HTSD Book Study

Which book would you rather read and discuss?


Please read the description of each book and decide which one you would rather read and discuss during a monthly Twitter chat. We will help you get set up for Twitter and you'll have so much fun, I promise. Follow the link at the bottom to vote on which book you'd prefer.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Author: Paul Tough

Intelligence is usually static, but character traits are malleable; grit, curiosity, self-control, and emotional intelligence are attributes that can be fostered. “Following the footsteps of Jonathan Kozol, Paul Tough employs his significant storytelling abilities to help readers see and feel the plight of children, families and communities trapped in cycles of failure and poverty. How Children Succeed challenges some conventional wisdom on causes of failure (poverty, teacher quality) and contends that nurturing character in children and young adults is the key to success.”

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So They Will Talk

Authors: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This book gives examples and ideas of how parents and teachers can improve their communication skills to improve their relationships with the youths in their lives. The book is divided into eight chapters which address common break-downs in communication, and how the adult can help the child express the feelings evoked in the situation, and think through the solution to the problem, all the while leaving the child feeling empowered and unpunished. If we want our students to be caring human beings, then we need to respond to them in caring ways. If we value our children's dignity, then we need to model methods that affirm their dignity.

Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools

Author: Mary Kay Ricci

This book provides ways to help students challenge their thinking about their own abilities and potential. Conversational-style writing is used to describe the psychology of brain development and how we can apply this in the classroom. The book provides templates and practical methods on how to create a growth mindset in our classrooms, where every child feels they have the potential to learn.