The Bucket List

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Wow, that sounds extremely corny, so I’ll explain. Four years ago, in the spring of 2008 I was accepted into Arizona State University’s doctoral program in leadership and innovation. I graduated last spring, however I was not finished. During my doctorate coursework, I began taking classes to fulfill the requirements for a principal certification. Well today, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – I submit my last paper, take my last quiz, and upload my last signature assignment into TK20. Done!

Now what to do with all that extra time?? Read…

As I look around my house I notice piles of books. Some of the piles are from coursework, some are from professional development and others are simply books I had to have and have had no time to read.

Here is my Book Bucket List:

Your Brain at Work – David Rock

Five Minds for the Future  – Howard Gardner

The Adaptive School – Bob Garmston & Bruce Wellman

Creating the Opportunity to Learn – A. Wade Boykin & Pedro Noguera

Drive & A Whole New Mind – Daniel Pink

The Global Achievement Gap – Tony Wagner

Switch – Chip & Dan Heath

Whatever it Takes – Paul Tough

So Much Reform So Little Change – Charles Payne

Catching up or Leading the Way – Yong Zhao

Emotional Intelligence & Social Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

What books are on your list?


Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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