Blue Skunk readers know that I rarely endorse anything. (See my Endorsement Policy). So if I am going to mention a product on my blog, I really like it.
Debbie Silver's (and some other guys) book, Deliberate Optimism, should be be required reading for all educators. Seriously. My review:
Blind optimism is no more effective than blind pessimism when it applied to providing children a good education. Thankfully respected educators Silver, Berckmeyer and Baenen offer optimism as a tool with eyes wide-open. While acknowledging the challenges - social, political and professional - of today's teachers, the authors describe and promote concrete strategies for building, sustaining, and using optimistic behaviors to improve professional effectiveness. A great book for whole school discussion - or to simply read for personal uplift, Deliberate Optimism belongs on every teacher and administrator's bookshelf - and in their hearts.
If there is anything our profession could use a good dose of right now, it's optimism. Check out the book.
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