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!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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