Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review: Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns


Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World LearnsDisrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I may have read this before - oh well - great ideas and deserves a second look after more grad classes. This was an interesting exploration of innovation in schools. I'm not sure I agreed with all of the business model solutions offered by the author but I do believe there is plenty of room for innovation in schools to improve student learning and that the only way we will be able to explore some of these options is by "disrupting" some of the traditional constraints that we take for granted as the "way of doing business". This is a great book to challenge the thinking of those of us who have been in the education game for a while and have forgotten that nothing should be assumed or taken for granted if one sees an opportunity for change.



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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: The Book Thief


The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Recommended for Grades 9 and up - and I can see why. This story is heart-wrenchingly poetic; tragically beautiful. I was sobbing by the end of it. It's story about an unlikely heroine living in Nazi Germany and her newly discovered past time - stealing books. She evolves from a late starting reader to a writer of her own story. The writing of the story is evocative, as is its narrator. The way Zusak brings alive these dynamic characters is magical. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Definitely worth the time and tears!



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