Been a while since I’ve written some book reviews, and that’s mostly because I wasn’t reading much, outside of school-related reading, the first 5 months of the year. So, here are some quick reviews of the last two books I’ve read:
Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
Summary: Tony offers insights into what creates top innovators, including what parents, educators, and employers can do to help form the characteristics needed to become a creative and innovative problem solver.
Thoughts: Since part of my teaching philosophy focuses on developing creative, innovative thinkers through inquiry-based methods, this book was not only right up my alley, but very inspiring! One aspect I really enjoyed was hearing from the innovators he interviewed what their parents and teachers did to inspire creativity and innovation, and there were certainly some running themes. In general the parents had similar philosophies that included lots of independent play (purposefully NOT scheduling their child’s life), letting their child to make mistakes (even big ones), and supporting their child’s interests. The educators also had lots in common: their assessments were NOT typical, and included a lot of collaboration, more “choose your own” aspects, and supporting student’s interests.
The theme of the book was “play, passion, purpose” – how the innovators of our world evolve throughout their lives (and not just from childhood to adulthood), but also through each new interest, class, or even career path. First we must have the chance to play, which turns into a passion, and then evolves into a more meaningful purpose. I love this so much, it’s engraved on the back of my new iPad!
I would definitely recommend this book to any parent, educator, or employer who wants to foster creativity and innovation in your children, students, and employees.
Rating: 4.5/5 (because it did get repetitive in some places, and i’m not sure if I could ever give a 5/5 to a non-fiction book).
Rating: 1/5 (the fact that it took me 4ish months to get through this book should tell you how bad it was).
I just started Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson, and it’s caught my attention already, so that’s a good start. It’s from the Young Adult genre, which I’m loving recently! Thanks to nicoleandmaggie for recommending it a while back!