What if students kept track of their reading lists?
Today I saw this great article on a recently uncovered list of books Alan Turing checked out from his school library (link to full list). Turing’s interest in math and science, even as a schoolboy, are obvious.
It also makes me wonder what would happen if we encouraged our students to keep similar lists? I find myself wishing I could go back and see some list of everything I’ve read—how would I see my interests developing over time? What connections would I see between between the books I chose to read?
As usual, there’s a way to make this easy with technology. The site GoodReads is an awesome tool for not only keeping track of your reading, but also to post mini-reviews, get suggestions for books to read, an share your reading interests with others. Why not encourage every student to open an account?