Hmmmm. I’m constantly reading on down time. A few years ago, I felt it was important for me to read if it was something I wanted to instill in my students. I used to post outside my door what I was currently reading, I need to start doing that again. I still include my current reading on my signature on my emails. I couldn’t really tell you what fiction I read, but every night that’s my cool-down before drifting off to sleep. I enjoy light, non-thinking reading for that time of day.
A book I’ve read – last summer I had the opportunity to see John Antonetti speak. Very entertaining, informative and offered great ideas to challenge the way I plan. I picked up his book 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong. Its a quick read and filled with practical tips on ways to engage students.
A book I’m reading – about 15 years ago, I was fortunate to see David Sousa present at a G/T conference on How the Brain Learns. Wow. Such great information that can be applied to every classroom. I read some of @jgough‘s posts this fall on Brain Friendly Assessments and ordered the book. I’m only in the 3rd chapter – end of semester and midterms got in my way, but my goal is to have it completed before returning from Christmas Break.
Books I want to read – there are so many, but 2 in my near future… Embedding Formative Assessments by Wiliam. Several summers ago, I participated in two different book chats with Embedded Formative Assessment and looking forward to the illustrations and ways to adjust my classroom practices in his newest book.
The other book I hope to read, very short, is The Fred Factor by Mark Sandborn. I am unsure where I heard this book mentioned but it stuck with me and I quickly recognized it when I ran across the title again and ordered it. A quote from Abraham Lincoln, “Whatever you are, be a good one” is at the beginning of one chapter. I think it will be quick read that can have a positive impact on me and my classroom.