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10 Summer Reads for Teachers

Summer is here! You might like to consider some light reading during the holidays, so here are some suggestions from the YSI team.  

 

1. The Innovators

by Walter Isaacson

The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. (Blurb from Good Reads)

 

2. Striking Back: The Untold Story of an Anti-Apartheid Striker

By Mary Manning with Sinéad O'Brien

Dunnes Stores cashier Mary Manning knew little about apartheid when, at the age of twenty-one, she refused to register the sale of two Outspan South African grapefruits under a directive from her union. She was suspended and nine of her co-workers walked out in support.

In this searing account, Mary tells the extraordinary story of their public fight for justice, as well as her emotive journey of discovery into her family’s past. Mary’s mother had been forced to carry a secret burden of shame for her whole life by the same oppressive establishment Mary was fighting.   

Striking Back is a provocative and inspiring story that epitomises the resilience of hope and the human spirit, even under the most formidable of circumstances. It shows that each of us has the power to change the world. (Blurb from Collins Press)

 

3. Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

by David Kelley, Scott Doorley, Scott Witthoft

This guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play—and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the d.school including countless prototypes and iterations with d.school students and spaces. (Blurb from Stanford dSchool)

 

4. Emotional Resilience

by Dr Harry Barry

There are many challenges facing our mental health. We are living in the middle of an anxiety epidemic, depression is the one of the most significant mental health issues of our time, self-harm is endemic amongst school children and technology and social media are insidiously and pervasively invading our lives leading to toxic stress. In this book, bestselling author and GP Dr Harry Barry reveals how you can unlock your inner emotional resilience reserves, deal with the challenges of life, and protect your mental health. (Blurb from Bookstation.ie)

 

5. A Teacher's Life

by Colm Cuffe 

A Teacher's Life is a collection of over 140 cartoons based on the popular Facebook page that hilariously captures the ups and down of life as a teacher. Filled with funny observations of classroom antics, this book will have you smiling in sympathy and laughing out loud. It's the perfect 'Thank You' for every teacher for all they put up with over the course of the school year! (Blurb from Gill Books)

 

6. Brief Answers to the Big Questions

by Stephen Hawking

Professor Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist, an influential author and thinker, and a great popular communicator. Throughout his career he was asked questions by business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of the universe to the future of the planet. (Blurb from Dubray Books)

 

7. Ireland's best walks

By Helen Fairbairn

In a country richly endowed with wild mountain ranges, secluded valleys and untamed coastlines, the best natural landscapes can only be explored on foot. Here are over sixty of the greatest one-day walking routes in Ireland, varying from short strolls to full-day treks. Every part of the Republic and Northern Ireland is featured. From rugged peaks and chiselled ridge lines to towering sea cliffs and sheltered loughs, these routes take you past all the country’s finest scenery. (Blurb from Collins Press)

 

8. Elon Musk: Inventing the Future

by Ashlee Vance

South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. (blurb from bookstation.ie)

9. Move, Train, Nourish

by Dominic Munnelly 

Dominic and Gráinne are a husband-and-wife team who understand that, although health and fitness are largely sold to us by younger people, they are not the preserve of the young. Being healthy is fundamental to every stage of life. Their holistic approach integrates all aspects of wellness: mobility, exercise, sleep, nutrition and stress management. (Blurb from Collins Press)

 

10. The Choice

by Philly McMahon

BGE Irish Sports Book of the Year and eir Sports Book of the Year In The Choice Dubs star Philly McMahon shares the deeply personal story of his brother, John, a heroin addict who died at the age of 31. Structured as a series of choices - in sport, in education and in life - the book delves into the contrasting lives of the brothers and how the opportunities presented to Philly through sport and education opened up a world of choice that protected him from the dangers of growing up in Ballymun at the height of the heroin epidemic. (Blurb from Gill Books)

 

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