Someone please stop me..

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  1. **Mrs.A**

    **Mrs.A** Comrade

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    I can't stop buying teaching books.:help: I know I can only read so much, yet I still keep buying...I'm scared I'll forget about the book if I don't buy it. :lol: My name is Mrs. A and I'm addicted to teaching books..I guess I'm a dork!!:p

    Please tell me there is someone out there that has the same problem as I do!! :whistle:
     
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  3. Kindergarten31

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    I am also addicted to teaching books of any kind. I plan on retiring in 3 years and since our AP's sister is becoming a K teacher, I must have given her 50 wonderful teacher's books and I felt so happy that someone would be able to use them. BUT, on our last day of school, someone put a ton of their teacher books on our give away table and guess who had to take about 10 of them? I probably would have taken more, but most were not for my grade level. I understand your addiction.
     
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    Oh, I used to be... I was in a teacher book club!!! I had all kinds of books because I wasn't sure what grade I was going to be teaching... needed to be prepared for anything!!
     
  5. pwhatley

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    My name is 1st, and I'm a teaching book addict!
     
  6. cityfrog6

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    Count me in on this list!
     
  7. TeacherShelly

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    Don't look for help from me :), sorry! I love teaching books. I look for good prices at Sprout or the friends of the library book sales.

    I'm also into bibliotherapy - any problem I have, I find a book to read about it.
     
  8. RainStorm

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    I have one word for all of you --- okay, one web address actually -- http://www.paperbackswap.com You can swap books and dvds (and no, they don't have to be paperbacks) with others who are looking for the specific books you no longer need. It is a matching service. Take a look.
     
  9. jeh5256

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    I always buy teaching books and books out of my own pocket for my children. I usually get them from a vendor called Wilbooks. They have samples of their books online where you can view their books. They also have a couple youtube videos online of their books. If your interested check out their website called wilbooks. Their youtube videos are labeled wilbooks
     
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    My addiction didn't hit me until I had to move classrooms. I went from floor to ceiling (high ceiling) shelves that were about 6 feet wide to 1 4 shelf bookshelf and then a filing cabinet. I have purged and purged and purged. My limited space is making me be much more selective. . . Ok, so it's making me be selective on whether I bring them to school or keep them at home. :) I'm still buying.
    We've talked about creating a central location at our school for us to put teacher resource books that we can't use. That way they are available to everyone to use as needed.
     
  11. KinderCowgirl

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    Well, it's nice to know I'm not alone in needing a book buying intervention :p ! I recently cleaned out a space in a closet at home to put up shelves so I could organize them better. Thank goodness for Amazon because a couple of times I've tried to buy a book that I apparently already own (it tells you if you have bought it from that site previously). I was on Scholastic the other day looking for something completely different and ended up buying some that were on sale at there Teacher Store. I'm just hopeless!
     
  12. frogger

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    I've used this too and gotten a few books for my classroom.
     
  13. sevenplus

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    Yep. I'm addicted. More to picture books than resource books. But book-addicted nonetheless.

    I'm in the process of entering all of my books into librarything.com. It's quite sobering, actually.
     
  14. JustT

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    Our district helped me put a stop to teacher resource book addiction. I'm not allowed to use them at all. LOL.

    I think I heard it at a workshop: If a parent can copy a worksheet and give the same lesson, then I probably need to check my teaching skills. It was mainly those Frank Schaffer, Scholastic, or Carson Delosa books which were frowned upon. That's when I put all my resource books (400 of them) on amazon. The good thing is.... they were in high demand.
     
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    Ahhhh....I feel much better knowing I am not alone!! :D Thanks for the links to the used book sites. There is a great used book store near me, but the teaching sections is quite outdated, but I keeping checking every now and again.

    The books I'm referring to are about teaching skills and classroom management. However, I do and have bought resource books to supplement my lessons. So, you can't use ANY of those resource books? What about for homework??
     
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    Well, I'm right there with you and I don't even have a job! I started buying a couple of books when I first decided to look for a job after being a SAHM for a few years. Then I got on A to Z (my gateway drug) and had to learn more about the books people were talking about. Last week I signed up to go to a conference to see The Sisters and had to put N/A on the registration sheet for "school district!"

    I think I have a problem, too...
     
