Books that leave an impression.

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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.

Classroom Management

Grading Practices

Optimize Your School by Lee Jenkins Review

Lee Jenkins’ Optimize Your School: It′s All About the Strategy offers practical strategies to operationalize continuous improvement at the classroom level.  Transform a classroom simply by showing students their progress throughout learning.


A repair Kit for Grading by Ken O’Connor Review

Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades offers a simple guide for ways update grading systems to focus on learning for students.  In this review, discover the 3 fixes that I found to be the easiest to implement into my grading system before I recently completely moved toward a standards referenced system.



Assessment-Capable Visible learners change their focus from their teacher to their learning.  Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners:  Grades K-12 sets the tone for high expectations and student ownership in learning.

Chapter 1Begins with a definition of an assessment-capable visible learner.

Chapter 2How do we foster a learning environment that leads students to a place of vulnerability in recognition of learning?

Chapter 3Attention, motivation, approach to challenge and self regulation are critical for learners to become assessment-capable visible learners.

Chapter 4 Tools for educators to guide students to reflect on the learning process.



A World of Three Zeros by Muhammad Yunus.

We know that poverty affects many students in the classroom.  Does our economic system keep those students in poverty?  Can we change it?  Are social businesses the answer as Yunus describes in his book?