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It’s Monday, What are You Reading?

Here we go, another Monday. Again, this a great link up from Teach Mentor Texts. I *however* am breaking the “rules” by sharing the professional reading this week, not picture books to YA. Oops. Hope you still want to read!

What did I read this week:

*I finished Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. FANTASTIC. I am using this for my comprehension lessons this year. I think it will make a difference: comprehension plus great books plus dialogue between students–what could be better?


*Started The Unstoppable Writing Teacher by Colleen Cruz. Her style is very friendly, very easy to read. She admits things she did in the classroom that didn’t work out, so I already love her for admitting that. I’ve already learned a few new strategies for writing this year, and I am I only a few chapters in. I have a feeling this will be a book I keep close by this year.

*Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller. I finished it early last week. Good book to start getting ideas on engaging your students by expanding your teaching style. I have already ditched my ELA textbooks. I didn’t use a math textbook for 2 years, but this year we have a new math program (that I piloted), so I better try to use it…Working on ditching my science and social studies texts….

*I also read some books just for me–my summer is coming to a close too quickly! One Plus One by Jojo Moyes was a great read. A slow start, but ended up being a book I would recommend. Quirky characters, quick moving story–I really like this author!

What’s next? Finish The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, review The Book Whisperer (I do every year), and start How’s It Going: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers by Carl Anderson. I want to step up that area in my writer’s workshop! I also have a few more kidlit books to finish. My son devoured  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, so I need to read that! I put a bunch of books on hold at the library to read, so next week I will have more kid books to share here! My Amazon wish list is HUGE, but…end of summer equals money drain, so I have to wait before filling my cart again!

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