Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Exciting New BooksFor Teachers

I'm so excited about these new books for teachers in our library. Take a look at them, and I know you'll be inspired by what you read!

Recently, several people have twittered or blogged about The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. It's all about using imagination and creating the ideal learning environment for children. It asks what the school of the future will look like. Environment...that's "the third teacher." Get a taste of the book at the website - I've started reading this book, and you're going to have to pry it from my hands.

The Cafe Book by "The Sisters," Gail Boushey and Joan Moser presents information about ways to integrate assessment into daily reading. It is the complement to The Daily Five, a book that has been read and dogeared by many of our teachers.

If you liked Reading With Meaning, you'll want to check out Debbie Miller's Teaching With Intention. Stenhouse wrote, "Teaching with Intention offers a compelling reminder that truly transformative teaching is built from the ground up, and is rebuilt every year, by every teacher, in every classroom, with every new group of students." She will have you thinking!

Katie Wood Ray says, "If teachers show children how an illustrator’s decisions about pictures are a lot like a writer’s decisions about words, they form a bridge of understanding that nurtures children as writers." Her newest book is "In Pictures and In Words: Teaching the Qualities of Good Writing Through Illustration Study." Katie is one of my favorite teacher mentors. We'll all be talking about this book...might need more than one!

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