Summer Reads

Summer is here. I’m officially off as of tomorrow. But when you love what you do, you’re never really off, and though I absolutely intend to unplug most of the next six weeks, and I have some personal non-work projects to play around with, I also have some reading to do. Darby and Lang, yes, as already discussed. And it would be remiss not to mention how thrilled I am that St Lawrence College’s School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning now has a Book Club, where in addition to books I already own, are a couple of digital downloads just waiting for me!

Reading online hammock Photo by Perfecto Capucine on Unsplash
Photo by Perfecto Capucine on Unsplash

But a few other things too. In no particular order.

Summer Reading List

Engagement will be critical as we start Fall with new students entirely online, and so Engagement Is Not A Drive Through seems like a good place to start, echoing what I have already read about the importance of creating connection.

John Warner already got my attention with his book, The Writer’s Practice, and so when he wrote about resilient pedagogy, I was right there.

Frameworks for learning keep cropping up. In the past I have done a little work on identifying frameworks of teaching and learning, but if you asked me what framework I use, it would be a rather unsatisfactory answer. I sort of take what I like and apply bits and pieces, and while I might be inclined to write about that someday, this summer I decided to make more of a concerted effort to look at different frameworks and what they offer and decided to start with this ACE framework – and not just because I admire Robin DeRosa, CoLab director (although I do).

Looking at different perspectives is also valuable. Just because we think we understand something does not always make it so. And so it is with the terms we toss around casually – like constructivism. What is it, and what is it not? The critical thinker in me wants to read this to get a different perspective and deepen my own understanding.

Asynchronous or Synchronous…that is the question on everyone’s mind as we hear varied perspectives and viewpoints. Myself, I lead towards the former as being more inclusive and flexible, and though I do bring in synchronous elements too, I bookmarked this article on Asynchronous Online Discussions to look at.

And speaking of inclusive, I found this advice guide from The Chronicle of Higher Education, and think its worth a closer look as I remind myself of just how easy it is to NOT be inclusive and how we need to be deliberately mindful of how we approach this in the classroom.

Found this one recently on Creative Assessment,and since that’s pretty much my favourite part of my job, I’m taking a look to see what I can glean and use to build on my own toolkit.

Ever choose a book for the title? I do often and am rarely disappointed. Hoping this one about subversive teaching in a standardized world is just as rewarding. One of the few books on this list and it’s an #OER from e-campus Ontario so warms my zed cred heart.

Finally, I don’t know what this is. But I’m going to find out. I scan a lot online and bookmark to the point where I can’t really keep track well (this list is my attempt to put some sort of order on the scrambled notes inside my head), but this stood out in part because it is about structures which I was already contemplating, and in part because my scan took me to a chart that included an icon for Wicked Questions, and that’s a term I had never heard until March 6, and yes I can pinpoint the day because it was the last normal Friday before the world imploded and we had a coordinator meeting in Kingston and our VP Academic introduced the phrase with a wicked question of her own. I was intrigued…and lets face it, the phrase wicked question invites interest. So I look forward to knowing a bit more about Liberating Structures and wicked questions after this summer.

Most of these are fairly short. Those that are online I might even read using Hypothes.issince I just took a workshop on it so finally after 3 years of having it installed am hoping to do a bit more with it. If you have read them or have great suggestions, let me know here or on Twitter.

Happy, happy reading!

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