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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