I have ten professional books that I'm just itching to read this summer:
1. Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky Bailey. I've just started this book and it's AMAZING. I already feel empowered and know that her advice is exactly what I need at this point in my teaching career.
3. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I bought this book last summer on the advice of other teacher bloggers but haven't gotten around to reading it yet! Good grief ~ I'm definitely reading it after Conscious Discipline.
4. Guided Math by Laney Sammons. I'm a huge fan of guided reading and my understanding is this book follows a similar format. Plus, it's been highly recommended by my fellow teacher bloggers :)
5. It Makes Sense: Using the 100s Chart to Build Number Sense by Melissa Conklin and Stephanie Sheffield . I have their other book (Using Ten Frames to Build Number Sense) and really like it. So I'm hoping this one will be just as good. Plus, I have a confession to make: Although I have a 100s chart and we use it I always feel like I don't really know what I'm doing with it ... ha ha. Hoping this book will help.
6. Teaching Young Writers to Craft Realistic Fiction by Jenny Mechem Bender. Clearly I'm hoping to beef up my writing program :)
7. First Grade Readers: Units of Study to Help Children See Themselves as Meaning Makers by Stephanie Parsons. I thought I'd already read this book, but I don't have any notations in it ... so clearly I haven't. Do you think this is an indication that I have too many professional books?
8. Getting Beyond "I Like the Book" by Vivian Vasquez. I've read this book before ... it was part of my research for my masters project (critical literacy in the primary grades). But it was so long ago now that I bought the 2nd Edition and want to reread it.
9. Making Justice Our Project, Edited by Carole Edelsky. This is another book about critical reading. I'm big on equality, social justice, women's rights, minority rights ... all that good stuff ... and I don't think Grade 1 is too early to encourage the kids to become aware of these issues. This book is a collection of short stories.
10. Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl. I haven't even cracked the cover on this one but it says it's full of "simple activities to promote reading, writing, math, science, and social skills in children ages 4 to 8." I'm looking forward to reading it because I really want to move my teaching into this direction. Especially with Grade 1!
I actually have two more books ... but hey! this isn't Top Twelve Tuesday, so I'll stop now.
If you'd like to read some more Top Tens then hop on over to Angie's blog, Many Little Blessings.