In the second installment of this series on Being Better and Doing Better, I would like to shift to another thematic category for analysis and thought. Last week we looked at a number of book titles that were aligned with the "telescope" thematic focus. For ease of reference, I am reposting the graphic that provides a visual reference to the thematic areas.
I have received quite a bit of feedback from many educators and non-educators alike on the benefits of reading the books listed as well as some of the ancillary conversations kickstarted because of the content in the readings. Thank you and please keep the feedback coming as we are all learning together here. While there is no specific pathway to the themes in the graphic, I am posting based upon my own assessment of what would be a logical pathway. This week's book titles and content will focus on the microscope theme. Due to the complexities of learning, humanity, and our social conditions taking a more deeply critical look at pedagogy and purpose can provide us with the awareness of making meaningful connections to our students. These connections, in a perfect setting, occur on a human to human as well as human to pedagogy level. I also want to emphasize that my placement of books into these categories are strictly based upon my own personal assessment and lengthy conversations with Dee Lanier. In the end, the categories are less significant to the actual learning and subsequent work we do. Now on to this week's list of books that are our microsocpic look at race, culture, and learning.