The two books that have totally impacted my teaching career are Interactive Think-alouds by Lori Ozkus and 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done. The first book has totally changed the way I teach what I call good reading strategies. It provides hand signals, characters for dress up, and other fun interactive ideas for teaching reading skills (predicting, making connections, etc). It works! My kiddos immediately started using the hand signals and proper terminology and I saw a huge difference in their test scores. In fact, I saw most of my kids using the hand signals during our high stakes reading test.
The other book, 32 third graders, is written by a third grade teacher and simply tells about his experiences in a third grade classroom. It is a run read that makes me love my job. The entire time I read it, I am laughing hysterically thinking this has happened to me.
Angela, I love your posts each month!I would love Debbie Miller's Reading with Meaning. I've read many of her books but haven't been able to purchase this one since my husband and I took Financial Peace University. :)
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