The More You Read, The More You Know
“The more you read, the more things you know, the more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors, and he wrote one of my favorite books, Oh! The Places You’ll Go! I often shared this book with my students when I taught at a residential treatment facility. We discussed the book and the message it shares. It was one of the many books I read while lying on the floor, in the hallway, between my children’s room.
My love of reading is one of the reasons I became an English teacher. I wanted to share that love with as many people as possible. I continue to try and share that love with students every day, though I am no longer a classroom teacher.
I continue to engage in conversations about books with students. Last week, I spent three lunch periods talking with students about the free books they had received, earlier in the day, from the PTCO. Students’ eyes would light up as they discussed their books. They were excited to discuss their books. Several students were reading the books after finishing their lunches. Their excitement was inspiring.
In celebration of reading month (March), I want to share what I am currently reading—professionally and personally.
Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger (@esheninger)
I am participating in a book study, via Voxer, with Educators from around the U.S. of Digital Leadership. It begins this week. I am excited to learn from others, hear their thoughts, and share my own about this book.
I am just beginning to read this book, but I believe it will help me develop a better vision for using technology in schools. Eric spoke at a professional development event I attended last summer. His ideas about the use of technology to help facilitate learning provide encouragement for changing school technology policies.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White
This book provides insight into connecting with colleagues and understanding how to encourage others. I was given this book by a colleague because they wanted to help me understand how to help others feel appreciated. Like many books in my collection, I review this book, regularly, to remind me of the need to use different methods to communicate my thanks to colleagues.
Books like this help me to review my interactions, evaluate the effectiveness, and determine a better way to engage the next time. Reviewing my interactions helps me to improve the effectiveness of my communication. I find taking the time to think through interactions and how I should respond next time provides a base for building a better relationship.
In addition to reading for professional purposes, I enjoy reading a variety of genres. My favorite types of books are non-fiction. I especially like reading biographies and autobiographies. Poetry books and young adult literature occupy a special place in my heart, too.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken is the biography of Olympic runner, World War II airman, and Japanese POW, Louis Zamperini. I don’t want to ruin the story, in case you choose to read it, but Louis has an amazing story of survival and grit. When you read the story you will understand why it is title, Unbroken.
In case you have not read it, please do. Even if you have watched the movie, the book provides more details into the life of Louis. Take a chance and pick it up. You will love the way he handles the different aspects of life.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut fictional account of the founder of the atomic bomb. Vonnegut’s quirky and humorous writing style allows me to read for an escape. Despite the humorous tone of Cat’s Cradle, Vonnegut causes the reader to consider what type of person could create a weapon of mass destruction.
I need to be more willing to share what I am reading, start discussions about books, and seek out online extended learning opportunities for my professional development reading. I am going to continue to engage in conversations with students. I am going to read to/with my children five days a week.
Please share a book with me or give your thoughts about my blog in the comments section. I look forward to discussing books with you.