Books I Loved This Week
I LOVED this book! The character development is amazing as the plot unfolds between the alternating perspectives of Ravi and Joe. Save Me A Seat will inspire conversations about bullying, friendship, empathy, and acceptance. I believe that sharing this book with students will encourage them to reflect how we often make inaccurate assumptions about others. I am planning to recommend this book as a read aloud for teachers in our upper elementary classrooms.
I am a huge fan of What Do You Do With An Idea? Both of the books in this series incorporate many signposts including Again and Again, Tough Questions, Words of the Wiser and Ah Ha Moments. I can't wait to share What Do You Do With a Problem? with teachers this fall! It is an outstanding text to share in our work with the signposts, but I also think it would be a fabulous mentor text to encourage students to reflect on how we persevere through problems. I highly recommend reading it aloud at the start of the school year. As a classroom teacher, I know this would be a text that I would return to with students throughout the year.
I am grateful for the lovely employee at Barnes and Noble who recommended the Dr. Kitty Cat series to my daughter, Grace. I can tell she's hooked because she has been walking around the house reading this book unprompted all week. We already started Book 2: Clover the Bunny tonight. This adorable series is about a pet vet who takes care of the ailments of other animals. Dr. Kitty Cat would be an excellent addition to classroom libraries in second and third grade!
I am halfway through Mystery of the Missing Fox and can't wait to discover who is bothering the new kit foxes at the Wilder Family Campground. I love the character development in this latest mystery in the Cooper and Packrat series. I'm anxiously awaiting word on my grant proposal for an author visit with Tamra for our third, fourth and fifth grade students this fall!
Here's a link to my reflections on Chapters 3 and 4 in DIY Literacy!
Thank you to Elly Swartz for sharing a copy of Finding Perfect with me on NetGalley. I can't wait to start reading it!
I was so excited to receive my copy of Sticks & Stones on Tuesday! I think this book has great read aloud potential, as it's so important to talk with our students about the power of our words to help or harm.
I've seen many reviews of Nine, Ten on Twitter. I'm looking forward to settling in with this book soon!
New Professional Book Recommendation
I recently finished reading Embedding Formative Assessment this week as part of my work with a cohort of teachers collaborating with the literacy specialists at the Maine Department of Education. Our goal is to craft professional development sessions related to formative assessment that will be offered across the state this year. This text provided us with a great deal of background knowledge and strategies related to formative assessment. At our training this week, we received a copy of Outstanding Formative Assessment, which is full of classroom examples that I am looking forward to sharing with teachers this fall!