In addition to my own reading goals for the summer, I have found myself in the unusual situation of being part of four different FGS reading groups this summer. To wit (and from top to bottom):
Paul Tough, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. All teachers and advisors are reading this book this summer. I'm not holding my breath for it to be good, but I'm open to being pleasantly surprised.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. A couple of freshmen in our GSA had the idea this spring that we could have a GSA book group in which we would all read all a novel over the summer and then discuss it in the fall. So the students came up with suggestions and voted, and this is the novel that won. Seriously, could these kids be more adorable?
I think I've mentioned that I'm spending a week this summer with four of my FGS colleagues at a diversity education seminar. I was in book group mode and suggested that the five of us read a book together as a way of preparing for the intensive week and bonding as a small group before we headed out. So we're reading Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, by Beverly Daniel Tatum, who is one of the presenters at this seminar.
And finally, following up on the relative success of our pedagogy book group this spring, a colleague proposed a summer book group in which we read and discuss Ron Ritchhart's Creating Cultures of Thinking. My colleague is a super organized guy and already has us set up with virtual conversations for each chapter, and I'm looking forward to the reading and the conversation.
I expect all but the Ritchhart book to be pretty fast reads, so it's not that all of this is such a big time commitment. I'm just mostly used to my summer's reading being entirely my own decision, and it feels odd to be in a situation in which I'm accountable to other folks about what I'm reading during the summer months.