Be REAL, Educate from the Heart by: Tara Martin
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a slight addiction to Dave Burgess Consulting books.
When Tara Martin's book came out, I had to get it immediately. I have so many other books on my required reading stack, but I had to make time for this one. I'm so glad I did! Anything that has "Educate from the Heart" in the title is right up my alley!
When I read professional books, I highlight and write ALL over them! Then I go back and write, draw, or color all the key points in my Gotcha Covered notebook to help me remember them. This is why #Sketchnoting is one of my favorite comprehension strategies! Want to learn more? Check out Sylvia Duckworth's resources!
First, Tara's story is amazing, sad, and inspiring, all at the same time. I must say, I cried reading this book! Okay, I may be a little sensitive anyway, but I mention this to say... this is no ordinary professional development book! You have to read the book to get the full effect, but these are the ideas I want to use to improve my impact with the teachers I work with.
Part 1: Relatable
Part 2: Expose a Little Vulnerability
Part 3: Approachable
Part 4: Learning Through Life
I think I need to re-read this book over the summer while I mentally prepare for my second year as an instructional coach in my school. I spent this year building relationships and learning what the job entails. I'm really looking forward to keeping the momentum going and Cannonball-In this August!
In the meantime, I'll be "learning though life" this summer with many professional development books by the pool. I'll also be using Twitter to share my #booksnaps as I learn. I hope you'll join me!
I'm an Instructional Coach at Daniel Island School in Berkeley County South Carolina and a Google Certified Trainer.