Title: 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents
Author: Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
Date Read: July 16, 2018. Two Snaps. The rock stars of English Language Arts teaching bring it in spades. This professional read had me very excited about planning for next year’s teaching! I was excited to discuss it with my English team this year too! A constant companion throughout the year as I reflected on good teaching and thoughtful planning.
Date Read: July 6, 2018. Two Snaps. I had mostly written Jodi Picoult off, but I am so glad my neighbour loaned me this one, and that I had an open mind. I loved it. An absolutely compelling story about race and prejudice. Picoult did not back down, and you will love her for it.
Date Read: July 1, 2018. Two Snaps. Because I totally loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, I was compelled to buy this next novel. This was so good! An amazing read. Going to say, it’s likely better than what HBO will come out with… but I am always a book over movie/TV adaptation person.
Title: The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window in to Human Nature
Author: Steven Pinker
Date Read: June 29, 2018 Two Snaps. This was a bit of work. In it, Pinker takes on scientific questions- how language affects thought, as well as questions from headlines and everyday life. All the while contemplating how our mind works by examining the way we use words. It only took me six months to slowly work through it, Dawn Gordon, but I am glad I read it! I am mostly snapping two fingers because of the mental work that was required…