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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summertime is here... time to relax, rest, and READ!

Happy Summer my Fabulous Friends!

Once again, I am hoping going to blog regularly again. It should be easier since it summer time!  I thought I would start out by sharing what is on my Professional reading list.   I've started reading Learn Like a Pirate by Paul Solarz.  This is the perfect read for practical strategies that you can use to create a student-led classroom, which I definitely am trying to have and want to improve on.

Creating Cultures of Thinking  by Ron Ritchhart is the second book on my list. I've noticed more and more how my students expect me to think for them.  I know their (and their parent's) lives are packed with sports, scouts, competitions, etc. and they may not have time to be "thinkers"  but in order for my kiddos to be successful adults they need to be!  I am hoping this book helps me help them with that.  I am hoping this book has all the answers ;)

The third book is Move Your Bus  by Ron Clark.  It isn't even available until June 30, 2015 but I pre-ordered it from Amazon.  As the team leader of my 4th grade team and the "leader" of my classroom I thought this book would be the perfect read.  Plus its by Ron Clark... need I say more?

Then we have The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.  You knew I would have to have a "writing" book on my list since I am a fourth grade teacher, right?  Just reading the table of contents got me hooked.  For example; Chapter 2: I don't know what to teach this student, he is a better writer than I am.   Or Chapter 9: I teach grammar but my kids don't learn it.     I hope this books is as good as it seems.

Last on my professional reading list is Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Non-Fiction books  by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.

If I have time, I plan to I will make time to re-read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.  This is one of the best professional reads I have read!

What professional books are you reading this summer?  Please share in the comments any and all great books that I MUST read!

Happy Reading my froggy friends,

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