This book is a scathing attack on the messages the media sends to women about how they should look and act. It made me really angry, in a good way.
Matthew Syed – Black Box Thinking
Syed explains how we learn from failure, and if we don’t, we are idiots. This is great for getting a new perspective on the ‘gift’ of feedback.
Susan Scott – Fierce Conversations
Sarah Donachy, the smartest person I’ve met this year, told me to read this. It really challenged my tendency to be a bit too cuddly rather than having the difficult conversation that is needed, and I’ve revisited it lots.
Irvin Yalom – Love’s Executioner
Joe Kirby told me to read this when I was feeling a bit stewed up. It’s great for giving perspective, and making you realise your emotions are in your control.
Eric Kalenze – Education is Upside Down
Since Research Ed 2015, I haven’t stopped hearing about this book, and it lived up to the hype. A great exploration of why education is set up to make disadvantaged students fail, and what we can do about it.
I read this in Berlin, and it really brought to life the reality of living in the German Democratic Republic. The injustices suffered in East Berlin and East Germany in general astonished me.
Daniel Willingham – Raising Kids Who Read
Having listened to Katie Ashford, the guru on reading, for 2 full years, this was the year I finally began to grasp the reality of how children read, and this book really helped.
Daisy Christodoulou recommended this book at Research Ed in 2014, and it explained excellently the flaws in our current assessment model, and a better way forward.
The first ‘Teach Like a Champion’ changed my life, and yet Lemov has improved even on this. The only guide a teacher needs for improving their classroom practice.
I read this and wept. A wonderful exploration of growing up, told beautifully in Steinbeck’s ever-complex simplicity.
Somerset Maugham – Of Human Bondage
This novel has stayed with me more than any other I’ve read this year. The horribly flawed characters and their ghastly choices felt so real and so close as I read it.
Unbelievably, even better than ‘The Secret History.’ An astonishing tome of a novel, feeling epic in its scope.
This book has one idea, and it explores it in great depth. A searing look at love and relationships.
My last line-manager recommended this book to me. I adored the narrator’s innocence which was gradually eroded throughout, and the ideas of class and community.
Always interesting to hear about your choices, Jo.
Have taught The Red Pony a fair number of times to pupils in about Year 8. There’s such a lot you can do with it!
And I’m a great Lemov fan too. Read TLAC 2.0 this summer and thought there was so much excellent stuff in there. Will look out for some of your other non-fiction recommendations.
Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas break, and that 2016 is a very positive year for you.
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