BEST OF THE EDU BLOGS
A Year of Reading.
This lively little blog by two author-teachers (subtitled “Two Teachers Who Read. A Lot.”) has snippets of poetry, literary lists and resources for teachers, and even Math Monday, to round things out.
Lessons and video demos are available on this tech-savvy site for middle school science teachers by a self-described “science and technology nerd.”
History Is Elementary.
A history teacher from Georgia shares her passion, along with lots of unique curriculum tips, in an intelligent and humorous voice. One of her most popular posts: “Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz,” on lesson planning.
BOOKS YOU, AND WE, LOVE
On Your Lists
Thanks to the amazing teachers and librarians I talk with via Twitter, these are at the top of my to-read list:
• 59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers, by Kate Messner
• In Defense of Read-Aloud: Sustaining Best Practice, by Steven L. Layne
And here are five K–5 books you’ll hear me raving about:
• Echo, by Pam MuÃ±oz Ryan
• The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart
• A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat, by Emily Jenkins (illustrated by Sophie Blackall)
• Wolfie the Bunny, by Ame Dyckman (illustrated by Zachariah Ohora)
• Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la PeÃ±a (illustrated by Christian Robinson)
—John “Mr. Schu” Schumacher (@MrSchuReads), librarian and Scholastic teacher adviser
NEW, AND ON OUR RADAR
• Teaching With Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach, by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner
• Close Reading for the Whole Class, by Sandra K. Athans and Denise Ashe Devine
• Quick Answers for Busy Teachers: Solutions to 60 Common Challenges, by Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker