I have a lot of reading to get done in the next two months! I've opted to read my PD, rather than attend any (besides the TPT conference)!
I started this book last summer and never finished it. Since I was made the team lead for my school's behavior committee, I thought it'd be good to read this book to get ideas for my teacher PD that I'm leading in August. Lots of good ideas, especially for upper elementary!
Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn R. Jackson
I just started this book on my flight back from Pennsylvania last week, but I absolutely love it so far! It's been on my "to read" list forever, and now I'm finally diving in.
Unshakeable by Angela Watson
This book is one that I'm participating in a book club for, so I haven't started it yet. My plan is to read a chapter each day before we discuss it. Anyone can join in! So if you're interested, join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnshakeableSummerBC/
The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
This book is truly inspiring (as is every book Ron Clark has written). I plan to use some of the Essential 55 in my classroom this year, but I don't think I could handle all 55. Rule 6: Say "thank you" when given something. (That one is my favorite - simple, yet powerful.) You can easily Google what all 55 are, but the stories that Clark tells to go along with each rule are inspiring and really help you understand how it looks in the classroom and why it's important. I highly recommend this book!
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
This book is an excellent read for an upper elementary / middle school teacher. Getting students to branch out in their reading (other genres) is something that I had struggled with. Miller introduced the 40 Book Challenge in her book, and it completely transformed my reading homework for my (4th grade) students last year. They grumbled when I introduced the 40BC to them at the beginning of the year. I was the worst teacher for requiring them to read poetry and award winners. But by the end of the year, students and parents were thanking me for the challenge because it opened their eyes to new books/genres/series. Win! Miller has many excellent ideas on how to ignite a natural love for reading within students.
Guided Math by Laney Sammons
I have always struggled with teaching math. How do I make it more engaging? How do I get my students to understand the importance / real world connection of learning this topic? How do I help those who just don't get it? How do I make sure my math block is used to its full potential every single day? Guided Math helped answer all of those questions - and more. After reading this book and implementing Sammons' ideas into my math block, students were finally engaged during math. I was able to differentiate (easily), get in the dreaded math fact practice (in a fun way), have students practice previously taught concepts (think spiraling), and meet with my students to make sure they all understood.
The following books are all on my "to read" list.