My Summer Read Has Arrived! Accessible Mathematics

I was pleasantly surprised just the other day when I went to collect my mail at the post office, and found that my prize from a blog contest that I entered had arrived! You know that I love PD and professional books. Well, I won a book called Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement, from Andrea, over at For The Love of Teaching Math. (Thanks again, Andrea.) I haven’t even gotten to sit down and have a really good look yet, but I’m dying to find some time to delve in. The ideas in this book are not about completely revamping your program, but making small shifts in what you already do. Some phrases that jumped out to me in reading the book’s description: “practical” “common-sense ideas” and “streamline your teaching”. Yes, please! I’ll take one of each!


mistake pencilI always read at least one or two professional books over the summer – and it looks like this is going to be one of them! I know, I know. Summer time is a time of rest and relaxation, but for me a big part of the summer is also working on improving my craft and finding at least a few new ideas that I may incorporate into the next school year. (I think it’s because I still feel so lucky to have a job, with the current state of education in my area, even though I’m almost seven years in.)

Anyhow, I’m not going to commit to a “book study” on the book. I’d love to, but I think that it’s just more than I’d like to sign up for – I’m running low on energy! I know that many of you may be in the same boat. However, this is a slim, little read at under 90 pages (there are multiple Appendices in addition to that, though). Very do-able if you are looking for a professional math read this summer. It also has examples from across the grade levels, so if you teach math – you’ll find something useful to take away, I’m sure!

I’m excited to start reading and seeing what common-sense ideas it has to offer me! I’ll be sure to share my main takeaways from the book in future blog posts this summer. If you have read the book, or would like to – please be sure to comment from time to time to tell me your thoughts. A conversation about these 10 shifts would be great.

Thanks again, Andrea. You’ve made choosing a summer reading focus pretty simple this year! I hope that all is well in your state of Oklahoma.


Do you read professional resources in the summer? Do you have a book that you could recommend? Please leave a comment with the title and I’ll add the links to the bottom of this post as they come in!


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I am a Grade 7 teacher in Prince Edward Island. Lessons From The Middle shares lessons from the classroom, and occasionally from my life as a mom of two young boys. The goal of this Canadian teacher blog is to share middle school lessons, activities and ideas from my classroom and to collaborate with the wonderful online community of teachers out there as well! Thanks for stopping by!   Find me on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Browse my TPT Store Browse my TN Store

Posted on May 30, 2013, in Differentiated instruction, Education, General Teaching, Math, Middle School, Professional Reading, Reflecting About Teaching and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thank you sooooo much for the shout out!! I loved this book! I tend to never finish some of the professional books I buy (no matter how good they are), because of my reading ADD. This book was small enough, and to the point enough, that I was able to easily get through it quickly. Don’t worry about feeling obligated to link up to the book study, but I just wanted it out there if anyone wanted to contribute to one, any, or none of the posts. Thanks again friend!!

    • No worries Andrea! And I probably will link up to the book study at some point – just having commitment issues and unsure about the timing;) I totally hear you about finishing professional books. But, I don’t think that they need to be read cover to cover. If you find an idea that you can use – mission complete!

  2. Thanks for the recommendation of summer reading. I have 20 more days to go. My fave professional reading book is: Start Where They Are: Differentiating for Success with the Young Adolescent (with CD-ROM) by Karen Hume

    • You’ve named my own personal fave Kristy! I pick this one up every summer and find something new that I’m ready to try. It’s a bit of a pricier book – but couldn’t be more worth the money! Love it:)

  3. Oh, this one looks good!! I LOVE reading PD books over the summer. I’m almost finished with Notice and Note by Kylene Beers. A twitter friend and I are having a book chat on it in June-6,13,20 at 8pm CST #NNNchat if you find some energy to join us. LOL! We have also created a facebook group-Notice and Note Book Club-if you want to lurk. 🙂