Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Professional Reading

Happy Friday! (Although days aren't super important when it's summer and you're not working yet! :)

I received a very fun package today...professional books! (Thank you Amazon Prime!!-I ordered these late Tuesday night!)
Pathways to Common Core was a freebie I got at the Lucy Calkins workshop in January, but I haven't read it yet.

I found the Making Thinking Visible book through this pin:
If first and second graders can do this-what could upper grades do?   Secondgradealicious: How About a Tug of War? Making Thinking Visible
Which led me to this site
Secondgradealicious

Which had the book! I really curious to see how this would work-I've skimmed a bit and it looks like an interesting read-heavier at times, but useful!

And, of course, I had to pick up Donalyn Miller's new book-I enjoyed The Book Whisperer and can't wait to see was she has to say! (Best part-I got it used! And fulfilled by Amazon!)

In addition to my new reads, there are some old reads that I will be going back to this summer.
As you can see-there is a clear emphasis on small group work and writing (with a little math thrown in!).

I really want to map out my writing curriculum this summer- so I have some idea what is going on (I usually fly by the seat of my pants :), as well as giving the students a clear, logical writing instruction that builds upon itself.

You'll also notice a focus on Guided Reading. Most of my students are reading near or at a 4th grade level-so the strategies I learned to teach Guided Reading in the younger grades doesn't necessarily apply. I want to get a better handle on it, so I really feel like I am teaching the students rather than just going over a book with them.

Of course, I'll also be spending some time with this:
Since we're starting with it in the fall!

Now, there will be plenty of fun reading in there-I read voraciously, as well as fairly quickly, so I should have plenty of time to read everything! :)

What reads are on your list?

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

2 comments:

  1. I have all of the books in your first picture except the new Donalyn one. I'm reading the close reading book this summer as well (well around grad school reading! ).

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  2. Happy reading! I really want Falling in Love with Close Reading. I have several books in my stack right now that I need to read, but that one will be in my next round. I am looking forward to hearing what your think.

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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