Summer is a great time to rest, recharge, and allow your mind to think and plan for the upcoming school year. I know I always had overambitious summer plans of what I was going to do, and most didn't happen, but I usually was able to get through a good PD book to help inspire me for the year. Today I want to share with you 5 books I have recently read to help you find one that is a perfect fit for your summer reading! I will share a brief overview, why I liked it, and who else might like it. I also have to share a little secret...I kinda have a problem with buying PD books, so make sure you leave your favorite in the comments below so I can add more to my Amazon shopping cart!
1. EL Excellence Every Day by: Tonya Ward Singer
I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to any teacher of ELLs. The ideas are laid out in an easy to use, simple format and really helped me take a very in depth topic and break it down into bite size pieces. This would be a great place to start for a classroom teacher that is trying to better support the ELLs in their classroom. There are ton of practical, easy to implement ideas and examples. Click the picture to find it on Amazon!
2. Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible by: Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder.
This was another great read when it comes to growing in knowledge of how to support ELLs in the mainstream classroom. Diane and Sydney share a wealth of knowledge and depth about this topic. I would recommend it for teachers who have worked with ELLs for a while because the material is very meaty and could be overwhelming for a new teacher. My favorite part of this book was all the different checklists and charts they provide to get a clear idea on how to begin coteaching, working with ells, and more. Click the picture below to get yourself a copy!
3. The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo
This is one of those must have books for your resource library. The best part is it is a wealth of ideas for supporting your students in writing in a variety of methods. This would be a great book to skim through during the summer, so that you are familiar with the process and strategies before the year begins. It will then become a "go to" book for all things writing related. If you have been struggling with supporting ELLs in writing, this is a great book to help you in that! Click the picture below to grab your copy.
4. Disrupting Thinking: Why HOW We Read Matters by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst.
One of my favorite things to do is teach a child to read. This book will take you deeper in the why behind it and will revive your purpose and passion for placing the students at the center of their reading. This book helps serve as a reminder that the end goal is not to have readers, but to create a love for reading through challenges, disruptions, and ultimately pushing students to become thinkers! If you are looking for some fresh ideas and inspiration, this is a must have book for you!
5. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
This is the book for you if you are looking for some thought-provoking, research based, case studies of how children succeed. It takes a look at the core of character and was a reminder to me the importance of creating a classroom that incorporates opportunities for failure and growth. Click the picture to grab your copy!
What would you add to this list? Share your favorites below!