Reflecting and Moving Forward

June 26, 2018 in teaching - 7 Comments

Reflecting and Moving Forward

June 26, 2018 in teaching - 7 Comments


This is my stack of summer reading.  A mix of professional teaching books and YA books others have recommended to me.  Regarding the professional books, some I read last school year, but want to take a closer, not-so-rushed approach, and some are new.

Reflecting right at the end of the year is the perfect time to tweak and make changes for the upcoming year.  What worked well and what didn’t work so well are still fresh in my mind.  This is the second year I have used writing workshop and so far, I have really enjoyed it.  The book Hacking the Writing Workshop and Writing Workshop in Middle School are new to me this summer.  I am sure I will find lots of new gems that I can try with my 8th graders this next year.  Workshopping the Cannon I bought after attending last year’s NCTE conference (and if you have never gone, I encourage you to do so–amazing!).  It’s the foundation I used for using our core text The Secret Life of Bees to center around social justice.  (You can see the books I chose for that unit here.)  I am really looking forward to rereading this text and taking more time–I bought it in November and used some ideas from it in January.

I am on the leadership team at my school and our principle asked us to read Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.  Should be a good one.

Lastly, I have read all of Nancie Atwell’s books but this one.  I want to try to include more reading into the culture of our school.  Change is hard, but I am hopeful to get more teachers outside of my discipline to give it a try.  Reading Ladders is proving to be a great read, but I am only about 1/3 of the way through.  I implemented reading workshop into my curriculum about 5 years ago, and am always looking for new ways to continue to support my students as readers.

Circe, The Scribe of Siena, and News of the World have been on my What-To-Read-Next List for some time, so I am hoping to take a break from all the professional reading to enjoy these (and book talk them for my students in the fall).

What books are you reading this year?  Feel free to share in the comment section below.  Happy teaching!


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  • Summer Reads | Holly Teaches August 11, 2018 at 5:52 am

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  • Brandy June 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain sounds pretty interesting. Maybe it’s just the fancy title haha. I just finished my first year of teaching, so my reading list includes The Classroom Management book, CHAMPS (another book on classroom management), You Are a Badass (highly recommend to everyone), The Name of the Wind (fantasy book for fun), and Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. I’m hoping that last one will help me with keeping the why in mind and sharing with my students to get them a little more invested in what they’re learning. We’ll see.

    • holly June 27, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      Your books sound interesting! Good luck with your second year. You made it through the hardest year–your first! 🙂

  • Madam Mim June 26, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I definitely have Circe on my TBR after all the great reviews it’s gotten!

    • holly June 26, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Oh I know, right? So many people have talked to me about this book, and since I used to teach The Odyssey, it’s perfect. 🙂

      • Madam Mim June 26, 2018 at 9:50 pm

        Oh then you are going to have a lot of comments about it, for sure!

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