I've been off from school for two weeks. I go back on Monday and haven't done much at all. I don't even know where the time has gone. It makes me feel really bad, but of course I am still wasting the time away instead of getting started on the work sitting in the corner! I meant to read the books for my master's class that starts soon too. It is going to be a busy weekend for me!
Mary from Pitner's Potpourri is hosting a Reading Roundup. You are supposed to choose one professional book you want to read, one personal book, and one you want to use to teach a skill in your classroom. Here are my choices:
Professional Book: The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
I've had this book recommended to me many times over the past year or so. I keep reading that I will feel differently about reading logs and such after reading it. I'd like to give it a shot because I definitely have some kids who need help in the inspiration and motivation departments!
Smiles from Second Grade posted about this book on her blog. I went to buy it on Amazon immediately without reading the rest of her post...which said it doesn't come out until May! Her books are so funny, they make me laugh out loud. Plus, I went on my honeymoon this summer to a Greek island too (in the summary of the book).
Classroom Skill Book: Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose
This book was read to me before either in one of my classes or a professional development, but I always forget to use it with my own kids. The boy has a conversation with the ant as he decides whether or not to squish him. I think it would be great for persuasive writing and encourage student talk.
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