Math = Love: Summer Reading List 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer Reading List 2014

I've been hesitant to write out my summer reading list.  Last year, I made an exhaustive list and read almost none of it.  Okay, let's be honest.  I'm pretty sure I had plans of reading or rereading my entire bookshelf of teaching books last summer.  Did not happen.  Completely unrealistic!

This summer, I haven't made a list, but I have been reading.  What's different?  Maybe it's the fact my sister and I are participating in the Empty Shelf Challenge to see who can read the most books in 2014.  (See all the books I've read so far this year here.)  Maybe I'm just hungrier for new strategies to implement in my classroom?  Or, maybe it's because I tried to leave myself more breathing room this summer.  I turned down the opportunity to go to several conferences this summer just so I could take some time for myself, too.  I learned that the hard way last summer.

In the weeks that we've been out of school, I've managed to read 5 math/teaching books.  And, I'm going to set myself a goal of reading 5 more by the end of summer.  I've picked 5 books off my shelf, but I'm not going to hold myself to this list.  If I happen to pick up a different book, that'll be fine, too.  Five should be a doable number for me without being too overwhelming.

Don't worry.  I'm going to supplement my reading diet this summer with lots of fiction, too!  I'm currently in the middle of a Francine Rivers novel.  I just checked the second book in The Giver series out of the library.  And, I'm starting a new audiobook in my car.  

Books I've Already Read This Summer

Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator

Books I Want To Read This Summer

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (K-12) (Reread)

What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject

5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions [NCTM]

Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense Making with the Mathematical Practices

What are you reading this summer?

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  1. Just read my first Francine Rivers over Christmas break!

    Started Strength in Numbers right before school was out but busy busy w closing days do had to put it down.

    looks like a great list!

    1. Which Francine Rivers novel did you read? My absolute favorite is Redeeming Love. If you haven't read that yet, stop everything and read it ASAP. I'm pretty sure it's my most favorite book in the world!

    2. Oh, yes! Redeeming Love is an incredible book. Maybe I should also put some Francine Rivers on my summer list. :)

  2. Wow, that is a huge list. I also need to plan my summer reading. Mindset is on the list! And so is Powerful Problem Solving.... I bought it a couple of months ago and just haven't had time yet.

    1. It is a huge list, but I'm hoping to tackle it AND more! I love, love, love reading! I've heard so many good things about both of the books you listed. Can't wait to delve into them!

  3. I'm reading three books at the moment that might be interesting to you.

    Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Dan Rothstein & Luz Santana)

    Measurement (Paul Lockhart) - My cooperating teacher and a lot of other math teachers I've run into rave about this book, so I thought I'd finally read it myself.

    Cold Tangerines (Shauna Niequist) - Not math related, but it is a good book about life and faith. It's really quotable and the chapters are short enough to even use as a devotional.

    1. I haven't read any of these. I'm definitely going to look into them, though. They sound great!

  4. Mindset is a great book. I had to read it for my Intro to Secondary Ed class a couple of semesters ago. Highly recommended by me.