Mike Matthews

My thoughts after 60 years on this planet on family, public education, cooking, and life.

Books Library

Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching

Charlotte Danielson 2007
Read: 2013
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

We are doing a lot of work on teacher evaluation in MBUSD, and Charlotte Danielson is regarded as one of   […]   View Post →

Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton 1911
Read: 2017
Fiction

This year I shadowed one of our junior students at Mira Costa High School. Click here to read my blog   […]   View Post →

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

William Deresiewicz 2014
Read: 2015
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

This book was recommended to me by a Mira Costa graduate who is now a college sophomore. It is a   […]   View Post →

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury 1951
Read: 2013
Non-Fiction, Recommended for Young Adults

I reread this book after Ray Bradbury died. It was my way of paying homage to a great thinker. I   […]   View Post →

Fall of Giants

Ken Follett 2010
Read: 2013
Fiction

It’s been years since I read Pillars of the Earth, but I remember loving it. Follett has published two books   […]   View Post →

Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business

Chris Fenton 2020
Read: 2020
Non-Fiction

It’s always nice to gain insight on people you already know from a book that they write and publish. Chris   […]   View Post →

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Loung Ung 2000
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

I read this book as I prepared for our trip to Cambodia in December of 2017. I had been trying   […]   View Post →

Focus: Elevating the Essentials To Radically Improve Student Learning

Mike Schmoker 2011
Read: 2011
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I love this book. Love it. Mike Schmoker, a long advocate of using data to guide instruction, brings so many of   […]   View Post →

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay 2015
Read: 2020
Cooking, Non-Fiction

Some of you who know me know that I love to cook, and I love to barbecue on my Big   […]   View Post →

From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership

Harry M. Kraemer 2011
Read: 2019
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I read this book in preparation for the fall 2019 meeting of Consortium 2032, our group of seven school districts   […]   View Post →

Get Some Headspace

Andy Puddicombe 2012
Read: 2016
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

In the 2015-16 school year, we made our first foray into bringing mindfulness into our classrooms. We trained all of   […]   View Post →

Getting Things Done

David Allen 2001
Read: 2011
Non-Fiction

When I started teaching at age 22, with just two large classes in a high powered high school, I had   […]   View Post →

Girl at War

Sara Novic 2015
Read: 2016
Fiction, Recommended for Young Adults

This is a book I read when our English department wanted to make it one of our summer reading options   […]   View Post →

Golf in the Kingdom

Michael Murphy 1971
Read: 2017
Fiction

I started playing golf when my older son was seven years old. He wanted to play so I started playing   […]   View Post →

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

Bob Rotella 1995
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

Here’s another golf book that deals very little with technique. Nothing about backswing, follow-through, speed of the swing or any   […]   View Post →

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth 2016
Read: 2017
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Grit is the story about how we often are quick to praise students for their natural ability. We don’t as   […]   View Post →

Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance 2016
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

, by  (2016) This is a New York Times Bestseller book about a lawyer in San Francisco who grew up   […]   View Post →

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams 1980
Read: 2013
Fiction

Kind of a Catch 22 for Science Fiction. This is a book I’ve heard much about, but I’ve never read. The   […]   View Post →

Horace’s Compromise and Horace’s School,

Ted Sizer 1984 and 1992
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

by Ted Sizer (1984 & 1992) These are books that came out in 1984, as I was beginning my teacher   […]   View Post →

How to be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi 2019
Read: 2020
Non-Fiction

As the George Floyd protests rated in 2020, I made a commitment to read and learn more about how to   […]   View Post →

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell 2019
Read: 2020
Non-Fiction

I can’t remember how I came across this book, but I’m glad I did. This is a very intellectual book   […]   View Post →

How to Raise an Adult

Julie Lythcott-Haims 2015
Read: 2019
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims (2015) I had the chance to hear Julia L-H speak near Stanford   […]   View Post →

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Clay Christensen 2012
Read: 2012
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I had all of our administrators read this book this summer, and they loved it. He asks and advises on   […]   View Post →

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

Hampton Sides 2015
Read: 2018
Non-Fiction

My wife recommended this book to me. It is a nonfiction story of an ill-fated journey to the north pole   […]   View Post →