Saturday, December 10, 2011

Adding to my Must Reads for Teachers List

    I met my goal of reading 111 books in 2011.  It's funny, because as much as I was focused on the goal, once it passed I didn't feel as excited as I thought I would.

Go figure!

Now I am silently celebrating, and contemplating what my reading goal will be next year.

Must Reads for Educators

Most educators read research based books pretty regularly.  Keeping up with current research is so important to our own professional growth.  I always read books and gather a few great ideas, but occasionally I stumble on a book that I feel most of us should read.

I'm adding two books to this list .....
I am in an online reading of  Kelly Gallagher's Readicide.  (Link provided in case you want to check it out) Everyone should read this book.  It's such a great discussion on what is happening to our students today. It's important, not only for teachers, but for parents to understand how vital it is for children to learn to love reading and to recognize the value to our society.  I've read this book many times, each time I pull something new from it.

I like this book because it takes a realistic view of testing and test prep and explains what this does to our students, yet it doesn't lay blame on the feet of our teachers.  It is important to focus on what is happening in our schools and fix it.  This book does that.

Understanding Poverty
Another book everyone should read is Ruby Payne's  A Framework for Understanding Poverty.  While this is a book meant for educators, this book really helps us understand where people come from and how our expectations are not always valid to others.

For the Fun of It

I just finished reading The Scorpio Races.  You can read about it on Goodreads. (Link below) 

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I'm working on my end of the year book summary.   Look for it after Christmas, in the meantime - Happy Reading!


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