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

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,


  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! ).

  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.

    Fit to be Fourth


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