Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Reading Linky Party

This is my first blog post that isn't a book review on this site.  (It's also the very first time I have joined in a linky party!!)  When I saw the great linky party going on at Clutter-Free Classroom, I just had to jump in.  After all, recommending books is, like, my thing, right?

I am a bit hesitant to pick up a professional book without a recommendation; many are too full of theory and not enough practical, been there, done that, this works, kind of stuff that I crave.  So after watching the blogs most of the summer, and reading some of the discussion surrounding it, late last summer (and into the school year actually) I finally jumped on the bandwagon and read THE BEST PROFESSIONAL BOOK EVER:

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Donalyn Miller is a genius, and her book justified many of the things I already did in my classroom (SSR, DEAR, whatever you call it, and no more AR point goals!!) and showed me the way to improve and enhance my reading instruction with fun and focused lessons.  Over the three or four days it took me to read it, I shared tons of information from the book with my students.  I was so eager to share that even they weren't safe from my glee!

This summer (which starts in, officially, 6 school days!) I am not waiting to pick a book.  I've seen these:

The Cornerstone    No More

recommended by bloggers I have followed for a while, like The Ways They Learn.  Who can't learn new tricks for classroom management, right?  I can't wait to get started!

I also have some standbys that I read each summer: 

Spaces and Places: Designing Classrooms for Literacy       The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction

Just for fun reading is a whole 'nother thing!  I have soooo many books on my TBR list, I don't know where to start.  The aforementioned genius of all things reading, Donalyn Miller is hosting (?) a Book-a-Day challenge.  Sounds both exhilarating and terrifying!  But at least for little while, I'll just be finishing all the books I started over the last few weeks, so I may start out pretty strong.  We'll see what happens after that...

I can't wait to see what other books are chosen!  Click below to join in or see the list!


4 comments :

Corinna said...

Okay this linky party is not good for me!! I am going to be picking up so many new books I will have used up my allowance, lol!! I would love to implement a Writer's Workshop in my class this year and need some ideas to get started. Is "No More I'm Done" a good place to start? Or would you recommend something else? I would love any ideas!!

Aloha,
Corinna
Surfin' Through Second

Ms. Kerri said...

I loved the Book Whisperer. I had seen all the great reviews on the blog world too and read it after Christmas. It's amazing. Just found your blog through the linky party. I would love it if you would come check me out.
Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

April Walker said...

I actually want to read everything on your list! Come by and say hello.

April @ The Idea Backpack

Beverley Baird said...

I read Book Whisperer last summer and loved it as well!

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