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    I have quite a collection of teaching books, but my real problem is math books. Can I still join your 12 step group?
     
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    My problem is with history books.... not academic books, but the narrative histories you find at Barnes & Noble. I have about... oh...erm.... 300 or so... maybe more.
     
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    Fountas and Pinnel journaling activity... so we can discuss during reading workshop.

    The math curriculum has it's own homework assignments. Science and social studies homework is generally some sort of pnemonic device to remember vocabulary.

    Just last week, I emptied out 4 filing cabinet drawers of untouched worksheets and lesson ideas. That was very hard but I figured if I didn't touch them in the last 4 years, then it was best to see them recycled.

    (I have hidden a few books for substitutes to use when I'm out.)
     
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    Sooo glad to hear that I'm not alone either! I recently spent a large sum of money to buy an entire set of monthly idea books, I felt guilty for about a second... :)
     
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    It did not hit home how many books I had until I had to pack them up when I changed classrooms! I have since cut down my buying and instead use our local learning resource center for teachers, or go to our reading specialist and borrow hers! LOL!
     
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    After 26 years teaching, I can still say, Hi, my name is Ms. B and I am a book addict!
     
  23. runsw/scissors

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    Oh sign me up for this 12 step program! :woot::rofl:
    I knew I wasn't the only one! I have gotten better about purchasing so many books, but I still do pick one up every now and then. Jus today I bought a book about word study and phonics in the intermediate classroom (gr. 3-8). I always want to be improving my teaching and try to stay on top of things I see my students needing. I guess there could be worse addictions.:thumb:
     
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    I have quite a few and I haven't finished a lot of them. The other day someone was talking about Pinell guided reading book. I wrote down the info and all and vowed to buy it. I got home and checked and not only do I have it, I have all those colored tabs on it and such.

    I'm worse on the kid books. I have to be close to 1500 and I only started the year with 900+
     
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    I am also a teaching book buyer extraordinaire. If anyone on my grade level needs a book, they come to me :( It's sad really.
     
  26. **Mrs.A**

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    Well, I just finished a book study on Good-bye Round Robin: 25 Effective Oral Reading Strategies, by Michael Opitz & Timothy Rasinski. Guess what?? I just ordered the book..:help: It has some great ideas in it that I know I'll use and I needed the book for reference. Now, I need to go back to Teaching Children To Care, which I had to set aside until I got through my book study.
     
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    Is it too late to join? I am definitely addicted to teacher books (both for my reference and for my students) I had to bring everything home since I am moving to a new school and I kept the books here (this doesn't count the ones that were here already in the 3rd bedroom/library/office - approximately 7 book shelves (5 shelf variety) or on the shelf on the landing). I have been entering the ones I brought home into the Readerware database (am using the trial version and I love it :) and am up to 451 and not finished yet :eek: I am guessing that I am around 3000 + for the entire amount. Help!!!!
     
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    I'm completely addicted!! It only makes sense though since I love to read and especially resource books to add to lessons. I just inherited about 100 books from a teacher who retired last year. Now to catalog and organize! :)
     
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    For anyone who feels the need to satisfy the urge to buy books at a discount price, I might be able to help. I have a box of books I'm looking to get rid of. I'll have to go through them to see just what subjects are covered. Most of them are teacher resource of the type with lessons and work pages.
     
  30. TBRacing

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    Wow! What books have you found most helpful?
     
  31. MissDen

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    I love teaching books. The problem is that I start going through one and can't put it down. I have bought books on Ebay, Half Price books and Craigslist. It's a great place to get them. I have seen where teachers actually give their books away if they are retiring or changing classrooms. It never hurts to check. :)
     
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    Oh, and I forgot to add that if you search the "free" section of craigslist you can often find posts where the people are giving away things that you can use for your arts and crafts such as old magazines...yarn...so on and so forth. Now that I'm thinking about it I may as well check it out myself. :D
     
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    I definitely have this problem and they're SO expensive, too! I've only been teaching for a few years and, since there's little storage space in my classroom, the books pretty much have a whole room of their own in my house! :blush: I think my biggest problem is that all of the books I want, I can't get them anywhere unless I buy them. I've gotten pretty good at checking out children's books for my students and novels for myself from the public/school library instead of buying them, but any teacher resource book I hear about, I can only order online. It's definitely an addiction.
     

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