For #IMWAYR, I thought I would share the titles in my summer professional book stack!
Who's Doing the Work?
I actually finished this book two weeks ago and loved it! Burkins and Yaris stretched my thinking and made many outstanding points about how teachers should be doing less so that students can do more. I found myself writing "YES!" in the margins of the text on many pages. I love that the book is organized around chapters for read aloud, shared reading (close reading), guided reading and independent reading. My plan is to reread portions of this book this summer to prepare for sharing it with teachers in the fall. I know that classroom teachers will enjoy the classroom snapshots at the end of each chapter, as well as a list of ideas to try. I highly recommend adding this title to your summer reading stack!
The Construction Zone
I am currently reading this book in order to connect Terry Thompson's ideas about scaffolding to Who's Doing the Work?. This text is organized around the four common conditions that apply to any scaffolding scenario: focus, flexibility, feedback and responsibility. I believe the messages in these two texts will be important to share with my colleagues in the fall.
I was excited to see the announcement of the 2016 #cyberPD book selection this weekend! DIY Literacy is the perfect choice. I'm looking forward to participating in the discussions around this text in July. One of my colleagues was so excited to get her hands on this book that she borrowed my copy soon after it arrived!
Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts and Strategies
I started reading this text a few months ago when one of our fourth grade teachers was interested in implementing the three key questions for nonfiction from this text. We read the introduction and the chapters for the essential questions as she worked with her students on using the big questions to deepen their understanding of informational text. The teachers at our upper elementary school have selected this text for a book study next year, so I'm looking forward to finishing the book this summer! It's full of many outstanding ideas, so I find it's best to read it in digestible bites!
Visible Learning for Literacy
This new text from Fisher, Frey and Hattie has been recommended to me at a number of literacy events this spring. The high-impact literacy practices in this book will be valuable to me in my role as an instructional coach.
Writers Are Readers
I believe in the importance of connecting our reading and writing instruction, so this book is highly appealing to me! The goal of this text is show teachers how we can flip our reading lessons to writing by exploring the same segment or mentor text with the lens of a writer. It's well organized around text structures, strategies for weaving meaning and story elements. Each chapter includes clear ideas for how to flip our instruction from reading to writing workshop.
This professional book has been in my reading stack all year, so I plan to dig into it this summer. Two of our third grade teachers started using the the four phases outlined in this text in their close reading lessons this spring. They loved the framework, so I'm excited to learn more this summer so I can share this book with the teachers at our primary school who are continuing their work with close reading next year.
I've known Paula Bourque for many years through our literacy work with the Maine Department of Education. I was thrilled when I saw the publication of her book Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6. In January, I attended a session with Paula at nErDcamp NNE where she shared a number of the strategies in the text. I can't wait to dig into Close Writing this summer! I know it will be full of outstanding ideas to share with teachers next year.
I read this book a few years ago, but I feel that it's time to realign my compass with Peter Johnston this summer.
Big Book of Details
I love the layout and organization of this text! It reminds me of the The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Seravallo, which has become an incredible resource for teachers. For each lesson, Rozlyn Linder explains how she introduces the move, as well as ideas for guided writing and mentor texts. I know this book will provide additional support to teachers during writing workshop next year.
Learning From Classmates
Next fall, the teachers in our two elementary schools will begin using Lucy Calkins' Units of Study program in writing workshop. I know that Lisa Eickholdt's ideas for using students' writing as mentor texts will connect well with our work next year.
As you can see, I have a summer full of professional reading ahead of me! I hope to share my thinking related to these books on my blog as I work through the stack. I also have my eye on Craft Moves by Stacey Shubitz. Still Learning to Read is one of my all-time favorite professional books for reading workshop, so I would love to check out the second edition this summer to share it with our new teachers. Becoming A Literacy Leader by my friend, Jennifer Allen, is also coming out with a second edition that I would love to share with the instructional coaches in our district. I'm sure this stack will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead!