I love reading but often I find that I don’t read enough. Better put, when I get time to read interesting books I realise the importance of making the time for it.
I guess summer holidays let this happen more often but I want to make sure I don’t forget this realisation in the coming months. I’m normally quite a slow reader but I’ve been trying some speed reading techniques recently and they have really helped. Completing a book in a reasonable amount of time means it is more likely for me to keep going.
I’ve read some books this summer on teaching (Classroom Assessment and Grading that Works, Kagan Cooperative Learning and Get It Together), on programming (Head First Python and Programming Collective Intelligence), on running (Complete Guide to Running), some fiction (Red Men and American Purgatorio), some brain stuff (Made to Stick and Brain Rules), a Christian book (Joy of Fearing God) and I have just started some Maths books (The Millenium Problems, Geekspeak and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland).
I’ve found that reading books is really helpful to be able to engage better with blogs. There is something about being exposed to longer and more developed thoughts that helps to engage with more condensed thoughts better.
I’ve also found that as I’ve read about a topic I’ve got excited and captivated by it. As I thought more about grading and assessing I’ve been itching to have a class in front of me, as I’ve learnt honed my programming skills I’ve been looking for opportunities to implement them. I want to apply my collection of information, to make it knowledge and ultimately wisdom.
I’m heading back to Northern Ireland again today – flying instead of driving which is shorter and more pleasant (also easier to read!). Back to Brighton on Thursday before school on Friday. It’s been a good summer holiday but I’m ready for normality (or what counts for it round here!).
But, as normality sets in, I want to be able to keep reading and keep reflecting.