Step Your Nerd Game Up

June 10, 2013  |  Culture, Teaching, VIrtual Book Club

Someone just asked me what I’m doing this summer.

My answer was this:

Reading Books for Adults:
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang – This book is a living history of EVERYTHING that exists now. If you know anyone under 45, read this book. It puts our existence in the appropriate cultural context.
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – If you love, nurture, teach, are, or have had your life changed by a nerd of color, read this book.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin – Vampires exist because of a government conspiracy. Farfetched? Last week we thought Obama reading your text messages was science fiction.
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson – Video game players and midwestern farmers team up to topple terrorism in the most brilliantly stylish way you have ever imagined.
Reading Books for Kids:

What I'm doing this summer.

What I’m doing this summer.

  • No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Nelson – This book is a testament to why the pen is in fact mightier than the sword… or sexism or racism. Words matter.
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger – Star Wars. The hottest thing in 1978 is now the hottest thing out right now.
  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz – Blow your mind awesome adventure goodness!
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1-3 by Brian Michael Bendis – Spider Man. In Brooklyn. Enough said.
Reading Books for Teaching:
  • Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation by Christopher Emdin – Science is the new black.
  • Clock Watchers: Six Steps to Motivating and Engaging Disengaged Students Across Content Areas by Stevi Quate & John McDermott – You can’t teach a kid that does not want to be there. Don’t just make them want to be there. Make them belong there.
  • Fearless Voices: Engaging a New Generation of African American Adolescent Male Writers by Alfred Tatum – As class and real-estate re-segregate education, saying, “I teach public school.” means “I teach brown kids.” This is your guide.
  • Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom by bell hooks – She affirms why we all became teachers, and gives us even more tools to be the best that we can for children.

Basically, I’m upping my nerd status. In a major way.

– Corn

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