If you’ve taken a peek at my Goodreads account, you know that I have an extensive classroom library of high-interest young adult literature. As much as I love reading about teen love (Looking for Alaska), child abuse (Orphan Train), and dystopian societies (Maze Runner), I intentionally spend my nights reading these books because I understand the power of shared reading experiences and benefits of personal recommendations.
So, when selecting my choice novel, I picked a book with positive reviews from five of my Goodreads friends and downloaded Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. I started it. But, I also needed a new audiobook to listen to as I walk my dogs. I followed the recommendation of a friend and selected a book that also happened to be on Jeff Heil’s list. I must say, I have smart friends! I am totally in love with Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck! I’ve already listened to a fourth of the audiobook. I meant for it to be a pleasure read, but I cannot stop pausing my walk to use the bookmark feature in Audible to record points I want to remember and jot down text-to-self, text-to-classroom, and tech-to-world connections. So, the audiobook wins! I am going to use Mindset for my choice book. I am looking forward to reading more, sharing my thoughts, and discussing the text with my smart friends.