Summer Reading... What's On Your List?

Hey everyone!

I love to read! With surviving my first year of school, my reading was cut way down because at times, I felt it was like sink or swim. You better believe I swam!

What I love about the summer time is that I can read pretty much when I want. I've been scoping out other teachers' blogs and IG accounts to see what they were reading before settling on a few for now. Key words, for now. I have a few more books I have on my wish list that I may be adding before long!

1. The Leader In Me.  Why did I pick this? My principal gave every staff member The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Leaders. At some moments, it was very intense. I wanted the TLIM because it seemed to be a better resource for teachers implementing this in the classroom. The main theme is making students become leaders. My school is a certified IB school and so this ties in perfectly with many of our attitudes and attributes.

2. Learn  Like A Pirate. As I'm currently geeking out that not only did the author tweet me back, so did The Leader In Me and Dave Burgess, haha, I'm loving this book as it correlates with The Leader in Me. This book is about having students lead in the classroom. Now you might say that sounds ridiculous, as that's what I was worried about to, but since I'm looping with my kids, I feel that this will be the perfect opportunity to try this out (or at least start integrating this a little).

3. Word Nerds. My kids didn't get as much vocabulary practice as I would have liked. Yes, they got vocabulary from  my reading lessons and sometimes in small groups and content areas. I confess, my main focus this year was surviving my first year teaching and focusing mostly on reading and math. I have to toot my own horn and say I did a pretty darn good job and I rocked science and social studies. Poor writing got the short end of the stick. I vow that next year with these kids (same class) that writing will get more of a focus (but of course now I have all new curriculum to learn) and Word Nerds will be perfect for helping me with that. I really got into this book. It's about developing a vocabulary routine and using cloze reading skills, inferring, antonyms and synonyms, instead of having kids just look it up in a dictionary.

I want to know what's on your list? What are you reading that I should add to mine?

1 comment

  1. I'm also wanting to beef up my vocab instruction, so I'm reading Bringing Words to Life, and I'm re-reading The Next Steps in Guided Reading & the second edition of Daily 5. Our building read TLIM this past school year as our book study and got some good things out of it!


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