What do Olympic athletes, outliers, and a girl from Pakistan all have in common?

They are all subjects of The New York Times 5 top best sellers list in non-fiction paperback.

Great educators always focus on students. Carefully crafted lessons and assignments are put together targeting certain learning outcomes. The majority of schools and community colleges  start a new year in the fall and  the days of educators are jammed packed with new lesson plans to create and “start- up” details to accomplish. And educators frequently say that it is just as important to set time aside to read and self-reflect.

Each of the following books  on The New York Times list have global connections that challenge all of us to think critically about our actions, our place in the world, and to inspire us to work toward educating our students with outstanding global content.

boysintheboat

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
by Daniel James Brown

The story of the American rowers who pursued gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

 

OUTLIoutliersERS
By  Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

 

MalalaI AM MALALA
by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

The Nobel Peace Prize winner and teenage activist recounts her path to learning.

 

 

And if those best sellers have already been checked off your reading list, delve into this new release:

greatsurgeTHE GREAT SURGE: THE ASCENT OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD by Steven Radelet which documents the growth of developing nations. This highly recommended book promises to lead to meaningful discussions about the untold story of the global poor today.

 

Wishing you meaningful reading time and very best wishes for a productive and successful academic year for you and your students.

World View

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