The dog days of summer are upon us here in New England. That means it’s the perfect time to grab a lounge chair, a cool beverage, and a good professional book to enjoy some poolside PD! Here are a few suggestions to refresh and renew your passion for teaching just like a good dip in the pool can revive your body and soul.
Heart! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader by Timothy D. Kanold – I’m reading this book slowly to savor the inspirational message that the writer provides. The purpose of this book is to serve as a guide to reflect on your journey as an educator. Kanold introduces the idea of a heartprint which he defines as the distinct impression that we leave on students and colleagues. He challenges us to think about what we can do to make a positive difference in our school cultures.
Joy Write by Ralph Fletcher – As the title indicates, this quick read by one of the “greats” will reinvigorate your teaching of writing. Fletcher leads us through an exploration of a concept he calls “greenbelt writing” which helps students experience the fun of writing and develop a passion for it! Fletcher discusses how “low stakes” writing can lead to high levels of growth and help students to identify as writers. This book is skinny, but it will leave you thinking deeply about your current work. Perfect for an afternoon at the pool or on the patio!
Simple Starts: Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom by Kari Yates – This book looks like a practical guide for creating a classroom environment in which children in grades K – 2 can become highly engaged and motivated readers. Kari shares the essentials to help teachers: foster the love of reading in children; provide time for reading and discussion; and nurture independence through choice. Kari will be speaking at our annual Literacy For All Conference in Providence, Rhode Island on October 22 – 24th and I want to be sure to read her text before I have an opportunity to learn from her in person!
Powerful Book Introductions: Leading with Meaning for Deeper Thinking by Kath Fay, Suzanne Whaley and Chrisie Moritz – Written by our fabulous Literacy Collaborative colleagues in Fairfax, VA, this new text will be available from Stenhouse Publishers on July 29th. This book takes a close look at the purposeful planning that goes into preparing meaning-driven guided reading book introductions. This text promises to help you think about what to address in your book introductions and how to present that information to the readers.
What are you reading this summer? Please share some of the professional texts that you’ll be reading as you relax and rejuvenate on your patio or by the pool.