Over the school year I never get a chance to read professional development books but over the summer I'm all about it! This summer I have three new additions to my library: Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess, Word Nerd by Brenda J. Overturf, and Guided Math by Laney Sammons. I'm linking up today with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday because I am trying my first ever online book study! Technically I'm not starting it until this summer but I wanted the voting to start now :o) Here is a rundown of all three books!
Teach Like a Pirate
I have heard many good things about this book and wanted to see how it could help me become a better teacher. Usually my book studies are more geared toward amping up a particular subject (as you can tell by the other two choices) but this one just spoke to me about amping up ME as an educator.
Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement.
I've actually already started reading this one and REALLY like it! There are TONS of amazing ideas to teach, and have my students actually remember after the test, new vocabulary words. Another good point for this book is that there is a free preview online, but the "preview" is actually the whole book!
Use a practical approach to teaching mathematics that integrates proven literacy
strategies for effective instruction. This professional resource will help to
maximize the impact of instruction through the use of whole-class instruction,
small-group instruction, and Math Workshop. Incorporate ideas for using ongoing
assessment to guide your instruction and increase student learning, and use
hands-on, problem-solving experiences with small groups to encourage
mathematical communication and discussion.
Now I know that Guided Math was a big book study last summer but now that I am most likely going back to teaching math next year, I wanted to give it a go. There are also new teachers/bloggers out there that might want to try it as well. That all being said I have not met one blogger who did not LOVE this book and implement it this year!
What summer book study would you like to see? Please leave a comment if you would like to participate with your email and once the votes are in I will send a Google Doc for all those who want to participate by hosting a chapter. I know some of you might only want to participate if it is a particular book and that is okay, I will ask for volunteers again once the final book has been chosen! I plan on starting the book study around the beginning of June so be on the look out!