Monthly Archives: June 2013

Professional Reading: Summer of 2013

Here is my potential list of reads for this summer. It is long, but I am an optimist. And these titles cover a range of topics. Diversity is the key here.

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I will be focusing on thinking in all of my teaching next year and I have heard great things about Making Thinking Visible.
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Next up, Notice & Note. I absolutely love annotation strategies that help students dive more deeply into texts. But there are always some students I don’t seem to reach, and they continue to struggle to create meaning with the text. Notice & Note promises to support that during reading stage for grades 4 to 12 students, and of course, Kylene Beers’ reputation in her previous work on reading precedes her.
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Harvey and Daniel’s Comprehension and Collaboration is a must read for anyone thinking about student inquiry.
I am intrigued by the maker space movement that is emerging across the globe. I belong to a family of makers (long before it was chic). We build, bake, grow, construct, assemble, sew, and create , and I have in the past brought my predilection for making into my classroom. I am looking forward to adding to my repertoire with Invent to Learn.
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This book has been on my TBR list since in came out last spring.  I have been inspired by November’s videos and his latest book will, I am sure, support my thinking about learning in the modern world.
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I teach adolescents, many who struggle with the learning process. How can I resist giving Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain a go?
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Love Dan Pink’s interdisciplinary approach to life. I know he is a business writer by trade, but his ideas do crossover to education and our personal lives. As my children are growing up and moving away, I have looked for ways to keep us involved in each other’s lives. Having a family book club is one thing that we do. To Sell is Human might be next on our list. I know educators are reading it, and I am hopeful that it will also appeal to the mechanic, the solider, the dancer, and the musician in the family.
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These two books by Peter H. Johnston are on my list every summer as re-reads. Changing the way we speak to our kids and each other, and re-configuring our approach to learning takes time and it takes support. Each summer I take some time to reflect on Johnston’s words and on how I am faring.
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