Although I’m not sure who first said this, I’ve heard the phrase, “You become what you read” in many different situations. One of the joys of teaching is that we do have some time in the summer to read what we want. Sometimes that has nothing to do with school, but I know many of you read at least a couple of titles related to something in your classroom each summer because you continue to strive to be better. Below are books that have left an impression with me linked to blog entries with my thought toward them. Many cover second language acquisition or classroom management as those are the 2 practices I find myself consistently adjusting.
- Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominque Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.
- A focus on relationships to build social skills alongside academic skills.
- All reviews of the book in one place.
- Chapter 2 Review
- Chapter 3 Review – Procedures, Response and Values.
- Chapter 4 Review – Informal Practices to focus the group on relationships.
- Chapter 5 Review – Formal Practices to create peacemaking.
- Chapter 6 Review – Creating a welcoming environment to front load restorative practices.
- The SSR Handbook: How to Organize and Manage a Sustained Silent Reading Program by Janice Pilgreen with a forward by Stephen D. Krashen. A must have resource for starting a classroom reading program.
- Chapter 1 – SSR Roots and Rationale – Discussion of research in place about extensive reading.
- Chapter 2 – The 8 factors for SSR Success – 8 common factors found in successful reading programs by Pilgreen’s review of research.
- Chapter 3 – Pilot Study – Pilgreen’s description of a study she implement quickly in he ESL classroom. A great example to use for the basis of a new classroom reading program.