Sunday, August 25, 2013

My back to school reading

I head back to school tomorrow and the students arrive on Thursday. As my summer winds down I've been reading a few books to get me ready for the new school year.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck | Somehow these self-help/personal development books always end up on my reading list. I've just started reading this one and so far I've learned that I have a very "fixed mindset." I've heard great things about this book and I'm hoping to learn some strategies in the chapter geared for teachers.

Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities

Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People With Disabilities, 5th Edition by Paul Wehman | While it's easy to read, this book is a textbook, so consider yourself forewarned. It is big and it is thorough. It was recommended to me by a former OT classmate who knows way more than me about transition services (thanks Andy!) and he was not kidding when he called this book "the bible of transition." This book is a one stop shop for everything related to transition planning. I just can't get over how much great information is in this book.

The Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers | I'm always interested in books written by occupational therapists and I'm happy to report that this one is not a disappointment. As my school transitions into using Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum, I'm really excited about using The Zones of Regulation with my students along with the rest of the Social Thinking language.

What are you reading to prepare for the new school year? 

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