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Top Ten Professional Books

I'm joining Angie with her Top Ten Tuesday link fest!

Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings


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.

2. Units of Study for Primary Writing by Lucy Calkins.  I've been a huge fan of Lucy's for a very long time. I finally splurged this summer and bought her year-long writing unit. I am VERY excited to use these in September. While I think I have a pretty good writing program already, I'm looking for more continuity in the way I teach it.  This is a workshop approach which I also love.


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.

Many Little Blessings



16 comments

  1. Those look like great reads. I love Lucy's writing and of course The Book Whisperer is a winner. Thanks for the other recommendations!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  2. I have the Daily 5 I have been wanting to read, but I haven't even picked it up. The bad thing is, I report back to school in 3, yes 3 weeks! I better get busy, I have so much I want to get done!

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. I know how you feel. I have 6 weeks left, but a teeny tiny bit of "hurry up" is creeping into my mind :)

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  3. Thank you, thank you! I need to get reading this summer!!! There are so many great books out there. I need to pin this post. :)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  4. There ARE too many to read! I've been meaning to read Book Whisperer for over a year, too! Argh, and now I want to read Conscious Discipline!

    (Currently I'm reading Work Hard. Be Nice., which is great, and CAFE, so I've got enough on my plate right now!) :)

    I'd love to pass on some blog awards to you...stop by my blog to check it out!

    -Gayla
    http://teach-on.blogspot.com

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  5. ive heard great things about the whisperer...happy reading =)


    Just Wild About Teaching

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to it.

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  6. Good for you!

    My summer reading list included more "beach" reading.

    sandi
    rubber boots and elf shoes

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  7. These look great! I am going to have to add these to my wish list!
    -Megan

    First Grade Magic

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  8. These look awesome. I am going to do Lucy Calkins this year too. We'll have to compare notes. I think I'll do this top 10 of mine for Thursday. Am reading Book Whisperer now, adore!

    1stinmaine.blogspot.com

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  9. You've given me a lot of books to take a look at. I'm reading Conscious Discipline and want to get the number sense/ten frames book. Thanks for sharing these.
    Also, I'm hosting an Alphabet Letter Exchange if you're interested in participating. You can read the post here http://www.firstgradefoundme.blogspot.com/2012/07/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-alphabet-letter.html
    Chrissy
    http://www.firstgradefoundme.blogspot.com/2012/07/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-alphabet-letter.html

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  10. Not to add more to your plate, but have you read The Daily 5 or the CAFE book? Two of my favorite and they totally transformed how I teach reading. Also, if you wouldn't mind checking out my post a Good Cause and share with your followers. A friend of my son's from kindergarten was diagnosed with Leukemia. (it breaks my heart) I'm hoping to get a Lot of prayers, and maybe some donations for his family. Thanks, Jessica

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  11. WOW Barbara! What a fabulous list of books! I have been wanting to get the Book Whisperer for ages, thanks for the reminder and the little push to get it and read it! I have not come across some of the other book titles, but am bookmarking this post!! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Tina

    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

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