I had zero access to the Internet this week. I had a little access to cell service, which I basically used to settle arguments after dinner. When we couldn’t remember actors’ names or who said what when or what words really meant, I went to my phone to look it up. I also used it for a couple of recipes, but otherwise, I was offline. I brought my iPad but only because I had books to read on there. I also had an audio book on my phone. I read three books while at the beach. I read Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.
I liked them all and would recommend the first two to any teacher. I think there’s a lot of insight to be found in both about teaching and how to reach students and how to interact with colleagues. I wish Give and Take had been available years ago as I think I would have found it useful to make it through some difficult times and to work with difficult colleagues. What I liked about both books is that they don’t just offer a look at things as they are, but also offer ways to change things to be the way we want them to be. So, if you want to be more giving or create a giving culture at work (or in the classroom), there are things you can do. Similarly with Drive, there are practical ways to tap into your drive or to help others tap into theirs (like our students!). In fact, I had a couple of truly aha moments while reading both books that will change some things about how I approach and think about work and in my teaching.
There’s more reading to do this summer, and there’s more insights to be had (I hope). Today I go back to my “work” schedule to try to get some things done. Mr. Geeky said something about the summer being nearly over on the way home. I said, “Speak for yourself! It’s just begun!” But it does feel shorter than it should be. Sigh. I just have to make sure to be restful when I can.