“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” By Joseph Addison
It is that time of year again where I like to write about what educational summer books I am going to read….even though I am a year-round educator. Below are the books I will be reading this summer in no particular order:
*Bonus Read: Embracing a Culture of Joy: How Educators Can Bring Joy to Their Classrooms Each Day by Dean Shareski – This one I have already read this year but it is so good I have to add it to this list because I haven’t mentioned it in any other of my blog posts on educational reads! 🙂
Previous Educator reads I have blogged about which also make great summer reads!
“The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.” by Georg Cantor
A few weeks ago I wrote, Five Must Have Literacy Books to Add to Your Shelf and was asked by many educators what do I like for Math. Below are five of my favorite books (in no particular order) to help improve math instruction.
Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All by NCTM
If there is a math book you think that should be added to this list, please add it in the comments section, as I am always wanting to build my toolkit and book list.
“Technology can and should be used as a tool to open the classroom to the world, to ensure that teachers present standards in a way that fosters active engagement and participation in meaningful ways.” – from Pencils to Podcasts
Guest blog post by Katie Stover Kelly
Who knew what started as a partnership between my education students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and Lindsay Yearta’s fifth graders in Rock Hill, South Carolina would become a catalyst for a larger endeavor. In 2013, both groups of students read Linda Sue Park’s novel, A Long Walk to Water and used Kid Blog as a platform for ongoing conversation about the book. This digital book club enhanced the fifth graders’ motivation and engagement in reading while providing the preservice teachers with a hands-on experience working with elementary-aged learners. The online reader response provided the preservice teachers with authentic assessment and instructional opportunities without having to physically be present in the classroom. They used students’ written responses as a springboard for online conversation about the shared text. The preservice teachers modeled proficient reader strategies like connecting, predicting, and inferring. They then probed and engaged the fifth graders through questioning to elicit deeper comprehension and discussion of the text.
When sharing about this mutually beneficial blogging partnership at the International Literacy Conference in 2014, we were asked by Solution Tree Publishers to consider writing a book about ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning. Fast forward two years later and we are thrilled to announce our new book titled, From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools to Transform K-6 Literacy Practices will be released at the end of August. In this book, we share more about the online book club as well as over a dozen other suggestions for embedding technology into the curriculum to prepare students to meet the demands of the 21st century. We offer practical suggestions for integrating digital tools into familiar literacy practices to facilitate comprehension, evaluation, publication, and assessment. Each chapter provides a vignette, easy-to-use digital tools, step by step instructions for getting started as well as authentic classroom examples and suggestions for adapting across content areas.
We would love to hear from you as you try out and adapt any ideas from the book in your own schools! Our Twitter handles are: Katie Stover @kstover24 and Lindsay Yearta @lyearta
Join #21stedchat on October 2nd, 2017 @ 8:00 EST PM with @edu_thompson and @dprindle with guest host @kstover24 as we discuss the book From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools to Transform K-6 Literacy Practices
To read more about the blogging partnership and other publications by Katie Stover, visit https://furman.academia.edu/KatieStover.
Also check out another great book coauthored by Katie Stover,
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” by Malala Yousafzai
With another school year coming to a close; I have created my book list for my summer reading. Below are the books I will be reading this summer in no particular order:
Currently reading (with one chapter left) and I highly reccommend: Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students by Pernille Ripp
- Understanding How Young Children Learn: Bringing the Science of Child Development to the Classroom by Wendy L. Ostroff
- Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change by Lyle Kirtman
- Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn: The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement by Mike Anderson
Below are books I have read recently that I recommend for your summer reading list if you have not read them yet!
The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers by
Please add titles you are reading in the comment section as I love adding books to my reading list!
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” By John Locke
I am forever reading, sometimes I rather be reading on a Friday night then going out with friends. Okay truth be told a lot of the times because by Friday I am dead tired from the week. But in all honesty, I love books and I am always reading at least two, a fun personal read and an education book. I often get asked what are some of my favorite books in education are when talking with educators so I decided todays post would be a dedication to my favorite education books I LOVE right now.
1. Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
2. Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture by Jon Gordan
3. Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving by Patti Drapeau
4. Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom by Robyn Jackson
5. The Third Teacher by OWP/P Architects, VS Furniture, Bruce Mau Design, OWP/P Architects
I would love to know your favorite education books as I am always looking to add to my list. Please leave your favorites in the comment section.
“Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s only way to work, really. Everyone’s there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.” By Antony Starr
This week I attended one of my favorite conferences, ASCD Leader to Leader (#ASCDL2L). This conference is one of my favorite because it is different. It is invitation only and there are educators from all over the world and from different aspects of education. You sit in groups verse rows and have lots of time to collaborate and discuss topics that you are interested in. These groups are mixed up of superintendents to teachers and everything in-between but you never know who does what (unless you ask) as everyone is treated equally and there is no “ladder” or status hierarchy. This year we had Jerry Weast as the keynote. Mr. Weast is a long time educator and served in all different facets and is now retired but continues to practice his knowledge with Partnership For Deliberate Excellence (P4DE). Below are my key ideas from his keynote: