November 2017 Bookshelf
Books 09 November 2017
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Oftentimes, we wish we could control every second of our lives. Or, at the very least, control what’s happening between our ears. But, as Daniel Kahneman points out in Thinking, Fast and Slow, our behavior can often be misguided by our neurological processes when we are making quick intuition-based decisions. In his groundbreaking book, Kahneman, a Nobel laureate in Economics, takes readers on an interwoven journey through the two systems that make up our everyday thinking. As you explore his work, discover insights into which thoughts are in your control, which are not, and how this knowledge can be applied in future decision making and strategic thinking.
Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
Along any transformational journey, feelings of isolation and abandonment are often the biggest hurdles. As those feelings creep in, we must find ways to rejuvenate and reenergize many times over before our efforts become sustainable. One of the most powerful ways to recharge our batteries is by learning from individuals who have experienced similar journeys of hard work, failure, and, ultimately, success. One such story comes from Derek Sivers in his book, Anything You Want. Known as the “last music-business folk hero,” Sivers invites readers to consider his non-traditional business story—he was someone who simply wanted to follow his dreams.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Distractions are nothing new, but in today’s digital age, we have created distractions that feel like productive work. As we give into this false sense of productivity (e.g. email, social media, etc.), we become less and less skilled at staying focused on tasks that demand our undivided attention for long periods of time. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, wants to help put an end to our attention spans’ decline. By outlining key areas where we can better prioritize our daily work and, more importantly, eliminate shallow distractions, Newport exposes a new path toward living into our best selves.
Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century
Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath
When reading about learner-centered transformation for the first time, it can seem like little more than idyllic dialogue with no possibility of real-world application. But, we all know better. And, as the movement grows, the present day, on-the-ground work happening across the country is being amplified like never before. As pioneers in this effort, authors Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath have brought these real-world stories of education transformation to life in Deeper Learning. Discover in-depth stories from eight unique learning environments and their communities, and see how real learner-centered education can be.
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
James M. Lang
In his book, Cheating Lessons, James M. Lang wanted to explore the cultural norms of dishonesty, particularly in the academic setting. With the rise of behavioral economics and psychology, one truth about human nature has become nearly irrefutable—people trend toward minor acts of dishonesty in their day-to-day lives. Of course, there aren’t many parents or educators who have failed to acknowledge our predisposition toward dishonesty, but what has been a challenge is making sure minor acts don’t turn into major problems. Journey with Lang as he uncovers the subtle yet transformational shifts we can make in creating a culture of honesty and trust within our learning environments.
Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century
Cathy N. Davidson
As the world becomes more agile and unpredictable, we aren’t preparing ourselves or our children for rigid lives. Rather, we’re preparing for lives focused on daily adaptations. Cathy N. Davidson, author of Now You See It, wants to show readers how this shift will impact education and business as we know it. As a primary actor in the creation of Duke University’s Program in Information Science and Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Davidson has bore witness to the evolution of these two realms of science that will shape our collective futures. Join her as she explores how these burgeoning fields will allow us to reimagine education and beyond.
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