I have spent a lot of time away from this place, but I miss it and I want to share some things that I have been up to….
If you don’t know Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher as inspiring educators, you need to check this books out. I have read many of their other books, and highly recommend them all. Even though they are both high school teachers, this book is easily adaptable to middle school. These two teachers, who teach across the country, planned an entire year of teaching together. They share their ideas, what they learned and what they would do differently. I got so many ideas, and even tweaked some of the things I normally do after reading this book.
I have to admit that at first I wasn’t interested in reading this book. I thought, I don’t do whole class novels, so this book isn’t for me. I was WRONG! This book has so many ideas to improve my reading instruction and to help me guide my students through their independent reading, short stories we read together, literature circles (or book clubs), and read alouds!
This book is a must read as we teach kids in today’s world. Packed FULL of ideas on how to help students see beyond their world and to understand others. What I like about this book, is it is full of lesson ideas and you can do an entire unit on this, or sprinkle the lessons throughout the year. This book is going to guide new literature circle/ book club themes and topics for the coming year (more on that coming up!).
What are your favorite professional development books?