Books I Recommend

My Favorite Books About Math Teaching

Mathematical Mindsets, by Jo Boaler — I can’t say enough good things about this book.  Read it, and you will be inspired to change!  Want more?  Take one of Jo Boaler’s online courses at  Join the math revolution!

(more books coming soon…)


Books About That Inspired Me To Try Something New

Built, by Roma Agrawal — Written by a female structural engineer, this is an easy book to both read and understand.  Learn what structural engineers have to consider as they design buildings.  Read about and see pictures of examples of solutions that engineers of yesterday and today have created to ensure structures are safe in their environments.  This inspired a project for my Geometry class that I’ll blog about one day!

The Joy of X, by Steven Strogatz — Each chapter is full of explanations of the why, how, or “when would I use this” behind the math.  Lots of great examples for use or discussion in the classroom!

Teaching Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Levelby Saundra Yancy McGuire — I’m not all the way through this book yet, but it already has me thinking about else what I can do to help my students learn how to, well, learn.

Some Of My Favorite Non-Fiction Books

Now:  The Physics of Time, but Richard A. Muller — Why does time more forward?  What does “now” mean?  Could time move backwards?  The physics in this book was presented in a way that I could actually follow as the author discussed his theory about the flow of time.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, by Dava Sobel — I honestly had no idea that so many women worked for so many years to identify what is in our universe.  I read this before a visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and was thrilled to find quite a bit of information about the work of these women in one of the exhibits.  I was even more thrilled that I was familiar with that information as I read it!

Einstein’s Greatest Mistake:  A Biography, by David Bodanis

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil de Grasse Tyson

Mozart’s Starling, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt — I was simply fascinated by the personality, antics, and vocabulary of the starling that lived with the author.  I also learned quite a bit about Mozart along the way!  I had a parakeet growing up, and this brought back lots of memories of teaching him to talk and sharing a house with a bird who flew around the house and became part of the family.




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