Teachers need a break. The last thing we want to spend our summer doing is working. Especially after the grueling marathon of the past two school years. I know. Still, educators rarely pass up opportunities for learning and growing. Can we absorb new information without feeling an uphill burn? Yes! Exploring a carefully curated enrichment booklist of summer reading for teachers and tutors is a great start.
Enrich your mind, body and soul through summer reading
Hopefully, this summer, you will have time to unwind, relax and just breathe. Chances are (if you are like me), you might need a bit of a nudge to unravel the knots that have built up in us all. I am approaching this summer as a time of healing, enrichment and personal growth. How can I find and understand my best self? Am I able to expand my abilities as a compassionate listener and global citizen? Will I be ablet to transfer those skills into my role as an educator? Let’s explore a list, old and new, of summer reading for teachers and tutors to enrich and nourish your mind, body and soul.
Get to Know YOU Through Summer Reading
Communication is key. It is critical in our relationships with our students and colleagues. Take some time this summer to learn about yourself, what makes you tick and WHY. You may be surprised what you learn about yourself. Perhaps you’ll find clarity and confirmation around your personal challenges. Use these summer reading materials to enrich your own personal growth as an educator.
What Type Am I? Discover Who You Really Are
By Renee Baron
This 1998 classic personality test guide explores all the questions you have about yourself. Are you a list maker? An empathetic listener? Do you rely more on truth than tact? Baron’s personality tests allow the reader to explore one’s inner workings and explore strategies for personal growth that can be applied in all areas of life including career and relationships. This is a great start to your summer reading for all teachers and tutors to fully explore their personality and consider how that applies to their teaching!
The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
By Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
This guide offers questionnaires for determining your personality designation according to nine distinct types. The Enneagram combines the psychology and spiritual aspects of human nature within each of us. Depending on your answers, you are able to map out a clear picture of who you are and how you can enrich your relationships and communication with everyone in your life. This summer reading title is an insightful exploration to one’s inner self and that of others in your life.
Summer Reading to Feed Your Brain
This summer offers a respite in which to recharge your battery. Don’t forget to take care of yourself this summer. Practice mindfulness. Carve out time in any amount that belongs just to you. The research is there to support that your mental health is bolstered by regular mindfulness maintenance. Explore strategies to stay focused and nourish your brain. These summer reading titles will help you center your inner peace and improve your executive functioning while launching you into healthy and productive routines.
Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health and Find Peace in the Everyday
By Matthew Sockolov
This title offers simple meditations that take as little as 5 minutes and grow into longer, deeper reflections. Finding your inner peace and focusing on your mental health is a vital boon to your productivity and is proven to reduce stress. This is a great title to support your summer reading and to have on hand all year. Take some time this summer to focus on yourself, your own needs and enrich your mind, body and soul.
Life- Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning: Brain Hacks
By Lara Honos- Webb, PhD
The fast-paced nature of the modern world is challenging for anyone to handle. This title offers strategies to foster the brain’s executive functioning abilities. Clinical psychologist, Honos- Webb, pinpoints strategies to hone your focus and attention while improving planning and organization skills. Though it may seem like work, it is an eye opening title to read this summer!