For us teachers at the middle school, our official last day for the 2011-2012 school year is July 27th. I am ecstatic to be so close to the end of my first year of teaching. It has been one heck of a roller coaster ride for me personally and professionally, but I am very glad that I made it through the tough times with my sanity and desire to teach still in tact!
Despite a very short summer respite, I am excited about getting through my summer reading list. Two of my goals for next year is to continue improving my classroom management (especially in the laboratory) and my differentiation of science instruction and assessment.
My Summer Reading List
- “Teach Like A Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students On The Path To College” – We are currently receiving training and mentoring on these techniques from our principal. In just the short time we have started to learn and apply these techniques at work, there has been a dramatic change in our school culture and classroom environments. Honestly, I had terrible classroom management throughout the year and I used to make excuses. Now that I have seen it in action, I am able to reflect on where I went wrong earlier this year and make improvements in the way I teach and handle behavior in the science classroom. It is about power, not purpose!
This was a recommended book by administration. It goes along with Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, which emphasizes practice, practice, practice!
The following books were purchases I made earlier from the NSTA Science Store, but didn’t have much time to sit down and read due to a very busy schedule. Having worked with a very large population of students with learning needs this year, trying to create lessons or adapt activities that both were appropriate and challenging enough for them has been a struggle. I’ve learned to chunk activities, tweak lengthy articles to meet reading levels, and provide shorter and clearer directions but I want to be able to provide more support for these learners while increasing the rigor of my curriculum.
As for non-work related material, I want to finish Riordan’s Kane Chronicle series, read the last R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones book, and also read the latest addition to Scott’s Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flammel, The Enchantress. Yes, I love me some fantasy books!
What’s on your summer reading list?