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Snarky's Suggestions for February: A Book for Personal or Professional Growth
#1: The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer. Having a hard time getting inspired by the classroom lately? This book is a must-read. I read it last year at this time when I was having a particularly rough year, contemplating whether I even wanted to be in the classroom anymore. It's a refreshing, read that will truly renew your sense of purpose. (It even has an accompanying workbook which I've yet to try, but seems very useful.)
#2: Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching by Angela Watson. This one is on my personal to-read list and I've heard nothing but positive things about it. I am a firm believer in mind set being the key to changing our habits and this book is a guide to getting there.
#3: The Together Teacher by Maia Heyck-Merlin. Don't we all wish we could just feel like we have ourselves organized? I don't know about you, but I am constantly feeling like I am three steps behind no matter how much I plan and prepare. This book has practical tips and tools to help you form better habits to keep you organized and less stressed. Check it out.
#4: Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams. If you have never dabbled in the world of mindfulness, I highly suggest you give it a try. It has helped me on numerous occasions lead a more centered, fulfilled life. I will be honest, mindfulness isn't easy. That's why it's called a practice. Try it out - it might be a tool that will benefit your teaching and your life.
#5: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Rain, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. This book has come highly recommended to me by several friends and family members. It is on my personal to-read list and hopefully will be one I read for Book Bunch.
Remember, Book Bunch is for you. If you aren't feeling it this month, skip it. Don't make it something else to add to your to-do list if you don't feel like it's going to inspire you. Choose a book that you are going to enjoy reading and you are going to get something out of. If February isn't your month, join us next month. Books shouldn't be something you have to do- they should be something you want to do.
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