Some of My Favorites Books From the Week
I absolutely love the Ordinary People Change the World series from Brad Meltzer. I am excited to share I Am Helen Keller in classrooms as part of our work with the Notice and Note signposts after vacation!
I borrowed this book from the public library and fell in love with the possibilities for sharing it with students of all ages. I must get my own copy! I think it will be a wonderful read aloud in writer's workshop or for the Words of the Wiser signpost.
I was fortunate to win a copy of Imaginary Fred from Harper Collins! Students of all ages will enjoy this fun story!
I recently read aloud Little Tree to a group of second graders. In the story, Little Tree is not able to grow until he is willing to let go of his leaves. We had a great discussion of the important moments in the story and the author's message. I was so impressed with the students' insight! I highly recommend this title, if you have not checked it out. It is one of my favorites of the year!
My Vacation Reading
I am hoping to work my way through this stack this week!
I am halfway through Pax and loving it! I already know that I will highly recommend it as a read aloud for our upper elementary teachers. The story line is so powerful and I love the alternating perspectives. I am anxious to finish it!
I am working with a colleague to launch the Nonfiction Notice and Note questions after vacation, so I am working through this stack of nonfiction titles for my #nf10for10 post later this week! For more information on February's Nonfiction Picture book event, check out Cathy Mere's blog post! http://reflectandrefine.blogspot.com/2016/01/join-februarys-nonfiction-picture-book.html
I am continuing to work my way through Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Signposts and Questions. My focus this week is on Part 2: The Importance of Stance.
I am in the process of planning professional development related to small group instruction for the teachers at our primary school in March. I am rereading Debbie Diller's book on intentional planning for differentiated small group instruction. I moved Catching Readers Before They Fall to the top of my reading stack as I hope to share it with our teachers!