I love reading. I started these updates at the beginning of my doctoral journey, mostly to ease my personal guilt about having no time to read fiction or read for fun. Now my typical reading has expanded in so many ways.
Here is a round up of what I’ve been reading lately:
- Twitter: I just discovered two hashtags that I am loving: #titletalk and #growthmindset. No matter the time of day, I can find wisdom and inspiration from colleagues near and far on these hashtags! Plus I FINALLY got myself onto Tweetdeck, which makes participating in chats SO much easier! Who knew it was a google app on Chrome?!
- Collective Bargaining Agreements (aka contracts between unions and school districts): For my current HR doctoral class, we have to do an in-depth analysis of both the Certificated and Classified CBAs of our district. If you have never read an entire contract from front to back, it’s fascinating reading! If you are a site or district leader, it is necessary reading. I don’t recommend you ever go into a meeting with a teacher who knows the contract better than you.
- Pinterest: I am a Pinterest fanatic! I love the pictures and quotes and inspiration I can find just in a few moments of viewing. One of my favorite boards to add to lately is a board simply called “learning”.
- The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech: After seeing someone tweet about this on #titletalk, I knew I wanted to read it. I love everything Creech writes and Memorial Day weekend was the perfect time for a quick, YA novel. This is a sweet story told in very short chapters that often include very long, detailed, elaborate sentences. When I finished it, I was happy and yet I wanted more, which is a sign of a great story to me!
- Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate Dicamillo: Another author whose work I love, this book won the 2014 Newbery Medal and caught my eye as I was searching for another young book to enjoy. My cape-wearing friend Barb will love the superhero idea within this fun story.
What are you reading these days? Any recommendations?