For Fellow Educators
So much professional development, so little time! Here are a few resources that I have found to be attitude-shifting throughout my career as an educator.
The Book Whisperer
by Donalyn Miller
This book is an absolute MUST READ for every reading teacher and librarian. Donalyn Miller promotes free choice of reading materials, a diverse classroom library, and the 40 BOOK CHALLENGE! I love her ideas to build excitement around books, and the way she describes readers as "developing, dormant, or underground" instead of "reluctant." Her ideas are so effective to help develop a positive culture of reading.
by Kelly Gallagher
I heard Kelly Gallagher speak early on in my teaching career, and I have taken many of his words to heart. In this book, he talks about how we kill students' love of reading by excessive testing, reading journals, and books logs. Teachers are often under the belief that if something isn't graded, it doesn't have value, but Gallagher promotes recreational reading, and provides great resources to help shift mindset in our schools.
by Pernille Ripp
Pernille Ripp is a veteran middle school language arts teacher (and someone you should definitely be following on Twitter, by the way.) In this book, she talks about how to use your own identity as a reader to inspire students, how to physically organize your classroom to make it the most positive reading environment possible, and how to guide students to choose reading materials to match their interests.
The Creativity Project
edited by Colby Sharp
More than 40 authors contributed to this book, including Peter Brown, Kate DiCamillo, Margarita Engle, Adam Gidwitz, Victoria Jamieson, Jess Keating, Kate Messner, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Dan Santat. The result is a collaborative collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators -- plus additional story starters for students to try!
The Write Thing
by Kwame Alexander
Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander has created this "how to" guide for teachers to run successful writing workshops in their own classrooms. He provides step-by-step instructions to guide students through the writing process, dividing the book into three parts: writing, publishing, and presenting. His humor and personality shine through, making this a must-have for any writing teacher.
by Donalyn Miller & Colby Sharp
Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp explain one of the most important factors for student literacy: access to books. In Game Changer, they provide practical information about successful school and classroom libraries, the power of book ownership, the importance of diverse books, and meaningful family-community reading engagement. This book should be read by every librarian and reading teacher.