Book Reviews

Atomic Habits – Book Review

Atomic Habits by James Clear is a book I’d had recommended to me frequently, and as part of my 101 Goals in 1001 Days, I was plowing through some business books I’ve in my TBR (to be read) pile. The basic premise of Atomic Habits The fundamental idea of the

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Deep Work – Book Review

Deep Work by Cal Newport just might change your life. The book should come with a warning: be prepared for a sea change. It’s one of the business books I’ve read to try to make myself a better educator. If you’re a teacher, you need this book. If you have

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The Talent Code – Book Review

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I love exploring the idea of what builds greatness. I felt like it deserved a read alongside other books I’ve read that I think are related, like David Schenk’s The Genius in All of

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Why Don’t Students Like School – Book Review

Why Don’t Students Like School? Dan Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School? is one of the best books I have ever read for teachers. Thank you for letting me explain why this is a book you must own for yourself. Confession: It took me two years to read this book. It was

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The End of Molasses Classes: Gifted Guru Book Club Review

The End of Molasses Classes  by Ron Clark (the education phenom who also wrote The Essential 55) found its way to me circuitously. YouTube recommended a video of a classroom decorated like Alice in Wonderland to me because I’m a total nerd who spends her freetime watching videos about classroom organization

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That Time I Went to Jail

I went to jail last night. I went there to read. Because, you know, reading. If you know me, I’m probably on your list of Top 50 People Least Likely to Go to Jail, so I’ll share the backstory. How it All Began. When my parents retired, they returned from

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Top Dog: Gifted Guru Book Club Review

Oh, oh, oh. I loved Top Dog. I have used something from this book at least once a week since I’ve read it. I actually waited to write this review because I was worried I would be too ridiculous in my praise. So it’s been six months, and it’s still

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Why You Should Pretend You’re About to be Fired: A Review

I’m  with my friend Aaron Maurer over at CoffeefortheBrain: I think business books have a lot to teach anyone, and The One-Day Contract by Joe Pitino one is no exception. Joe Pitino isn’t satisfied with coaching basketball. He wants to coach your career, too. Confession: I’d never even heard of Joe Pitino

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Worth Reading Rating System

Amazon does it, and so I do. What it is? Rate books on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being highest. I just use numbers, not stars, and my descriptions that correspond to each number are a little different (“I like it” is just too pedestrian for me). I’m

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The Genius in All of Us: Book Review

My best friend recommended a book to me called The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong by David Shenk. I was prepared to be oppositionally defiant. After all, my professional reason for being is making the world safe for

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