Books shelved under “Education”

13 reviews found

  1. Book cover for The Sense of Style

    The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

    by Steven Pinker

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I thought I would balance out my recent mathematical non-fiction read with a non-fiction read about the English language. Not only did I have one gathering dust on my to-read shelf for years, but it’s one that is just as technical and interested in education as The Math(s) Fix was. So, of course, it took me longer to read too. Also, I was apprehensive regarding Steven Pinker (more on that at the end of the…

  2. Book cover for The Math(s) Fix

    The Math(s) Fix: An Education Blueprint for the AI Age

    by Conrad Wolfram

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    The Math(s) Fix wants you to believe that computers are coming for your math.

    Scary, isn’t it? You should find it scary. Computers are way better at calculating than we are, yet we insist that “real math” means learning how to do long division by hand!

    Wolfram Media kindly provided me an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for this review. I was definitely very interested in this.

    Some positionality, because even though…

  3. Book cover for Hacking Assessment

    Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School

    by Starr Sackstein

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I have been wanting to go gradeless for a while now. Assigning numbers to students’ work has always felt very arbitrary. Even in a system as steeped in rubrics as Ontario’s, I still don’t have any confidence in marking work—particularly English, but also math—and giving it a number. Really, at the end of the day, what is the difference between an 82% and an 83%? Or an 85%? It’s so silly. And by putting a…

  4. Book cover for A Room with a View

    A Room with a View

    by E.M. Forster

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This is a tough one, because I’m feeling pretty conflicted about A Room with a View. On one hand, I’m pretty sure I didn’t like it—despite being only 220ish pages, it took me a long time to read, because I kept putting it down and looking for other, more interesting things to distract me. On the other hand, this is not a bad or poorly-written book. I can see what E.M. Forster is trying…

  5. Book cover for Indigenous Writes

    Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada

    by Chelsea Vowel

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Sometimes you see a book and you just know that it’s the book you’ve been waiting for. That was my reaction when Chelsea Vowel, who blogs and tweets as âpihtawikosisân, announced Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada. You really should read her blog and follow her, because she her writing is clear and informative, and she is excellent at providing further resources. This continues in her…

  6. Book cover for Substitute

    Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids

    by Nicholson Baker

    1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Four years ago, I moved to England to begin my career as a teacher. Fresh out of Lakehead University's Faculty of Education, the dry job market in Ontario left me looking across the Atlantic. Thanks to Engage Education, an agency that specializes in recruiting teachers overseas for the English school system so desperately clamouring for them, I managed to land a classroom right away. When I moved back to Thunder Bay, I got on the…

  7. Book cover for For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too

    For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

    by Christopher Emdin

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This review is lengthy and also gets quite personal, since I can’t help but examine For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood …and the Rest of Y’all Too in the light of my own experiences as a teacher.

    TL;DR: Christopher Emdin is awesome, and this book is too. It’s short and accessible, but it has such staying power. I wish this were mandatory in teacher training everywhere. Also, minor spoilers for Anne of Green

  8. Book cover for The 20Time Project

    The 20Time Project: How educators can launch Google's formula for future-ready innovation

    by Kevin Brookhouser

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I won this book as a door prize at a conference. Aside from being the only door prize I’ve won to date, it’s also the best door prize I’ve ever won, because, hey, free book. You could not have picked a better person to give a free book to. Loves me the books, especially the free ones.

    The conference, incidentally, was SELNO, the “Symposium for e-Learning in Northern Ontario,” and it was my favourite…

  9. Book cover for The Organized Mind

    The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age Of Information Overload

    by Daniel J. Levitin

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I first heard about this book when Daniel Levitin appeared on a Spark episode to talk about organization. I recommend you follow the link and listen to the interview; his examples are pretty much straight from the book, so it should give you a good idea of whether or not to read this. I mentioned the book to my friend Rebecca, because it seemed like she would be interested in it. Lo and behold, she…

  10. Book cover for The Curiosity of School

    The Curiosity of School: Education and the Dark Side of Enlightenment

    by Zander Sherman

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. And now I am. This year has been one of reshaping and redefining my identity—I’m no longer preparing to be a teacher, because I am one. Suddenly I’m frequenting staff rooms, going to meetings, filling out reports, and enforcing rules. I’m plugged into this system that is much larger than I am; it’s a sprawling behemoth of cogs, levers, and twisted…

  11. Book cover for Who Stole Feminism?

    Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women

    by Christina Hoff Sommers

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    And in other news, local authorities reported today that “feminism” has been stolen. Anyone who has any tips on the whereabouts of feminism or its thieves, please contact the hotline.

    Seriously, how does one “steal” feminism? I know it’s just a title, and it’s probably the publisher’s idea of a grab for readership, but Who Stole Feminism? is not a title that bodes well for a measured, logical analysis of the state of feminism. The…

  12. Book cover for Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

    Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

    by Elizabeth A. Marshall

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    My Media, Education, and Gender prof contributed an article to this book. He assigned the article as one of our readings, but he did not make us buy the entire book, providing a photocopy instead. I foiled his evil plan to save us money by ordering the book anyway, because I liked his article and a few others he used so much that I decided to see if the entire book was as awesome.

    It…

  13. Book cover for Why Don't Students Like School?

    Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

    by Daniel T. Willingham

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Drumroll of irony, please: I bought this book because it was the required textbook for one of my education courses, Educational Psychology, and this is the first time I’ve opened it. Those of you who know me as a student will understand that this is uncharacteristic behaviour and might even suspect I’ve been replaced by a school-hating doppelgänger. In fact, Educational Psychology was one of very few courses that I disliked during my time…