Tip of the Week: What will you be reading?
I seriously doubt that anyone will actually read this. It’s the final student contact day for many of you and am pretty sure the last thing you’re thinking about right now is my Tip of the Week.
But I’m going to push this out anyway cause . . . well, it’s my job.
I love the holidays. Turkey. Ham. Chocolate covered coffee beans. And Chex Mix. Lots and lots of Chex Mix. Friends. Family. Christmas lights. It’s all good.
But the best part of the holiday break, of course, is the actual break. The part where I save vacation days and spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s hanging out late and reading. It just seems as if other parts of the year get so busy that there is little time to sit and enjoy a book or two. So much like my summer reading list, I always have a Christmas reading list.
The English Assassin by Daniel Silva, 1944 by Jay Wink, and finish The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
I am convinced that educators must always be on the top of their game. And reading, whether digital or print, keeps us sharp. The research is pretty clear – reading is good for our brains. Especially when we choose to read social studies related fiction and non-fiction.
I know that you probably have tons of other stuff going on between now and when you check back into the classroom. But find something to read. Hang out a bit at your local library or mom and pop bookstore. Heck. Feel free to drop in at a chain like Barnes and Noble. And if you prefer digital, there’s lot of online options.
Need a few suggestions? These are a few things that I’ve slowly worked through over the last year. All are awesome. My fav? The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. Buck and his brother have a wagon built and literally hitch up a team of mules. Then travel the original trail. As in months of travel. And while documenting their own trip, he shares historical info about the events of the 1850s. Very cool.
And if you’re actually still hanging around, a quick heads up. During the holiday break, History Tech will be re-publishing the Top Ten posts of 2015. So be sure to drop by in between trips to the snack bowl.
Have a great break! See you after the New Year.