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Recommended professional reading?

Jul 25, 2013 4:44pm

Have you been reading a really great book (or books) that have offered great professional learning lately?

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • Pre K-12
  • Collaboration / English Language Learners / Special Education


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    • Jul 28, 2013 7:09am

      * Teach Like a Champion- 1st read 2 yrs ago but refer to it on a regular basis- 49 techniques to up your efficacy
      * Quality Questioning & Thinking Thru QQ- full of the why's and how's to get our kids to critical thinking
      * Choice Words- just finished, 99 pages of thought provoking ideas, makes me realize I need to be as thoughtful and purposeful re: what i say as I do about the questions I plan for lessons

      • Jul 28, 2013 5:35am

        The Complete Four by Pam Allyn. She also has written The Complete Year in Reading and Writing for each elementary grade level. Published by Scholastic. Awesome read. Another is Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter H. Johnston, published by Stenhouse Publishers. Another awesome read!

        • Jul 28, 2013 7:13pm

          If you're unfamiliar with UDL, it's a career changing framework that really skyrockets student success. The most recent publication is UDL in the Classroom, Practical Applications. It will change the way you think about lesson design.

          Also, love Teach Like Pirate, and you can connect with author on twitter if you have any questions or want to chat.


          • Aug 17, 2013 7:53am

            Teach Like a Pirate. Dave Burgess! FUN and imaginative!

            • Aug 17, 2013 7:54am

              Teach Like a Pirate. Dave Burgess! FUN and imaginative!

              Gets me out of my comfort zone,

              • Aug 17, 2013 10:39am

                Making Thinking Visible by Richard, Church and Morrison is a wonderful resource filled with excellent strategies for helping students learn "thinking moves" and "routines" that deepen thinking and raise meta-cognitive awareness. A great feature of the book are sections on how the strategy looks in real practice. Here we get to peak into real classrooms around the world and learn how teachers are maximizing theirr use of these techniques to enhance student learning. I was inspired and hope you will be too! Have a great school year.
                Abby Chill

                • Aug 17, 2013 11:31am

                  Free to Learn by Peter Gray (2013) Interesting take on how not to have more "school" but more learning

                  • Aug 18, 2013 5:29am

                    Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

                    • Nov 21, 2013 5:05pm

                      I love Notice and Note! And this article on Close Reading is great as well:

                      • Nov 21, 2013 5:05pm

                        Rigorous Reading by Fisher and Frey

                        • Nov 21, 2013 5:09pm

                          Focus by Mike Schmoker

                          • Nov 24, 2013 12:49pm

                            Interpreting Literature with Children
                            By shelby a . wolf