Summertime Reading

I wrote 4 summer reading lists.

  1.  PD Reads

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Texts and Lessons f0r Content-Area Writing by N.Steineke and H.Daniels

Visible Learning for Literacy by D.Fisher, N.Frey and J.Hattie

as well as:

140 Twitter Tips for Educators  which is on my kindle.

I have downloaded The teacher’s Guide to Tech by Jennifer Gonzalez and an e Book Jump In.  Great teaching begins in the Pool by Ruth Ayres

2.  YA Reads

I know that I must do more than just read reviews about trending YA books.  In order to guide my ELLs to books they’ll enjoy;  I will read the books first in order to create intriguing book talks.  So here are my summer YA reads.

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3. Personal  Reads

I cleared my book shelves recently and am still left with 2 shelves (plus a list of crime/thriller, comfort reading books on my Kindle) that I want to curl up with in my armchair.  What a choice!

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Harry Potter is there because I’d like to reread the magic.

 

4.  My read aloud list for my granddaughter

The greatest pleasure. Emily’s book shelves are filling up very quickly.

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Learning Targets

For years I have been writing the learning target of the lesson as an essential question.  I add the strategies/skills and activities that will help answer the focus question. This became the students’ study guide, and I refer to the ‘map’ throughout the lesson.

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One evening, as I was designing a lesson, I again looked through Morrison McGill’s 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers for a refreshing idea and came across #55 ‘Spit it Out! (What? Why? How?)’.

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Ah ha!  Three obvious questions so easily forgotten;  questions we should always be asking our students.   However, I now target the learning by asking What? Why? How?  The questions clarify my lesson design, and I hope my ELLs  make better sense of the lesson.