susan Kaiser Greenland

Recommended by Courtney Reynolds, Senior Learning Designer.

Courtney says: “This was the very first book on mindfulness I ever read, so my recommendation is steeped in sentiment and nostalgia. I still use many of the author’s recommendations, including the exercise that highlights what it feels like to not know something. This text is highly accessible and her method of drawing awareness to a feeling, then naming it is highly versatile.”

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
by William Kamkwamba

Recommended by Elizabeth Wortman, Educator at Kohelet Yeshiva.

Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement
by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock

Recommended by Tom Bendon, Math Educator at AltSchool Fort Mason.

Tom says: “Backed by research, this book details several highly actionable practices for the classroom. It needs updating to support a highly ambitious personalized model like ours, but great fundamentals rooted in explicit actions!”

See the complete reading list.
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