Donna Goldberg pretty much launched the field of student organizing, and her 2005 book The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond is the first title I recommend for parents and teachers of middle and high school students. That said, there’s much in this volume that speaks to the needs of the university community, especially graduate students and faculty. Continue reading
Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. In my experience, anxiety seems to be quite prevalent among academics. What’s interesting is how some people are really bothered by the experience, and others aren’t. One difference? Mindfulness. Continue reading
Brene Brown’s 2010 book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Your Guide to A Wholehearted Life, seems thematic as I’ve taken a month’s break from the blog. Oddly enough, part of the delay was a bout of perfectionism over a book review that I’m not posting (at least not yet).
Cal Newport’s book, How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less changed my life. It still amazes me how well Newport identifies and describes the critical thinking tasks at the heart of an excellent education without ever once using that contested phrase!