I cannot thank you enough for this post! My initial reaction was elation at being able to see some of YOUR favorite professional reads (I am a voracious reader of professional teaching literature)...but THEN to also see everyone else's choices (as an educator that believes strongly in socio-constructivist methodology--that students learn more from each other than from a teacher--this was an incredible resource)...and FINALLY for you to be so generous as to raffle off books...what a BRILLIANT idea!
Many of my favorite books have already been mentioned, so I'll try to throw in a few that have not been yet:
1. Dinah Zike's foldable books are fantastic! I've only used her Math book so far, but plan on ordering the others. It is a great opportunity for my students to engage in math in a hands-on way.
2. 25 Quick Formative Assessment for a Differentiated Classroom by Judith Dodge is a great resource for varied methods of assessment in all subject areas.
3. Launching the Writing Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide in Photographs by Denise Leograndis was instrumental in helping me to launch a Writing Workshop for the first time this year. Lots of great charts, mini-lessons, etc.
4. Trait-Based Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing Grades 2-4: I was told this year that I could implement a Writing Workshop if I aligned it with the 6+1 Traits of Writing--this book has been a TERRIFIC resource for doing so.
5. Reciprocal Teaching at Work by Lori D. Oczkus. I'll admit that I actually have only read a few pages of this book so far, having purchased it last week. But I can already tell that it is going to be a book that seriously impacts my teaching.
Thank you Angela, for always inspiring me as a teacher and sharing your many creative ideas and resources with us. Thanks to everyone else for your book picks! I might be buying MYSELF a few Christmas gifts this year ;)
My book choice (if selected) would be Mosaic of Thought
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