I was surprised that we didn't have a book discussion yet centered on Dan Pink's Drive. When I read A Whole New Mind, the first of his books to come to my attention, I will admit to being a little underwhelmed. Why it was pleasantly put together, I didn't feel that I learned anything new from AWNM. I had a completely different experience while reading Drive. Yes, Drive referenced and distilled the work of others I'd already read, most notably Carol Dweck's thou
ght-provoking work published in Mindset. However, in Drive, Pink put his thoughts about what motivates us (people, humanity, etc) together in a way that gets the people in my school talking on a high level about topics such as motivation, assessment, student
autonomy. . . conversations well worth having.
Is your school doing a read of Pink's work this summer (the book just came out in paperback)
? If so, please encourage faculty to share their ideas here!
PS:On his website, Pink offers a video that can easily be turned into an activity for any group. I'll post more about that as a reply to this discussion.
Drive is a great book (as is Dweck's). As an optional read, our faculty read it over the winter break, had a great discussion and implemented a FedEx day on one of our half-day in-services (really successful and well-received by the faculty). Pink's book Drive even inspired me to write something for Independent Teacher which came out a few weeks ago. We all shared what we accomplished during that FedEx time, and it was great to learn from one another.
Thanks for putting it out there - I loved the book!