Prof. development book recommendations

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  1. allaragallagher

    allaragallagher Comrade

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    I enjoy buying myself a new professional development book a month. I'm currently subbing and it makes me feel like I'm staying on top of things and preparing for my first year teaching. I've read:

    Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
    Teaching the Neglected "R" by Thomas Newkirk
    Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle
    The English Teacher's Survival Guide by Mary Lou Brandvik
    Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
    The Lesson Planning Handbook by Peter Brunn
    *This Time It's Personal by John S. O'Connor
    Room 109 by Richard Kent
    *Assessing Writers by Carl Anderson
    *The Common Core Companion (9-12) by Jim Burke
    Letters to a New Teacher by Jim Burke
    Mindful Teaching by Deborah Schoeberlein

    I'm really looking for books with practical applications for teaching writing and reading in middle or high school. Any with *'s beside them! I found helpful and would recommend. I'm interested in learning more about incorporating technology, flipping the classroom, differentiation, project based assessment, multi genre portfolios, etc.
     
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    readingrules12 Aficionado

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    Notice and Note is a great book for reading for grades 4-8.
     
  4. yellowdaisies

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    These don't fit with what you're looking for exactly, but have you read The Book Whisperer? Or Reading in the Wild? (I haven't read the second, but it's next on my list!)
     
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    I second The Book Whisperer. Absolutely loved it! Also, not really a reading/writing book, but Teaching With the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen. He has some really easy to implement ideas.
     
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    Rockguykev Connoisseur

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    Teach like a PIRATE is easily the best curriculum based book I've read.
     
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    Teach like a Champion book and DVD really helped me, a new teacher, get a handle on class management.
     
  8. Lynn K.

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    I've read both The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. Both were excellent although the first was more applicable for my classroom. Highly recommend!
     
  9. CFClassroom

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    I personally didn't like the Book Whisperer. I enjoyed it in the beginning, but as the book went on it felt to preachy and read like the author's way was the best way and every other teacher was inferior to her (she often wrote about how unhappy kids were after they left her room and moved on to other grades because the teachers didn't do things her way). I really wanted to like it, but by the end of the book was just annoyed.

    It's great that you are reading so many books. If I were you I would keep a running log of the books you are reading and the dates and include it in your teaching portfolio. Best of luck with the job search.
     

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