Those who know me, know that I LOVE to read…it’s more than a hobby for me, it’s kind of a lifestyle. I can go to Borders, Barnes and Noble, or even the book sections in Wal-Mart and Target and stay for hours. I’m amazed that there are so many things wrapped up in books and I want to know them all.
Teaching doesn’t give me MUCH free time to read anymore, so I’m forced to handle it when I can. This usually consists of reading while I’m at the hair salon, the bathroom (disgusting, I know….but please don’t act like you don’t do it), or when I need to wind down. Here’s the books that I’ve recently read:
About books 1&2: I work at a Jewish Community Day School, and it’s important that I understand the rites of passage for my students. This book is being read in the Pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah class taught by one of the teachers that I share a classroom with. To say that these books are hilarious would be a serious understatement. By following the life of Stacy Freidman, a precocious middle-schooler trying to navigate the world as she knows it, the reader gets insight into Jewish customs and culture, as well as the thoughts of a typical American teenage girl. It’s easy reading and fun. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Book 3: I snagged this book while also purchasing the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judaism. I’ve read other books by Jonathan Kozol, and this did not disappoint. I love the way that he imparts wisdom through sharing letters with a young teacher named Francesca. While the book includes some educational politics, I felt that the way that Kozol shared his knowledge and expressed his frustrations at the current educational system was what truly made this book special. This is a great book for new teachers, but also for more experienced teachers who may wonder why they do what they do.