Over the last few years I've read some fabulous books about teaching. Before that I didn't do much professional reading. That sounds bad, I know. But if I was going to read I thought I'd read books I enjoyed like Sue Grafton mysteries or Janet Evanovich books. However, I'd fallen into a slump, affected by the attitudes of some around me and the professional pressures we were all under. I started my blog, met other inspiring teachers, started reading professional books, and everything changed! These are 8 of the books that changed me and what happens in my classroom every day.
How it helped me: Daily 5 forever changed how I managed independent workers when I pulled reading groups. No more am I searching through books for worksheets to copy, trying hard to find easier/harder versions of them for the kids who couldn't do the work or for those who needed more of a challenge. Then when it came time for reading groups, I'd pass out the 3 papers, go over how to do them all, and expect my students to work quietly and independently. Which worked- for the most part. But now my kiddos have engaging activities to do that allow them some choice in how to accomplish them. My problems with unfinished work are all in the past!
HERE). In fact I've got to get my postcards ordered so that I can mail them out to m students each week- one of Angela's great ideas! Angela Watson has a website HERE and you can follow here on social media to learn more about ways to enjoy teaching and help yourself get more done in less time.