Twitter has provided me with a huge amount of food for thought this week. I thought I’d share some of those articles, links and tweets here:
and finally a bit of fun:
A whole load of books that have inspired me that I heartily recommend.
- Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure – a fascinating explanation of why human nature and psychology means we often plan the wrong way to improve. It explains how to use the principles of evolution to be successful.
- Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – a wonderful array of stories and history of maths, from the insanity of Pythagoras’ cult to the Amazonian tribes who can only count to 3.
- High Performers: The secrets of successful schools – a distillation of all the best practice from schools all over the country. A clear, concise and invaluable read.
- Switch: How to change things when change is hard – a brilliant recipe for changing the minds of stubborn people and groups, with a clear explanation of how and why at every stage.
- Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation – a refreshingly simple and powerful set of tools for the classroom teacher. Full of real-life examples, this book won’t fail to inspire your classroom practice.
- Building a Professional Learning Community at Work: A Guide to the First Year – an introduction to the wonderful world of professional learning communities, with discussion of everything that can possibly go wrong, and how to deal with it.
- Evidence-Based Teaching A Practical Approach Second Edition – the bible for every teacher. This is an absolute must-read if you want to stop wasting effort on fads and transform the teaching and learning in your classroom with proven methods.
- Mistakes were Made (but not by me) – a mind-blowing book that changed my view of the world. Once you realise why your brain is tricking you in to justifying mistakes and beliefs you will see the world in a different, clearer and more understandable light.
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions – if you’ve ever wondered why so many people make the same mistakes again and again, and why people ignore logic and make rash decisions, this is the book for you.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – built on some ground-breaking research, Carol Dweck explains how you can transform learning by changing the language you use: in classrooms, homes, and workplaces.
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – considering performance pay to get better results? Not if you’ve read this book, which should be on the bedside table of every policy maker.
- Good to Great – the classic tome that gives the secrets to success for leading great organisations.
- Multipliers: how the best leaders make everyone smarter – does your leadership style create growth in your colleagues, or diminish and suppress them? Read this book and find out some surprising things about yourself.
A good media day here at Informed Education. David has been quoted in BBC News Online’s article on digital text books by @GaryEason, plus Radio Verulam have published their podcast of his interview with their Parents’ Show on the theme of “starting back at secondary school” – select the Back to School podcast from the 1st of September 2011 from iTunes.
If you’d like any comments or interviews on all things school, education policy, teacher training, and performance data, then don’t hesitate to get in touch – david@InformedEducation.com