I'm taking a "day off" from my One Resource a (Week)Day series today. I have actually had a pretty rough few weeks and it culminated in a very difficult decision yesterday, a nearly sleepless night, and a challenging conversation I had to have with someone whom I care deeply about. (It's not Geoff, don't worry.)
It made me decide to take a day off and to just read a bit, to settle my mind. I leave you with a couple of old posts recommending good reads surrounding the type of nuanced work that we do: how to foster creativity (in the workplace, in education, and in yourself); what leadership looks like and how that applies to the classroom. I really like these books that straddle self-help and slippery topics. What Should I Do With My Life had really shaped me when I read it back in college, ultimately shaping the choices that led me to become the person that I am today.
I am taking a break from mathy things to read Get Out of Your Own Way today, in hopes that it will be fantastic and that it will be something I can recommend to someone else. (Although that sounds pretty bad to imply that someone else needs to get out of their own way. I really dislike that book title!)
So, anyway, be back soon with more peace of mind, I hope.
[Addendum 7/11/2014: Get Out of Your Own Way made for good dinner conversation with the hubby, but unfortunately I think it's a bit too encyclopedic / laundry-listy to strike a real chord with most readers, which I think is what necessarily characterizes a good self-help book. I'll have to keep looking around. I mentioned to the hubby that I'll keep trying to look into good self-help books. Next on the list: some book about motivation. Hoping to glean something out of it both for personal sphere and for my students!]