Summer Reading 2017 #MTBoS #BlogItBINGO Challenge


And so I begin…the #BlogItBINGO challenge!


I usually try to give myself 2 weeks of down time from most school talk, etc. before starting in on my summer reading.

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Visible Learning in Mathematics – I started this book but the end of the school year happened and I intend to finish the last chapters over the next couple of weeks.  Though I have read some controversy of the authors statistical reports – I find there are still some great ideas to think on.  I’ve read @cheesemonkeysf several times refer to transfer learning.  This book discusses the ideas of surface learning, deep learning and transfer learning.  So far, I feel like it will help me gain a better understanding of different types of learning and be intentional in my lesson / assessment planning.  I will post a review/share ideas learned when I finish it.

17 Equations – I’m not sure where I saw this book but it reminded me of some displays I saw at MICDS last year when I met up with @druinok and @mel6871 in St. Louis over the Memorial Day weekend.   I thought this book seemed to be a fun read that could provide me with some insight as to “why” we have certain things we teach.

Teaching Math with Google Apps – last school year, we were introduced to Google classroom.  I semi-implemented it with my classes, but know I can do a better job of utilizing the many options available.  I’ve listened to Alice Keeler on @bedleybrothers podcast this spring.  I am looking forward to what she shares in this book and hoping to implement some new ideas this fall.

I am the slowest reader around.  My friends can gobble a book up in a day…me, well, I’m just slow and that’s okay.  I’m reading and that’s all that matters.  For my summer-fun reads…

I always like to have a devotional book going – I find this keeps me focused on what matters and helps me get past those challenges / negative / struggling moments.  This one arrived in the mail the other day.  I love receiving surprise gifts!

5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit – a study of Ruth.  So far, as we began chatting about the first chapter, we found it was chock-full of quotes- not only great life-lesson reminders, but that can easily make their way into the classroom.  For example, I really like this one Nicki Koziarz shared:  “The space between where we are and where we want to be is called potential.”  I wonder how I can use that with my students…I see and know their potential, but until “they want it”  I can only be a resource and encourage them to seek it.

My very first download on my kindle was Unbroken – about Louis Zamperini.  @fawnngyuen had a great post about seeing him speak years ago.  This spring, I downloaded Seabiscuit also written by the same author, Laura Hillenbrand.  So far, so good.  Maybe that’s why I’m such a slow reader…I have too many books going at once! #adhdreader

I had seen several recommend  A Man Called Ove last year.  Two of my closest colleagues read it this spring and after listening to their conversations, it is now on my list.

After seeing Hidden Figures, I started reading it as well.  But again, when I get overwhelmed with school work – my reading begins to slack.

Last summer I read several titles by Ninie Hammon and thoroughly enjoyed all but one.   A bit of suspense, a bit of connection to my home state, unexpected twists.  Black Sunshine, Homegrown, Sudan, The Last Safe Place, The Memory Closet, The Knowing.   I have read 2 of the 3 titles included in  Based on True Stories and plan to finish When Butterflies Cry this month.  I also have Five Days in May on my summer list by this same author.

I have both of these titles on my to-read list, but seemed to get pushed to the side as my growth focus was not in this direction.  I still intend to read, because snippets and conversations support the great things the authors have shared!

Mathematical Mindsets  Making Number Talks Matter

A picture from @cmmteach has gotten me to look at these two titles.  I will attend a 2-day training with @tkanold in a few weeks, so hoping those days will lead me to which will have the most impact on my classroom.

Heart and Balancing the Equation

So what’s on your Summer Reading Shelf?

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  1. I like your selection of “Math” books for summer reading. 🙂 The only one not on my list is 17 Equations. I will need to add that to my list. I enjoyed Mathematical Mindsets. I also just finished Teaching Math with Google Apps. I found several ideas that I want to try next year. I want to do more to change the way I teach, even after 20+ years. An additional book I would suggest is “Shift This” by Joy Kirr. It is not specific to math, but it is great for wanting to have more student-centered lessons.

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