Two weeks of school left. As we are finishing up the year and getting our classrooms buttoned up, have you though about professional development this summer? There are MANY opportunities to take part in. I am choosing to stay home and do a little summer reading.
The National Agriculture Teachers Association (NAAE) released their summer book club topic so just as I have done for the last two years I signed up and bought my copy on Amazon.
On our Facebook page for ag teachers (if you are an ag teacher I recommend liking this page!) someone asked what other books are recommended. This got me to thinking about what books I would recommend. I do encourage all teachers to take some time off for themselves, but I know I can find some great inspiration in the summer that gets me amped up to start the next year.
Step 1: REST
Step 2: Get PUMPED for next year!
BOOKS FOR TEACHERS
I will start the list with the assigned readings from the NAAE summer virtual book club that I have participated in:
1: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess.
I really enjoyed this book. There are many high energy, engaging ideas offered. The hard part is deciding which ones to use, and not get over stimulated with ideas and use my time wisely.
2: Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros.
Be innovative! That does not mean recreate the wheel however.
3: Start. Right. Now. by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas.
Amazon delivered my copy this week. I am ready to jump in once school is out.
I also came across these while reviewing other teacher recommendations:
4: The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde.
5: The Sketchnote Workbook Mike Rohde.
This style of note taking is WAY outside of my comfort zone. I actually think that drawing makes me agitated. However, I am willing to try it if it can help someone else.
BOOKS FOR TEENS
If you are looking for books for teens for say a leadership group be it FFA or ASB, etc., here are a couple recommendations:
1: Habitudes by Tim Elmore
This website has a lot of great supplemental information to use with the book.
2: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
My students are so busy over the summer with Young Life, sports, family trips, etc. I will not give them the whole book, but I may give them small selections throughout the year to review together.
I feel pretty lucky to have a job where I get to rest and take time to brainstorm and explore fun new ideas and techniques for the following year. I also plan to take time and play.
What books have you read or want to read that you would recommend to the group?