If you compiled a list of “must reads” for educators – books, articles, blog posts, etc. – what would you include?
Sometimes, I think to myself, “If only they could read [ insert title here ], maybe that would help them wrap their minds around these challenging ideas/philosophies.”
Think of the conversations we could have if we were all speaking with some common background information.
As I struggle to be patient and help others see that we have to change the way we “do school,” I think about some of what I’ve read recently, and I want to share. A great example:
Jeff Utecht mentioned in a recent post:
“I have come to hate the phrase ’21st Century’ whatever: Learner, Thinking, Teacher, Skills… We’re 9 years (depending on how you count) into the 21st Century and we’re still calling for 21st Century things. I’m sorry, we’re in it [my emphasis]! These are just skills! They are just what we should be doing…”
After I read Jeff’s post, I said aloud, “EXACTLY!” We keep talking about 21st Century as if it’s some far-off, future place and time. But it isn’t. It’s NOW.
I quoted Jeff today, and some of my colleagues laughed at themselves, because they also were thinking of the future. I pointed them to Jeff’s blog and told them it was something they needed to read.
So what about you?
- What are the enlightening “reads” for you?
- How did reading that book/article/blog change your thinking? your teaching? your direction?
- How have you shared that information with your learning community?
Share with me your “must reads” in comments (I’ll add mine there, too!), and then I’ll compile a list for my next post.