Sunday, June 24, 2012


Summer Reading for Teachers!

I hope you are getting some time to read for yourself.  While these aren't professional texts, I love the travel writing and humor of Bill Bryson, so I've continued with his work, and just finished reading Neither Here Nor There. I also managed to squeeze in The Mango Season by Amula Maladi, which shows a great picture of the Indian culture. 

What are you reading?  (add some titles to the comments section below). 
If you need help finding something,  this is part of the list generated by teachers when consultant, blogger, and online instructor, Lisa Dabbs asked teachers to share summer titles for her Blog Teaching with Soul. 

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The New Leaders 100 Day Action Plan by George Bradt
Tony Wagner's Creating Innovators.
The Element by Sir Ken Robinson
Drive by Daniel Pink
Curriculum 21 Heidi Hayes Jacobs
The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives by Peter H. Johnston
A Nation Rising by Davis
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (Smith, 1943)
"Teaching to Transgress" (hooks, 1994)
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Write Like This by Kelly Gallagher
Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins
Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives by Peter Johnston
Other People's Children by Lisa Delpit
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
A Place for Wonder By Georgia Heard
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

You can download the whole list as a PDF on the Teaching with Soul Blog

Looking for Professional Development?

Ingham ISD has sessions this summer on creating SmartBoard lessons, and using iPads in the classroom.  Read and register HERE.

Friday, June 1, 2012


Summer Reading:

Don't forget the summer reading resources from the May Literacy Newsletter. You'll find resources from Scholastic, NCTE, and the New York Times to share with students.

Also, don't forget the Dream Big...READ program for summer reading at any of the Capital Area District Library locations.  This is for all ages and includes a free Summer Event and Information Guide you can send to parents on the many activities including magic, critters and creatures, art, music & theater, puppets and storytellers, and teens and tweens! 

Ed Tech Freebie:

The 2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook is packed with 65 pages of free applications and tools to help teachers and other educators engage students and improve learning outcomes, and resources to help enhance administrative productivity. 
Topics include:

  • Collaboration & Brainstorming Tools
  • Educational Games
  • Educational Videos Lectures
  • Podcasts
  • Facebook in Education 
  • Interactive White Boards
  • iPads in Education
  • Picture And Image Editing Applications
  • Presentations & Screencasting
  • Surveys & Polls
  • Twitter in the Classroom
TO GET YOUR COPY Just provide your name and email address in the “Sign Up!” form in the side bar on the right side of the page.