unconditionalUnconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
This book changed the way I think about parenting and teaching. As I was reading Chapter 1 I found myself thinking… “I’m going to finish this and then start reading it all over again.” I’d like to drop all of the behaviorist tendencies that I’ve been surrounded by my entire life. The key to discipline is creating and maintaining an environment of trust and respect. Sounds simple, right?

jb-bookWhat’s Math Got to Do With It? by Jo Boaler
If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in your child’s math class, or why things have changed in math then read this book! These days children are being asked to be mathematicians. This means that they know why things work and how ideas connect in mathematics. It’s not scary – it’s all about sense-making.

A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart
This is why we need to DO math. You can download the PDF here. It begins… “A musician wakes from a terrible nightmare. In his dream he finds himself in a society where music education has been made mandatory. “We are helping our students become more competitive in an increasingly sound-filled world.” Educators, school systems, and the state are put in charge of this vital project. Studies are commissioned, committees are formed, and decisions are made— all without the advice or participation of a single working musician or composer.”