New buzzwords? New books?

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  1. otterpop

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    Is there anything hot and new that any of you all are planning on implementing next school year? Any new websites you plan to try? New teacher books you're reading?

    In previous years, I've bought a teaching book to read each summer. This year, I feel no motivation to do that. Plus, I haven't heard of anything that's new and amazingly good.
     
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    I am going to reread me some Donna Miller.
     
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    My pro reading pile for the summer includes:
    - Disrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Rob Probst
    - Book Love by Penny Kittle
    - Teaching Math with Google Apps by Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington
    - Conferring with Young Mathematicians at Work by Catherine Fosnot
    - IQ: A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning by Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer
    - I'll also revisit Mathematical MindsetsI by Jo Boaler

    It sounds like a lot, but all are fairly thin; one of my good friends is reading the same books so we can have some book studies on the deck with a glass of wine!
     
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    The Book Whisperer, by Donalyn Miller? I loved her book even though it seemed very ''pie in the sky'' but I can totally see it being implemented into the classroom especially if you work with like minded teachers.
     
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    I'm going to try to read some books on John Hattie's Visible Learning that I bought months ago but never got the time to read properly.
     
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    I'm reading Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler, and I'm hoping to start the year with her Weeks of Inspirational Math.
     
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    Absolutely the best pro book I've ever read. Your students will love the Week of Inspirational Math; it's a perfect way to set the stage for the year!
     
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    Same here! I'm planning on starting my reading later today. Very excited because I know math is something I could be making way more interesting and fun.
     
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    Absolutely one of my favorite books. It saved me my first year of teaching math. As a gifted specialist, I reference this book a lot with parents, especially when it talks about pushing kids too fast.
     
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    This made a huge difference in my class -- I think it was part of why we were all so connected, and there were so many tears on the last day. At least 2-3 showed huge changes, mindset-wise (much less many others who showed growth with their mindset...and it showed!)
     
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    I read this last summer and it rocked my world! I just registered for her online class, How to Learn Math for Teachers. I'm hoping to finish it and have time for her new course, Mathematical Mindsets, before school starts.
     
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    I'm hoping to take the new course this summer, too! I took the first one a few summers ago and learned so much!
     
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    I might have to look into these ones... Penny Kittle is coming to my neck of the woods for a conference, but I hadn't heard of her before, but seeing her book on this list makes me want to do a bit more research...

    Somewhere I have the Young Mathematicians at Work book... I really like Fosnot's work, have been to several of her workshops, and use her kits from time to time...
     
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    I follow Penny Kittle's blog and really like her stuff for middle school age kids. I'm excited about diving into the book!
     
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    Is she primarily for middle school kids? I got a Kelly Gallagher book in May, and was considering going to a workshop that he was leading, put on by my teaching association... I really liked a lot of what he was saying in his book, but then I got moved to grade two (which is also very exciting), but a lot of his ideas were more for upper elementary and up... Penny Kittle is doing a workshop the day before that... and my understanding was that it was for K-5 especially... but I hadn't heard of her prior to that, so I wasn't sure.
     
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    I like Michael Linsin's blog, "Smart Classroom Management" and just ordered one of his books!
     
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    I love this blog.. I hope you let us know how you like the book.
     
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    Will do! Just wondering, have you tried a classroom management plan with consequences similar to his? Warning, time out in the classroom, letter home? I love a lot of his tips but I haven't been in a position where I could implement something exactly like that and am curious what other people's experiences with using that plan have been, or how people have modified it to fit with their school's discipline policy.
     
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    Yes - actually, I've started my past two years following this discipline plan to the T. It works great. My biggest problem is I usually digress and stop following it strictly by January or so. I fully own up to this being my fault. BUT, there are usually one or two kids who get to step two every day (time out), and then work so well in time out they start to ask to go over there, which makes it not so much of a consequence. If I repeat it again next year, I'm going to send them to time out with a timer, and instructions on how and when to rejoin the group.
     
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    That's good to hear! I definitely want to try something similar when I have my own class.
     

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