I’ve actually enjoyed a little bit of reading this summer. While some of them have been professional reads, I’ve also been doing some reading of books that I think my students would like.
The first book I want to recommend to you is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This story is so incredibly heartwarming. It’s about a child who has been homeschooled through fourth grade due to having multiple face surgeries and, now in fifth grade, he is going to school for the first time – middle school. It’s a touching story about being accepted and accepting others. I think it’ll be a great read for some of my “tough” kids who need to learn some empathy, as well as an amazing read for some of my students who struggle to show them that life will be alright in the end.
Another kids’ series I recently got hooked on is The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I bought the entire first codex, which you can see below. In the first book you learn about teenage twins to encounter an entirely different world when they meet a local book shop owner who has been alive for centuries. When his evil adversary comes to stop him, the twins end up getting involved and you enter a mysterious world of spy rats, living trees, incredible creatures, and so much more…
On a professional note, I started reading Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. I’m sure many of you have read it, but I’m just finally diving in. I’m finding I can’t read more than 2-3 techniques at a time before my brain gets overloaded. But that means I can read a few ideas, and then move onto something else. This fits my self-diagnosed summer ADD just fine! 😉 And I should also add that several bloggers are planning on doing a book study on Teach Like a Champion once school gets underway this fall. We know there are several different books studies going on this summer, so we thought this one would be better in the fall when we can actually implement the strategies right away without forgetting them. Stay tuned, as I’ll be posting more information as the time gets closer and dates get officially set!
There’s a little bit about what I’ve been reading. What have you been reading? I’d love to add it to my always increasing pile! 🙂