After the workshop, I kicked myself for not creating a recommended reading list with all the sources that inspired many of the ideas in the book. I refer to these books, magazines and blogs all the time here on the blog, but haven't yet collected them together. I've included links to relevant posts I've written about each source as well. Enjoy!
Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Jim Fay and David Funk. No single book has shaped me more as an educator than this classic. It will revolutionize the way you manage your classroom and help you build strong relationships with your students, which is a base from which to do amazing things. You can hear a bit about one of the main ideas in this video (skip to about 3 minutes in).
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. This one always gets a laugh when I mention it to colleagues, but if you put aside the central conceit and concentrate on the ideas that apply directly to what teachers do, you'll create a more sustainable way of life:
- Teacher Stress Relief: Lessons from The 4-Hour Workweek
- Teacher Stress Relief: The Low-Information Diet
- Teacher Stress Relief: Outsourcing Your Life
Fast Company - FC is a magazine about entrepreneurship and business that will inspire to anyone who wants to help their students succeed and be prepared for the 21st century. They write about the nature of creativity, power of design, innovations in education, and how technology is shaping our world so you can keep on top of what's next. Here are some reflections I did on education-related FC articles:
- It's Time for Leaders to Embrace Cell Phones in the Classroom [July 2011]
- The Future of Education, in the Palm of Your Hand [April 2010]
- What Educators Can Learn From the Most Creative People in Business [July 2010]
More recommendations tomorrow!