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.
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!
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.
So what’s on your Summer Reading Shelf?