So, I've been simmering over several blog posts I wanted to put together to jump feet first back in to blogging. Then, this linky party popped up over on Hands-On Teacher in First (Marie's blog) and it is just perfect! Now that I have some time on my hands I have a growing summer reading list with both personal and professional books I've been hankering over. Please join up with us and share what you plan or hope to read!
Normally, I try to only pick one professional read...or I end up overwhelmed and try too many things at the beginning of the year. But I ended up discovering a new book by Michael Linsin who wrote Dream Class, which I read last year and just loved. So, the list became 2 deep. Then, came an invite from The Brownbag Teacher to join in for a book talk for The Book Whisperer's Reading in the Wild...which I also didn't get to read this past summer.
The Classroom Management Secret by Michael Linsin | I didn't plan on reading this one, but I get Linsin's monthly newsletter emails and one of them caught my eye. It closely related to the issues I was going through with my students this year, so I actually took the time to read it closely. Come to find out...he had also released this new book. I enjoyed his personable and user-friendly process to create a Dream Class (which I wasn't fully able to do because of how thrown off I was by my group this past year). I decided, despite management being my strongest ability as a teacher, I needed to rethink my system and make improvements. This way, no matter what kind of group I get next year, I will be ready! Before I bought it for my Kindle, I checked the Table of Contents and was immediately intrigued by the first several chapter titles: Why You Should Smile on the First Day of School, 7 Keys to the First Day of School, The Biggest First Day of School Mistake You Can Make, Why Coming on Too Strong Will Force a Mutiny in Your Classroom, and more. Here is the description from Goodreads: "In The Classroom Management Secret, you will learn how pursuing just two simple principles will allow you to grab ahold of the rewarding and meaningful teaching career you've always dreamed of. Based on the popular blog, Smart Classroom Management, the book progresses step-by-step through 46 keys, showing you how to manage your classroom in a way that inspires your students to want to behave. By the end, you will have the knowledge to take over any K-8 classroom and create the kind of peaceful buy joyous learning experience your students will always remember."
Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller | I was, and still am, a HUGE fan of The Book Whisperer. It changed how I saw and taught students how to love reading. It also changed the reading lives of so many of my students. They still thank me to this day for how I helped them become a self-selected reader who enjoys reading for what it should be. So, when I found out Donalyn was releasing a 2nd book long before it came out...I added it to my wish and to-read list. Sadly, I wasn't able to get to this one last summer either. But I just found out The Brownbag Teacher is having a book talk on it and had to join in. So...bring it on! Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: Teaching students to become lifelong readers A companion to the bestselling The Book Whisperer, Reading in the Wild explores whether or not we are truly instilling lifelong reading habits in our students and provides practical strategies for teaching "wild" reading. Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading, and defining oneself as a reader.Includes advice for supporting the love of reading by explicitly teaching lifelong reading habits. Contains accessible strategies, ideas, tips, lesson plans and management tools along with lists of recommended books co-published with Editorial Projects in Education, publisher of "Education Week" and "Teacher Magazine"
Packed with ideas for helping students choose their own reading material, respond to text, and build capacity for lifelong reading."
For Fun Reads
I usually have a HUGE list planned a couple weeks before my summer starts, so I can get to the library and start grabbing up books. But, alas, that just didn't happen this time around. However, I did come home this past Friday (our last day of school) ready to find a juicy and fun chic lit read from my long to-read list on Goodreads. My book club of lady friends is reading The Monuments Men this month as well...so these two are givens. As for the rest of what I'm going to be reading this summer? Perhaps I should read the 3rd book in V.C. Andrew's Dollanganger series. I'm hoping I get off the wait list for Emily Giffin's new book soon, since I've been on it for the last month already. I also have some Jodi Piccoult books I've been hoarding. So many choices and so little time!!!