Wish Lists

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  If you’re anything like us, as soon as the leftovers were put in the fridge the winter decorations started coming out.  With little else to do we felt extra motivated to put the tree together (yup, it’s fake…so much easier!), hang ornaments, and get everything ready for the Christmas season.  Once the dust settled it was time to start looking at wish lists to get ready for all the after-Thanksgiving sales!

Everyone has their own flavor to their wish lists, I always find it fun looking at what people are asking for each year.  My nephews sent their wish lists…lots of video-games and sports gear (not a shocker!)  Our nieces also had some predictable items (accessories for their dolls, etc.) but you could also see that my sister-in-law had some influence with the presence of STEM related toys and activities.  Then it came time to make my wish list, and I’m just sooo boring compared to them!

My list has a few things I “need” or would end up buying for myself anyway (a pair of shoes, a scarf to replace the one I lost, etc) and then it has books…lots of books.  If you’re anything like me, and you’d be interested in finding some good “Edu-books” to add to your wish lists, then I’ve got a few recommendations for you (Note: I’m linking to Amazon to help you find them but I am, in no way, getting any compensation for doing so!!):

  1. Mindset by Carol Dweck:  This book was written in 2007.  While not technically an “edu-book”, if you haven’t read it, I think it is a must read for anyone…educator or not.  It’s a quick read and well worth your time.
  2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover:  This one came out more recently and was very popular when it did.  There’s a reason…this memoir is mind-blowing at times and elicits a lot of emotions throughout.  As an educator, it’s amazing to think about her story from a perspective of “traditional education”.
  3. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You:  A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi:  This young-adult version of Stamped from the Beginning is a shorter and slightly less dense version of the original.  Despite that, this book is very powerful and will challenge you to think differently about racism, antiracism, and your role in both (personally and professionally).  In my opinion, this is a must read!  If you’d like to borrow the original version I have it in my office and would happily loan it to you.  
  4. Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess:  This is a great book for any teacher to read.  Another quick read with loads of practical strategies and tools to get you thinking outside the box.
  5. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros:  George is an outstanding educator from Canada who is a leader in innovative education.  The best part is that most of his ideas aren’t so far outside the box as to be unimaginable.  This is another quick read with loads of great ideas!
  6. Upstream:  The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath:  Heath is an outstanding author.  He and his brother have co-authored a number of great books like Made to Stick and Switch.  In this book, Dan goes it alone and hits a homerun.  More thinking outside the box in this book.  In actuality, this book helps you start looking at everything in life a little bit differently…and it’s another quick read but not necessarily an edu-book.

My wish list for this year isn’t complete yet…if you’ve got some books that you’d recommend to me (edu-books or otherwise!) I’d love to hear about them!!  Thanks for sharing 🙂

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