July 2017 Bookshelf
Books 07 July 2017
Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning?
John Spencer and A.J. Juliani
You know the story. When learners enter Kindergarten, their engagement and joy for learning are at an all-time high. But, as their learning journey moves forward into traditional middle and high school settings, these attributes drop off steeply. How can we—as educators, parents, community leaders, and learners—transform this all but accepted trend? John Spencer and A.J. Juliani, authors of Empower, want to explore this question with you. They invite the possibility of empowering the individual learner to discover the unique path that is only a fit for their interests and passions.
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice to Freedom
Transforming the traditional education system into one that puts the learner at the center requires action-takers to remove the guard rails in their thinking and explore completely unchartered territory. Along the way, many difficult questions must and will be addressed. In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks provides an opportunity for all educators to view these difficult questions from the lens of providing all learners with freedom. Discover what that lens looks like and how it might help transform your community.
Birth of the Chaordic Age
A complex world with complex problems deserves well-thought, complex solutions that don’t seek to oversimplify the issues being resolved. In Dee Hock’s book Birth of the Chaordic Age, he requests that we lean into the idea of working with (not against) life’s natural tendency toward chaos. More specifically, he invites leaders in all sectors of society to adapt their system’s operations to reflect a strategy of “organized chaos” that leaves room for adaptability as the future becomes harder and harder to predict.
Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations
Whether you’re a young learner, parent, practitioner, educator, team leader, or well…anyone, motivation is a foundational component to achieving the ambitious goals we set. Oftentimes, we believe we understand what motivates us and those around us but still find ourselves falling short of expectations. Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, dove deep into what we think motivates us and what actually motivates us. And, he shares the results of his research in Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations. Want to discover more about how you can maximize your potential and the potential of people you lead? Check out Ariely’s work.
Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think
Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Reading the daily news cycle can conjure up images of a bleak future in which the world has nowhere to go but down. As pioneers in education, it’s our hope and optimism that keeps us pushing forward, despite the barriers standing in front of us. Thankfully, we aren’t the only ones looking optimistically into the future. Authors Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler dive into a variety of topics to explore how the exponential growth of technology will affect positive change a lot sooner than we think. Explore Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, and fuel your optimistic fire for building a transformational future.
Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
At Education Reimagined, we are creating the space for learner-centered pioneers to join together as a community and recognize they aren’t alone in this transformational work. But, it can’t be ignored that when we work inside our communities where the school-centered system dominates the education conversation, we can feel discouraged. Hugh MacLeod, with his well-known terse writing style, wants you to stop. In his book, Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity, he wants to liberate people to explore their creativity and create the space for good ideas to become great.
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