Summer!! A time for teachers to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. But like most teachers, for me it is also a time for me to work on my craft. Build my skills. Find new ideas. Stoke the fire again for my passion.
I thought I would share some professional resources that you might like. Some are books I’ve already read, some are books I have to be read and some I am wanting to read.
I am hearing a lot of buzz about this book! I am really thinking I need this one. Have you read this one? Did you find it helpful?
I have this book and it’s been waiting on me to find the time to get to it. I am excited about it. I really enjoyed Donalyn Miller’s other book, The Book Whisperer. Great ideas so I have high hopes for this one too!
I love this book! I read an older edition several years ago and the ideas just seems to be so obvious to me that they work. Pat Cunningham and Richard Allington really know their stuff!
This book is a must read if you are needing to improve your students’ fluency. Great ideas from Timothy Rasinski, the fluency guru! He describes how to do repeated readings in this book. I did this activity for my action research for my master’s degree and I tell you it works so well!! The BEST way to improve struggling reader’s fluency!
Our school used Teach Like a Pirate for our book study this year. This book may motivate you and cause you to look for more ways to engage your students in class.
Okay, it’s your turn! What will YOU be reading this summer to build and strengthen your craft of teaching?? I would LOVE to know!
Melissa Cloud says
I'm reading Teaching with Intention right now and want to read the Pirate ones and Reading in the Wild. Thanks for sharing!
Melissa, Teaching with Intention is another book I would like to read. I've seen that other teachers are reading it. Is it worth reading?
Bridget S says
I'm actually reading math books right now!! I'm going to be adding that to my plate next year 🙂 I want to read Reading in the Wild.
Bridget, my friend Tammy from Forever In 1st, is also reading math books. She posts about them quite a bit.
My First Grade Happy Place says
I'm wondering the same thing about The Reading Strategies Book! I've heard amazing things about it too! But it's $41 on Amazon! Eeekkkk!!!! I really want to check it out though!
I know! I thought that was expensive too! I haven't bought it yet. I hope by the time I am ready for it, maybe the price will have gone down!
Inquiry, storytelling, and time to talk are my focus, so I'm reading Let's Find Out by Sue Kempton, A Place of Wonder by Georgia Heard, and Castle in the Classroom by Nanu (sp?). I'm also rereading Reading with Meaning and Comprehension from the Ground Up. I have read the other books on your list, except for the reading strategies book. Thank you for the suggestions!
Your books sound great! I have heard Georgia Heard present before, but I haven't read any of her books. Good luck with your reading list!
Laura Wagner Jordan says
Thank you for sharing what you are reading this summer. I am going to be reading some of Marzano's work. School Leaders Guide to Standards Based Grading and Formative Assessments and Standards Based Grading.
TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students
I need to read some of Marzano's too. Thank you for sharing your list! Good luck with all your reading this summer!
Hey thanks for sharing! I didn't like the Pirate book but I'm looking forward to checking out The Fluent Reader.
The Pirate book was a bit over the top for me. I do see how it would get you thinking about more engagement in your classroom though. But most of his stuff is not my personality.
I have all those books. I haven't read the first yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
Tammy, I am waiting to hear what you think about the reading strategies book! I haven't ordered mine yet.