What should I be reading???

Do you do much “professional reading in the summer?” I hate to admit it but in the past i have not. I read ALOT of books but never things that i might consider PD.

This summer, in addition to 14 personal reads, I read 3 books that have inspired me so much that I’m almost chomping at the bit to get back to school and try new and engaging things in my classroom!

If you haven’t done it yet, no matter your subject, please consider reading these three books as the summer winds down and you’re gearing up for an exciting start to the new year!

First is The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease! This book has me so inspired to read chapter books aloud in my classes! I think even upper levels will enjoy Brandon Brown quivered in perro by Carol Gaab!

Second: The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I have been reading all wrong in my classroom and i am determined to fix this problem…. Starting this weekend with the folding of 175 origami bookmarks that I’ll give as gifts to my guinea pigs on this free reading journey!

Last is Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. I have studied and presented on Understanding by Design/Backward Planning for years and this book just marries into that idea perfectly! From hooking the kids at the beginning of each unit to building a rapport with them, it will get you so excited to see your new crop of faces!!!

Please take time to read something this week that will help you rejuvenate yourself as you head back! Never get a second chance to make a first impression!

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