CNDLS 2021 Holiday Reading List

The winter holiday season is upon us, with an academic break promising lots of cozy reading time. Here’s a list of our recent faves that have captured our attention for different reasons: 

  1. Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James Lang. An engaging and swift read, this book examines humans’ unique ability to focus our attention as well as attend to the wider environment, our historical obsession with focus v. distraction, and the pros and cons of tech devices in the classroom. Lang also covers teaching-strategy-rich chapters on how to cultivate and sustain students’ attention. If you dip in and love it, join the CNDLS-led  Teaching Circle on Fridays in January where we’ll discuss the book in detail. 
  2. Check out this collection by our colleagues at Marquette, On the Vocation of the Educator In This Moment. Caught in at least three crises–a global pandemic that upended education as we know it, heightened awareness about racial injustices that motivated people to take to the streets in protest, and crises in higher education that have been building for some time but have now erupted–educators of all kinds across Marquette University’s campus reflected on this moment from their own perspectives, expertise, and experiences. 
  3. And saving the best for last…an uplifting piece of fiction, How to Mars, by our very own David Ebenbach. A meditation on who, and how, we want to be in the face of an existential crisis, this novel just might restore your faith in humanity…even if you have to move to Mars. 
  We encourage you to share your thoughts with us about any one of these books by using the hashtag #CNDLSHolidayReading and tagging us (@cndls) on Instagram and Twitter. 

The winter holiday season is upon us, with an academic break promising lots of cozy reading time. Here’s a list of our recent faves that have captured our attention for different reasons: 

  1. Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James Lang. An engaging and swift read, this book examines humans’ unique ability to focus our attention as well as attend to the wider environment, our historical obsession with focus v. distraction, and the pros and cons of tech devices in the classroom. Lang also covers teaching-strategy-rich chapters on how to cultivate and sustain students’ attention. If you dip in and love it, join the CNDLS-led  Teaching Circle on Fridays in January where we’ll discuss the book in detail. 
  2. Check out this collection by our colleagues at Marquette, On the Vocation of the Educator In This Moment. Caught in at least three crises–a global pandemic that upended education as we know it, heightened awareness about racial injustices that motivated people to take to the streets in protest, and crises in higher education that have been building for some time but have now erupted–educators of all kinds across Marquette University’s campus reflected on this moment from their own perspectives, expertise, and experiences. 
  3. And saving the best for last…an uplifting piece of fiction, How to Mars, by our very own David Ebenbach. A meditation on who, and how, we want to be in the face of an existential crisis, this novel just might restore your faith in humanity…even if you have to move to Mars. 

 

We encourage you to share your thoughts with us about any one of these books by using the hashtag #CNDLSHolidayReading and tagging us (@cndls) on Instagram and Twitter.