Do you use your teaching books from college?

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  1. miss-m

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    This is probably a dumb question, and really I'm hoping someone will help me make a decision because I can't make up my mind.

    Honestly... I kind of doubt I'll ever go into teaching full time. I don't enjoy being in classrooms as much as I thought I would -- I love teaching, just not in a school/classroom setting.

    However, I have quite a few teaching books. Knowing that I'll probably never read most of them all the way through and I'll probably not be in full time teaching any time soon, is it even worth keeping them?
    Do you still have books you got for college classes about teaching? Do you use them?

    I have a few Marzano books and a big Fountas and Pinnell book that cost a fortune and some other general teaching books about math and reading. I think I'm just so attached to my books in general that I can't bear to part with any of them, even though I know I'll benefit more from the money than the books...
     
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    There are a lot of resources that I use, and I have a fairly impressive teacher library, but it's been years since I opened any of the actual college books.
     
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    Only 1--the rest I sold back or they just sit on the shelf--guess it is time to get rid of a few more.
     
  5. miss-m

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    I'm definitely keeping Daily 5 and CAFE just because I bought those separate and I think those will come in handy eventually, and I have Tools for Teaching from well before I even started college (LOVE that book), but the rest I didn't even read in college let alone now...
    Glad to know they're not going to be super necessary later on haha.
     
  6. runsw/scissors

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    Nope. Never. Not a single one. I kept the ones I thought would be useful in the future, but I never even cracked those once the class was over. I have picked up other teaching books along the way that I have used and loved. If you plan on teaching full-time you might want to hang on to the F&P and Marzano books as those are big names in the education world right now, even if you become a specialist of some sort.
     
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    I used a few of them the first four to five years. Since then, I'm not even sure where they are.

    I've read over thirty professional books since graduating college. I kept the ones I loved and sold the rest.
     
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    Depends on the book. I did sell a bunch to Chegg's over winter break. They were books that I hadn't touched in a couple of years and knew that I wouldn't ever use again.
     
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    I have two that I use. One is a guide for working with problematic behaviors. It's really pretty handy. You look up the behavior in the index (and it has a long list-:cool:calling out during to instruction, gossiping, bullying, refusal to turn on work...) and then it offers advice and strategies for dealing with the specific behavior.

    The other is Harry Wong's The First Days of School.

    I've kept a few others because I thought they might be useful, but I'll probably get ride of them at the end of the year.
     
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    Yes I do - some of the math techniques, reading techniques, it's always good to refer back. I even have several old binders. It is very important to refresh every once in a while and look at new education books and things.
     
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    No, never. That's not to say that the information wasn't helpful to me from the start, but I never felt the need to go back and look. At this point, I draw much more from my own experiences in the classroom than what I would find in a book.
     
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    Nope. Haven't touched any of my college textbooks since I graduated from college six years ago.
     
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    If by use you mean writing down their cost to claim while filing taxes...sure I use them
     
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    :lol: Not what I meant... unfortunately I bought them all too long ago to do that, and I think my parents maybe paid for most of them... <_<
     
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    I moved across the country with what would fit in one carload for my first job. Textbooks didn't make the cut when I moved!
     
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    Only one of them is a textbook, so that's what's making it hard. They're GOOD teaching books -- Marzano, Tomlinson, F&P -- I just have never even looked at them since I graduated, and since I don't know if/when I'll be going into full time teaching, they're just taking up valuable shelf space.
     
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    Well, you may want to hang on to big names like those. Marzano, F&P, and company have been around for a while and have a way of resurfacing from time to time. I read Marzano years ago and took away a few ideas but never really was in a place that incorporated him. Same with F&P. The new district I am in uses both so keeping those books would have been worthwhile. I got rid of the F&P because they were so big. I held on to some of the Marzano and have referred back to it. My philosophy is this: Keep the ones you think are keepers even if you aren't actively using them but think it is likely you will want to look into them in the future. Get rid of the books that are mehh.
     

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