5 Books to Read This Summer

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My school year ended exactly one week ago. I counted down the days during the last week because, as much as I loved my class, I was ready for it to be over. My feelings differ from school year to school year, but this year (2020) I was READY.

What a difference a week makes. I am refreshed and ready to get my learn on. I am a learner by nature and strive to improve my teaching each year. There is nothing better than cracking open a book and finding a new method or strategy. Here are 5 books I am planning to read this summer.

1. How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
I have always considered myself to be non-racist, but now I know that this isn't enough. I need and want to be anti-racist. I am reading this book with a group of colleagues and I am ready to do the work.

2. The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson
Guided Reading is an important part of my classroom. But, planning and organizing for multiple groups is a lot of work. I have a set of strategies in my toolkit that I have relied on for a long time. I hope that by reading this book I can add some new and improved tools to my repertoire. 

3. Go See the Principal by Gerry Brooks
If this year taught me anything, it taught me to appreciate the humor in our profession. I enjoy the videos that Gerry Brooks posts. I am sure that he has loads of funny stories to share. At the very least, it is good to see that others have experienced the same things. 

I am tech-savvy and love enhancing lessons with technology. The exciting thing about teaching with technology is that there is always something new to try. There are so many books out with tech information that it was difficult to narrow it down to just two titles. 

4. The Interactive Class by Joe and Kristin Merrill
I am particularly interested in the set-up of this book. By looking at the previews it seems that it will be an easy read. Some of the activities listed in the book I have done before. But, if I can come away from reading it with a few new things to try I will consider it a win. 

5. Tech Like a Pirate
I gravitated to this book because of the title. I have not read Teach Like a Pirate (maybe next summer) but I have heard it talked about often. In full disclosure, I thought it was a typo when I first saw it. Then I read the description and was immediately interested. 

Learning something new helps keep me inspired to teach. What books are you planning to read this summer? Let me know in the comments below. I am always looking for titles to add to my list. 

by Stress-Free Teaching

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