Professional Books for Summer Reading
I admit it.
I have committment issues.
Well, not exactly. My husband and I have been together since we were 17. It’s not that type of committment that I’m talking about;)
I can’t commit to just ONE book at a time. There. I said it. I read a bit, put it down, pick up another, put it down – read a chapter of this here and a chapter of that there. I know it’s not necessarily the best way to do things – but it’s my way. So, rather than choosing just one professional resource to flip through this summer, I’ll have four on the go!
I posted in May, encouraging teachers to choose a professional resource to read this summer, to enhance their teaching and hopefully, to find new and even better ways of doing things. Following this post, I got lots of comments about books that some of you were reading. I also went to my own school’s “professional library” to check things out. Just in case you haven’t decided on a book for yourself yet AND, to have as a resource for the future, I’ve added links to all of the titles that I have found and that were suggested to me. I have not read all of these books – yet. So, just to be clear, I can’t yet make comments on their usefulness…etc… However, they were recommended to me by other teachers. Since teachers have no time to read useless material – I figure that they’re all worth a look! So, without further adieu, here are my summer reading picks.
The four books that I’ve chosen all have to do with differentiation. I’ll be posting periodically about them, as I find interesting and helpful tidbits for you, so stay tuned! If you want to know more about any of the books below, I’ve linked them all from Amazon for you to peruse.
The first three focus mostly on differentiation, and teaching to the variety of students in your classroom. I found all three in my own school’s professional library! Before you buy anything, I suggest you start with your school or local library.
I’ve started reading the third one, “Differentiating Instruction in a Whole Group Setting”. The author, Betty Hollas, spoke at our annual convention a few years back. She was excellent! This book is for grades 3-8. So far, it’s a super-quick read, and also has lots of reproducibles in the back which is a huge plus!
My fourth summer pick, the book I’ve purchased, is about “Guided Math”. There’s actually an online study group blogging about this book – so it would be a great one if you wanted to join in discussions. Click here for the kick off post for the Guided Math Book Study. It’s a book that applicable from primary up into junior high and beyond. I can’t wait until my copy arrives…I just ordered this one..
So, that’s my summer reading list and you’ll hear lots about it over the next two months, as I’m sure I’ll have tons to share as I make my way through!
Here are some other book recommendations for you, coming from Lessons From The Middle readers:)
Common Core would be a great place to start – just choose the right book for your grade level.
To sharpen your discipline skills…
For teaching reading in the content areas…
A pick for 21st Century Learning…
Practical strategies to help manage students, irritating adults and making the best of an imperfect environment…
For when you have parents whose child can do no wrong…
That should be plenty to get started!
So, once you’ve taken some time for yourself this summer, find a book that excites you and meets your current professional goals and interests.
If you read any of the books above – please share your thoughts about them! Tips you’ve found useful (or not so useful). Also, let me know if you’re reading a book that you think I should add to this list. I’d love to do so! Once I’ve gotten some feedback (and made my way through my own summer picks) I’ll add worthy books to the “Must Reads” tab for you to refer to easily.
I look forward to some comments (good or bad) and some discussion about the books above and any others that you’re reading or want to read. One last thing, if you know of a great book on ”content literacy strategies” (grade 5/6 level) a Lessons From The Middle reader, Shannon, would love for you to share!
I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far! I’m looking forward to mine…(We’re still in school here until June 29th.)
Happy reading everyone!
Posted on June 21, 2012, in classroom management, Differentiated instruction, Education, General Teaching, Middle School, Professional Development, Professional Reading and tagged differentiation, professional reading, summer reading challenge. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.