Reading list #goodedureads

By January 6, 2014 7 Comments

What have you been reading?

I’ve noticed a few people writing about the books they’ve been reading and so I thought I’d share what floated my boat in 2013. I tend to keep the impacts of teaching and learning research and personal developments to myself – I should blog about them really. Need to be more brave and rather than just posting about things that I hope will help others, I should share in the work I’m doing. I’m not going to do that tonight though. This is just my book list, so; in no particular order, I parted cash with Amazon for the following titles:

How to Teach: The Book of Plenary – here endeth the lesson… – Phil Beadle [Phil Beadle giving us lots of great practical ideas on how to end our lessons in his usual engaging style. Great.]

Independent Thinking – Ian Gilbert [Different. Fun. More thunks. More thinking. A refreshing book in the education landscape. Love how you can open on any page and learn something new.]

Teach Like A Champion – Doug Lemov [And who wouldn’t want to teach like a champion?]

Full on Learning – Zoë Elder [This is pedagogy abound in an absolutely beautiful book. Zoë knows my thoughts on this – it’s a brilliant brilliant book. Everyone should have one.]

Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better – Doug Lemov, Dan Heath, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi [Love, love, love this almost as much as Teach Like a Champion, which this refers to a fair amount.]

Education in a Digital World – Global Perspectives on Technology & Education – Neil Selwyn [So very refreshing to think about education technology in a global way rather than being insular and inward looking thinking about the UK. It’s changed my perspective.]


Trivium 21c: Preparing young people for the future with lessons from the past – Martin Robinson [a great teacher once spoke with me upon his retirement about how things in education work in cycles and repeat themselves – here’s that well presented with panache, rigour and vigour. Very well resourced and researched too. Love it.]

The Seven T’s of Practical Differentiation – Sue Cowley [just great ideas – as you’d expect from Sue Cowley]

Seven Myths about Education – Daisy Christodoulou [don’t necessarily agree with everything in here but found it super interesting and challenged my conceptions about education – thank you]

Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning – John Hattie [dry as the Sahara but essential reading – feedback, feedback, feedback]

Oops!: Helping children learn accidentally – Hywel Roberts [a re-read and a re-read again – an injection of botheredness that never tires]

How to Teach – Phil Beadle [a worthy reminder for all of us]

Dancing About Architecture: A Little Book of Creativity  – Phil Beadle [not his best but still great for creative ideas]

Sustainable Leadership – Andy Hargreaves [clear, concise, well argued – found useful]

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn – John Hattie & Gregory C. R. Yates [not as dry as other volumes – have lent @ebor7 my copy and want it back 🙂 ]

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons – Ross Morrison McGill [it’s a ready reckoner of ideas to keep in your back pocket particularly useful for NQT/RQT]

How Children Succeed – Paul Tough [Tough indeed – a great read with lots to take from it]

Switch: How to change things when change is hard – Chip & Dan Heath [mindset, mindset]

Thinking Allowed: on Schooling – Mick Waters [this is some book – tempered and measured with his clear experience which far surpasses mine!]

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action – Simon Sinek [I learnt many a trick from this book – recommended]

Any recommendations for 2014?

Currently reading some Lee Child – I need saving!


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