Professional Books I’m Reading
I love to read! I always have. The only time in my life that I really didn’t like to read was when I was in college and I was reading for school – not pleasure. I think that’s where my dislike for any kind of reading other than reading for pleasure started. I hated my college textbooks. The language was dry, academic and could put me to sleep within 5 minutes.
That college experience with textbooks has kept me from reading books that would help me in my profession. I distinctly remember a conversation I had a few years ago with an Instrucrtional Specialist I greatly admire. She was telling me about several of the professional books she was reading and how the information in those books were really helping her help other teachers. At the time I thought “Yuck! Why would you want to spend your free time reading books about teaching ?!?” And as usually happens, those became famous last words.
That next summer, I stumbled upon the most wonderful book, The Daily Five, which opened a whole new world of professional literature for me. Everytime I “one-click” a book from Amazon.com, I think, “That’s it! There can’t possibly be another book I need.” But there is always another one – always.
I wanted to share wtih you the latest books I’m reading – you’ll no doubt see them listed as resources on my lesson plans.
Crunchtime: Lessons to help students blow the roof off writing tests and become better writers in the process by Getchen s. Bernabei, Jayne Hover and Cynthia Candler
Writing Circles by Jim Vopat
The Digital Writing Workshop by Troy Hicks
Revisiting the Writing Workshop by Marybeth Alley and Barbara Orehovec
Looks like I’ll be doing a lot of reading over the holidays. 🙂