May 31, 2017

My Summer Reading List!

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Hi, everyone! I am certainly enjoying my first week of "summer break," even though today is my third day of teaching summer school! Luckily, it's only 3 days a week for a month, and the class sizes are tiny. (My first day, I had 4 kids!)

But, if you know me, you know that I love and need to stay busy! No Netflix bingeing for this girl!

Well... not too much Netflix bingeing, anyway. 😉

I am using this summer to catch up on lots of things that need done around my classroom! I have already given my students' seat sacks a thorough washing... guys, I'm pretty sure that there are illegal toxic wastelands that were less gross than some of those seat sacks. I wish I was kidding, eek! And I just washed them at Christmastime. But, I split them into 2 loads and washed each load twice with a considerable amount of detergent, and they're practically as good as new! I also need to spray paint my drawers, reupholster my library benches, make new student work clothespins... the list goes on and on!

But, in addition to doing "maintenance" for items around my classroom, I also wanted to make sure that I am continuing with professional development over the summer. I don't want to be a victim of the "Summer Slide" myself! Since I'm usually running on fumes (and much, much coffee) during the school year, I kept making lists of things I wanted to accomplish and read over the summer. Well, the time is now! I am so happy to have had the chance to already participate in two different Twitter chats this week (hi, Twitter people! 👋), and I wrote down several more that I want to participate in. It may unofficially be "PD," but it's so fun for me to connect with other teachers and other educational professionals!

I also sat down on Monday to make a summer reading list for myself. I always have great intentions, but I'm really bad at actually accomplishing things unless I make a plan of attack. My list is fairly ambitious, with 10 books so far, and I have already found two more that I want to add! So, in case you're looking for a summer reading list, I wanted to go ahead and share part of mine with you. 

Here are the top 6 books that I am most looking forward to reading this summer - 

1. Crash Course by Kim Bearden - I am so excited about this book and dove right in as soon as I picked it up! I am about 6 chapters in, and I already have 2 full pages of notes jotted down. Kim Bearden is so inspiring to me! I love the anecdotal nature of this book, and I will admit that I love hearing her little stories of Ron Clark.

2. The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark - Like I just said, I absolutely love Ron Clark! I first picked up his book Move Your Bus last year when I was earning my M.S.Ed and, even though I barely had time to eat and sleep, I finished it in two days! I then read The End of Molasses Classes in less than a week. I also had the opportunity to see him at the Education Conference in Altoona, PA last summer, and it was amazing! I began this book during the last school year, but I lost track of time and had to return it to the library before I could finish it. (womp womp) I'm very excited to reread it and finish it this summer!

3. 32 Third-Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done - While I don't know much about this book, the scoop is that it's another book full of anecdotes. Given my affinity toward Chicken Soup books when I was growing up, I'm really excited to dig in to this one!

4. The Daily 5 by by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser - I have been very interested in The Daily 5 since hearing about it in a teacher Facebook group last year. It seemed overwhelming to start a whole new program in the middle of the year, so I decided to investigate it this summer. I have heard wonderful things about the book and the implementation of it and am excited to see if I can utilize it in my own classroom!

5. The CAFE Book by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser - Though I don't know much about this book, it has come highly recommended by several teacher friends! It is the sister to the book above, which makes me just as excited to read it as The Daily 5!

6. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess - ARRGH! (Note to self: that was super lame.) I have been trying to get my hands on this book for months! It always seems to be checked out of the public library. Two years ago, my school had "Book Clubs" and this was one of the options, but I arrived late for the meeting (because the line at McDonald's was long, but this girl needs her iced coffee!) and all of the copies were gone. I ended up with a lame book that our Club ended up making fun of the whole time... but, I digress (on multiple levels)! I have heard SO many fabulous things about this book, and I really hope that it comes in from the library in time for me to read it! (I believe that I am #26 in line- ARRGH! [Note to self: even more lame the second time around. Knock it off.])

I'm going to make my way through these 6 books before attempting to finish the second half of my reading list, and I would love to share the other titles with you in a few weeks! 

So, tell me, what are you reading this summer? I can't wait to hear your responses! :)

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