I hope everyone had a great spring vacation. I took the opportunity to visit with my parents for several days and travel to Vermont to see two of my godchildren. Also during this time, I read three books. I would categorize my reading as informative and helpful. Throughout my reading, I kept asking myself, “How does this help me with both my work and personal life?” I know that some families might be in similar situations with aging parents or grandparents and a few of you also work in the educational field. So here is a quick overview of the three books:
Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again—by Kimberly William-Paisley
This book is about a daughter’s experience of having a mother with a rare form of dementia. The author shares not only her experience and feelings but does a nice job of speaking on behalf of her siblings and father. I felt the author was candid in her writing and it provided me with opportunities to start conversations with both my parents and sister while reading the book. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Becoming Nicole-The Transformation of an American Family—by Amy Ellis Nutt
This book was interesting for me on a couple of different levels—as a twin, principal and health teacher. I understand this book will not be a choice for some people due to its subject matter, but I found it to be insightful, thought-provoking and intriguing. Having not had to experience this matter as a principal, yet, it provided me with examples and information as to how school districts work with families and students. Again, not for everyone, but I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life—by Ron Clark
If you liked reading Who Moved My Cheese and Fish, then you will enjoy reading this book. This book was also a “quick read.” I enjoyed reading the fables at the beginning of most chapters. A couple of years ago at both DES and NHCS, our staff created goals using a school bus theme—if you look carefully, you will see the bus hanging up near some of the teachers’ desks. I am thinking of using this book as both a closure to this year and as a book study for staff next year. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I am always looking for ideas on books to read. Feel free to send me an email with any suggestions.
Have a great weekend!