I have been reading up a storm. I know that I have updated these on goodreads, a social network for book worms, but I thought others would be interested in what I was reading this month. I love reading on my iPad using the Kindle app. All of these books are found as a Kindle electronic download EXCEPT the Dr.Gee’s What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy
Reading has become a passion for me to explore and learn. In junior high I did everything I could not to read, I actually hated to read. There was so much more that stimulated my mind like practicing performing, and interacting with my friends. But now I enjoy it so much, it’s a time that I get to suspend my thoughts.
Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. New York: Crown, 2012. Print. I know that the last thing that people think of me is quiet, but I adore “me” time. All those hours of practicing is also a trait of quiet people. This is a must read! In society today we value the extravert and diminish the value of the quiet introvert, The creative and innovative people are the quiet people. Artists and musicians will really enjoy this book and it explains a lot about the creative individual.
Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Print. I attended a “chat” with Dr. Gee at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater hosted by National Lewis University and Golden Apple. His thoughts on education and how we should teach are truly enlightening.
Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. Print. Enough said – just read it!
James, P. D., and Jane Austen. Death Comes to Pemberley. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print. My book club read this for February, it is a classic P.D. James book. It starts slow and slowly takes you in that you can’t put it down. Suggestion: use a cheat sheet in the beginning to write down all the names of the people and how they relate to each other.
King, Stephen. 11/22/63: A Novel. New York: Scribner, 2011. Print.This is my book club’s May meeting book. I am not a fan of Stephen King, however this is out of his genre. The date is the day Kennedy was shot. He is a time-traveler and goes back to prevent the assassination. I have just started it and I can’t wait until I read some chapters tonight.
Lindsay, Julie, and Vicki A. . Davis. Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2013. Print. These two educators are the leading technology innovators of our time. I loved the book and the way it is set up with qr codes and practical information for flattening your classroom. This should be required reading and participation in their projects as part of teacher education.
Keep reading, keep your imagination going!