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Book Reviews: Summer Reading that Could Improve Your Practice
  • July 24, 2017

I always try and include some academic books to my summer reading list. After all, throwing a "teacher book" into your beach bag along with your pleasure reading can be a great way to re-inspire yourself and hone your craft.

So with that in mind, here are two books you may want to check out.

"Psychology of Learning for Instruction" by Marcy P. Driscoll
Marcy's book is a great mixture of academic knowledge and practical advice. She provides us with a great overview of the history of learning theories (you know... Pavlov, Gestalt, Skinner, Vygotsky), providing us with great historical perspective  and linking each new development with the ones that proceeded it.  And best of all, throughout the book she provides us with "Implication for Instruction" that list ways we might apply what we've learned into our own classrooms.  It's content is shifted more toward the scholarly side, but whether you haven't reviewed your fundamentals in a while or are just looking for a few pointers it is well worth picking up!

"In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind" by Eric R. Kandel
This book is part autobiography, part science history.  It takes us through Eric's personal and scientific journey from the time his family was forced to flee Austria by the Nazis to his triumphant moment as winner of the Nobel Prize.  Eric's first hand account lets us witness how a young dedicated to Freudian psychoanalysis became one of the greatest neuroscientists of all time.  Along the way, we are taken deep into the workings of memory and cognition, exploring how short term and longterm memory are actually stored at a cellular level.  It is no easy read, but if you've ever wondered how your mind really works it is an absolute must!