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Summer Reading for Teachers and Students

May 28, 2014 6:33pm

Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about summer reading? What are some great professional books on your reading list? Also, what are required books for your students? I want to put together a list of must-reads so we can all catch up on adult and student reading.

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    • May 31, 2014 7:33am

      My language arts students read two books over the summer: One book ties to our social development and the other to academics, namely Social Studies. Rising 8th graders read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper and then a book set in either colonial times or the American Revolutionary War. Rising 7th graders read Because of Mr. Terupt and then one other book set somewhere outside the United States. When students return in the fall, I have a jumping off place to discuss ways to bind us as a learning community plus they have some foundation for what we will study in Social Studies.

      • Jun 2, 2014 5:21am

        Kim: I have never heard of either of those books, so they are definitely going to be on my summer reading list. I love the idea of assigning books to students that tie to social development. Educating the whole child is so powerful!

        Michelle: The idea of Book Boot Camp is so cool as well. It's so UDL that you all get to choose books that are relevant to you. I'm going to explore how to kick off something similar in our district.

        Thanks!
        Katie

        • Jun 7, 2014 8:53am

          Several teachers in our school are reading Inquiry Circles in Action by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels. We're going to meet twice over the summer to discuss how this will look in our classrooms! I'm also reading Success from the Start by Ernst and Ryan.

          • Jun 7, 2014 1:41pm

            I am reading Leaders of their own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment by Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, and Libby Woodfin. Participating in an eLearning book with two colleagues reading, Thrive: 5 Ways to [Re]Invigorate Your Teaching by Meenoo Rami. Also, finishing remaining chapters in Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.

            • Jun 9, 2014 7:49pm

              I plan on reading "The Emperor of All Maladies," a history of cancer and "The Epigenetics Revolution." Of course, I also look forward to reading lots of good fiction!

              • Jun 4, 2016 8:04pm

                As an Instructional Curriculum Facilitator, I am eagerly anticipating refreshing and rejuvenating my energy, enthusiasm and toolkit with these reads: The Motivated Brain Improving Student Attention, En gagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt; Teach Reflect Learn Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral; and Learning to Choose Choosing to Learn The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement by Mike Anderson. I also plan to read several Ed Week Spotlight publications - especially the ones dealing with Mindset!